The city of Lubbock, Texas is the county seat of Lubbock County and the 11th most populated city in the state. It was named after Thomas Lubbock, who was a Texas Ranger and the brother of the governor back in 1876. Besides being a very historic city, it is also popular with dog owners. It's estimated that there are more than 40,000 dogs living in Lubbock, and that means there is plenty to do with Fido when you visit.
If hiking is your thing, check out Mae Simmons Park. It has everything you want in a hiking experience with about 10 miles of trails along Dunbar Historical Lake that range from easy to very challenging. Some trails have bluffs and huge drop-offs that are only recommended for the expert mountain bikers, and others that are acceptable for rookies and kids. There is usually water along the trail that Fido can drink, but you will want to bring your own. Back at the park there is swimming, boating, camping, BBQ, disc golf, and other amenities.
If you do not want to eat and camp at the park, you can get a bite to eat and a drink at The Lantern Tavern. They have 18 kinds of beer on tap, and their cheeseburger pizza is the best. Fido will love the pork sliders or chicken fingers. After dinner head over to La Quinta Inn, Best Western, or Extended Stay and they will let your furbaby sleep inside with you.
Tech Terrace is a bustling neighborhood filled with children, college students, and dog lovers alike. Being so popular, it’s no wonder Tech Terrace is the home of Lubbock’s ‘unofficial’ dog park, Tech Terrace Park. The bark isn’t a dog park at all, although still very popular with dog lovers across the neighborhood with its 18 acres of open area, an abundance of benches, and doggy-bag spots. Terrace Tech Park even boasts having 10 to 40 dogs there a day. If you want some alone time with your furry friend to get some exercise, head over to Wagner Park and enjoy the half-a-mile track that’ll let your dog get his energy out and leave his tail wagging!
Hoel Park in Preston Smith is a fantastic option if you want a calm, peaceful walk with your pooch. The .2 mile trail is short, but worth it when you can take an easy going walk while enjoying the sound of the fountain. There are plenty of benches stationed around the park in case you or your dog needs a rest in the shade. Afterwards, head over to Three Dog Bakery, an all-natural bakery for dogs that has plenty of treats to choose from. Other options include natural dog food and different accessories that you know you won’t be able to resist, because, let’s face, who doesn’t love spoiling our dogs?
Lakeridge provides the best of the best views of Lubbock, with plenty of waterfront and greenery to roam. It's a great place to bring your dog to run and play. Jan Jennings Park is the top pick for this, with a long green lawn that’s perfect for your dog to run on or to play fetch or frisbee. You can take a stroll around the park, or take a rest on the benches provided. If you’re in the mood for a treat for you and your pup, head over to J’s creamery to get an ice cream cone for you, and a pup cone for your dog. The large patio is dog-friendly and allows both of you to enjoy the atmosphere and your ice cream!