With Texas spring weather in full bloom, there couldn’t be a better time to take your furry friend outside to play! Whether your pet has lots of energy to burn or would rather relax, there are plenty of outdoor activities for your pet to enjoy in Central Texas. Central Texas has many hidden gems when it comes to accommodating its pets. From hiking trails and dog parks to city plazas and outdoor dining, your pet will never be bored when living in Central Texas. The community is filled with fellow animal lovers that are ready to wag hello!
Amy’s Attic Self Storage is here to serve and support our local community, including our furry friends! From downtown areas to the countryside, Amy’s Attic knows all the top places and activities to bring your pet. As Central Texan cities grow to become more pet-friendly areas, Amy’s Attic is here to guide you through the top activities for you and your pet. Find out how you can keep your pet extra happy and active this spring in Central Texas.
Go on an Outdoor Adventure!
As the spring weather continues to warm up the Central Texas area, you will have to take advantage of all the potential adventures out there! From local parks and nature trails to lakes and rivers, Central Texas has a variety of options for whatever your wanderlust heart desires. Pets are meant to go outside for their exercise and mental stimulation. As the owner, you are the one to decide if you will allow your pet to have this outdoor enrichment! Can’t decide on a place? Let us help you decide based on your mood, or your pet’s!
- If you are looking for a waterfall adventure, then you must check out Chalk Ridge Falls Park! Located just outside of Belton, this park runs along the Lampasas River and features a waterfall and suspension bridge on the hiking trail. Plenty of dog owners take their furry friends for a 2.5-mile hike around the easy, out-and-back trail. Check out this trail map at the link here!
- If you are looking for a paved path that is still within the city, you must bring your pet to Pepper Creek Trail! Located on the outskirts of Temple, this trail offers a 10 ft. wide paved path for 1.5 miles. From water views and wildflowers to a pedestrian bridge, this trail has a variety of exciting sights for your furry friend to experience! Find the trail map at the link here.
- If you are looking for a trail that offers a selection of trails in one location, then stop by Miller Springs Park just outside of Temple and Belton. The park has 10 loops all for a variety of skill levels and lengths. With so many options, your dog will never be bored with the outdoor enrichment. Expect to see a variety of stunning natural springs, waterfalls, wildlife, and hills. Check out some of the most popular trails inside the park at the link here.
- If you are looking for a park that has spectacular views and endless options, then you have to visit Cameron Park, a short 5-minute drive outside of Baylor University. With well-known trails like Jacob’s Ladder and Lover’s Leap, the park has a wide variety of landscaping and views that both you and your pet will enjoy. Both you and your pet will be tired by the end of your hiking day! Look through the selection of popular trails at the link here.
Regardless of how far out of the city you are for your adventure, make sure you clean up after your pet! We want to maintain and preserve our local parks and nature trails for other visitors.
Mingle at the Dog Park
Do you have a social pup that likes to run around with other pups? If so, then you must take your furry friend to play at the dog park! A dog’s social life is very important to their overall health and happiness. Make your dog the happiest by switching up the routine and taking them to the park. You can even make their day even more special by bringing their favorite toy to play fetch with! Central Texas has a variety of small and large dog parks to visit. Take a look at Amy’s Attic’s top picks for dog parks in Central Texas!
- Central Texas Bark Park
Address: Lions Park Dr, Temple, TX 76502
Features: fully fenced, double-gated entry, two separate dog parks for small and large dogs, water stations, doggy bags, agility obstacles, and benches.
- HOT Dog Park
Address: 4900 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
Features: extremely spacious, picnic area, range of elevations, BYOW (Bring Your Own Water), fenced, the only off-leash park in Waco, two separate dog parks for small and large dogs, and agility course.
- Heritage Dog Park
Address: 1502 Park Ave, Belton, TX 76513
Features: recently installed, regularly cleaned, agility courses, water stations, pavilion with benches.
- Purser Family Dog Park
Address: 100 Mountain Lion Rd, Harker Heights, TX 76548
Features: large open field, two separate dog parks for small and large dogs, water stations, onsite toys, and covered benches.
- Mickey’s Dog Park
Address: 2201 E Veterans Memorial Blvd, Killeen, TX 76543
Features: two separate dog parks for small and large dogs, doggy bags, water stations, running tunnels, jump over platforms, open field space, and shaded benches.
*It is crucial to only bring your dog to a dog park once you know for certain that they get along with others. Please, do not bring your dog to a dog park if they are not friendly or compatible with other dogs. You are putting your dog and others at risk for an accident.
Things to Do with Your Pets at Central Texas Restaurants & Bars
Dine at a Pet-Friendly Restaurant
The weather has been too beautiful to leave your pet at home, so why not bring them with you! While not every restaurant offers pet-friendly dining options, there is still a wide selection of places to pick from! Bigger cities like Waco, Temple, and Belton have more pet-friendly options as opposed to smaller towns like Killeen, Salado, and Harker Heights. But luckily, all of these restaurants are within a short drive of each other. Here are Amy’s Attic’s top picks for pet-friendly restaurants in Central Texas.
14 S 2nd St, Temple, TX 76501
- The Yard: Food Truck Plaza @ Santa Fe Market Trail
212 S Main St, Temple, TX 76501
- Megg’s Cafe
1749 Everton Dr, Temple, TX 76504
- La Riv Kitchen & Bar
#16069, 7410 W Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76502
- Coronas De Oro
219 S East St, Belton, TX 76513
- Scores Pizza & Wings
219 S East St, Belton, TX 76513
- Dead Fish Grill
2207 Lake Rd, Belton, TX 76513
- 1424 Bistro
1424 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701
- Brazos Bar & Bistro
211 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76706
1020 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
- Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe
201 E Central Texas Expy Ste 1200, Harker Heights, TX 76548
- The Shed
220 Royal St, Salado, TX 76571
It is important to note that these restaurants only allow pets in their designated outdoor dining patio area, not inside.
Grab a Brew with your Buddy
While some pet owners may struggle with balancing their pet life with their social life, why sacrifice one when you can have both! Next time you are wanting to meet up with some friends, take your pet to one of Central Texas’ pet-friendly bars or breweries. Central Texas has a variety of bars and breweries to select from that will fulfill both your and your pet’s social needs. Not every single Central Texas bar and brewery offers pet-friendly solutions, so Amy’s Attic is here to help fill you in on which ones do!
- FireBase Brewing Company
8 S 1st St, Temple, TX 76501
- O’Brien’s Irish Pub
11 E Central Ave, Temple, TX 76501
- BJ’s Brewery & Tasting Room
602 E Central Ave, Temple, TX 76501
- Back Porch Drafthouse
4501 S General Bruce Dr, Temple, TX 76502
- Southern Roots Brewing Co.
219 N 8th St, Waco, TX 76701
- Freight Icehouse and Yardbar
1613 James Ave, Waco, TX 76706
- Brotherwell Brewing
400 E Bridge St, Waco, TX 76704
- Bold Republic Brewing Company
206 N Penelope St, Belton, TX 76513
- Barrow Brewing Company
108 Royal St, Salado, TX 76571
- THE SOCIAL
21 N Main St, Salado, TX 76571
Now you don’t have to worry about having to leave to walk your pet when you can have your furry friend with you for “yappy hour”!
Attend a Pet-Friendly Event in Spring 2022
Meet other pet lovers in the area with your furry friend by attending a pet-friendly event in Central Texas! With a variety of event options, Central Texas has some exciting pet events coming soon to our community. Since Amy’s Attic tries to keep up to date with the latest events in the community, let’s take a peek at our top picks for pet-friendly events!
Bellmead Dog Days
Date: Sunday, May 15th, 3 – 9 PM
Address: Brame Park, Oak Grove Dr, Bellmead, TX
Features: Cornhole, Vendors, Food Trucks, Live Music, Vaccines, Microchip Clinic, and Puppies!
Dates: Friday, April 22 at 8:00 am – Sunday, April 24 at 5:00 pm
Address: 301 W Loop 121, Belton, TX
Features: Dog Agility Competition
Woof Walk and Wrun 5K Race
Date: Saturday, April 23 at 12:00 pm
Address: Georgetown, TX 78627
Features: Walk or run in a 5K race with your dog!
Amy’s Attic Self Storage
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