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Roam: Lots of pet parks and perks in Dallas

Dallas is a land of amazing dining, spacious parks and swanky lodging, that you and your cute canine can indulge in together. One of the fastest growing cities in the US, the arts, history and urban living hub is an exciting destination to add to the travel bucket list.

Pet Friendly Places to Eat

The Katy Trail Ice House is a beer garden topping off cups with tons of brew selections, and is conveniently located right off dog friendly Katy Trail. Retro chairs and tables are situated in the generous sized outdoor area with a canopy of trees providing ample shade. Tex-Mex creations grace the menu—the gourmet hotdogs, barbecued meats, burgers and heavenly bowls of beer laden venison chili are basically legendary.

Rustic modern vibes are ever present at Company Café, which is known for an indulgent brunch featuring creative spins on eggs Benedict and breakfast hash. Organic and natural ingredients heighten the flavors of the unexpected dishes, and you can feel a little less guilt consuming grass fed, fresh and gluten free meals. Ultimately, this is a well-known pet hot spot, where your baby will be hand delivered their own bowl of water. 

Elegant but casual, The Grove at Harwood goes beyond simply having an outdoor patio--this place is all about the outdoor space. Along with an enormous, pet friendly, fluffy lawn, numerous game areas are at visitor’s disposal. The menu is simple yet solid, with juicy burgers and meats that have been smoked in house, and creative cocktails and boozy snow cones hit the spot for dessert.

Defined as a beer garden-adult playground hybrid, Truck Yard is an outdoor haven surrounded by a compilation of interchanging food trucks and a treehouse bar! It comes at no surprise that the boozy foodie paradise has been voted as one of the best beer gardens in America. Sneak Fido a taste of a famous cheese steak, if his or her diet allows, and enjoy a night of live music together.

Woodshed Smokehouse can be described as a modern, sleek artisan barbecue joint with a premium deck for dining. Dive into crispy brussels sprouts, roasted corn, or mesquite wood-smoked meat accented with unique garnishes. (Tip: Brisket stuffed piquillo peppers in bone broth with cotija are a solid choice). Most of all, we love the doggy menu, which includes pup approved dishes such as the Rawhide Bone Dipped in Pit Master Fat, Organic Peanut Butter Bone, Organic Ginger Texas Treat and an Organic Beef “Rib” Bone.

Pet Playtime

Stretch those legs on Katy Trail, which resides along an old railroad line. The beautiful, paved path is fully supported by community donations through the Friends of the Katy Trail organization, and about 1 million dollars yearly are used to keep this escape, for both human and pup, in prime condition. Conveniently connecting to other trails and major parts of the city, it’s a great route for exploring Dallas more deeply, on foot, with your best friend. Bonus--there’s no worry of having to dodge motor vehicles.

Although a fantastic casual restaurant serving classic American food, and even hotdogs and beef broth, peanut butter, frozen treats for your four-legged buddy, Mutts Cantina secondarily operates as an off-leash park. Stop by and check it out.

North Bark Dog Park houses a large pond for swimming, and has extra convenience features as well, like a pup shower, drinking fountains and picnic areas. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as there is some natural brush about, like in many outdoor recreation spaces. 

Staying in Dallas

The towering neo-gothic Joule has been a Dallas fixture since the 1920’s, but has undergone some lavish tweaks that complement its stunning structure. This could be one of coolest hotels to welcome pets. Award winning cuisine, a glorious spa and rooftop pool that extends over the edge of the building are just a handful of the spectacular amenities to enjoy.

Dallas is obviously the place to take your pet for an elegant stay at a breathtaking hotel--the Rosewood Mansion was once a private residence, but has been transformed while holding true to its original renaissance charm. 

Another stunner, Hotel Zaza oozes with boutique charm and dramatic decor. Luxurious pet friendly rooms can be booked ahead, so your fluffy travel buddy can lodge like royalty. They’ll definitely become spoiled, living it up in these amazing hotels.

Convenience

Since your dog deserves specialty shopping on vacation too, there’s Lucky Dog Barkery. Everything from the basics, to the totally posh, is nestled in this little nook of Dallas. Fresh baked dog treats and a bountiful selection of unique toys make great souvenirs.

Adding ease to pampering and sprucing up your pet on a trip, Dirty Dawgs is a self-serve dog wash and spa with two Dallas locations. Of course, professional stylists are on the scene—call ahead for an appointment.

Late in the summer, the Wags and Waves event allows splash time for your pup in public pools. It’s basically a big summer blowout festival for fur babies, and they’ll get the VIP treatment via goody bags, food and water slide access! 

If you aren’t convinced Dallas would be a completely awesome doggy vacay destination, delve deeper into the pet welcoming restaurant and hotel scene of this vibrant, bustling city. Dallas surprises us by being comparable to other four-legged accommodating towns across the US—it’s perfect.


Karyn Wofford is a “Mom” to her fluffy, sweet dog Halli. She spends much of her time traveling and advocating for Type 1 diabetes—and Halli sometimes accompanies her on her adventures. You’ll find Karyn’s work on sites like Mother Earth Living, and in magazines such as Diabetes Forecast.

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