PET-FRIENDLY PLACES IN ABILENE
Here in Abilene, four-legged, furry friends are welcome!
Here’s a round-up of spots where you and Spot can have fun:
Walk throughout downtown Abilene, and you'll find storybook sculptures, which is why challenging your pup to a game of Storybook Sculpture Scavenger Hunt is a great way to start your downtown stroll. Find all 25 sculptures (and counting) starting from Everman Park, then paws for pics next to Wilbur the pig, Marcel the moose and Mr. Tiger at the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden next to Abilene Convention Center.
If you're hungry for a bite, Cypress St. Station, located on "Storybook Lane," is a dog-friendly restaurant that serves a varied menu that includes pasta, seafood, steak, and desserts. Grab a cup of refreshment from Monks Coffee Shop and people-watch with your pup at the patio. The Hallows on Pine Street is another dog-friendly coffee and cocktail bar.
The South of Downtown Abilene (SoDA District) is the new burgeoning area for breweries and bars. Leashed dogs are welcome at both Sockdolager Brewing Co. and Pappy Slokum Brewery's patio. Cheers to men's best friends––beer and dogs!
South Side of Town
If adult libations aren’t up your alley, the south side of Abilene features plenty of options for you and your pooch.
Treat your dog to a "Pup Cup" at Big Country Coffee, located at 802 S Treadaway Blvd and 5001 Buffalo Gap Rd, or grab an ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. If you prefer fro-yo, head to Nikki's Swirl Shoppe on Catclaw Drive. You'll also find pet-friendly eateries at the Taylor County Taphouse, Firehouse Subs and Fuzzy's Taco. Find more exclusively Abilene eateries here.
Pet parents need treats as well. Enjoy a shopping spree with your dog at Petsmart, Petco, Tractor Supply, Academy, Lowe's and Home Depot.
Need to burn off some steam? Red Bud Park is nearby with plenty of room for your dog to roam and to catch sight of prairie dogs in Prairie Dog Village, an enclosed area where these entertaining animals maintain a colony.
Abilenians' favorite pastime is enjoying a juicy plate of steak. You don't have to leave your canine in the car or hotel while you get a red meat fix because Abilene has plenty of pet-friendly patios. Copper Creek offers two dog-friendly outdoor tables, while dogs are very welcome on the patios at Lytle Land & Cattle Company and Sweetwater BBQ.
The Great Outdoors
Getting out in the sun is a great way to supercharge your mind and spend quality time with your fur baby.
In Grover Nelson Park, next to Abilene Zoo, you'll find Camp Barkeley Dog Park, where dogs can enjoy off-leash freedom in the two, large fenced parks: one for dogs under 30 pounds and another for bigger dogs. Water and waste-bags are available on-site. Also, the surrounding Grover Nelson Park is an ideal spot to take a relaxing stroll with your furry companion and watch as swan boats glide along Nelson Lake. Howl-ever, dogs are required to be leashed in city parks. Other nearby green spaces to stretch four legs include Cal Young Park and Red Bud Park.
Hit the trail at Abilene State Park, located 15 miles south of Abilene, for a day for bird watching, picnicking, and hiking. Then step back in time with your four-legged pal at Taylor County History Center, to explore the West Texas frontier from 1875 to 1925. All leashed dogs are welcome. Before you leave Buffalo Gap, don't fur-get to try the world-famous Perini Ranch Steakhouse that has twelve canine-friendly outdoor tables.
Em-BARK on an adventure with your dog at Fort Phantom Hill where you can see ruins of the U.S. Army outpost established in 1851. For those who prefer fishing or kayaking, take your pup to Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom Hill instead. The park has covered picnic areas, a volleyball court and a playground for the humans, too. Keep your eyes open for snakes, especially during hot summer weather.
One of Abilene's top spots for dog-walking is the two-mile Lunsford Trail at Abilene Christian University. Parking for visitors is located at Hunter Welcome Center.
ArtWalk: DogWalk ArtWalk is a lively evening of concerts, culture, and camaraderie that takes place on the second Thursday of each month, from 5 pm to 8 pm throughout the cultural district. Venues stay open late and admission is free. Organized by the Center for Contemporary Arts, a favorite theme each August is ArtWalk DogWalk, celebrating the Dog Days of Summer. Come downtown with your pet and enjoy live music, food trucks, street vendors and a dog costume contest.
Doggie Splash Day On the last day of summer, Adventure Cover at Rose Park will be open for dogs to get wet and have fun.
Dog Training Abilene Park and Recreation organize dog training classes for dogs of all ages.
Abilene Beer Summit A one-day craft brew experience each September that features more than 125 beer flavors from more than 40 breweries.
Downtown Parade Leashed dogs are always welcome during downtown parades.
May: Western Heritage Classic parade
July 3, 2020: Freedom Festival downtown parade
November: Veterans Day parade
December: City Sidewalk Christmas parade
Boarding and Daycare
Diamond in the Ruff Dog and Cat boarding and daycare are available.
Frontier Veterinary Clinic Offers overnight boarding accommodations, doggie daycare for cats and dogs starting from $17 per day.
Where to Stay
Abilene has plenty of pet-friendly hotels to choose from. Find your accommodation today! Just look for the listings with the cute little dog symbol and book a getaway!
Our four-legged, furry friends can be some of the best travel companions. Luckily, when planning a trip to Abilene, you will find many opportunities for your pooch to enjoy our city as much as you will!