Waco is the county seat of McLennan County in Texas. The city was founded in 1849 by a Wichita Native American group known as Huaco Indians. There are many attractions to fill you and your pup’s day with tons of fun!
H.O.T Dog Park is the one of the only off-leash dog parks in Waco. The park was founded by Dr. Luann Ervin and Jeanelle Kramolis in 2011. The park itself is a non-profit organization. The land was donated by Dr. Ervin, and they also accept donations from local pet-loving hearts to maintain and improve the park. Dr. Ervin's practice is next-door, which makes it quite convenient. Your pup can enjoy the park for at no cost, run freely and get an opportunity for some canine socialization.
You can also bring your adventurous tyke to Cameron Park where both of you can appreciate the magnificence of nature. For as long as your doggy friend is leashed, you can both take a hike or run in their twisting trails. Horses are also allowed in designated trails. Their multi-use National Recreation Trail System will give you never-ending adventure with nature. There are also other attractions in the park such as playgrounds, a zoo, and a scenic cliff. Who doesn’t love pizza? Shorty’s Pizza Shack is for you. They’re home of the $9.99 XL Pepperoni Pie. They also serve pies, chicken wings, and ice cold beer. You can stay at their gorgeous patio area together with your dog!
The H.O.T Dog Park in Waco is a fun park to take Fido to for some off-leash adventuring. The park has two sections, one for large dogs and one for small, and water fountains to keep your pup hydrated. The park has plenty of hills that your dog can run up and down, and benches for you to relax on. If it rains, a huge mud puddle has been known to form in the middle of the park, which your dog may enjoy more then you will. Locals also leave kiddie pools during the summer for your dog to splash around in when it is super-hot.
Oakwood Park is a great park to explore with your pup and get a good walk in. The park features baseball and basketball fields, a pavilion and a soccer field. If you and your dog are in the mood for s’mores, Oakwood Park also provides fire pits to relax by. They also have walking trails to enjoy and lush grass for fetching and rolling. If you and your pup get hungry while enjoying the park, take a walk over to Shorty’s Pizza Shack and grab a slice of pizza before heading home. Their outdoor seating is dog friendly.
If you and your dog are looking for a low key but fun park to take a walk around then visit the Alta Vista Park. The park features basketball courts, a picnic area, a playground, and tennis courts. There are a few walking trails that you and your pup can explore plus grass which is perfect for fetch. Locals love how clean the park is and how well the equipment has been maintained, but it is nearby a school so during busier school hours the park can be a bit occupied. If you are passing through Waco, stay at one of these nearby pet-friendly hotels: Candlewood Suites Waco, Rodeway Inn Waco, or Motel 6 Waco South.
If you and your pup are wandering around Brazos enjoying your day and need a place to eat, check out 1424 Bistro. This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, chicken, beef, and lamb entrées. Their outdoor seating is 100% dog friendly, plus it is fenced in, and the servers will even bring out a fresh bowl of water for your pup to enjoy. Before heading to 1424 Bistro, be sure to check their website for hours. After your day winds down, be sure to enjoy a nice stroll through the Brazo neighborhood.