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Dog Areas in Houston, TX

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Ever since its incorporation in 1836, Houston has been expanding and improving. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department now manages around 370 developed parks, many of which welcome dogs in its fields and trails.

The department oversees seven dog parks, including Ervan Chew. This park was the first in the city to allow dogs to run off-leash, and it now boasts a fenced in area of 9,000 square feet where dogs can interact and play.

Hermann Park, which is one of the most beautiful parks Houston has to offer, has plenty of points of interest for human and canine visitors. The park includes a mini-train, the McGovern Centennial Gardens, and a Japanese garden, with countless trails spread throughout the area.

Seeking a local gem? Check out Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park. Split into two sections for larger and small dogs, Bill Archer Bark Park offers a huge bone shaped pool, an expansive trail, shower stations, and even an obstacle course.

If you find yourself feeling hungry, stop in at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants in the city. Barnaby’s allows dogs on the patio at all of its locations, and the Backstreet Café has outdoor seating with plenty of floor space for canine guests. Whether you are looking for a place to hike or a bite to eat, Houston is bound to satisfy.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Houston, TX

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    Population Density 8,170/sq mi

    #1 Downtown

    Looking for a dog park where you and your pawsome pal can enjoy a stroll? You’ll be spoiled for choice in downtown Houston. The district offers five dog parks, so you can choose one based on your location. You definitely won’t want to miss the Discovery Green Dog Run, which is centrally located in Houston. Festivals and live shows are often happening nearby, so check to see if there are any events on during your visit. If so, pull up a lawn chair and a cooler and relax in the park with your pooch! Afterward, you can enjoy a bite to eat at any of downtown Houston’s thirty dog-friendly eateries.
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    Population Density 8,100/sq mi

    #2 Bellaire

    Hankering for a hike? Hit the Bray Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, which starts just outside Bellaire and ends near the University of Houston. Brave souls can hike the full 17-mile trail and see a good chunk of Houston along the way. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, check out Officer Lucy Dog Park. Your pup can stretch his legs and bask in the shade on a hot Houston day at this off-leash park. After getting a little dirty at the park, pamper your pooch at Glamor Dogs Salon. Grab a bite at Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill or Gugliani’s, both of which are dog-friendly.
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    Population Density 6,970/sq mi

    #3 Sugar Land

    Can’t get enough of the great Texas outdoors? You and your furry friend are in for a treat if you go to Sugar Land Memorial Park. This 420-acre veterans memorial park on the bank of the Brazos River has a little something for everyone, from fishing and canoeing to mountain biking. Sugar Land Memorial Park is also home to a separate dog park, called Pawn Springs Dog Park, which is complete with a pond and rinse stations. Sugar Land is also home to a host of dog-friendly hotels, so you won’t have to worry about finding pet-friendly accommodations.
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    Population Density 4,330/sq mi

    #4 River Oaks

    River Oaks is the prime destination for nature lovers visiting Houston. Head over to the Memorial Park for a fun day in the sun with your pooch. This park isn’t just a vast expanse of green like most dog parks -- it’s got plenty of walking trails and trees for your dog to explore. Before heading uptown, don’t forget to stop by the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. This outdoor nature center lets you and your pup get up close and personal with Texan wildlife. After a full day of play, sate both of your appetites at Becks Prime or Christian’s Tailgate.
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    Population Density 9,110/sq mi

    #5 Montrose

    Staying on the outskirts of Houston city center? You’ll definitely want to check out Buffalo Bayou Park! Relax by the creek while your dog plays in one of the park’s ponds. Don’t worry if he gets a little dirty -- you can rinse him off at one of the dog bathing stations in the park before heading down to one of Montrose’s many dog-friendly restaurants. Visiting in the spring? Don’t miss the Spring Fling Dog “Pawty”! All proceeds from the festival benefit Adore Houston. Purchasing a ticket will get you and your pup lots of free goodies, including a one-night stay at Rover Oaks, a free pack of treats, and a free professional dog portrait! The festival also offers tons of games and prizes your pooch will love.
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