With mandatory quarantine periods still in effect in many parts of the world, we are postponing any international travel until 2022. But that doesn't mean we aren't traveling. To celebrate my 37th trip around the sun, we drove to Dallas to spend a few days exploring, eating, and spending time together as a family - including our four-legged "son."
Read on to see pet-friendly places to eat and things to do in Dallas.
Pet-Friendly Things to do in Dallas
Visit the Dallas Farmers Market.
Pets are not allowed inside the shops in the permanent structure, but outdoor vendors welcome your furry friends. At the market, we found homemade jams, pastas, and hot sauce, as well as fresh dog treats for Einstein.
Take a ride on the M-Line Trolley.
McKinney Avenue Travel Authority runs a free trolley service that makes a loop through Dallas. Between the pup and the babe in the stroller, we ended up spending our Sunday walking rather than riding, but this trolley service is definitely on our must-do list for the next time we're in Dallas.
Walk the Katy Trail.
Take your furry friend for a walk on the Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile trail that follows the path of the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) Railroad.
Relax in Klyde Warren Park.
Your four-legged buddy will be welcome at this 5-acre park in the center of Dallas, located along the M-line trolley. And with regular events, food trucks, and a children's playground, this park has something for the whole family!
Visit Dallas Heritage Village.
Your furry buddy is not allowed inside the buildings at the Heritage Village, but there's plenty of space to walk around outdoors and plenty to see. He'll even meet donkeys and chickens! The buildings of the Heritage Village come from all over North-Central Texas and include a bank, a general store, a saloon, a church, a school, a blacksmith's shop, a hotel, and several private residences.
Walk Across the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.
Take your pupper or doggo with you as you stretch your legs with a walk across the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge for views of the Trinity River.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Dallas
Food Truck Row at Klyde Warren Park
Though not technically a sit-down restaurant, Klyde Park is home to a number of great food trucks, from Tex-Mex to Greek, and salads to ice cream. Choose your cuisine (and maybe an adult beverage) and find a seat in the park. Cone Creamery makes dog-friendly cold treats too, so your four-legged friend can have a snack as well!
We enjoyed our breakfast at Dream Cafe so much the first time that we went back again the next day. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. Einstein was welcomed on the patio, and the server brought him a bowl of water. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Try the Monte Cristo Sandwich and the Crab Cakes Benedict!
Trinity Groves Restaurant Marketplace
With a huge outdoor seating area, your pet is welcome at the Trinity Grove restaurants. Choose from pizza, Tex-Mex, Korean, seafood, wings, steak, Italian, and more.
Katy Trail Ice House
While walking along the Katy Trail, stop by the Katy Trail Ice House for a meal and a brew. This beer garden and restaurant serves typical bar food and an extensive selection of beers. You'll see a dog under nearly every picnic table, so your friend will have a chance to meet other friends.
The next time you go to Dallas, don't leave your furry kid behind! You'll have plenty to do where your buddy will be welcome!
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