Madison Square Dog Park in Downtown San Antonio


This weekend we were trying a new allergy-friendly restaurant in downtown San Antonio, when we happened by Madison Square Dog Park. This dog park was, of course, on our list of dog friendly places in San Antonio, but we had not planned to stop here. We decided to pull over, pop a quarter in the meter, and check this park out.

Dog friendly fountain outside Madison Square dog park
Madison Square Dog Park entrance

How to Get to Madison Square Dog Park in San Antonio, TX

Address: 313 Dallas St, San Antonio, TX 78215

Dog park size: Half an acre

Hours of operation: 7am – 9pm

Lexington Avenue cuts right through Madison Square Park, which takes up two city blocks. The dog park is on the east side of the street, while the playground and exercise equipment are on the west side. The entire park is only two blocks south of I-35, in the downtown area. The dog park is on the smaller size, hardly more than half an acre, and may get crowded in the evenings.

Birthday girl in her cute dress at the dog park
This dog park has three gates in one space

Amenities at Madison Square Dog Park

Although there is parking all the way around the dog park, you will have to pop a quarter into the meter, unless you walk to the park. There are no restrooms at the park, but there are two dog friendly water fountains and plenty of shade. One fountain is outside the park, and the other is on the inside.

There are three gates around the dog park allowing access to the park from three different sides. This is a unique feature, but nothing to get too exited about. However, the lights are very exciting for dogs who enjoy playing at night.

The fastest dog on three legs?
Madison Square Dog park is lighted

Playing on the Inside

There are three picnic tables inside the dog park, all of which were being used by dog parents when we entered the park. There is a small amount of grass inside the park, but it mostly contains mulch. While we were there we met the fastest dog on three legs, which was quite a sight to behold. She was so fast that our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Abbey, would not even chase her.

Instead she chose to play push-and-shove with the Australian Shepherd. Madison Square Dog Park is small and required a quarter, but Abbey had a great time so it was worth it. We even found a dog friendly shop, Southpaw Waggery, right next door, and hit that place up afterwards. Parking next to the Southpaw Waggery is free for two hours.

Push and shove at Madison Square Dog Park
Push, shove, run and play

One final, but very important fact is that Madison Square Dog Park does not have separate areas for large and small dogs, like most dog parks in San Antonio. This is a one-size-fits-all dog park. If you have a small dog be very cautious before releasing him in the park with large dogs.

Large and small dogs do not always mix well. An awful incident can happen to a small dog in a large dog area. You can read more about that fact in our article, “Are Dog Parks Safe Enough?


I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it.

We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site.

Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly.  I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.

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David Earley

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