Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Dallas, Texas

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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Dog-Friendly Vacationing in San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, Texas, is a major tourist attraction of the state. It is a pretty big city, with a population of 1.3 million, but is sprawled out. It has a strong military presence, as well as many historical attractions. The city is fun for dogs as well.

Attractions

La Villita

If you and your dog like history, this is a good place to walk around. It was the original settlement of Old San Antonio, located in the south bank of the river. It started out as a primitive hut settlement for Spanish soldiers. Today, it is a vibrant artsy area full of Victorian and Adobe buildings, where you can do historic walks and window shop.

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The Riverwalk

This is the second biggest tourist attraction in Texas, after the Alamo (dogs can’t go in the Alamo). Your leashed dog can join you for this journey. It is a two mile walkway along the river, and you can people watch at the many restaurants on its premises.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

This park has scenic trails that connect many of the old mission sites. Dogs are allowed to walk around with you on leash, but cannot go in any of the buildings or actual sites of the remanents. Dogs are forbidden from the Yanaguana Nature Trail at the Mission San Juan.

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Brauing Lake Park

This park is located on Brauing Lake, which sprawls for 1,350 acres. Many people come here to fish and boat, as well as camp, picnic and bird watch. Swimming is forbidden in the lake. There is a small fee to visit this park, but dogs may join you on leash.

Eisenhower Park

This park has five miles of trails to hike with your leashed dog, as well as a picnic area and a playground.

McAllister Dog Park

This is an off-leash dog park, which is fenced-in and has 1.5 acres of land. There is also exercise equipment, a picnic area with shade, benches, and  a walking trail. Dogs must be up-to-date with all vaccinations and license.

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Pearsall Dog Park

This off-leash, fenced dog park is also 1.5 acres in size. There are picnic tables and playing equipment, as well as trash cans.

Outdoor Restaurants

Fralo’s Art of Pizza

This pizza restaurant sometimes has music playing. Leashed dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Dolores Del Rio

This Italian restaurant is located on the San Antonio River Walk. Leashed dogs are allowed at the outer tables. Indoors, they have jazz and live belly dancing!

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas, is a city located on the Gulf of Mexico that has many travel and vacation options. The city has a population of about 285,000. Its nickname is The Sparkling City By the Sea. It has an international airport, as well as a Naval Air Station. Winters are mild, and summers are really hot.

Because it has become a popular tourist spot, many of the tourist attractions are dog-friendly.

Attractions

Captain Clarks Flagship Tours

You can go on one of these cruises to tour the city and its port, and also learn some history about the bay front, area attractions and local legends. You will be able to spot some pelicans, herons, seagulls and usually dolphins. They allow small to medium dogs on the upper two decks, just not on the carpeted main deck.

Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens

This is a beautiful botanical gardens full of 2500 orchids, 300 roses and all sorts of other plants, a playground and picnic tables. Dogs are allowed to go on leash, but cannot soil any of the flowers or other plants. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students/military/seniors, $2 for ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and below. The gardens take up 180 acres, so they are a good way to spend the day outside if the weather is nice.

Beaches

Cole Park

This is a 43 acre beach, that has a fishing pier and large children’s playground. Dogs are allowed on the beach so long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.

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Lake Corpus Christi State Park

This park takes up 356 acres, and is located southwest of the town of Mathis, Texas. The park is on a huge lake. Dogs are allowed throughout the park so long as they are leashed, just not near or on the swim areas.

Click here to watch a video on the park.

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Outdoor Restaurants

Dotz Dawgs and Drafts

This is a 50’s American-style eatery that serves food like ice cream, Chicago style hot dogs, pizza, wraps and domestic and imported beers. It’s a great place to take kids, as they have an outdoor playground. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Sonic Drive-In

This is a fast food place that many states do not have! In Corpus Christi, it is located on South Padre Island Drive. Dogs can join you at the outdoor tables, and sometimes they have dog treats.