Well-known as a massive sugar plantation, the city of Thibodaux benefits from the Spanish and French Creoles' rich cultural influence, and is now a great place to relax and learn some history. Thibodaux is located in the heart of Cajun Country, on the banks of Bayou Lafourche, and offers unique outdoor activities, extremely delicious local food, and much more! No need to leave your pooch behind if you're planning to visit. The city is home to at least three veterinary clinics, and much more are located in the surrounding areas of New Orleans, which is about an hour ride east.
Set on the northern bank of Bayou Lafourche and not far from the city center, Norman Swanner Dog Park, right next to Adley Landry Water Reservoir Museum, is a well-maintained, off-leash fenced dog park in Thibodaux. The place features two separate areas for small and large breeds, and an amazing spot to socialize and make new canine friends. You will find drinking water fountains for both human and pups, clean-up stations with disposal bags, and benches where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful day out watching your mutt going wild.
Finding a dog-friendly café is always an adventure, but in Thibodaux, you won't have to wander the streets aimlessly looking for something suitable. If you're not interested in fast food or drive-thrus, then pay a visit to Santa Fe Cattle Co., which is a casual steakhouse with a dog-friendly attitude and outdoor tables for your pooch’s comfort.
Set close to the town of Kenner, the Westgate neighborhood in Metairie features quiet residential quarters paired with big shopping malls and the extensive recreation area of Lafreniere Park. Centered on the lake, this park is a nice place for families to have a great weekend or just a day out, and you're welcome to bring your furry family here as well! This large park has a special, separate area for pooches, which covers about 5 acres of off-leash fun. The dog park has two separate sections for small and large pooches, washing stations, benches, lots of trees and shade, and plenty of canine visitors everyday to play with and chase.
Bonnabel Boulevard stretches from the city center of Metairie, eventually bumping into the northern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. Follow the lead of the boulevard to the north and you will find a dog park located not far from Bonnabel Boat Launch and Bonnabel Playground. This small park is fully fenced, features simple agility equipment and a decent amount of room to run off-leash and play fetch or Frisbee. There are a few benches available for humans, but not enough shade to cover them all. Keep this in mind and bring some drinking water with you as well.
Lakewood is a western neighborhood of New Orleans bordering with the area of Metairie. The place features green cemeteries, trails, and quiet streets. Feel free to have a quiet walk among the tombs in Metairie Cemetery, which welcomes leashed pooches to roam along the walking trails and hide in the shade of leafy trees on a sunny day. Miles of small roads and well-maintained paths are waiting for your lovely mutt! After wandering through the cemetery, head back into Lakewood to grab a bite. Chap’s Chicken Restaurant and Catering serves delicious signature chicken wings to pooches and their parents at the outdoor tables.
City Park is a collective neighborhood in the northern part of New Orleans bordering with the Lakeview neighborhood and featuring plenty of outdoor activities for humans and pooches alike. This local oasis is home to an extensive golf course, Couturie Forest connected to Scout Island via walking trails, a dog park, City Park, New Orleans Botanical Gardens and New Orleans Museum of Art. You are free to start exploring City Park, which isn't a designated dog park, but still a great place to enjoy an on-leash walk. But if you want to let your mutt go wild, feel free to visit NOLA City Bark on the opposite side of I-610. This is an off-leash park with two separate areas for small and large pooches and all the dog-friendly amenities you could pawssibly, including drinking water and agility equipment.
The Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans is located -- no pun intended -- by the water of Mississippi River, and offers all kinds of marina views and attractions for locals and visitors alike. Dog owners will want to make a beeline for the shoreline, where they'll find the beautiful Crescent Park. Enjoy a leashed stroll in the larger park, or find some off-leash fun at Downriver “Kickabout” and Dog Run Section. This area is located at the Mazant Street Ramp entrance and the Piety Wharf. Bring your own water with you, or fill up a bottle at one of the dog-friendly eateries nearby, such as Horns or Pizza Delicious. Both restaurants offer outdoor seating for pups.