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A Dog Lover's Guide to San Antonio

Rick Martinez

8 Dog-Friendly Parks You Must Visit!

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San Antonio is a dog lover's paradise, and if you are one of the many people who has considered moving to Texas for your pup, then this article is for you.

San Antonio consistently ranks as one of the best cities in Texas for dogs, so it's no wonder that there are so many dog-friendly places within its limits. I think that might be impossible… but hey, let's get into what those places are!

The city is home to a fantastic group of parks and more than 100's of acres to play (including my favorite: Harberger Park). In town or outside, there's always somewhere nearby where Fido can go with his pals.

Here are the top 8 dog parks in San Antonio, Texas.

1. Phil Hardberger Dog Park

One of the most popular in town, whether it's for playing with your pup or taking a long walk on one of the many trails.

The dog park has 20 acres of open space, with agility equipment and a resting area.

It also features fenced off-leash play areas and two ponds for exploring on hot Texas days.

2. McAllister Dog Park

A perennial favorite with a large, fenced-in area for dogs of all shapes and sizes to explore.

Off-leash play is OK, and your pet will love it at this fun, fenced-in dog park with fire hydrants, doggie water fountains, and other amenities.

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3. Raymond Russell Park

RRP continues to be one of the local favs for dogs with sprawling, hill country surroundings.

The park is between Leon Springs and I-10 and stretches for acres. It's not just a dog-friendly place to hang out in... it's also home to some wondrous hidden treasures for you to enjoy as well!

4. Comanche Lookout Park 

With lots of different terrains, both paved and unpaved, for you and your dogs to enjoy alike, Comanche is a great place to play.

The park is clean, with ample garbage bins around. They also supplied doggie bags, and the water fountains had a fountain at the bottom for the dogs to drink from.

5. Eisenhower Park

Located between 1604 and 1-10, this park is one of the city's favs.

This park lacks a designated dog play area, but it has beautiful trails, both paved and natural. Some have surprising challenges and offer scenic views of the hills of San Antonio's skyline.

Pups really love this place!

6. Panther Springs Park

Located in far North San Antonio, its seclusion is one of this park's biggest attractions. It's a little smaller than others but cozy and plenty sufficient for your pet to romp.

With water stations and open space, you and your furry BFF can't go wrong here.

7. Tom Slick Dog Park

Nothing spells family time like a nice walk to the Tom Slick Dog Park. This dog-friendly park is shady and has picnic tables for humans, a kiddie pool for dogs, and there's even an onsite doggie shower with fresh water!

Yes, doggie showers. If your furry friend finds him or herself less than tidy after a visit, there are also doggie showers for a quick rinse. 

8. Alamo Heights Bark Park

Located centrally in the city, this small park will have enough room for you and your pup. There's plenty of shade and places to sit around here, as well as water fountains to refill on and waste facilities!

The grass is sparse here, so be careful not to come during wet days!

The Final Bark

Are there any other places in San Antonio that you love taking your dog? I'd love to hear about them!

I hope this list has helped someone out there looking for a new place to take their pup on vacation or just on day trips around town with the family pet.

Please share these suggestions if they've been helpful - we're always excited when more people learn about our favorite city's pet-friendly hotspots! Happy trails everyone.

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