Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Memphis, Tennessee

September 17, 2009
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Memphis is a city in Southwest Tennessee, on the Mississippi River. It is the largest city in that state, and is also the youngest of the four cities. It has a humid, subtropical climate, so is a good place for northerners to check out in the upcoming cold months. Founders of many different musical genres, such as Blues, Gospel and Rock and Roll, got big in Memphis.


Carriage Tours of Memphis

Many drivers will happily let your leashed dog come along for a horse and carriage ride. This company is the oldest, largest carriage company of the city. They operate daily in the downtown area, and provide downtown scenic and historic tours.

National Ornamental Metal Museum

This is the only American museum that is devoted to the preservation and promotion of metalwork. It is a great place for people interested in welding and general aesthetics. Art is not just displayed, but also made. They offer classes and special events. They are closed Mondays and the week between Christmas and New Years. Dogs are allowed throughout the grounds on leash, and small dogs may be picked up and carried indoors. All dogs are required to be well behaved, and get along with other dogs and cats.

University of Memphis: Chucalissa Archaeological Museum

This museum is administered by the university. It preserves the native history of the region, before Europeans had settled. It has some Mid-South prehistory, as well as displays of contemporary Southeastern Indian cultures. They offer tours, exhibits and events year round. Dogs can be on site, as long as they are behaved and on leash.


Shelby Farms

This is one of the biggest city parks in America (4500 acres), five times the size of Central Park in Manhattan. This park has something for everyone, including picnic areas, horseback riding, paddle boats, nature trails and more. There are lots of wetlands and hardwood forest as well. Dogs are allowed on leash, except for designated areas, and must be well-behaved, not bother the wildlife, and cleaned up after.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

This is a park that borders the Mississippi River and encompasses over 13,000 acres. It has two lakes and many trails for hiking. Dogs must not disturb the wildlife, which includes deer, turkey, beaver and about 200 species of birds. Dogs cannot go to lodges, public eating spaces, buildings, stores or designated beaches, but it such a big park that there are certainly activities to find. Some cabins allow dogs. They must be leashed as well.

Outdoor Restaurants

Cafe Society

This restaurant is located in downtown Memphis, and has international cuisine with French and Belgian influence, as well as a wine list. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Central BBQ

This restaurant has just gone green, with compost and recycling, as well as eco-friendly cleaners. It has many barbequed meat options and a family atmosphere. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.


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