Pioneer Plaza in Dallas
Dallas-Fort Worth is the commercial and financial capital of Texas. It is not the biggest city. That honor goes to Houston. It is not the state captal, Austin is. But Dallas is the hub of things in Texas. It has a bustling downtown, with tall glass buildings and sprawl to as far as you can see. Neighboring Fort Worth and Dallas are now relatively inseperable, as the metropolis connects the two cities 40 miles apart. Many people know Dallas from the TV series with the same name, and Southfork Ranch is a dog-friendly destination in the area. Dallas is dog-friendly, the city has officially sanctioned dogs at patio restaurants in town and there are many places to stay and visit with Fido in tow.
Pet-friendly hotels are easy to find in Dallas so you can choose on based on what you are looking for in lodging. The Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown is especially dog-friendly. Also dog-friendly are the Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center, the Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center and the Hilton Dallas Park Cities. Dallas is the headquaters of La Quinta, one of the most pet-friendly hotel chains in the country. And their local choices don't disappoint with at least six Dallas pet-friendly properties. Also headquartered here is Motel 6 with multiple pet-friendly local properties. The Palomar Dallas, at 5300 East Mockingbird Lane, is also very pet-friendly with beds, dinnerware (dishes), treats and other dog amenities provided. In Fort Worth, pet-friendly hotels include many choices as well. There's the Crowne Plaza Fort Worth South, the Hilton Fort Worth and pet-friendly hotels representing most hotel brands. Both Dallas and Fort-Worth have many extended stay hotels which provide more room for you and your dogs if you are planning to stay for weeks at a time due to relocating, business or vacation. Residence Inn, Extended Stay America and Candlewood Suites are some of the choices for extended stay properties in town. If you are planning on camping in an RV try the Destiny Dallas RV Resort in Denton Texas or Treetops RV Village in Arlington between Dallas and Fort Worth. For tent camping an excellent place is Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands in Decatur where leashed dogs are allowed on most of the 20,000 acres.
For dog-friendly dining, Dallas and Fort Worth can't be beat. The cities have officially sanctioned dogs at patio restaurants and there are many dog-friendly patios in town. Some choices in Dallas include the Ginger Man Pub, Twisted Root Burger Company and San Francisco Rose. For Italian there's Ristorante Bugatti. Z Pizza and Zini's Pizza also offer pizza. And Jason's Deli and Chipotle have multiple restaurants in town. Fort Worth also has a large selection of dog-friendly restaurants including many Jason's Deli locations, Fort Worth's Gingerman Pub, the Love Shack Burger restaurant and more. For a dog-friendly bar, try Ye Olde Bull and Bush Pub with your well-behaved dog. For more choices in Dallas and Fort Worth see DogFriendly.com's directory.
For dog-friendly attractions in Dallas you can take your dog to see some of the history of the old west. The Old City Park, in downtown, is an outdoor museum of buildings from the 1800's that show how life was in Dallas and most of the west at that time. You can take your dog in the outdoor areas of this living history museum. Also try the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center in Cedar Hill, which shows how agriculture changed America in the early 1900s. Well behaved and leashed dogs can ride from downtown to the fashionable Uptown area on the four mile McKinney Avenue Trolley. Once in Uptown, you will find excellent pet-friendly shopping and patio dining.This is a great spot to shop with your dog. Carriage rides with tour guides in downtown Dallas will show you and your dog famous sites like the JFK Memorial, where President Kennedy was shot or in Uptown you will see Lincoln Plaza and Thanks-Giving Square. Also walk through downtown's Pioneer Plaza with your dog. This four acre park in downtown has 40 longhorn steer sculptures and three sculptures of cowboys on horseback. You can see historical buildings in Farmer's Branch Historical Park while walking your leashed dog in the 22 acre park.
In Fort Worth, you and your dog can visit the Stockyards Station. In this historic district you can observe a daily Cattle Drive Mosey through the streets. You can take a guided walking tour of the area as well. THere are shops and dining as well. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor areas of the Vintage Fly Museum where large aircraft are on display. Although not a dog-friendly attraction, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington has air conditioned, supervised dog kennels so you can visit the amusement park. And you can visit Southfork Ranch in Parker, site of the TV series Dallas. Dogs are allowed on the grounds here, but not in buildings unless they can be carried. There are many annual events here for all kinds of interests.
There are many dog-friendly stores in Dallas and Fort Worth. For a sampling, see DogFriendly.com's directory in Dallas and Fort Worth. There are also off-leash dog parks in both cities. The Fort Woof Off-Leash Dog Park in Fort Worth is one of the best in the country. It is located in Gateway Park and offers separate areas for smaller and larger dogs. The park is lit at night. Parks that welcome leashed dogs include the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and Dallas' White Rock Lake Park.
Driving vacations to other dog-friendly vacations can be had to Austin, Houston, Amarillo and Oklahoma City.