Finding a good dog park is a perennial quest — and a bit of a Goldilocks dilemma. It can’t be too small or too big; prettiness (and cleanliness) is king; the people should be just as friendly as the pups; and uniqueness is a plus.

That’s where Red Bud Isle Park comes in with its just-right surrounds that check all the right boxes. It’s a lakefront, off-leash dog island in the Texas Hill Country with 13 acres of recreational space that’s basically a paradise for doggies (and you) — and it’s only about 15 minutes from downtown Austin. Perfect.

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At Red Bud Isle, there’s a well-maintained walking loop, forested areas for hiking zones or playing fetch, doggie bags for easy clean-up — and you’ll likely never see the trace of any kind of trash. But, the real selling point here is the surrounding water from Town Lake that makes for the island-like locale and serves as a natural fence — or prime swimming zones for water-minded dogs.

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Oh, and admission to the park is free and open to the public (and all of man’s best friends). You can find this place at 3401 Redbud Trail.

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Looks like you and Fido’s weekend plans just got made. And, hey, if you don’t have a furry friend, don’t dismay. You’re still allowed to venture to Red Bud Isle. In fact, we highly recommend that you do — especially if you’re craving some puppy loving. This place has you covered.

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