Tokio is a very small unincorporated community in Terry County, TX. Some people call the place a "ghost town” because there are just 24 residents living there! Located between Big Spring and Lubbock, the town is dilapidated and ruined, a bit out of the way of any commercial and cultural facilities, and obviously isn't a tourist attraction. You may prefer its closest neighbor, Brownfield, 17 miles east of Tokio. However, if you're traveling with a furry baby, Lubbock may be a better solution, with 17 veterinary clinics, parks, shops, and plenty of pet-friendly eateries.
Coleman Park, connected to Terry County Park in Brownfield, is a wonderful spot for you and your leashed buddy to enjoy not far from Tokio. The expansive terrain of the park welcomes pooches to run and play with their owners, play hide-and-seek near the pecan trees, or watch others taking part in a disc golf tournament (you can even bet if you wish!).
For a quick bite or some tasty ice cream, take a 30-minute trip to Lubbock. The town has an abundance of cafes with outdoor tables, such as Urban Brick Pizza, with an open but shaded patio. You can create your own special pizza pie here and share a slice with Spot at the outdoor tables!
The Restaurant Row neighborhood of Lubbock, TX is so named for a reason! Locals and tourists alike flock to Restaurant Row to enjoy a wide variety of cuisines. Get your pup comfortable at the outdoor tables at Freebirds World Burrito, a Mexican restaurant with all your favorite dishes. However, outdoor table service isn't available here. If you don't want to leave your pup outside while you order, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is another pet-friendly Mexican restaurant with outdoor tables and yummy desserts! Don’t have much time? Rudy’s Country Store is a pet-friendly shop with a little cafeteria where you can have a quick bite before traveling further.
Tech Terrace is one of the central neighborhoods in Lubbock, located right across from Texas Tech University. U.S. Highway 62 and 19th Street, outlining the northern part of the neighborhood, are home to tourist amenities like eateries and hostels. If you need some fresh air, head to Tech Terrace Park or Wagner Park, two neighborhood parks with walking trails. You can't let pooches roam off-leash here, but there is no better place for a morning walk or an evening stroll! You can also meet up with friends with furry babies in Yellow House Coffee on 34th Street. This beautiful and cozy cafe has outdoor tables and occasional live music.
Centered on the namesake park, the Clapp Park neighborhood in Lubbock features mostly residential areas with a few convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Clapp Park, a huge recreational center in the heart of the neighborhood, is a green space with walking trails for on-leash walks with pooches in Lubbock Memorial Arboretum! If you get tired, there are some shaded spots near the lake to catch your breath and relax. After a good walk, grab a seat at Tech Café on 50th Street, a simple eatery with a pet-friendly atmosphere and old-fashioned burgers for fans of American cuisine. Bring a water bowl with you. Bone Appetit!
Hollandale Heights is one of the many neighborhoods of Midland, TX, featuring only residential quarters and small local stores and businesses. Hogan Park, with multiple recreational spots, fields, and amenities, is within walking distance from Hollandale Heights, right across East Wadley Avenue. The park is also home to Hogan’s Dog Park, one of just a few dog parks in the area where dogs can run off-leash. Locals often come here with their families and furry friends, so you and your pup are sure to make some new pals! The park provides drinking water, benches, and shade, but you'll need to bring your own waste baggies.
If you and your pup don't mind traveling, gear up for a 3-hour adventure to Abilene, a city in Abilene County, Texas. The South E. Highway 80 neighborhood stretches along the highway and occupies the entire eastern part of town. There are multiple parks here, as well as some stores serving the residents’ needs. To find some dog-friendly fun, head to Grover Nelson Park! This public park is one of the local attractions with a pet-friendly extension – Camp Barkeley Dog Park. The dog spot is spacious enough to have two separate enclosures for small and large breeds to play and run off-leash and some benches for owners.