The Top 7 Questions About Dog Friendly Things 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 popping up over and over again while trying to find those places.

Instead of asking questions myself, Abbey and I traveled the city on many adventures. Here in the San Antonio area there are so many dog friendly places. I bet we could visit a new place everyday over the course of a year without a repeat visit. The following is a list of the top 7 questions about dog friendly things near me. However, some of the questions may apply to you even if you do not live near San Antonio, or plan on visiting with your dog.

Dog friendly Pedernales Falls in Texas.

Are Dogs Allowed On The Riverwalk In San Antonio? Is The Riverwalk In San Antonio Dog Friendly?

There are several variations of this question that continue to come up, but these are the two most common. Yes, the San Antonio Riverwalk is a dog friendly place. 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 both sides. Be aware that the San Antonio Riverwalk is heavily populated. Wildlife is also present along the Riverwalk. You can find more detailed information in the article, “Things To Do At The San Antonio Riverwalk With Your Dog“.

The popular San Antonio Riverwalk during a river parade.

Is The Alamo Dog Friendly?

The Alamo is currently a major tourist attraction in downtown San Antonio. Technically they do not want 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(s) while you visit the Alamo.

Can You Take Your Dog To The Zoo?

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.

How Do I find Dog Friendly Restaurants?

This one is easy. Dogs are almost never allowed inside restaurants, probably because of the presence of food, dishes and kitchen area which should be kept sanitary. That being said, most 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 as well. But feel free to share the dog friendly restaurants you have found as well.

Restaurants with outdoor seating are great places to take your dog.

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. It might just 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.

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.

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

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.

  • Dog walking
  • Dog agility training
  • Playing at a dog park
  • Teach new “tricks”
  • Learn a new activity
  • Hike in a state or local park
  • Hangout at doggy daycare
  • Have a race
  • Go for a car ride
  • Do some yard work together
  • Do some hygiene (teeth, nails, fur, etc.)
  • Go to a dog friendly store
  • Go to a dog friendly restaurant
  • Have a play date
A list of dog friendly things must contain a car ride.

What Is There To Do In San Antonio With Your Dog?

While this question is not in the best format, I wrote it here how it is asked. There are in fact many dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. Many of the articles on this site contain dog friendly places we have been to personally in San Antonio. Others are outside of San Antonio, but may be near enough to 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.

  • Community parks
  • Wooded hiking trails
  • Canyon Lake
  • The Historic Pearl
  • The San Antonio Riverwalk
  • San Antonio Missions
  • Camp Bow Wow
  • Half Price Books
  • 5 Points Local
  • Pharm Table
New Years ball drop event in Fredericksburg Texas.

More Dog Friendly Questions

These are the top 7 questions about dog friendly things near me. While most of them may be applicable to your situation, 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 dog friendly things to do. We wish you many happy adventures!


I created Places For Pups to catalog all the dog friendly adventures Abbey and I take on a daily basis, and I hope you will share yours here as well.The content and photos on this site belong to me and may not be copied or used without permission.

This site contains some ads and affiliate links, from which I may receive a small commission, which will help further our adventuring.

Even though I promote places, or things, and emerge from the woods unharmed, I am not at all responsible for you, your family, your friends, or your pets. You are solely responsible for following in my footsteps and trying things I have described on this site. I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.

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