Lorena is a small Texas city on the outskirts of Waco with a small-town, homey vibe. Families and pup owners can enjoy McBrayer Park, a small public area for sports games and community events in Lorena, but you’ll need to venture a few miles north to Hewitt for the closest vet clinic and about 15 miles to get to Waco for some dog-friendly dining and fun.
Waco has several dining spots for pups and their owners, including chains and some locally-owned restaurants that you and your dog are sure to go mutts for. Check out Health Camp, a retro-style spot that’s famous for its malts and burgers. Or, head to Shorty’s Pizza Shack for regular and specialty pizzas in a casual, fun atmosphere. Both spots have outdoor dining areas for pooches!
In about 30 minutes, you can get to Temple, Texas, which also has several restaurants that welcome dogs and off-leash dog parks. If you don’t mind a longer drive or are heading toward Austin, consider stopping in Georgetown, which is about an hour away from Lorena. Georgetown Bark Park offers a pawfect place for Sparky to play off their leash and has some fun agility equipment to keep pups occupied.
You won’t struggle to find paw-friendly dining and play options outside of Lorena no matter how far you feel like traveling!
About 16.8 miles from Lorena is the Brazos neighborhood of Waco, Texas. This neighborhood is considered part of the downtown area of Waco, where there are plenty of places to shop, eat, and explore. You and your pup will have plenty of dining options in Brazos, with several restaurants that have outdoor tables for dogs and their humans. 1424 Bistro is one of them, serving up your favorite seafood and meat dishes in a cozy and casual setting. Or, try Alpha Omega for a taste of the Middle East’s famous gyros and more. You can even stop for a sweet treat at Lula Jane’s Bakery!
The Cedar Ridge neighborhood of Waco sits on the northern end of the city and is just over 14 miles from Lorena. The residential area has beautiful parks and some waterfront spots along the Bosque River. You can head to Cameron Park and the Northern Gateway area of the park with your leashed dog for a picnic lunch, or to catch up on the latest ball games. There’s also access to a few trails from Cameron Park where leashed pups are welcome. The H.O.T Dog Park in Cedar Ridge is sure to be a hit for dogs who love to run. The off-leash park has a lot of open space for exercising and playing.
The Shallow Ford Road area of Temple, Texas, is about 28 miles from Lorena, located on the western end of the city. The residential neighborhood has a beautiful park to enjoy, Lion’s Park. The public area is the pawfect place for leashed pups to enjoy, with its picnic tables and pavilions, sports fields, and access to a bike and hike trail for some outdoor exercise. You can also head to its Central Texas Bark Park for some unleashed fun with new furry friends! This neighborhood is only minutes from a privately-owned Temple dog park, Oak Tree Dog Park, located in Barking Oaks Pet Resort.
A 40-minute drive from Lorena will bring you to the Union Grove area of Harker Heights. You can dine with your pup at one of several dog-friendly chain restaurants in Union Grove with outdoor seating for furry paws. But the neighborhood also is home to Purser Family Park, a public area that welcomes leashed dogs to enjoy most of its facilities with their owners. The park also has a dog park inside with separate small and large dog areas to keep pups safe. Only minutes from Union Grove is the Harker Heights Community Park, which has access to a dog-friendly trail!
Killeen, Texas is about 48 miles from Lorena and only minutes away from Fort Hood. The Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. area is a residential spot near pupular chain restaurants, many of which welcome furry paws at their outdoor seating areas. You and your dog can spend a day at Conder Park enjoying nature with its several picnic tables and a beautiful fishing pond. Mickey’s Dog Park is also in the neighborhood, giving pups an off-leash area for playing, exercising, and meeting some new pup pals. The park even has some agility equipment to boost the challenge and fun factors for Spot!