Cushing, Oklahoma is a small city that’s big in the oil-trading business, has its own small airport, and is dedicated to being family-friendly with benefits for residents, like access to its youth and aquatic centers. You and your leashed pup can visit Cushing Park, the city’s one public park, for some outdoor exercise. There are also two vet clinics to choose from, but you’ll need to travel outside of Cushing to find more dog-friendly attractions. Fortunately, since Cushing is about equal in distance from Tulsa and Oklahoma City, they’re easy to find!
Both cities are about an hour away from Cushing. Tulsa has plenty of chain pet stores and training facilities for your dog, but it’s also a great place for paw-friendly dining and hiking. Hop on the Midland Valley Trail and make your way to two of the city’s most pupular parks – Centennial Park and Maple Park. Dine at places like Roosevelt’s or Prairie Brewpub with outdoor seating for dogs.
Oklahoma City has some unique opportunities for furry paws, like visiting the Boathouse District, where you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards with your pooch! Myriad Botanical Gardens also has its own dog park for pups to enjoy.
An hour in the car can bring you to some furtastic spots outside of Cushing.
Mcelroy Estates in Stillwater, OK is a residential neighborhood where several of the town’s schools are located. It’s also only a few minutes from Boomer Lake, a popular place for events, fishing, walking, and other outdoor activities. You and your pup have plenty of dining options in this neighborhood, which is about 23 miles from Cushing. Check out Schlotzsky's, a deli with some outdoor tables that serves up some delicious, quick meals perfect for lunch. Or, head to Pie Five Pizza Co., which has a sizeable outdoor patio for pups and some yummy pizza options your dog will go mutts for!
Irving is a residential Tulsa neighborhood that’s about 50 miles from Cushing. The neighborhood sits along the Arkansas River waterfront and is just down the road from Downtown Tulsa. You and your dog can play at the Joe Station Dog Park, a pawtastic off-leash park with plenty of room to run. Two separate areas keep large and small dogs safely apart. The fully-lit park is even available for nighttime play! The Katy Trail also runs through Irving and welcomes leashed pups to walk its 8 miles, which pass through wooded areas, shopping areas, and straight into the incredible downtown area.
Downtown Tulsa has an impressive skyline, lots of entertaining events throughout the year, pawesome shopping areas, and a diverse arts and culture district. You and your pup can head to this area, which is a little over 50 miles from Cushing, for some dog-friendly entertainment and dining. Choose from several restaurants with outdoor seating for you and your dog, like Daily Grill, which serves grilled favorites like burgers, sandwiches, steaks, wings and more. Downtown is also right next to Centennial Park, a pawfect place to spend a day outside with your dog, walking its paths, playing in the splash pad, or having a picnic with views of the skyline.
Darlington South is a southern neighborhood in Tulsa that’s just under 51 miles from Cushing. The neighborhood offers a little break from the heart of the city, thanks to residential developments and the gorgeous Hunter Park. This park has over 70 acres of land with fishing docks, playgrounds, walking trails, picnic areas, and a duck pond. You and your leashed pup are welcome to stroll throughout the park, or Spot can play and meet new friends at Benjamin’s Biscuit Acres, an off-leash park with separate large and small dog areas and a doggie bathing station to hose them down before they get back in the car.
The Whispering Heights neighborhood of Edmond is about 57 miles away from Cushing, but it may be a great place to check out if you’re heading to Oklahoma City and want a place to stop, stretch, and relax. The Edmond Dog Park is a pawfect place to bring your pup for some exercise, featuring a few acres of space for dogs to play off their leashes. There’s even access to the lake for water-loving pups to enjoy! You can also take your dog to the neighboring Bickham-Rudkin Park on their leash to have a picnic lunch or meet some kids on the playground.