Traveling to new destinations is exciting, full of possibilities, and something to look forward to.  For those travelling with pets, it helps to know where you can bring your furry best friend to eat, play, and to stay the night in comfort.  Take a look at some of the things that make Temple pet-friendly in this dog's guide to Temple.  Discover Temple with the dogs at your side.

Dining With The Dogs

Hungry for a taste of Temple, but don’t want to leave your beloved pet behind? Many restaurants in Temple have patios where your pets are welcome to sit with you as you dine and enjoy a good time.  Everything is more fun with a dog by your side. They aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason. Dining with your pooch will make the experience even better. Clem Mikeska’s BBQ, Megg’s Café, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Freddy's, Freebirds World Burrito, La Riv and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have patio options. At 3 West Alehouse, you can sip on a cold draft beer with your best bud sitting beside you. Located in the nearby city of Salado, Barrow Brewing Co. also has craft and draft beers and a patio for the pets.

In a mood for a delicious dessert? Stop by Jeremiah’s Italian Ice for a gelati treat. They have a list of rotating flavors and seasonal specialties that you will want to stop by and sample. Plus, for all the dogs tagging along, Jeremiah’s gives pets a mini peanut butter ice cup. Your pets will love this peanut butter tasty treat and will be begging with puppy dog eyes to go back!

Downtown Dogs

In the downtown district of Temple, several restaurants and breweries allow pets to dine with their owners. These restaurants also have patio seating available with more than enough room for you and your pampered pooch to hang out. Pignetti’s has patio seating with a grand view of downtown. Enjoy some Italian entrees with your best friend at this local favorite. Interested in Temple's food truck scene? Visit The Yard, downtown Temple's food truck plaza to experience different cuisines and a fun atmosphere. With picnic table seating, this food truck plaza is a great place to stop for a bite to eat with the dogs in tow. Or, head to the Santa Fe Plaza on your way through downtown Temple to sit on the lawn, eat a quick bite, and enjoy the scenery and weather that Temple has to offer.

With a walkable downtown area, the city of Temple’s downtown district is a great place to walk around and explore with your pet at your side. Fire Base Brewing Company is a pet-friendly place where leashed dogs are invited to enjoy some time with their owners. Fire Base is open Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays from midday to late evening. Try some locally-crafted beers at this veteran-owned, dog-friendly establishment. For more brews and pubs, check out O'Brien's Irish Pub and BJ's Brewery & Tasting Room. O'Brien's and BJ's Tasting Room both have patios and are pet-friendly. There is nothing like winding down on the weekend with a cold beer in hand and your best bud at your side.

Paws for Play Time

Whether you are in town for a weekend, a week or longer, there’s a variety of outdoor activities for you and your pets. While you are in town, stop by one of the local dog parks for a playful adventure!  Central Texas Bark Park is located inside Lions Park. There are areas for both large and small breed dogs. Small dogs (under 30 pounds) have a half acre fenced-in play area and large dogs over 30 pounds have a one acre radius to play in. Bring your pet’s favorite frisbees and tennis balls and let them play fetch and run around this expansive field.  Also at the Bark Park a few agility equipment that you can use to train your dog or simply for play. Give your pet time to do their own socializing and playing while you visit Temple.

Oak Tree Dog Park is another great park option for your four-legged friends. Pets love to run off-leash in this one-acre park. Here you will find plenty of shade and even a few doggie obstacles that the dogs can run around and play on with their new friends. This park does require a fee to enter, but the fun your pet will have will be worth every penny!

Parks, Happy Tails, and Pets

Surrounded by many parks and outdoor recreational areas, Temple has several dog-worthy landscapes to see. Take your dog for a gorgeous, scenic walk at Pepper Creek Trail. Walk with your dog across the bridge, past waterfalls, and through beautiful scenery on this three mile trail. Along with this trail, there are many parks in the Central Texas area that are perfect for you and your pet to explore! Miller Spring Nature Center has several trails to choose from. Pick a trail, grab your furry friend, and take a walk through some of Temple’s vibrant landscapes. Chalk Ridge Falls along the Lampasas River features hiking trails, a suspension bridge, and waterfalls that your dog will enjoy seeing. Go for a walk and enjoy the views. This park is a sight to see and would be a great photo op for you and your pooch.

Hotel For Dogs

Looking for a place to stay that allows your animals to room with you? There are hotels and campgrounds throughout the Temple where pets can stay. Hotels that are pet-friendly include: Candlewood Suites, Stratford House Inn, La Quinta, Econo Lodge, Studio 6, Rodeway Inn, Days Inn, and Residence Inn. Some hotels require a pet fee so be sure to look on their websites for pet policies when you book a reservation! For fans of camping in the great outdoors, several campgrounds in the area are pet friendly. Check out Cedar Ridge Park, White Flint Park, Westcliff Campground, Live Oak Ridge Park, and Temple Lake Campground.

Sit, Bark, Play

Embark on a new adventure with your four-legged friend in Temple. Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, breweries, and more! With bark parks, trails, and a vibrant landscape, your dog will be excited to join their best friend on this epic trip. Whether you're here for a short stay or long stay, we're happy to have you and your pets!

Discover Temple with your dog by your side.

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