San Antonio is a Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Winner and it is clear to see why. You and your canine companion will have days of fun exploring all the dog-friendly options this city has to offer. From the missions to the River Walk, there is something here to keep both of you enjoying healthy fun together. Stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in San Antonio and have a great time exploring the city’s many animal-centric attractions, which include:
Visit anytime, but try and catch one of the special programs at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center on the first Saturday of the month. Programs include talks on dinosaurs, tree walks, butterflies, native plant walks, snakes, feral dogs, “leave no trace” program, rocks and fossils of Texas and more. Once the home of a working dairy farm (you can still visit the restored barn), the area is now a recorded archaeological site. Your leashed dog is welcome throughout the park, though there is a fenced-in area where he can run his heart out off-leash as well.
At Brackenridge Park, start your visit by checking out the outdoor Japanese Tea Gardens, lush year-round gardens with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall, ponds with multi-colored koi and tropical plants. The Sunken Gardens Theatre is right next door, and there is a golf course and zoo (though you will need to leave your canine companion behind for those two venues). A great way to see the area as a whole is to go for a ride on the Brackenridge Eagle open-air miniature train that takes you on a three-and-a-half-mile trip around the park. Take Fido on the train and the walks, feed the ducks from the quaint little bridge and make sure to bring water along for both of you.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park preserves four of San Antonio’s five Spanish frontier missions, an important element of Texas history. In the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, these missions formed a part of the colonization effort by Catholic religious orders. Your pooch cannot go into the churches that are still standing—although a couple of them are in ruins—but the parkland that surrounds them is beautiful and is a lovely place to walk around and enjoy. Check out the Espada Aqueduct that you can climb over and under for a bit of extra fun together.
There are 83 restaurants in San Antonio that allow dogs to hang out with their owners in outside seating. One you may want to visit is Los Patios. Dogs are allowed and encouraged on its front patio. You can even leave your pet in dog-friendly waiting areas after lunch if you would like to go shopping at one of the six boutiques located here. Then take off on San Antonio’s hike-and-bike trail that passes through Los Patios.
The San Antonio River Walk comprises five lovely miles of cypress-lined paved paths and arched stone bridges. It winds through the city center, giving you easy access to nearly everything you could want to see in San Antonio. There are historic attractions, restaurants, cultural sites, shops and more. Be sure to check out the locks on the canal. Leashed dogs are allowed on the River Walk and many of the outdoor restaurants are dog-friendly. Call ahead or ask onsite if you can bring your friend.
Parks and trails and river walks, oh, my! You will probably be exhausted every night after your fun-filled day of exploring this city. Stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in San Antonio, Texas, listed below and get the well-deserved rest that you need before taking off on the next day’s wondrous doggy adventure.
San Antonio, TX, US, 78208
San Antonio, TX, US, 78214
San Antonio, TX, US, 78201
San Antonio, TX, US, 78219
San Antonio, TX, US, 78205
San Antonio, TX, US, 78249
San Antonio, TX, US, 78249
San Antonio, TX, US, 78232
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