Dallas, Texas is a massive Southern hub for humans, and is known for its laid back, dog-friendly style. Diana Oates of Travel & Leisure is a Dallas native who gathered the best of the best that this larger than life city has to offer when it comes to dining, lodging and entertainment – with your dog, of course. Here’s everything you need to know to cross Dallas off your doggy travel bucket list.
Where to Eat
Mutt’s Cantina loves dogs so much, they decided to name their restaurant after them! They serve top notch American food – think hot dogs, burgers and hand-spun milk shakes, but done really well. They also have a dogs welcome communal beer garden where pups can mingle while the humans sample some craft beers. Most pawesome of all is their one acre off leash fenced dog park!
The Grove at Harwood is like a giant upscale frat party. Their massive outdoor area features cornhole, volleyball, bocce, hammocks, and plenty of green space to spread out a picnic blanket. Dogs have plenty of room to romp while you play. The menu offers healthy appetizers, paninis, and alcoholic snow cones.
Cane Rosso White Rock has scored D Magazine’s pick for Best Pizza in the city for 5 years running and their name means Red Dog in Italian! The owner founded his own dog rescue group and raises money for the cause with weekly Pups on the Patio celebrations. Eating amazing pizza while supporting pups in need? A definite must!
What to Do
What’s a vacation without some time for play? Dallas offers several lovely parks for your pup to enjoy. Before you head out on a hike, be sure to stop by Lucky Dog Barkery for some pre-play fuel!
Klyde Warren Park has a whopping 5.2 acres of green space for dogs that love to run or chase a ball. Or swing over to their special pooch section called My Best Friend Park to socialize and take a run through the fountains.
Griggs Park is located in a beautiful, well maintained area of Uptown Dallas and is perfect for laid back pooches and pawrents who prefer meandering to running. It’s also a lovely spot to spread a blanket, read a book and enjoy the fresh air and each other’s company.
White Rock Dog Park just underwent a million-dollar renovation and offers a launch pad into White Rock Lake for water loving dogs. There are also more than 9 miles of scenic hiking trails, picnic areas, and piers for your pup to practice his dock diving.
Where to Stay
Oates reports that most Dallas hotels are now open to allowing your pup to spend the night for a fee, however the following establishments go above and beyond to treat dogs like welcome guests.
The Joule is considered the most upscale Dallas hotel to accommodate pooches – fee free! The historical Neo-Gothic building boasts a $20 million art collection, a rooftop pool, and a luxury spa.
Hotel Lumen is the perfect place for those travelling with their entire pack. They have no weight or number limit on pups and there is no extra charge for extra pups! The Lumen offers a pet package for weary canine travelers and the staff are prepared to direct you to all the best dog friendly attractions around the city.
The Highlands Dallas welcomes two dogs of any size for no charge, and they also have no limit on the number of pets you can bunk with. Their fourth and fifth floors are designated for pets, so your pup may even meet a friend or two.
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