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Dog-Friendly Lago Vista, Texas

With a name that translates as “Lake View,” it’s no surprise that much of Lago Vista boasts a view of Lake Travis. This sprawling lake offers anglers, boaters, and swimmers innumerable coves and quiet stretches. LCRA operates many public parks in this region. Lago Vista is called the gateway to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, a preserve that protects two endangered species. Along with hikes and birding at the refuge, nature buffs also find many opportunities at LCRA parks in the region.


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Dog-friendly attractions in Lago Vista

*DogTipper Choice Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery. You and your dog are welcome to visit this country winery tucked in a quiet Hill Country valley. The winery’s tasting room was renamed Trooper’s Den in 2012 in honor of the owners’ Red Doberman, and official “vineyard dog”; when he passed away, Trooper’s ashes were spread over the 2012 planting of Montepulcian in Trooper’s Block. Don’t miss the winery’s Bistro (see Treats and Eats, below.) Info: 24912 Singleton Bend East Rd. (between Marble Falls and Lago Vista); (512) 267–6310; Free for grounds.

Dog-friendly Restaurants

Sonic Drive-In. We might not normally list a Sonic drive-in as a must-stop but this drive-in has one of the best views of the Hill Country that you’ll find for the price–and the staff here always treats our dogs to treats! Dine in your car or you and your dog can enjoy the tables in front.20700 Farm to Market Rd 1431, (512) 267-4843.

The Bistro at Flat Creek Estate. You and your dog can dine outside while you enjoy a multi-course wine-paired menus prepared by Executive Chef Sean Fulford. Rustic lunch specials, served Tuesday through Sunday 11-4, include wood-fired pizzas, the Flat Creek Angus burger, roasted chicken and more. Weekend brunch is offered 11-1 and ranges from Flat Creek Eggs Benedict to barbacoa tacos. Reservations required. Info: 24912 Singleton Bend East Rd.; (512) 267-6310;

Dog-Friendly Shopping

ACE Hardware. Our dogs love this hardware store that features all things hardware as well as a fun gift section. The staff is extremely dog-friendly and always have a treat ready at the checkout desk. 7708 Lohmans Ford Rd., Bldg F; (512) 267-1738.

Sniff Out More Information

Lago Vista Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau; (512) 267–7952 and (888) 328-5846;

For more on traveling in Texas with your dog, please order a copy of our DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs guidebook!

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Sunday 6th of September 2020

Hello, are the POA parks dog friendly? Is there an off leash dog area? We are considering buying a house in Lago Vista would like to know a bit more about the dog scene.