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Traveling with Pets In Historic Dog Friendly San Antonio

There is so many fun things to do with pets in San Antonio, Texas! San Antonio, Texas is famous for its history. The Alamo City offers a rich cultural background for you and your dog. That said, San Antonio’s most famous landmark – the one and only Alamo – is not truly a dog friendly destination and they are sticklers about keeping your pet on the sidewalks only. This is one historic site where you will find it’s best to leave your pet with a dog sitter or at a nearby kennel and there are plenty of those in San Antonio. If you do decide to take your hound, he will need to stay on leash and on the sidewalk. You will be able to view the historic monument from afar – but from the outside only and on the sidewalk. No dogs are allowed actually inside the Alamo. (Ah, well we can dream that they will be someday, right?) If you want to take your dog with you, make sure someone in your group can stay outside while you check out the inside of the Alamo and then switch off. If not, visit our San Antonio Travel Guide as there you will find plenty of listings for pet sitters and doggie daycares.

San Antonio’s picturesque Riverwalk  is a two mile walk that winds through the heart of this true Texas city, making it an ideal leashed walk for you and your pooch to explore the city’s center. The shops, restaurants and bars lining the Riverwalk contain amongst them a number of dog friendly patios. Riverwalk is the second biggest tourist attraction in all of Texas. The first? The Alamo, of course. The Riverwalk makes for amazing people (and dog) watching on one of the many patios lining the famous walkway, perhaps at Dolores Del Rio, an Italian restaurant located on the San Antonio Riverwalk that allows dogs at their outside tables.

If you want to delve into the storied history of San Antonio, La Villita is a great place for you and your leashed dog to walk around.  It was the original settlement of Old San Antonio and started out as a primitive hut settlement for Spanish soldiers. Located on the south bank of the river, La Villita today is a dynamic, artsy area full of Victorian and Adobe buildings, making for a lovely and interesting walk for you and your best buddy.

There are many off-leash dog parks in San Antonio. Two are: Pearsall Dog Park, a fenced dog park 1.5 acres in size with picnic tables and playground equipment. McAllister Park is also off lease and 1.5 acres big, all dogs who enter this park must be up-to-date with all vaccinations and license. Eisenhower Park is not an off leash park, but with five miles of trails to hike with your dog, it makes it a fun and worthwhile place to visit in San Antonio.

When you and your faithful furry friend have had enough fun in the sun of San Antonio, you’ll want to lay your heads down someplace that is as accepting of your dog as you are. Vacation Pet Friendly’s directory of dog friendly hotels is extensive and updated often with the current dog policies of many major hotels, but we must mention the Emily Morgan Hotel located mere steps from The Alamo. Dogs are always welcome at the Emily Morgan. Their chef has even  created a special Pet Menu through room service to make sure Rover is well fed. There is a $75 non-refundable pet fee and guests are required to register their pets when they check in.

Remember, booking early is essential when traveling with pets. See what’s available today so you get the best deals. Start your search for pet friendly hotels in San Antonio here. Then sit back and think of all the fun things you can do when you get there!

San Antonio, Texas is rich in history and offers interesting, fun and historic hikes to take with your dog. At the end of the day, when you’re both pawsitively exhausted, one of San Antonio’s pet friendly hotels will make sure all two and four legged guests are comfortable for a good night’s sleep.

Please contact the Alamo before leaving on your trip, as they are sticklers about dogs and you should check with them beforehand.

Dr. Richard Bruce Winders
Historian and Curator
Tel: (210)225-1391, ext. 27
Fax: (210)229-1343


Posted by Amy L. on May 5, 2011 in Blog, 2 comments
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