Named after General Guadalupe Victoria, the city of Victoria is the county seat of Victoria County in Texas, and is the birthplace of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the WWE Superstar. Along the banks of the Guadalupe River, you can find many fishing and boating spots as well as parks with trails and other amenities. With about 14,059 dogs in a town of over 62,500, there are tons of things to do with Fido when you are there.
Riverside Park is a 562-acre wonderland for everyone with almost five miles of riverfront area, 200 picnic tables, barbeque pits, and tons of benches. There is boating, swimming, ball fields, pavilions, restrooms, disc golf, a stadium, and even a zoo! The zoo has over 200 kinds of animals including bears, birds, chimpanzees, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, sheep, snakes, and many more. The first and only dog park in Victoria County just opened here on Memorial Drive by the hiking trails with brand new agility equipment and water fountains.
Queen City Park is a 2-acre park on North Cameron Street that has been around longer than any of the other community parks. There is tons of room for Fido to play, critters to chase, and even some trails to go through the woods. There are playgrounds and lighted picnic/barbeque areas for your family enjoyment as well.
Dupre is home to the Riverside Park, a lovely park to take your pup to for some awesome fetch and a great day out. The 562 acres of woodlands is bordered by a four-and-a-half-mile river, plus there are numerous picnic tables, BBQ pits, and benches. There are plenty of trails that you and your pup can hike on and explore, as well as a rose garden to enjoy, a duck pond, and a paddling trail. The best thing about Riverside Park is there is an off-leash dog park in the works and will soon open for your pup to enjoy, so keep an eye out!
Hopkins Park is a lovely park to take your pup to for a nice walk or jog and to see some new people. The park has a pavilion, BBQ pit, basketball courts, and plenty of picnic tables to enjoy an outdoor lunch. When the weather is a bit warm, Hopkins Park is great to go to since it is mainly covered by trees and provides plenty of shade for you and your dog. The park is near a school, so be prepared that it could be busy at certain times when a lot of children may frequent the park.
The Ted B. Reed Park is a pawsome park to visit with your pup. The park has a lighted pavilion, tables, a BBQ pit, handball courts, water fountains, and benches to relax. You and your pup can go for a nice walk on their 1,575-foot walking trail, and once you’re done, you can let your pup roll around in the lush grass that surrounds you. The park has lighting throughout, so if you decide to talk a walk one evening, you won’t be doing it in the dark. The park is open until 11 p.m. so you will have plenty of time to enjoy it.
Victoria is a great place to visit with your pup since there are a ton of pawsome dog-friendly hotels ready for you and your pup to stay. The Quality Inn and Suites has a fee per pet per night plus they offer WIFI, 42-inch LCD televisions, and a complimentary breakfast. America’s Best Value Inn Victoria allows you to bring one pet up to 25 pounds with you also for a small fee. Motel 6 Victoria allows up to two pets of any size to join you for no additional fee. Knights Inn Victoria East accepts two pets to stay with you for a fee that varies by the size of your dog. These hotels are within 5-miles of parks and adventures your dog can go on, but make sure to never leave them in the room alone.
If you and your pup are taking an adventure down to the coast be sure to stop into Rockport, a neighboring town, and check out the Rockport Dog Park. This 1.74-acre park is located inside of Memorial Park, and is the perfect place to stop and stretch those puppy legs. The park is separated by large and small breeds, and there is plenty of shade so your pup won’t get overheated. There are water fountains in both parks to help keep Fido hydrated, and if your dog isn’t up for socializing, then there are some great walking trails to explore in Memorial Park as well.