Oct 29 at 5:36pm

The Woodlands Is Your Dog’s Best Friend
(After You, Of Course!)

by The Woodlands

We get it. You want to go out on the town, and you want your dog to come with you. In The Woodlands, it’s never an issue to find dog-friendly establishments. We have dog-friendly parks and playgrounds, dog-friendly restaurants and pubs, and even dog-friendly aquatic activities. Here, you’ll find fun options for you and your furry friend all in one simple place.

Dog-friendly Restaurants

From steakhouses to pubs to pizza joints, you can enjoy a great meal with Fido by your side. Here, you’ll discover enticing eateries that welcome dogs! So, as they say, "bone appetite!”

Robard’s Steakhouse

Robard’s Steakhouse kicks off its one-of-a-kind "Yappy Hour” on its patio each Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Yappy Hour includes food and drink specials for you and a special doggie menu with canine concoctions, such as the Doggie Sundae made with custard and peanut butter. (Just an FYI, dogs are only allowed on the patio on Fridays during the Yappy Hour.)

The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub has a story unlike any other. The original pub was located in County Cork, Ireland, adjacent to a beautiful green where geese grazed daily. But, when a new development was set to bring an end to the pub in 2005, new owners decided to move the entire establishment across the Atlantic to The Woodlands and keep the rich traditions alive. Today, this authentic Irish pub serves the finest Irish foods, whiskey and beer and offers a welcoming dog-friendly patio for your best four-legged lads and lasses. And, another bonus: Irish setters will feel like they’re back in the old country.

Crust Pizza

Crust Pizza is Chicago-style thin crust pizza that even Texans love. So, come by to enjoy a delicious made-from-scratch pie on the dog-friendly patio in the popular Creekside Park Village Green. You’ll be glad you did.

Beck’s Prime

Beck’s Prime, home of one of the best burgers in Texas as awarded by Texas Monthly, has all of the classic offerings. Burgers, hot dogs, salads, chicken, chili, and so much more, including some of the best milkshakes in the land. So, when you want a hot dog and to bring your best dog, head to Beck’s Prime for a dog-friendly patio with a water bowl and a smile.

Starbucks®

Don’t forget that you can always bring your dog to one of your local Starbucks locations across The Woodlands to enjoy a "puppuccino” on the patio. The decadent puppuccino is a small cup filled with whipped cream, made just for your canine companion. But remember, it’s filled with sugar and fat, so make it an only-once-in-awhile special treat.

Dog Parks

When Googling "dog parks near me,” you don’t need to look far. The Woodlands has four fantastic dog parks, aka bark parks, that cater to your four-legged friends. Take a look!

Cattail Dog Park (Village of Cochran's Crossing)

At almost 1 acre in size, Cattail Dog Park is a fenced playground with both a large dog section (over 25 lbs.) and a small dog section (25 lbs. and under). There is a water source, but be sure to bring a drinking container for your dog.

Bear Branch Dog Park (Village of Cochran’s Crossing)

Bear Branch Dog Park is located on Research Forest Drive across from the Bear Branch Sportsfields. In its 2+ acres, you’ll find lots of shade, ample water sources, and plenty of benches. There is a section for large dogs (over 25 lbs.) and another for smaller pups (25 lbs. and under).

Terramont Dog Park (Village of Sterling Ridge)

This community park has pavilion playgrounds, picnic areas, lighted tennis courts, a skateboard/bike area, a nine-hole disc golf course, a parking lot, and a welcoming dog area where you can will let your buddy run wild.

Dog Park at Tamarac Park (Village of Grogan's Mill)

Bring your pup to this park that features barbeque pits, a fishing area, volleyball and tennis courts, a pavilion, a playground, swings, picnic tables, drinking fountains, and a dog-friendly park ready for tons of doggie socializing.

Dog-friendly Activities

For active dogs, The Woodlands has it all. You can shop the freshest produce at the farmers market, jog a few of The Woodlands’ 216 miles of trails, and even kayak out on the water – all with your most loyal friend by your side! And, after all of that activity, treat your dog to a bath and a bone.

The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan’s Mill

Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Woodlands Farmers Market adheres to the highest standards by requiring that all agricultural and artisan vendors grow or produce the goods they sell. From local produce to prepared foods to unique products, you’ll have a great time each Saturday. And, best of all, you’re welcome to bring your dog to the market. But, be sure to read the dog guidelines to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Riva Row Boat House

Riva Row Boat House is dog-friendly and ready for water. Dogs are welcome in kayak rentals for no additional fee. And, The Woodlands Dog Park Club generously donated the dog-sized life vests, which are available for dogs of any size.

Kriser’s Natural Pet

From dog events and adoptions to grooming and treats, Kriser’s Natural Pet is like a candy store for your dog (and even your cat). It’s open seven days a week, so pet parents can get the highest-quality pet supplies, food selection and grooming services whenever they need it. Check ‘em out!

The Woodlands is a place where your dog is always a welcome family member. So, load ‘em up and hit the town.

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