America's Coolest Pet-Friendly Malls

Posted by Billy Francis

Malls offer consumers everything they could ever want and didn’t know they wanted, all in one convenient place. They’re packed full of restaurants, activities and stores to keep humans entertained for hours, but what about dogs? Customers are likely to spend even more time and money if they don’t have to worry about being home for Fido’s afternoon neck rub and snack. Fortunately, these pet-friendly shopping centers give you plenty of reasons to stay all day and spend your pooch’s hard-earned paw-ket money.

1. Yorktown Center

Lombard, IL
“Oh, I thought you said Yorkie town!” Photo by

Yorktown Center is a popular dog-friendly shopping mall in Chicago’s western suburbs. Take your canine companion inside 58 stores with a paw print sticker in the window, including Gap and other big chains. There are a number of comfort stations for pets located throughout the shopping center with bags, wipes and garbage cans for clean up. When you’re hungry, dine on the dog-friendly patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the canine public is invited to enjoy doggie food samples and crafts at Yorktown's Yappy Hour. Pet owners can text WOOF to 89881 to get instant pupdates on Yappy Hour activities.

After your shopping exertions, spend the night at Staybridge Suites Chicago Oakbrook Terrace. Located just up the road from the mall, this pet-friendly hotel has an outdoor area for an evening stroll.

2. Otay Ranch Town Center

Chula Vista, CA
“What’s this park called again?” Photo by @littlemiss_hazel

Chula Vista means “beautiful view,” which you can get a glimpse of on your way to some much-needed retail therapy at Otay Ranch Town Center. The main attraction for canine customers is the Otay Ranch Dog Park. Located in the middle of the mall, this 10,000-square-foot park is an awesome off-leash play area with a separate section for small and large dogs. Fido can also join you in certain stores and for a bite to eat on the patio of The Cheesecake Factory. Try to plan your trip around the mall's annual pooch fest, Dog Gone Good Fun at Popper Fountain. This get-together includes a costume contest, crafts, complimentary pet screenings, giveaways and a photo booth.

Reserve a room at Residence Inn San Diego Chula Vista. It’s the nearest pet-friendly hotel from the mall, so you can shop ’til you drop and come back for more the next day.

3. The Mall at Short Hills

Short Hills, NJ
Just a bunch of regular shoppers at the mall. Photo by @life.of.chuy

Dogs are welcome to join their owners at The Mall at Short Hills for a classy shopping experience. This upscale shopping center has been known to accommodate celebrity shoppers like Justin Timberlake, but everybody knows that Fido is the real A-lister. His chariot awaits in the form of a free-to-rent, complimentary dog stroller. That’s right, your pooch can shop in style without having to exert any energy on such frivolous tasks as walking.

Check out these pet-friendly Airbnb Rentals in Chatham for a nearby place to dump your bags.

4. Bell Tower Shops

Fort Myers, FL
“Everything except this rug is for sale.” Photo by

Bell Tower Shops is a sophisticated mall designed to keep shoppers entertained, whether they’re browsing on four legs or two. Look out for the Boston Terrier sticker that permits canine entry on the door of your favorite stores. After sniffing out the best deals, enjoy a meal with your pooch on the patio at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Keep an eye out for themed pet-friendly events that are often held at Bell Tower, including costume contests, adoption drives and prizes. Along with being great fun, a portion of the proceeds benefits the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

While you’re in Fort Myers, spend a few nights in an island home. Duncan’s Tropical Beach Bungalow is a picturesque pet-friendly vacation rental with an inviting pool.

5. Carmel Plaza

Carmel, CA
“I’m not drinking water out of that thing!” Photo by

Carmel is a proudly pet-friendly city on the west coast. After taking Fido for a stroll on dog-friendly Carmel Beach, head to Carmel Plaza together. Many of the boutique stores, art galleries and restaurant patios welcome dogs, including Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar. Your pampered pooch can also buy herself some swag at the Dog House. This pet-friendly store is stacked with shelves of custom-made outfits, accessories and homemade treats. The centerpiece of the shopping center is the Fountain of Woof. The famous spitting dog is a popular place for your pooch to sip while you snap a pic (and don’t forget to #bringfido).

Retire with your goods and your good boy to Monte Verde Inn. The hotel welcomes dogs with delicious treats, the perfect reward for a good day of shopping.

6. Stony Point Fashion Park

Richmond, VA
“Just trying to fit in.” Photo by

Furry friends are invited to spend an afternoon shopping at Stony Point Fashion Park. Browse and splash the cash with your partner in crime throughout the common areas of the mall and at stores with paw stickers on the windows. Then head to the mall’s dog park, a fenced-in hangout for canines that's covered in artificial grass. Fido can play fetch off leash and make friends with the other mall rats. There are also comfort stations located throughout the mall where you can clean up after your pup.

Stay and explore Virginia’s capital, starting in the nearby Victorian village of Bon Air. Some of these pet-friendly VRBO rentals are more than 100 years old.

7. The Promenade Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook, IL
"Why are we standing here? I have shopping to do!" Photo by

The Promenade Bolingbrook offers 26 pet-friendly stores to visit, so you can shop ‘til Fido plops. There are doggie potty stations placed on different levels around the mall to offer pet relief when needed. Reward your patient pup with a bite to eat from It’s So Fluffy, a bakery for dogs. The Promenade also hosts a regular Pet Parade, which is so popular they have to cap the participants at 300.

Aloft Bolingbrook is located near the mall and offers convenient grassy relief areas.

8. Downtown Summerlin

Las Vegas, NV
“This is my happy place.” Photo by @thelabradormilo

Dogs of Las Vegas are just a short drive from Downtown Summerlin. This outdoor mall is full of pet-friendly shops and restaurant patios to enjoy. It even has its own hashtag for pups, ‪#‎DogsOfDTS‬. After getting your retail fix, wander over to Las Vegas Ballpark for front-row seats at Wag Your Tail Wednesdays, where you can check out the flying catches of the Las Vegas Aviators with your pooch in tow.

Break up your Sin City stay with a night at La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Red Rock. The hotel is conveniently located near the ballpark and the mall.

9. Blackhawk Plaza

Danville, CA
“We’re going to Yappy Hour now, right?” Photo by

Few malls in America are as pristinely designed as Blackhawk Plaza. This spacious shopping nirvana features a pond, grassy areas and views of nearby hilltops. Pups are welcome almost anywhere at the Plaza, including all of the restaurant patios and inside Opus Bank. The mall also hosts a popular Yappy Hour three times a year. The event includes pet activities and local pet merchants offering product demos.

Take your pooch and your newly purchased loot on a short journey to this Cabin on Historic East Bay Ranch for a unique stay. Explore the outdoor space with your four-legged friend and get back to basics at this pet-friendly vacation rental.

10. Lee Premium Outlets

Lee, MA
Adopt and shop at a mall adoption event! Photo by

Shopping is never a chore at Lee Premium Outlets. Located on the outskirts of the small historic town of Lee, visitors come from miles around to bargain hunt at one of the Berkshire’s best outlet malls. The place is designed to resemble a quaint New England town and has all the stores you need to restock your wardrobe. There’s even a dog park for pups to enjoy between shopping sprees. The fenced-in area is equipped with two kennels, a water station, a waste disposal station and a picnic table for humans to rest up before hitting the boutiques again.

Federal House Inn welcomes shopaholic pets and their parents to stay in one of the light and airy rooms on the property. The bed and breakfast has a grassy area for Fido’s use.

11. Cottonwood Mall

Albuquerque, NM
“You’re so extra!” Photo by

Cottonwood Mall is home to 135 shops, but the best ones have a sticker on the door inviting Fido inside to shop. Hold his bags for him while he plays in the awesome on-site dog park. Located in the 'barking' lot across from Taco Cabana, the park features agility courses and separate areas for small and large dogs. Comfort stations around the mall make cleaning up a breeze.

While you’re in the area, spend the night at The Inn at Paradise and have an evening stroll around the pretty pond before bedtime.

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