What would the Lone Star State be without our four-legged friends? If you’re making a road trip across the state in the coming days, it’s important to plan your stops accordingly. While there are many dog-friendly options in Texas, these are some of the best stops you can make. But you’ll have to see for yourself.
1. Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe
2. The Fire Museum of Texas in Beaumont
The Fire Museum of Texas, located in Beaumont, features one of the largest fire hydrants in the world. Painted like a dalmatian, the fire hydrant is 24-feet tall and weighs almost 5000 pounds! On most days it’s open, pups are allowed inside the museum as well. Only a couple of blocks from historic downtown Beaumont, and the San Jacinto River, The Fire Museum of Texas is a prime spot for you and your dog.
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If you and your pup fancy the beach, then head down to the southern coast of Texas. The Padre Island National Seashore is waiting for you. Build a sandcastle, frolic in the pristine gulf waters, or hang a line and catch your dinner. Your pup is welcome and will have a blast.
4. Barking Springs in Austin
Just up the stream from the historic and refreshing Barton Springs pool in Austin, lies the not-so-secret area known as “Barking Springs.” Aptly named due to the number of pups that are usually splashing around in the refreshing waters, Barking Springs is free and on the edge of Zilker Park. A short hike will get you and your pup there.
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As one of the largest tourist destinations in Texas, the River Walk in San Antonio has it figured out. With ample al fresco dining options, natural areas to explore, parks and dog parks along the route, the River Walk has been rated as one of the most pet-friendly in Texas.
The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is the largest azalea garden in Texas. Boasting over 500 kinds of azaleas and resting beneath the shade of mature loblolly pine trees, the locale is not only beautiful, but serves as a connecting point to Stephen F. Austin Unversity’s Mast Arboretum. If you’re heading to the eastern side of the state, you and your pup have to put this on the list.