Pasadena, Texas, is a large city, part of the Houston metropolitan area known, among other things, for its annual rodeo. The sizable sum of regional parks in Pasadena offers relaxation and recreation. The green environment is, however, also a big boon for dog owners and equestrians of whom there are many in Pasadena.
One of the more interesting nature attractions is the Armand Bayou Nature Center. This preserve of over 2,500 acres, located on the shore of Galveston Bay, is a throwback to the authentic eco-system of the Pasadena region. The protected area also is a haven for rare species of wildlife.
While dogs are not allowed entry in the preserve, the Bay Area Dog Park is at a stone’s throw distance from the natural preserve. This dog park consists of two play areas: one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. The Bay Area Park is also accessible with dogs as long as they are on a leash.
There is also a dog park at the Pasadena Animal Shelter. Dogs are allowed to roam off-leash in this park. The play area offers a little bridge, a small pool and a tube for the more playful dogs. It is even possible to take one of the shelters’ dogs for a walk in the park for people that do not own a dog.
Pasadena Place’s local Memorial Park is a great treat for local dogs and travelers alike. Its varied attractions, from basketball courts to a skate park, means it’s thriving with people. Many dogs love to watch crowds, so just a trip through the park may be stimulating enough for bored pooches. If your dog needs more, lace up and head down the walking/jogging trails. These paths are guaranteed to be cyclist-free! You can do a few laps for a long workout, or just one to rev your engine and work up a sweat. Bring your own water bowl for refueling!
Start your time in Spencer View Terrace with a trip to Partnership Park, where there is a dog park area within the park! It’s fully fenced and separated based on weight, so little dogs can be safe on their own side. The play area is simple but meets the basic needs. There are doggie water fountains and lots of room to run. If watching your dog tires you out, there are benches around the park so you can rest. If you’re hungry after all the romping, head to The Republic House for hot sandwiches and beer on tap. Their patio is ready for your dog.
Pasadena Dog Park is located next to the animal shelter in the area. The animal shelter maintains the park and uses it for their own walking and training, but the park is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. The park is divided into multiple off leash spaces. The first is a large dog area, then a small dog area, and finally an area for training or working on socialization with shy dogs. The third area can only be used by one dog (or set of dogs) at a time. There are water fountains onsite to slake the thirst of the thirstiest of dogs.