is the state's most popular tourist destination. And
why not? It's the city with the most history in the state. It is also
beautiful. The Riverwalk is a not to be missed tourist site. The Alamo?
Enough said. This territory was controlled by the Comanche Indians
before Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded in 1718. This mission
was converted into a military outpost named The Alamo. During the Texas
Revolution the Alamo played a historic role. The center of modern San
Antonio is the Riverwalk, in downtown. The historic sites are within a
few blocks of the riverwalk as are most of the large downtown hotels.
Over the last ten years, San Antonio has grown more and more
dog-friendly and is now a top dog-friendly destination in the nation.
is a shaded walkway along the San Antonio River where there
are shops, restaurants and boat rides among other activities. Most
people like to walk on the Riverwalk and just see what there is to do.
Your leashed, well-behaved and controlled dog is welcome to walk with
you on the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is crowded, and your dog should be
used to crowds before they are brought here. Also, please see that they
have already "done their business" before bringing them here. There are
lots of patio restaurants on the Riverwalk but only a few are
dog-friendly. For Riverwalk dog-friendly
try Bella on the River at 106 River Walk Street or
Charlie Wants a Burger at 223 Losoya Street. For some other dog-friendly
try The Friendly Spot at 943 S. Alamo Street or Los Pitios
at 2015 Northeast Loop. This restaurant was given the first "dog
permit" when restaurants were authorized to allow dogs in San
near the Riverwalk try the Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk, the
Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk or the Westin Riverwalk for dogs up
to 50 pounds. Also pet-friendly with a pet package is the Hotel
Contessa at 306 West Market Street. San Antonio has pet-friendly hotels
from most of the chains including La Quinta, Drury, Motel 6 and
Choice Hotels. They are in various parts of town and the Six Flags
area. For people with pets who want more space, want to stay awhile or
want to cook for themselves there are a number of pet-friendly extended
stay hotels in San Antonio. There are also some pet-friendly
vacation rentals in town, including on the Riverwalk. If you are
camping in San Antonio
there is the San Antonio KOA and the
Jellystone Park is recommended if you have children with you. For an
experience just out of town there is the Mermaids Cove & Sculpture
Ranch Campground in Canyon Lake. There are a lot of outdoor activities
here and dogs are also welcome in their cabins and lodge.
While in San Antonio you will want to see some of the
major attractions the city has to offer
. The Alamo is the center of
it all. Dogs cannot take the Alamo tour but they can get very close to
the building. You can rotate holding the dog for the short Alamo tour.
Dogs are welcome throughout (inside and out) the Texas Transportation
Museum at 11731 Wetmore Road. For a historic and informative tour
of downtown the Yellow Rose Carriage Company will take you, your family
and your dog on various tours. There is also a dog-friendly ghost tour.
Dogs are allowed on the grounds of the San Antonio Missions National
Historic Park. There is much to see and some walking to do there. For
shopping an old style outdoor market, take your leashed dog to Market
Square - El Mercado. The Westover Marketplace, an open air shopping
center, also allows leashed dogs. Dogs are not allowed inside Six Flags
Fiesta Texas or Sea World but both have day kennels on the premises.
with your dog
there is the Guadalupe River State Park with 4 miles
of river frontage, an equestrian trail and other trails. Dogs are also
allowed on leash at urban parks such as Brackenridge Park, Calaveras
Park and McAllister Park. There are a number of fenced dog
throughout town for off-leash play.
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