Dog Friendly Activities in Texas

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Texas, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Zilker Botanical Garden
Zilker Botanical Garden Dog-friendly Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, TX, is packed with rare and unusual plants, and the campus includes various themed areas you'll love to explore with your leashed pet. This garden is a unique collaboration between the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). It's open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year. See Details
Pet Friendly BayWatch Dolphin Tours
BayWatch Dolphin Tours BayWatch Dolphin Tours is a pet-friendly, 45-minute tour of the harbor filled with dolphin sightings and fun facts about Galveston. Baywatch Dolphin Tours of Galveston is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. The boat departs every hour on the hour but be sure to check their website for current schedule. There is a fee per person but Fido rides for free. See Details
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a dog-friendly, 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of walking trails that wind through forest, meadow and wetland habitats. Please abide by all city ordinances including controlling your dog on the leash at all times and cleaning up after your pet while visiting the Arboretum. Dogs must be kept on the trails (no swimming in the ponds). Dogs are allowed in the building lobby – tiled areas only. Take a self-guided Habitat Hike - Each hike passes one of the educational Field Stations and features some of their Naturalist’s favorite stops like ponds teaming with wildlife, trees with interesting stories, insect houses, and other fun points of interest. See Details
Palo Duro Canyon State Park Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a spectacular dog-friendly attraction near the Texas Panhandle in Canyon, TX. It was formed by millions of years of water erosion, is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. The Lighthouse Trail is a dog-friendly route which is best traversed in cooler months between September and May. Visitors and their leashed dogs can admire beautiful colorful cliffs that surround the valley and one of the park's most famous rock formations known as The Lighthouse. Please note that dogs are not permitted in any buildings at Texas State Parks. See Details
Sea Turtle, Inc. Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island, TX, is a dog-friendly, nonprofit rescue center that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured sea turtles. Dogs and cats are allowed in all public areas, both indoor and outdoor, as long as they are leashed or crated. Visitors can sit in on a Turtle Talk, or take a self-guided tour of the outdoor facility. Sea Turtle Inc. is open year round, however, when temperatures drop below 55 degrees, outdoor tanks are covered and turtle viewing is limited. Admission varies depending on the season, and hours are extended during summer months, so be sure to check Sea Turtle Inc.'s website before planning your trip. See Details
Red Bud Isle Red Bud Isle is a pet-friendly area in Austin, TX. Surrounded by water on three sides, this peninsula provides a great place for pooches to socialize, swim, frolic and play. Dog owners are reminded that parking is at a premium and that they should clean up any mess left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the water and the surrounding area. Make sure you keep an eye on your pup as they play, too. This park is also popular for hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. See Details
Comanche Lookout Park Comanche Lookout Park is a dog-friendly park located in San Antonio, TX. The park offers 96-acres of recreation area. Fido is welcome to join you on the 4.5 miles of hiking trails, but dogs must be kept on a leash. See Details
Pundt Park Pundt Park is a 380-acre, family- and dog-friendly park in Spring, TX, that features a dog park, canoe launch, playground, picnicking areas, restrooms, and multiuse trails. The park also offers access to the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, a 16-mile paved hike and bike trail. See Details
Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours offers their dog-friendly Nightly Ghost Tour Monday through Saturday at 8:30pm starting in front of the Alamo. All friendly dogs allowed on a leash. Your guide will take you and Fido on a 90-minute stroll past three of the most haunted spots in the city - The Alamo, the Spanish Governor's Mansion, and the Menger Hotel. See Details
Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve is a pet-friendly recreation area in Austin, TX. This park is popular among nature lovers and adventurists alike. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming and bird watching. Your leashed pet is welcome to join you as you explore this lovely space with hiking trails leading to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls. See Details
Hop and Sting Brewing Co. The beer garden at Hop and Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine is a hit among local dog owners who love craft beer. They brew high quality, small batch, craft ales and lagers available on draft and in cans to take home with you. Your pooch might even make a new friend at the brewery. Dixon has been accompanying one of the brewers, Brian, into work ever since he was rescued. Dogs are allowed inside and out as no food is served on the premises. See Details
Katy Trail (Dallas) The Katy Trail (Dallas) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this dog-friendly "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Dallas! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Katy Trail (Dallas). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Memorial Park Memorial Park, a municipal park in Houston, TX, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Opened in 1924, the park covers approximately 1,466 acres inside the 610 Loop, across from the neighborhood of Memorial. Leashed dogs are welcome. The park offers several dog-friendly trails ranging in distance and difficulty, but the 3-mile Seymour Lieberman Trail may be best for Fido as it is pedestrian-only with a crushed granite surface and drinking fountains. The park also hosts food trucks each day near Eastern Glades - a 5.5-acre area offering relaxing picnic areas next to Hines Lake. See Details
The Shops at La Cantera Fido is welcome to join you as you peruse The Shops at La Cantera! Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome in the common areas of the mall, and many retailers allow pets inside as well. Waste disposal bag stations are located throughout the property. Dogs are not allowed in fountains or children's play areas, and they must wear required tags and be up-to-date on shots. The Shops are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. Dog owners can check out The Shops at La Cantera's website for the extensive list of dog-friendly retailers within the mall. See Details
Inks Lake State Park Bring Fido to the popular, dog-friendly Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX, where you both can enjoy backpacking and hiking in the beautiful Texas wilderness. Dogs must be leashed at all times on leashes no longer than 6 feet long. There is a fee per person to enter the park. See Details
Bad Wolf Ghost Tours Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome on Bad Wolf Ghost Tours' San Antonio Ghost Walk. You and Fido will visit the notorious locations of historic murders, battles, and otherwise untimely deaths, and learn city's unique and gruesome history and the many hauntings that resulted from it! Dog-friendly tours are conducted nightly; check schedule for meeting location. Reservations are required. See Details
Cadillac Ranch Road tripping through Texas with Fido? Stop at Cadillac Ranch just outside of Amarillo for a unique photo opportunity. Cadillac Ranch is a dog-friendly, one-of-a-kind public art installation accessible from the I-40 Frontage Road. See Details
San Antonio River Walk Leashed dogs are welcome on the pet-friendly San Antonio River Walk, a public park below street level with parallel sidewalks that's lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and other attractions. Many of the outdoor restaurants and shops welcome dogs on their patios while you dine. Please call ahead to check if the specific business you wish to visit allows dogs, and please remember to clean up after your pet. The River Walk is open 24 hours a day, year-round. See Details
Wildseed Farms Wildseed Farms is the largest family-owned seed farm in the United States and it's also pet-friendly. Located seven miles from Fredericksburg, bring your pooch along for a self-guided tour of the gardens and enjoy the beautiful natural colors on display. There's also a garden center and a nice gift shop. See Details
Becker Vineyards Swirl, sniff and sip a glass of wine alongside Fido at Becker Vineyards. Leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of Becker Vineyards, including the lawn and veranda. A variety of tastings are available. Prices vary, so dog owners should check out its website before planning their outing. Becker Vineyards is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. Last pour is thirty minutes prior to close. See Details
Canyon Overlook Park Canyon Overlook Park is a pet-friendly recreation area in Canyon Lake, TX, where dogs are welcome on the trail that overlooks the pretty lake. Don't forget to clean up any mess your pup leaves behind to preserve the cleanliness of the trail and the surrounding water. See Details
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Located on the western border of Plano, this 200-acre park features vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. One of the best spots in the park is the observation tower, offering you a lovely view of the city itself. Dogs and their owners can enjoy this area every day of the week from 5am to 11pm. See Details
The Lighthouse Trail The Lighthouse Trail in Palo Duro Canyon State Park is pet-friendly. This trail is nearly six miles there and back. You can bring your pooch on the trail with you to explore this trail that leads to a rocky outcrop known as the Lighthouse. If you want to experience it alone, make sure you and your pooch set off nice and early. See Details
Luckenbach Luckenbach is a pet-friendly, Old West-style spot with a saloon and a souvenir shop in Fredericksburg, TX. The main attraction is the dancehall that showcases a variety of country artists. Leashed dogs are welcome inside the store and on the grounds, as long as there isn't a concert taking place. See Details