Pet owners will find several veterinary services in the area and some unique, highly rated pet supply stores, including Crossroads Pets, Earthwise Pet Supply, and Pet Wants Nashville South. While out for a stroll with your pup, you are spoiled for choice if you want them to join you for a bite. The Cafe at Bobby Hotel, Oscar’s Taco Shop, Provence Bread and Cafe, Cafe Lula, Peg Leg Porker, National Underground, Rock Bottom, and Solo Miio all allow dogs in their outdoor seating venues.
The weather in Nashville is hot and humid in summer, so take care not to become overheated in extreme conditions. Winters are cool but mild with some snowfall and thunderstorms can be a factor in warm weather.
Downtown Nashville is bordered by the Cumberland River on the east, Jefferson Street on the north, and Interstate 40 on the west and south. The river and interstate create an impediment to on foot travel and must be crossed where pedestrian ways are present. Train tracks running north to south through the downtown core also impede pedestrians and pets.
Most of the downtown area is level, but the terrain does slope to the west, especially on the south side of the region, although the incline is not steep or difficult. The north side of downtown has high rise apartment buildings and office towers, many with retail space at street level. The south side of the downtown area has low rise buildings. Historic buildings in both of these sections add interest and character.
Sidewalks line city streets providing safe, separate walkways for you and your dog. There are some trees along sidewalks but this highly developed urban area does not have a lot of landscaping.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Victory Park are located in the downtown area and encompass over 19 acres. These parks provide a large grassy oasis in the urban area with lawns and shade trees. There is a pedestrian mall and walking paths where you can walk with your leashed dog. The park is known for its landmarks which include granite maps of the state, an amphitheater where outdoor performances are held, 50 columns with a 95 bell carillon, memorials, and a circular plaza.
Along the river, you and your canine companion can visit the 11-acre Riverfront Park which contains the south end of the Cumberland River Greenway. This walking trail extends for over seven miles. Open air concerts take place here in the amphitheater and there is a botanical garden, giant porch swings, and picnic sites to enjoy.
Your dog will enjoy the Riverfront Dog park which occupies 13,000 square feet and has doggie water fountains.