Mission has been the heart of Texas grapefruit land since 1921. It also has a special place in the hearts of dog-lovers, and probably in the hearts of dogs themselves. With two vets inside the city limits, and half a dozen more in neighboring McAllen, Mission puts dogs’ health high on their priority list. They also know that dog lovers hate to dine alone! Bring your dog with you to Roosevelt’s at 7 (the restaurants name, not a suggested reservation time) for an eclectic mix of salmon sandwiches and BBQ pizza at one of Mission’s most popular dog friendly spots.
Bannworth Park is a great destination for the whole family. Exercise your dog while the kids enjoy the playground. If you’d rather get away from it all, Anzalduas Park is a 96-acre natural park. It’s great for birding and for long walks with your dog.
Your pup sleeps for no additional fee at Motel 6 Mission, and La Quinta Inn & Suites Mission and West McAllen. If you have an RV, there are two RV parks in Mission that will accept your dog: Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort and Tradewinds RV Resort. Get a good rest to be up bright and early to see what else Mission has in store for you!
The Bentsen Palm Community Park is a newly renovated, gorgeous place to spend your time. It’s only going to get more beautiful as the landscaping matures. For now, the main draw of Bentsen Palm Community Park is the sheer amount of space you’ll have to explore. Sports fields and mapped out walking paths create a space designed for new vistas and fresh exercise experiences every time. Energetic dogs will have enough room to challenge themselves. Dogs have to be on leash in the park, so if challenging your energetic dog leaves you breathless, enjoy the park’s benches, or even a BBQ pit, after your walk.
The Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a small, but incredible state park. You shouldn’t go to Mission and not visit this South Mission gem. The park is not large for a state park, but it’s one of the biggest parks in the area. It’s also the headquarters of the World Birding Center. Your dog is welcome in the park, but you should keep him on a leash at all times. There are several paths through the park that you can traverse with your pup. One popular trail is a three mile loop for bikers and joggers. Bring your own supplies, from water to snacks to a bowl for your pup, because this park is committed to preserving the natural beauty of Mission, and offers none of these amenities.
Jaycee Park is a community oriented park that caters to two large demographics: children and sports. There is a playground for kids, and much of the green space in this park is marked off for sports fields. But there’s nothing to stop you from exploring them when there’s not a match going on! Social dogs will be delighted to see so many people coming and going at the park. Shy dogs will probably be happier just walking the perimeter, and with a park the size of Jaycee, a single lap could be a good walk! Dogs have to be on leash while touring Jaycee Park.
The Jose M. Lopez Park in Downtown Mission is a perfect destination when you need a break from the hustle and bustle. Space is at a premium in this neighborhood, so this park isn’t large. Some of the space is given over to a splash pad for children. While dogs aren’t allowed on the splash pad, they can enjoy the BBQ pits, grassy picnic area, and even the benches by your side! Bring a lunch to the park or cook a meal there; either way, most agree that Jose M. Lopez Park is a welcome retreat from the crush of urban living.
Madero Park is a community area geared towards sports--but that doesn’t mean your dog can’t have a great time! The entire park is broken up into sports fields, but when a game isn’t in play, this becomes a large, green space to explore! Dogs should remain on leash inside this park, but there’s plenty of room to make up for that. Just walking a brisk lap of this park could be enough exercise for some dogs! Bring your own water and a bowl for your dog, as this park is light on amenities. Get there early on weekends to avoid sports leagues!