Bayview, Texas, is a small town with a small population, but if you’re looking for a small-town vibe near larger towns and cities, it might be a good place to lay down roots with your dog. About 15 miles from northern Brownsville, 20 minutes from Harlingen, and an hour from McAllen, there’s plenty of things to do no matter how far you want to travel.
In those cities is where you can also find some vet care for your pooch, along with paw-friendly shopping areas, dining spots, and dog parks with off-leash exercise areas! But, perhaps the biggest draw for Bayview residents and visitors is its proximity to South Padre Island, which is filled with hotels and restaurants that accept furry friends, all while offering breathtaking waterfront views.
Visit Sea Turtle Inc. with your dog to learn everything there is to know about sea turtles and their rescue efforts. Dogs are welcome to join you on a guided tour and you might even be able to join in one of the releases of newly-hatched baby sea turtles. Choose from a wide variety of restaurants on the island where dogs are allowed, like The Lookout Bar & Restaurant, which sits right on the beach, so you won’t want to miss sitting on the outdoor patio with Max.
The Mitte Cultural District in Brownsville, Texas is a treat for dogs and their owners and just under 25 miles from Bayview. The neighborhood offers culture, history, relaxation, and fun, with activities like outdoor yoga and the Children’s Museum of Brownsville. You and your pup can walk the district on the Historic Battlefield Trail, which stretches nine miles into the Palo Alto Battlefield. You can also head to one of several dog-friendly restaurants, like 7th and Park, which has parking spots for bikers to store their bikes while they grab a cup of coffee. The outdoor seating area is pawfect for you and your pup!
Just under 15 miles from Bayview is the Water Place Drive area of Brownsville, located near Olmito and the Olmito Lake. A quick drive will take you right to the lake, where you and your dog can enjoy fishing, biking or walking the trails, or splashing around. The area also has a park just for dogs, known as the Catherine B. Stillman Dog Park. The fully-fenced area is free, open to the public and offers two separate areas for small and large dogs, walking paths for owners to enjoy as their pups play, and some agility equipment for extra fun and challenge.
A beautiful residential neighborhood about 56 miles away from Bayview, Parkland Estates in McAllen, Texas, is close to the McAllen International Airport and two major highways and includes three pupular parks. Pups will enjoy getting some off-leash exercise at McAllen Dog Park, where small and large dogs can separate and have plenty of room to play and socialize. Jackson Park and La Vista Park are two other options where you can bring your pooch, but they’ll need to be on their leashes to join in the fun. La Vista Park offers cozy picnic areas, walking and biking areas, and plenty of open grassy space for your dog to play on.
The E Harrison Ave area of Harlingen is the town’s downtown-like area, offering most of its restaurants and stores with several cozy residential areas nearby. The area is about 20 miles from Bayview and offers a pawfect spot for some dog-friendly dining. Carlito’s Wine House is a great place to unwind after work with your favorite drinks while sitting on the relaxing outdoor patio with your pooch and some friends. Or, try the Rio Grande Grill, a colorful Mexican restaurant with a large outdoor seating area and some of the best authentic dishes that your dog will love to share.
De Palmas Historic District in McAllen is 59 miles from Bayview and is a pawfect place to stop for a dog-friendly meal if you’re heading west. The neighborhood is close to several dog-friendly hotels and only minutes from McAllen’s Historic Business Development and Downtown areas. Check out Spanish Room if you want to dine with your dog. This restaurant is a pupular one in the area, offering cultural classics with an outdoor patio at which Spot can join you. Or, head to Roosevelt’s at 7 for a casual meal in a pub setting offering an excellent spot for a night out with friends (human and furry!).