Get Off Your Tail: Finding Pet Friendly Fun in Fort Worth
One of the best things about surviving a Texas summer is the relief that comes when it’s finally over! Milder weather in fall and winter encourages people to once again get out and about, eating, exploring, and enjoying the great outdoors with our loveable pups. With so many pet friendly options here in Tarrant County, you’ll never run out of things to do!
Pet Friendly Patios
Dogs are allowed in the outdoor eating areas of many local restaurants in the Fort Worth area:
- Ask the bartender for human and doggie refreshments while dining on the patio at Landmark Bar and Kitchen in Fort Worth’s West 7th area.
- Comfort food, live music, and a very pet friendly staff await you at Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill on Magnolia Ave.
- Nothing says “Texas” like Riscky’s, a dog friendly barbeque joint located in the Stockyards.
- Enjoy a spacious, dog friendly patio, delicious small plates and sandwiches, and a view of the historic Land Title Building in Sundance Square at Bird Cafe in downtown Fort Worth.
Work Up a Sweat
Cooler temps mean hitting up the dog park! Check out one of these local favorites:
- Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve – Dogs are allowed on the hiking trails in this beautiful nature preserve.
- Wagging Tail Dog Park – Enjoy 7 acres of off-leash fun in this north Dallas dog park.
- Prairie Dog Park – This hidden gem contains an off-leash area, playground, basketball courts, and more.
- ZBonz Dog Park – With a huge, fully irrigated dog park with a pond and agility area, this spot offers fun and freedom for all.
Still looking for something fun to do with your best fur friend? Consider one of these unique ideas:
- Cattle ranching is a huge part of Texas history. Explore the industry with your dog at the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District.
- Take a trip back through time with your pet and discover what life was like 100 years ago when you visit the Dallas Heritage Village.
- You and your leashed, well-mannered dog can take in a movie or concert together at the Coyote Drive-In theater.
- Enjoy a tasty sip (or three!) and walk the trails with your pup at the gorgeous Lost Oak Winery in Burleson.
Safety and Manners
Not all dogs are ready for a day on the town. Social, well-trained dogs make good adventure buddies. Anxious, shy, or aggressive dogs do best at home.
Always prioritize your pet’s health and safety. Make sure they always have plenty of drinking water and shade, and remain alert to signs they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.