Activities For Dogs In Texas On Cold Days

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Introduction

There are many things Texas is known for, from barbecue and chili to football, but just about all of it is some degree of hot. While Texas winters may not get as cold as some of its northern counterparts, visitors and natives still need things to do when the weather cools and it's no longer shorts and t-shirt weather (not that most natural Texans aren't wearing boots and jeans in summer anyway). Luckily for you, we've got a hefty list of cool and cold-weather activities you and your dog can dig into, whether it's teetering on the edge of spring or the depths of winter.

Get Historically Creepy

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Cold Day
Moderate
Easy
12 - 24 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Dog Food
Activity description
While there are plenty of single activities you can do in Texas in cold weather, we've decided to hook you up with a three-in-one for this activity, which is a trip to San Antonio. Why? Because not only is it widely dog-friendly and boasts some of the most historic spots in the state, but it's also one of the creepiest, making it a Halloween hot spot. On this mini trip you can cram into a single day and night, you'll catch some fun classic fall activities, then cap it off with a ghost tour and a stay in a haunted hotel. Since it's around Halloween, it's perfect for cold weather so you can get the chills from the temperature and the creepiness simultaneously. It's moderately expensive depending on what hotel you stay in, but the rest of the activities are generally cheap and easy to book. Plus, it makes a full day of frighteningly fantastic fun.
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Secure your scary stay
Before you ever take off on your trip, we suggest booking your hotel ahead of time to ensure you'll have a place to stay (not that you'll be able to sleep anyway). Do a little bit of research beforehand so you can find your ideally creepy spot. We suggest three spots in particular, although there are plenty more. The Emily Morgan Hotel is absolutely notorious for ghostly activity - it was recently ranked as the third most haunted hotel IN THE WORLD - thanks to the fact that it's right near the historic Alamo Plaza, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it used to be a medical center in the early 1900s. Right nearby is The Menger Hotel, which boasts a similar reputation for all-too-often bumps in the night and The Crockett Hotel is rumored to be located on one of the most active sites during the battle. They are all dog-friendly, so call and book a room at the one that sounds the most interesting and be prepared to end your night with a bang.
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Get lost
The first stop on your trip will require a little research as well, but shouldn't be too difficult either. Find yourself a fall-themed farm outside of town that is dog-friendly for some classic autumn fun. Most farms don't serve food and have plenty of animals which means they're usually open to well-behaved dogs. Many have games you can play, hay rides, and even corn mazes, all of which your dog will likely be able to participate in (and may even be able to help you in the corn maze). Check each farm's website and make sure they're dog-friendly. If you're still not sure, give them a call. Most are entirely family friendly and accommodating as long as your dog is well-behaved, leashed, and cleaned up after.
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Get spooked
Like we mentioned in the activity intro, San Antonio is notorious for its ghost activity, largely because of the Alamo and the famous battle that took place there. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's tucked in the heart of the city, leaving it wrapped in history on all sides. Because of it, San Antonio has some of the best haunted tours in the state, if not the country, many of which are dog-friendly. Our two top recommendations are Sisters Grimm and Bad Wolf Ghost Tours, as both have been extremely well-received and enjoyed by dog owners of all walks. Both tours are right around 90 minutes at just $15-$20 per person and walk through some of the most active haunted spots in the city. Just make sure you call ahead to let them know you plan to bring your dog. Once you're done you can easily walk to your hotel and settle in for your night of frights!
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Christmas Vacation

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 180 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Camera (optional)
Activity description
Halloween isn't the only perfect cold-weather holiday. In fact, by most standards, it's not even the best. We think we all know what is... Christmas! Whether you celebrate the holiday specifically or something else during wintertime, the coldest months of the season are ideal for festivities and cheer, and many include dog-friendly activities for all to enjoy. We've got a short list of inexpensive ways to take in the holidays that require little more than some spare cash and warm clothes, but are otherwise super easy to do. So put on your ugly sweater, grab a cup of hot chocolate and your dog and we can take a stroll through some of the best winter wonderland activities!
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Deck the Paws
Once a year at the Fair Park in Dallas, there comes an event that is equally as festive as it is dog-friendly: Deck the Paws. The two-day event costs under $10 a person for standard tickets but also offer VIP tickets for unrestricted access to the VIP Lounge and additional package benefits. The event itself includes tons of activities for both people and pups including holiday shopping, photos with Santa, an art exhibit for dogs, an ugly sweater contest, holiday-themed baked treats, and even train rides. Sign up in advance online for just a day or buy enough for a return on day 2. The event runs 8 hours both days, leaving you both plenty of time to get furry and festive.
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Walk the river of lights
While you can take your dog on a San Antonio riverwalk any time of the year and enjoy it, holiday time is easily one of the most magical. Not only is the riverwalk littered with dog-friendly patios to grab food and drinks on, but it is decorated from head to toe in absolutely gorgeous holiday lights, doubling its presence by glistening off the calm waters of the river below. Plus, many of the businesses along the walk have special holiday treats, deals, and more for you two to check out. Bring your camera because there will be plenty of photo ops for both of you!
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Tour of lights
If the lights of the riverwalk just aren't enough, consider taking a road trip to one of several Texas towns that decorate their town squares and entire neighborhoods with lights. There are at least ten spread across the state, but most are found in a stretch between San Antonio and Grapevine, making it a perfect road trip for you and your furry friend.
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Trick or (Dog) Treat

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 180 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Costume (for both)
Activity description
There are plenty of Halloween activities you can get involved in with your dog but one of the best has to be a fest, such as the Bow Wow Trick or Treat Festival in Granbury. There are several others held across the state, so it's probably best to choose one that's close, but for the sake of example, we'll be using this one in particular. It's only $5 to participate and the proceeds go to the Hood County Animal Lovers Organization (HALO), so it's cheap and easy to attend as long as you're near by or don't mind a road trip (which is another great cold weather activity anyway) and can take up a good chunk of your day if you participate in most it has to offer.
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Trick or treat
There are few steps necessary for this activity besides paying and showing up. You'll probably want to get a costume ahead of time and try it out on your dog to make sure they'll be comfortable in it for a few hours. Make sure your pup can see well and that the costume itself fits properly.
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Themed fun for all
Otherwise, for this fun activity, you just need to pack the few supplies listed above and hit the fest. If this one is any indicator, there will be lots of activities like doggy trick or treating, a costume contest, and more waiting for you two, so get there early and get in some holiday-themed fun!
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Dinosaur Valley

Like Stonehenge above, Dinosaur Valley State Park offers only a mild amount of shade, so going for a visit is best reserved for days that aren't super sunny. But when you do, there is plenty to see between the natural beauty and the giant dinosaur statues that litter the park. And don't forget to bring a leash!

Check Out Stonehenge II

Just southwest of Fredericksburg, in Ingram, is a unique site you won't see many other places: a recreated version of Stonehenge, complete with recreated Moai heads of Easter Island. It's a super cool site, but since it offers no shade, it's best for cooler days when you won't get roasted by the sun.

Conclusion

Of course, not all cold-weather activities have to be centered around the holidays, but given how many are crammed into a short span, they do create a lot of unique opportunities you can't take advantage of any other time of the year - especially those you can do with your dog. For more great ideas, consider just about any outdoor activity that's far too daunting to experience in the dog days of summer and go from there. There are plenty of awesome desert spots just waiting to be explored that are often forgotten in the heat, so don't waste any time sitting around inside when there's a massive state worth of locations and activities to dig into come October, November, December and beyond!