McAllister Park Dog Park, Why Take Your Dog?

Dogs playing near the shaded area in the middle of the dog park at McAllister Park.

This is a review of the dog park hidden away on the south end of McAllister Park in San Antonio. The park is very close to Wurzback Parkway and is one of many dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. Here you will find a few reasons to visit McAllister Park Dog Park with your four legged family members.

How To Get There

It’s possible to get to the dog park from the north entrance off Jones Maltsberger road, but you will need to drive cautiously through the park roads and over many speed bumps along the way. Just stay to the left at the fork and keep following the signs. If your pup is rather impatient like mine, then you may want to enter through the south entrance if possible. The entrance on the south side of the park is only accessible from westbound Wurzbach Parkway. Likewise, the exit from the park also spits you out on the westbound side. If you are on the eastbound side, you will need to turn around at Wetmore Road.

What It Contains

Upon entering the dog park you will notice a portable restroom, and a double gated entrance for the dogs to transition into one of two play areas. One area is for smaller dogs and the other is for larger dogs. The total area of the dog park is 1.5 acres. The small dog section is substantially smaller than the large dog section which makes up much of the park. This should be plenty of space for the pups to have some fun.

The double gated entrance providing access to both the small dog and large dog areas.

To your left upon entering through the gates you will find the drinking area. This is arguably the most important area of the park located in beautiful San Antonio. There are three drinking fountains which the dogs are consistently taking advantage of, especially mine and dogs dealing with dark colored fur. McAllister Park Dog Park may be the only one of its kind that contains three dog friendly water fountains.

Play Area

In the center of the park you will notice various obstacles. These can be used for climbing up, jumping over, crawling under, or simply running around in circles, if that’s your dogs thing. Don’t get too excited though because humans are discouraged from using the obstacles. If you like standing around watching your dog you are free to do so.

There are a few benches and picnic tables around the park in case you need to relax. Don’t care to sit or stand? You can use the walking path that forms a circle around the playground area. This is one of the best dog parks when it comes to layout. The play area is centralized and puts the main focus on the dogs. Feel free to play with your dog, of course!

Dogs playing chase around the football at McAllister Park Dog Park.

There is adequate shade provided by taller and older trees in the park. I’d say fifty percent of the dog park is shaded during midday. There is always a decent amount of mulch which keeps the play area much less muddy as well. Grass is preferable, but less common among most dog parks. The park is open from 6am to 9pm and the busiest time of day is around 7pm. Busy times are usually great for dogs. However, us humans may want to stay clear of the playground area during busy times in order to avoid a collision.

What’s With The Bad Reviews?

Every once in awhile you may come across an individual who is less than friendly. One dog may even instigate an undesired behavior while the other dogs are trying to have fun in the park. Certain negative dog park reviews will focus on one of those issues. The park itself can hardly be blamed for that, can it? The dog park is within a major city and many parents may not know how to train, or read their dog. The dog park is not responsible, people.

New friends standing together on one of the platforms at McAllister Dog Park.


The only downside I have witnessed is the consistent flow of air traffic overhead. This never seems to be a bother to the dogs. McAllister Park Dog Park is always clean and friendly. My dog, Abbey, is always having fun at this park. There is a ton of play space and plenty of obstacles to use for training and exercise. The space is also full of shade and rarely muddy.

This park has everything a great dog park should have. Especially the dogs! Come on out to the dog park at McAllister Park and bring your pup(s) along! This is the best dog park in the area and one of the best dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. We have been to many parks and this one continues to be our favorite. Your dog(s) will most likely make a friend or two, and will rest easy afterwards. If you and your dog(s) have extra energy to burn, there is open space nearby, or plenty of natural trails to hike inside McAllister Park.

Happy face at dog friendly McAllister Park in San Antonio


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