Top 7 Questions About Dog Friendly Places Near Me


I live in a very dog friendly area and have found so many things to do with my dog, Abbey. Many of those adventures can be found on this site. I have taken many photos and posted the details hoping to help those around me find new dog friendly places. I noticed several questions about dog friendly places popping up over and over again in San Antonio, Texas.

Instead of asking questions myself, Abbey and I, traveled the city in search of as many dog friendly places as we could find. Here in San Antonio, we have found many. In fact, we could visit a new place everyday over the course of a year without a repeat visit. The following list shares the top 7 questions about dog friendly places near me. However, some of the questions may apply to you even if you do not live near San Antonio.

Dog friendly Pedernales Falls in Texas.
Pedernales Falls is a popular dog friendly place

1) Are Dogs Allowed on the Riverwalk in San Antonio?

There are several variations of this question about the San Antonio riverwalk. Yes, the San Antonio Riverwalk is dog friendly. We’ve brought Abbey to the San Antonio Riverwalk on several occasions and she absolutely loves it.

Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating along the river. Even if you do not want to stop and eat, you can walk for miles along the river on each side. Be aware that the San Antonio Riverwalk is heavily populated. Wildlife is also present along the riverwalk. You can find more detailed information about the dog friendly riverwalk on our site.

The popular San Antonio Riverwalk during a river parade.
A parade on the San Antonio Riverwalk

2) Is the Alamo Dog Friendly?

The Alamo is a major tourist attraction in downtown San Antonio. They do not allow pets inside the Alamo. However, they do allow service dogs and most of the property is outdoors. I have not personally taken my dog to the Alamo. As long as we stayed outside I do not believe they would say anything. That being said, it is not dog friendly according to the website. It may be a better idea to have someone watch your dog while you visit the Alamo.

The other four Spanish Missions in San Antonio are dog friendly. We have visited them with our dog several times. You can find a guide to the missions on our site.

3) Can You Take Your Dog to the Zoo?

The San Antonio Zoo is not dog friendly. Due to state and federal regulations, dogs are generally not allowed at the zoo. Service animals will be permitted, but may be restricted from certain areas. These would include areas where animals may be predator or prey to dogs, or where dogs would be disruptive.

The dog park is one of the very best things to do in the eyes of a dog.

4) How Do I find Dog Friendly Restaurants?

This one can be difficult. Luckily, we have done the work for you. Dogs are almost never allowed inside restaurants, probably because of the food, dishes and kitchen areas which should be kept sanitary. That being said, many places will allow pets when they have an outdoor patio.

Many restaurants with outdoor patios are dog friendly. Those are the places for which to look. Some will openly declare they allow dogs. If not, you may want to call ahead and ask to be sure. I have only written about a select few here because we require allergy friendly options. You will find our list of dog friendly restaurants on this site, along with directions and menus.

Restaurants with outdoor seating are great places to take your dog.
Pharm Table is dog friendly in San Antonio

5) What Stores Are Dogs Allowed In?

The answer to this question is not always black or white. We have found that many stores with concrete floors will allow dogs. Home improvement stores are a good example. However, such stores may not necessarily allow dogs. Instead, it might be the case that they don’t throw them out.

Let’s take Home Depot for example. Abbey has been to Home Depot many, many times. We have seen plenty of other dogs at Home Depot as well. If you look at the door while entering the store you will notice a picture of a dog with a line through it. This does not imply a dog friendly place. However, no one ever approaches us about her. This may be due to the use of service dogs, or they may simply have the logo on the door for legal reasons.

Other stores that have been known to allow dogs are: Bass Pro Shops, Ross, Half Price Books, Hobby Lobby, Foot Locker, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, GAP, Lowes, etc. However there are two other considerations to make. Keep in mind what your dog may get into, be able to break, or defile while on a leash. It would also be a great idea to check with each specific store upon entering because rules tend to vary by location. Of course, pet stores are normally great places to take your dog.

Some stores are openly dog friendly like Bare Foot in Fredericksburg Texas.
Stores in Fredericksburg, Texas, are dog friendly

6) What Things Can You Do With Your Dog?

This is a great question and one your dog would probably love you to ask. There are so many things you can do with your dog, especially if you live in, or near, an urban area. I will provide a brief list of suggestions which is in no specific order, nor is it all inclusive. If you have other ideas that are not on my list, please feel free to share them in the comments section.

A list of dog friendly things must contain a car ride.
Go for a ride to the park

7) What is There to Do in San Antonio with Your Dog?

While this question is not in the best format, I included it here in its submitted form. There are many things to do with your dog in San Antonio. Many of our articles contain dog friendly places we have been to personally in San Antonio. Others are outside of San Antonio, but may be close enough for a visit. San Antonio contains hundreds of parks, stores and restaurants which are dog friendly. Here is a brief list of dog friendly places in San Antonio, TX.

New Years ball drop event in Fredericksburg Texas.
Oh yeah, check out the Christmas lights

Any More Questions About Dog Friendly Places?

These are the 7 questions about dog friendly places I have seen the most. Most of them may be applicable to your situation, but you may have other questions about dogs. Feel free to include yours in the comments section below.

In any case, I hope you and your four legged family member have found new things to do together. We wish you many tail-wagging adventures! What are your favorite dog friendly places to visit? After you have had your fill, come back to Places for Pups and let us know!


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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