Houston 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 hotels, 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 Beach Club, 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 dog-friendly 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.
Dog-friendly 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 Padre Island and Corpus Christi.