Visiting the Texas Hill Country guarantees you a good time, especially when your visit lands during the time of year when the weather is especially nice. Knowing which spots are worth visiting and which can be saved for the next time is key, so prepare to take notes! An island in Austin that's hidden from most tourists is dog-friendly and covered head to toe in pure beauty.\nRed Bud Isle in Austin, Texas is a hidden oasis just waiting to be explored by you and your pup.\nThe island offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and more. With how clear and gorgeous the water is, it's impossible to stay away!\nThere's even an off-leash dog park so that your furry companion can freely explore the great outdoors alongside you.\nNot many places in Austin offer this, even though the city is incredibly dog-friendly. It's important to take advantage of the places that do when you can.\nBeing in the heart of Austin means you're not far from any excitement, though it's unlikely you'll ever get enough time at the isle!\nView this post on Instagram Help the water is wet A post shared by Tater Tot (@thetatermodern) on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:34am PST\nThere are so many dogs that come out to play each day, and even if you come without one you'll likely get to pet a pup or two.\nJust look at how cute this one is!\nDuring your visit out over a bridge and onto the island, you can hike on land or hit the water to cool off. The scenery will be too beautiful to not enjoy.\nView this post on Instagram Mother n son A post shared by Aubrey Barone (@aubbaro) on May 10, 2020 at 12:11pm PDT\nAustin is well-known for having "adoptable" parks and Red Bud Isle is no exception. Fortunately, this park has been adopted since it became part of the Adopt-A-Park-Program.\nSome pro tips the Austin Parks Foundation offers is to throw away your trash, don't forget sunscreen or sunglasses, and to stay hydrated.\nYou're guaranteed to have a good time at one of Austin's most gorgeous outdoor spots if you remember all of this!\nView this post on Instagram It was rainy and overcast all morning, which was fine by me because it fit my mood. But sometime after lunch the sun appeared and I decided to try to shake off my gloom. I headed to a favorite spot and soaked up everything I could. Got home and stumbled upon these beautiful words that seem written for today. The last two lines? I especially needed those. Thank you, Mary Oliver. Happy Earth Day, everyone. 💚 . . Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me by Mary Oliver . Last night the rain spoke to me slowly, saying, what joy to come falling out of the brisk cloud, to be happy again in a new way on the earth! That’s what it said as it dropped, smelling of iron, and vanished like a dream of the ocean into the branches and the grass below. Then it was over. The sky cleared. I was standing under a tree. The tree was a tree with happy leaves, and I was myself, and there were stars in the sky that were also themselves at the moment at which moment my right hand was holding my left hand which was holding the tree which was filled with stars and the soft rain— imagine! imagine! the long and wondrous journeys still to be ours. . #maryoliver #poetry #earthday #everyday A post shared by Elizabeth McGuire (@ewmcguire) on Apr 22, 2020 at 3:16pm PDT\nRed Bud Isle\nPrice: 💸\nAddress: 3401 Redbud Trl., Austin, TX\nWhy You Need To Go: If you don't bring your's along there's a high likelihood that you'll run into a pup while enjoying nature.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.