is the largest city in Texas. Founded in 1836, the city was named for
Texas General Sam Houston and served as the capital of the Texas
Republic through 1839. After a channel was dug connecting the port of
Houston to the Gulf of Mexico it became a major shippng center. The
discovery of oil throughout Texas made the Port of Houston one of the
largest in the world and the city grew by leaps and bounds. However,
this growth was not orderly and the city did not follow much of a plan.
It is hard to drive around and has much less public transportation than
most larger cities. When visiting Houston with your dogs, be prepared
to drive most places and be prepared for traffic.
Houston is a sprawling city. Although it has a downtown, much of the
activity of the city is spread out to various areas throughout town.
The hotels, including pet-friendly
, are the same way. There are many pet-friendly hotels in
Houston. In fact, Houston may have close to the most pet-friendly
hotels of any cities nationally. There are pet-friendly hotels from
Texas based La Quinta and Motel 6, two of the most consistantly
pet-friendly hotel chains. Choice Hotels, Holiday Inn, Hilton and all
of the other chains also have multiple hotels here that welcome dogs.
Some that stand out are the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria
and Hilton Houston Westchase. Dog-Friendly Woodlands area hotels,
north of town, include the La Quinta Woodlands South, the Drury
Inn and Suites The Woodlands, and, for longer stays, Extended Stay
America - The Woodlands. For a more unique Texas experience the Cielito
Guest Ranch B&B in Pattison would be an interesting experience.
This "back to the farm" working farm guest ranch on 177 acres offers
farm animals, miles of trails and dog-friendly accommodations. They
also have kennels if you need them to visit places where you can't take
your dog. For people relocating to Houston or desiring longer term
accommodations there are many dog-friendly extended stay hotels in
Houston, including many Residence Inns, Homewood Suites, Extended Stay
America Hotels, and Candlewood Suites.
If you are visiting
Houston with an RV
then the Houston Central KOA is very close to
town about ten miles north of downtown. There is also the Houston
West KOA and the All Star RV Resort. If you have kids with you, you may
like the Jellystone Park Campground in Waller, about 45 minutes
Northwest of downtown. For tent camping in the Houston area there is
Brazos Bend State Park and Lake Houston Park.
There are some uniquely Houston
attractions for you and your dog
. One of the most unique is a beach
club for dogs. Rummy's
, at 22111 Fields Lane in Spring TX, is a 15,000 gallon
custom designed swimming pool for dogs to swim in. They also offer
water aerobics for dogs, dock jumping, canine CPR and first aid
classes. In Hermann Park there is a an 8 acre open air theater with
1,582 seats. There are many concerts here. Dogs are allowed on leash at
the outer areas of the lawn seating on the hill to enjoy the concerts
with you. Take your dog on the trails at the Houston Arboretum and
Nature Center and the Mercer Arboretum. You and your dog may also visit
the grave of Sam Houston in Huntsville. Dogs may walk with you
throughout the outdoor areas of the San Jacinto Battleground in La
Porte located 20 miles from downtown Houston. There are also many
stores in Houston.
Many visitors to Houston want to visit the Space Center Houston for the
tours, Lunch with an Astronaut and other activities. Unlike the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida, there are no day kennels on the premises of
the Space Center. However, there is a Petsmart Pet Hotel at 1539 West
Bay Area Blvd, Webster Texas about 6 miles and ten minutes from
the Space Center. Their phone number is 281-332-1583.
There are many dog-friendly
restaurants in Houston
. In most parts of town you should be able to
find dog-friendly dining. One of the most dog-friendly restaurants is
Winston's On Washington at 5111 Washington Avenue. There's also the
Ginger Man Pub at 5607 Morningside. There are many Jason's Delis
throughout town. For Texas Bar-b-que there is Hickory Hollow BBQ at 101
Heights Blvd. For more choices, see DogFriendly.com's Dog-Friendly
restaurant guide to Houston
parks in Houston
include Hermann Park, with the Amphitheater, Lake
Houston Park, which has camping and 5000 acres of parkland, Sam Houston
Park in the downtown area. There are multiple dog
parks in Houston
for off-leash fun, including Danny Jackson Family
Dog Park on Westpark Drive, Millie Bush Dog Park (named after the
former first dog) on Westheimer Parkway and a 5 acre Bay Area Dog Park
at 7500 Bay Area Blvd.
Nearby places to visit with your dog include beach trips to Galveston
and further south South