Pet Friendly Travel

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!

The first stop should be Camp Barkley dog park. Here, you will find two, large fenced parks: one for smaller pups and another for big hounds. Both have wide open spaces where canines can run off some energy after the drive. After you have played your hearts out, take a stroll around Grover Nelson Park path located across the parking lot from the dog park. I’m sure there will be a duck or two to bark at near Zoo Lake. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset, too.

Lucky for you, Abilene has several dog friendly dining options, with patio or outdoor seating fit for a pooch. Lytle Land and Cattle, Fuzzy’s, Cypress St. Station and Stillwater BBQ are a few we recommend.

Work off your lunch by visiting the Abilene State Park with several hiking trails and large grassy areas. If you need to cool off or want more fun in the sun, head to Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom. The park has covered picnic areas, a volleyball court and a playground for the humans, too.

If patio sitting is more your style, head to the pet friendly brewery, Sockdolager! They often have food trucks for a bite to eat. Pappy Slokum is also an option for a great craft beer for you and friendly for your dog. Willow Creek Winery also has a shaded outdoor area where a tired dog can catch a snooze while the humans enjoy the booze.

If libations are not up your alley, try Coldstone Creamery for ice cream and outdoor seating. Nikki’s Swirl Shop on Buffalo Gap also has froyo treats for humans and canines. Grab a dose of caffeine at Monks Coffee Shop and give your pup a rest too.

Courtyard Marriott Mall South

Time to catch some ZZZ’s! Listed below are hotel options who welcome four-legged guests:


Antilley Inn
Candlewood Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites Medical Center
Courtyard by Marriott Mall South 
Days Inn
Emerald Inn Expo
Home2 Suites by Hilton
Kiva Hotel
La Quinta Inn
LaQuinta Inn & Suites Abilene Mall
MCM Elegante Suites
Motel 6
Motel 6 East
Residence Inn by Marriott
Royal Inn
Sleep Inn & Suites University
Super 8 North
Super 8 South
The Inn and Suites at 34 Fifty
TownePlace Suites NE
Whitten Inn University

Should you need to restock your pups supplies or catch a quick bath, Abilene has options for you. We recommend PetSmart or Petco for a quick groom or indoor place to explore. We also have Tractor Supply and Jackson Brothers Feed and Seed which carry pet food, collars, bathing items and would love to see your pooch!

We hope you never need this, but accidents happen; Abilene also has many wonderful veterinarians and an Emergency Clinic for 24 hr. needs.

Have a barking good time while visiting Abilene!