Traveling with your dog can add some extra complications. Not every place you go will be open to your pup’s presence. However, if you plan your trip ahead of time, you’ll be sure to find some pet-friendly places you and your dog can enjoy together. If you’re traveling to Texas, use this Texas Dog-Friendly Travel Guide and make sure these places make it on your list:
3 Dog-Friendly Activities in Texas
Leaving your pup alone in a hotel room all day is not fun. Besides, how much better will your experience be if you get to do things with your furry pal? These are some dog-friendly activities to check out on your trip:
1. Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
Experience the Western heritage of the Texas livestock industry in the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District. The original brick walkways and wooden corrals are still intact.
You can explore the historic district with your dog as long as they are well-trained and on a leash. There is even a longhorn cattle drive twice a day! It’s the perfect exciting event for your pup as long as they’re not phased by cattle.
2. Barking Springs Outside Barton Springs
Barton Springs Pool is located just outside of downtown Austin in the heart of Zilker’s Park. This large, outdoor recreational area is great for a swim on a stroll around the ground. Dogs aren’t allowed in Barton Springs.
However, “Barking Springs” is just outside of Barton Springs Pool and consists of the Barton Springs spillway. Barking Springs is free and allows your dog to run along the shore and swim to their heart’s desire. Just be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty.
3. BayWatch Dolphin Tours
Located in Galveston, Texas, BayWatch Dolphin Tours takes you and your pup on a cruise to visit dolphins in their natural habitat. Dogs ride for free on these 45-minute boat tours and there is a covered interior on board.
In order to keep the dolphins safe, the boats have no propeller and are jet drive boats. It’s open year-round, every day of the week, and boats leave every hour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is subject to seasonal and weather conditions though, so check the weather in advance before booking a ticket!
3 Dog-Friendly Hotels in Texas
It can be difficult to find places to stay that are also pet-friendly while you are traveling. With these dog-friendly hotels, you don’t have to worry!
1. Stockyards Hotel
If you’re already planning to visit the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District, consider staying at the historic Stockyards Hotel. It’s located in the heart of the district and is dog-friendly.
With a large selection of standard rooms and suites, the Stockyards Hotel offers comfort with an antique flair for you and your dog. Pets are welcome, but there is a $50 non-refundable pet fee.
2. Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park
In Burnet, you can roll dog-friendly hotels and attractions into one with the Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park. It’s located on the shores of Lake Buchanan and is perfect for nature lovers. With plenty of trails and lakeshore for you and your pup to enjoy, there is no shortage of fun!
You can also stay in guest rooms at the lodge or stay outdoors at one of their RV & camping sites. If you stay in the guest rooms at the lodge, there is a limit of two pets and a non-refundable pet fee of $15 per night, plus tax.
Your pup won’t be allowed in the food facilities, swimming pool, or meeting spaces. However, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved, they are welcome in the other areas of the park.
3. Avenue O Bed & Breakfast
The Avenue O Bed & Breakfast is located in Galveston, Texas. There is no pet fee and big dogs are allowed. If you need to leave your pup in your room unattended, they will need to be crated. Other than that, they are free to stay with you and enjoy all the large hotel amenities Avenue O provides while still getting that “at-home” feel.
3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Texas
Aside from fast-food restaurants and gas stations, it’s hard to determine where you can get food while traveling without leaving your dog behind. These restaurants are top-notch and welcome leashed dogs on their outdoor patios:
1. The Friendly Spot Ice House
This restaurant is known in San Antonio for its quesadillas, tacos, sandwiches, bacon-wrapped bratwurst, and, of course, beer. The Friendly Spot Ice House has a bar in the front and the back, is outdoor only, and welcomes dogs at their tables. Plus, they have water bowls available to help keep your pup hydrated while you eat.
2. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe
If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Austin, the Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe is the place to go. In addition to great food and drinks, this Austin hot spot also has a dog-friendly dining area. Your pup will need to stay on their leash, but the patio area is large and shaded with trees.
3. The Ginger Man
If you get hungry as you and your dog explore Dallas, Las Colinas, Houston, or Plano, stop by The Ginger Man. As long as your pup is leashed, they are welcome to join you on the outdoor patio.
This neighborhood pub offers beer from around the world and a variety of delicious food to choose from. From sandwiches to flatbreads and plenty of snacks, there is something for everyone at this pub.
Experiencing new places is always more fun with your best friend along for the trip. With dog-friendly places and things to do on the itinerary, you can enjoy it all together!
If you’re traveling to other states, check out the other dog-friendly travel guides available. Here’s to safe travels and wagging tails no matter where your adventures take you!