America's Coolest Pet-Friendly Malls

Posted by Billy Francis

This article was updated in September 2020.

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 Facebook.com/YorktownCtr

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.

After your shopping exertions, spend the night at Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Located at the mall, this pet-friendly hotel has an outdoor area for an evening stroll and provides canine guests with beds, bowls and treats at check-in.

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.

Reserve a room at La Quinta Inn San Diego Chula Vista. Dogs are welcomed with open arms by the pooch-loving staff at this popular hotel among BringFido users.

3. Bell Tower Shops

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

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.

4. Stony Point Fashion Park

Richmond, VA
“Just trying to fit in.” Photo by Facebook.com/stonypointfashionpark

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. This newly renovated historic home has a fenced backyard and rocking chairs on the front porch.

5. Carmel Plaza

Carmel, CA
“I’m not drinking water out of that thing!” Photo by Facebook.com/ShopCarmelPlaza

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. Your pampered pooch can buy herself some swag at the Dog House, which offers custom-made outfits, accessories and homemade treats for canine customers. 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 after a full day of shopping.

6. The Promenade Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook, IL
"Why are we standing here? I have shopping to do!" Photo by Facebook.com/ThePromenade

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.

7. 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. Even if Fido's not into shopping, this is a great place to go for an evening stroll away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.

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

8. Blackhawk Plaza

Danville, CA
“We’re going to Yappy Hour now, right?” Photo by Facebook.com/BlackhawkPlaza

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.

After you've walked across the bridges and enjoyed the outdoor space at the plaza, head to Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn to rest up.

9. The Mall at Short Hills

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

Small 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 complimentary dog stroller. That’s right, your pooch can shop in style without having to exert any energy on such frivolous tasks as walking. Strollers are available for dogs weighing up to 20 pounds and can be found at mall security.

Check out these pet-friendly Airbnbs in the surrounding area for a nearby place to dump your bags.

10. Lee Premium Outlets

Lee, MA
Adopt and shop at a mall adoption event! Photo by Facebook.com/leepremiumoutlets

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.

The beautiful bird may be a rare sight, but getting a good night's sleep after a day of shopping isn't rare at The Black Swan, Ascend Hotel Collection.

11. Cottonwood Mall

Albuquerque, NM
“You’re so extra!” Photo by Facebook.com/CottonwoodMall

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.

Spend the night at La Quinta Inn & Suites Albuquerque West, and enjoy an evening stroll around the pretty gardens before bedtime.

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