Las Vegas' downtown area is the central business district of the city and also an extension of the entertainment district to the south with some casinos and many restaurants, bars, night clubs, music venues, hotels, and shops, making it a highly walkable district.
Looking for a bite to eat with your dog in tow? Check out some local eateries in the downtown Las Vegas area that allow pets on the outdoor patios. This selection includes Pizza Rock, Triple George Grill, Rachel’s Kitchen, Banger Brewing, Hennessey’s Tavern, Park on Fremont, and Flippin Good Burgers and Shakes. Pet owners can also access the East Charleston Animal Hospital on the south side of the region.
Las Vegas experiences hot, dry weather, especially in summer. The downtown region with its pavement coupled with high temperatures can result in hot asphalt surfaces that can burn your dog's feet. If you walk your pooch a lot in the downtown area, you might want to invest in doggie boots to protect their paws.
Downtown Las Vegas is bordered by Washington Avenue on the north, Interstate 515 on the west, Charleston Boulevard on the east, and Eastern Avenue on the east side. Interstate 515 runs east-west through the downtown district and impedes foot traffic.
The downtown core is comprised of high rise office towers and apartments with retail space at street level. Make sure your dog is accustomed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic and is under control to safely walk in this section of downtown. The business district has attractive palm trees and tall buildings that provide some shade to streetscapes at certain times of the day. To the northeast, the high rises of the business core give way to residential areas with single-family homes.
Homes in the area tend to have drought tolerant desert landscaping due to the arid conditions. The topography of the area is flat with no steep hills to climb and sidewalks are common to the area, providing safe, separate pedestrian ways.
Heritage Park is located on the north side of downtown and features a desert garden, playground, picnic tables, multi-use open space, trees, and a walking path where you can stroll with your furry friend. It is within walking distance for north end downtown residents and their pets.
East end downtown residents can walk to the Rafael Rivera Park which is located a few blocks east of the downtown district. This 10-acre park has sports fields, a tennis court, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, shade pavilions, and a playground. Dog walkers will find some paved paths here and can enjoy the park with their leashed pet.
A 10-minute drive to the east will allow you to access the Gary Reese Freedom Park. This park is a larger recreational greenway with sports fields, a skate park, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf, multi-use areas, a fitness court, and a jogging-walking path to enjoy with your canine companion.