New Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Attractions: December 2022

Posted by Billy Francis

From lively gathering places to wonderful wintery trails, celebrate the festive season with your furry best friend at these new pet-friendly spots opening in December.

The Hub

Allen, TX
“Smiling from floppy ear to floppy ear!” Photo by Facebook.com/Hubofficialhq

The Hub is a dog-friendly open-air food hall and event space in the suburbs north of Dallas. This funky gathering place welcomes dogs and their owners to find a picnic table or cozy patio furniture together in the astroturfed space at its center. Around the outside, you’ll find food for every taste along with a walk-in movie theater, sports bar, fire pits and a stage for live music. With even more entertainment options on the horizon, The Hub looks set to become Allen’s go-to place for folks with furry friends.

When you’re full up, head to La Quinta Inn & Suites Allen for a restful night nearby.

Double Oak Park

Birmingham, AL
A new place to walk in the park. Photo by Double Oak Park

Double down on a good time with your dog at Double Oak Park in Chelsea, AL. Situated just outside Birmingham, this newly-opened, 750-acre recreation space is a great place to escape the city and enjoy the countryside with your canine. The park not only provides miles of both single- and double-track hiking trails to explore through forest land, but it also protects the area from further development and preserves it for the people and pups of Shelby County to use.

Spend the night in a pet-friendly historic cabin where Ozzy and Jack Osborne once stayed during the filming of their TV show. The rustic home has hardwood floors and more room outside for explorers to enjoy.

Smith Playground Dog Park

Boston, MA
“Ready for my smell-fie.” Photo by Facebook.com/bostonparksdept

Smith Playground Dog Park is Boston’s newest dog park. Four-legged residents of the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods now have a local place to hang out and play off-leash. Pups of all sizes can run safely in two separate areas. Beyond the fence, Fido will find mounds and platforms to bound on and tumble around. Dogs and their owners can rehydrate at the water stations and seek shade under the canopy.

There’s room at nearby Samuel Sewall Inn for tired dogs to recuperate after playing at the dog park all day.

Paul Douglas Preserve

Hoffman Estates, IL
Nature awaits. Photo by Paul Douglas Preserve

Paul Douglas Preserve is home to grasslands, wetlands and a heron rookery that attract a variety of nesting birds, but birders aren’t the only ones who will have a great time here. Leashed dogs are invited to join their trail-running owners on 13 miles of recently-opened recreational trails that wind through the preserve. Whether you prefer to dash with your dog or bike with your best friend, meander with your mutt around multiple loops, shared between bikers and trail runners. For safety reasons, runners and riders go in opposite directions on alternate days.

Afterward, hang out with your dog-tired canicross partner in a spacious pet-friendly room at Hyatt Place Hoffman Estates.

Roam Coffee + Beer

Bellingham, WA
Room to Roam! Photo by @roambywander

Fido knows a thing or two about roaming. During his next jaunt around Bellingham, call in at Roam Coffee + Beer to soak up the atmosphere on the pet-friendly patio or one of the grassy areas outside. Patrons can enjoy a cold beer from the local favorite brewery and parent company, Wander Brewing, or a specialty coffee earlier in the day. Your pooch can join you at the walk-up window to help you decide which brew to choose.

For an affordable stay nearby, book a room at Holiday Inn Express Bellingham. Pups can walk around the grassy areas in the back of the property before bedtime.

The Bronx Brewery

New York, NY
“I’ll stick to the Kong.” Photo by Facebook.com/TheBronxBrewery

Located on the High Line, Hudson Yards is described as “New York’s newest neighborhood.” The development in Midtown Manhattan is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants, many of which welcome dogs, including The Bronx Brewery. The popular Big Apple brewmasters have recently opened a new location in Hudson Yards and you’re invited to bring a new “pawtron” along with you to watch as you sample favorites like Knock On Wood and Three Kings.

Stomping the pavement of the big city all day can be tiring work. Fortunately, the Kimpton Eventi Hotel rolls out the red carpet for canines upon their arrival with treats and no pet fee.

Have you been to a new dog park or pet-friendly attraction in your hometown? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by Facebook.com/bostonparksdept.