The West End of Dallas gets its historic designation from the old warehouse buildings that have been refurbished into apartments, condos, restaurants, and businesses. Stretching from Houston Street to Lamar Street and from Main Street to just past McKinney Avenue, The West End is the heart of the original city of Dallas and many tourist attractions find their home here. This neighborhood is an excellent city walk experience for you and your furry friend. Take a walk over to the YO Steakhouse on Ross Avenue for a great meal on the outdoor patio where your pup might be rewarded with some class-A scraps!
Dallas weather is hot in the summer with temperatures rising over 100 degrees when the sun is high in the sky. Our furry friends can't handle that kind of heat any better than we can, so you might consider morning walks in the summer. Fall, spring, and winter bring milder weather to enjoy more varied walks.
The West End does have a historic designation and part of that is due to the fantastic brickwork on the buildings and throughout the roads and walkways. When you are walking in the West End, you are indeed walking on some history! That being said, this is a flat, artificial terrain that can be hot on pup's paws in the Texas heat. There are some planned treescapes throughout the neighborhood, especially around the residential buildings. However, prepare for it to be a mostly uncovered, exposed walk for you and your pup.
A good majority of the tourist attractions in Dallas are located in this area from The Sixth Floor Museum to the Dallas Aquarium. It is, on an average day, a busy pedestrian place. Dallas automotive traffic does not stop or slow down for this neighborhood either so always follow pedestrian safety laws and cross with your pup only in designated pedestrian zones.
Finding some green in what many people refer to as a “concrete city” can be challenging, but there are some gems in the West End. Take a walk into history at the Dealey Plaza off South Houston Street. The JFK Memorial Plaza is a formal park area across the street from the famous grassy knoll with trees and a walking path for remembrance. These spaces will require observances of any local regulations, however.
Pop over a few blocks to Ferris Plaza and you and your pup can enjoy a water fountain and some nicely planned walkways and resting spots. The fountain is for show only, so don't let your pup drink or play in it!
Go down a block to the east to the Lubben Plaza Park for a beautiful park experience with lots of trees, walkways, and picnic tables. Enjoy these parks with your pup on their leash as Dallas maintains leash laws in these areas.