Puptacular Houston Outings

Houston offers lots of fun pet-friendly outings for exploring the city. Browse these three itineraries filled with welcoming parks, restaurants, and bars to visit with your pooch during your Htown stay.

Option 1: Scenic Strolls

Hit the Buffalo Bayou Park trails with Fido where you can spot herons, hawks, and turtles all along the bayou. Pose your pup on the Sabine Bridge for a downtown skyline social media pic. A stop at the popular Johnny Steele Dog Park will ensure your dog will be napping the rest of the day after romping around with their new playmates. The park has special areas for little and big dogs and water features for cooling off.

Check the Miller Outdoor Theatre calendar for a free, dog-friendly performance, concert, or movie under the stars. Plan for a pre-show stroll through Hermann Park where there is much to see with contemporary art installations throughout its 445 acres, quinceanera shoots around the reflection pool, and views of the Medical Center and Museum District. Pack a picnic (don’t forget a few treats for your pup!) and bring a blanket to grab a spot on the hill to enjoy the show.

Explore one of the many scenic Houston neighborhoods by taking your four-legged friend for a long, meandering walk. Boulevard Oaks bounded by North & South Boulevards offers a grand backdrop with canopies of live oaks and stately mansions. Heights Boulevard has a fresh crop of sculptures perfect for posing with your pooch. Montrose is home to several historic districts including Audubon Place and Westmoreland. For a glimpse of the city’s architectural past, take a stroll and admire the Victorian-era homes with plenty of live oaks for shade.

Option 2: Road Trip

For a water adventure, take a day trip to Seabrook where you and your dog can rent a kayak at Pinky's Kayak Rentals. Spend a couple of hours exploring Taylor Lake and the nature of Armand Bayou with either a self-guided or guided tour of the area. Back on shore, head to nearby Boondoogles for burgers and refreshments on their patio. Finish the day with a stroll through Clear Lake Park’s 59 acres featuring walking trails, fishing spots, playgrounds, and a nice breeze off the lake for flying a kite.

Option 3: Bring Your Own Dog

The patios and outdoor spaces of many Houston restaurants and bars are waiting for you and your best friend on four legs! From the tucked away patio of Hugo’s, helmed by Hugo Ortega, Htown’s most recent James Beard award-winning chef to the multiple outposts of locally owned chain, Barnaby’s whose namesake is in memory of the owner’s sheepdog. Neighborhood hangouts like the West Alabama Ice House, Axelrad, Cottonwood, and 8 Row Flint also provide water bowls for canine companions. Some of the city’s numerous craft breweries are dog-friendly with 8th Wonder, Eureka Heights, Katy’s No Label, and Town in City Brewing Company all featuring an open doggie-door policy. Coffee drinkers can enjoy a latte al fresco with their lap dogs (or dogs that think they are!) at Catalina Coffee, Black Hole, and Antidote. Be sure to check Paws on Patios for updated information on pet-friendly dining and drinking establishments in the city.

Your Trip Chandlers,

Dana DuTerroil & Joni Fincham

Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. Joni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move. Contact Trip Chandler for your own tailor-made guide to Houston. www.tripchandler.com

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