Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Dallas, Texas

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December 16, 2009
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Dallas, Texas, is a big city that is a center for banking, commerce, telecommunications, energy and transportation. There are a ton of things to do in this city, whether you are into culture, sports, nature or eating good food. There are many different neighborhoods throughout Dallas to explore.

Dogs are welcome in many of the great tourist and local attractions of Dallas.

Dallas Foundation Self-Guided Walking Tours

You can order a self-guided tour map from the Dallas Foundation. There are a few different suggestions to check out the sculptures downtown, and the tours can also pass through the Arts District, Downtown and City Hall. Pegasus Plaza is also an interesting spot to check out, with carved stones and a fountain. Dogs are allowed to join you throughout this tour if they are on leash.

Old City Park

This attraction is located south of downtown Dallas, and is within 13 acres of wooded land. This is a live-action history museum, where actors display farm life back in the 1860s.

There are also 38 historic structures, a traditional Jewish house, Victorian houses, a school, a church and historic shops. You can buy tickets on site at the ticket office. This park is open Tuesday to Saturday, but closed on most major holidays.

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McKinney Avenue Trolley

Dogs can join you on these five authentic trolley cars for a four mile tour of Dallas, going uptown and downtown. They must be leashed and well behaved. The ride is free for humans and dogs! This service is open daily until 10:00 PM, or until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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Dallas Nature Center

This is a 633 acre nature preserve, and there are 10 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on a leash for a long hike. Some of these trails are very easy, but some are advanced.

Outdoor Restaurants

Big Shucks Oyster Bar

This is a big seafood restaurant that serves all kinds of shellfish. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Cafe Brazil

This Brazilian restaurant has a few locations throughout Dallas. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables in the Cedar Springs and Elm Street locations.

Gloria’s Restaurant

This restaurant has Tex-Mex food, as well as some Salvadorian food. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables at the Greenville location.

State and Allen Lounge

This uptown restaurant is a cafe and sports bar, and it’s a good place to drink. Dogs are allowed in the outside part.

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