Planning to see a game at the Louisiana Superdome or spend a weekend relaxing at Lake Pontchartrain? Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the La Quinta Inn New Orleans Causeway on Service Road in Metairie. Rooms start as low as $75, and two pets under 50 pounds are welcome in any room for no additional fee. The La Quinta Inn offers amenities such as high-speed Internet, free breakfast, fitness room, meeting rooms, and a swimming pool. Going somewhere your pet isn’t allowed? Simply give your phone number to the front desk and inform them that your pet will be alone for a time period, and they will call you if any problems arise.
Let your dog run off-leash at the Bonnabel Boat Launch Dog Park. This completely fenced-in park is located on Bonnabel Boulevard and is equipped with dog agility equipment. You can get your dog ready for competition using this dog park’s agility gear, or simply use the obstacles for a fun owner-and-dog workout. Be a courteous citizen by treating the equipment respectfully and clean up after your pet.
Spend a day shopping with your pet at the pet-friendly Lake Side Shopping Center. With stores such as the Apple Store, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Game Stop, and Macy’s, there’s sure to be a store that will fit your and your pet’s fancy. Of course, individual stores have the right to deny entrance to your pet, so be sure to clarify that pets are allowed in your favorite outlet.
Located on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, Bonnabel Boat Launch Dog Park will satisfy your pup’s desire to be free outside. Cool breeze from the lake refreshes you as you watch your pup roam around the off-leash park. Play equipment keeps your doggo entertained, and a water fountain keeps them from overheating after a long afternoon of running. There are benches and portable restrooms for dog owners. It should be noted that there is not separate areas for small and larger dogs; the fenced-in space is just one big grassy area. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Featuring a spacious 5 acres, your dog will quickly fall in love with Lafreniere Dog Park, an off-leash dog park. A smaller fenced in area allows small dogs less than 22 lbs. to roam freely, while another space is dedicated to larger dogs. Think twice before you bring all the neighborhood dogs on a stroll, though; you can’t bring more than three pups at a time. Water, benches and shade are there to help you and your pooch out when things get sweaty. Park hours are Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The park also includes a disc golf course, ball fields and a patio garden.
Zita's La Pizzeria is just the option if you’re looking for a casual, pup-loving diner. Enjoy a calzone, burger or sandwich off the grill, while your happy pup sits at your feet at one of the four hound-friendly outside tables. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Once you’ve had your fill of pizza, take the 5-minute drive to Lafreniere Bark, a dog park that give your furry friend five acres to roam around to complete the day.
Take your pup and explore the miles of pathways through Metairie Cemetery, one of New Orleans’s largest and historic graveyards. Over 9,000 tombs fill the resting grounds, some dating back to the 1800s. This low-key stroll allows you to honor those who came before and you what’s important in life, which is the fact one year for dogs roughly equates to 15 human years. Don’t ever take your pup for granted! The cemetery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dogs must remain on a leash. After your walk, you can walk the half-mile to The Bulldog, a dog-loving pub with plenty of canine-friendly tables.
What dedicated dog lover doesn’t love eating at a restaurant named after one of the most loveable dog breeds? The Bulldog, a well-known pup-friendly establishment, offers a host of casual pub food and drinks, from burgers to nachos to more than 60 draft beers. The restaurant isn’t just dedicated to feeding you quality food while hanging out with your pup. They also care about the well-being of canines in the Mid-City area, showing their love and support by hosting dog-themed events around town, along with hosting occasional “Yappy Hour” nights, in which a portion of the proceeds go to local nonprofits that help hounds.