The Austin-area is home to several parks. Parks with playscapes, splash pads, pools, grills, picnic tables, dog parks… we’ve got it all! Do512 Family wants you to know as much as possible about every Austin park and pool that’s out there so that you can pick the right place to play with your family and friends.


Red Bud Isle / 3401 Red Bud Trail 78746 / Playscape: No / Splashpad: No / Pool: No

Red Bud Isle may be more familiar to dog lovers than parents, but the small peninsula offers beautiful views and freedom for all. It is an ideal setting for children to walk their own dog without too much oversight, as there is no easy escape route for puppies-gone-wild once you enter the trail’s loop.

Of course, as there are social taboos on reprimanding children behaving badly, pet parents feel much the same about strangers chiding their dogs. This is not an ideal place for children to run wild as the dogs have already staked their claim. We’ve rarely come upon an unfriendly dog, but it has happened. Hyper-active jumpers and wet dogs are a common occurrence, however, so this is not a park to visit in your Sunday best. If your child has been begging to get a dog despite your clear declarations, this may be the place to bring a ball or frisbee and entertain someone else’s pet for a while.

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Red Bud Isle is a wonderful place to see wildlife, from Great Blue Herons and American Coots to squirrels and turtles outwitting the canine crowd.


Benches: There are benches located throughout the park, some along the water’s edge and others near the dog runs.

Shade: The trails and little inlets offer extensive shade, but there are also nice, open, sunny areas to throw the frisbee or balls to the dogs.

Parking: The parking area is fairly limited, but there is a fairly quick turn around if you just pull off and wait a minute. Many folks just take their dogs around the loop and head back out. Just be sure not to park in any fire lanes marked with red paint or in front of any taped off areas.

Launch: This area is a launching point for rowers, canoes and kayaks as their is a short walk to the water from the parking lot.

Pets: Pollution and erosion are a concern for this darling little peninsula, so please take be aware of your pets and clean up after them. Let’s help Red Bud Isle to remain beautiful for years to come.

There are pet waste bags and trash cans located along the trail for the pet owner’s convenience.

Swimming: Swimming is NOT allowed in Red Bud Isle.

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There is a swing in the park, but be careful as it extends out over water and roots. It tends to twist and turn a bit. It is a recent addition and may not last.

 This beautiful, 17+ acre park is an ideal place for a walk. It is right around the corner from Mozart’s if you want to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the pet-friendly patio before or after your adventure.


Emily Wardell is a native Texan, a mother of one, and local guru of the what-to-do.