A Dog's Guide

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Traveling to new destinations is exciting and full of possibilities. For those traveling with pets, it helps to know where you can bring your furry best friend to eat, play, and 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.

Dining With The Dogs

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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. After all, 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, Mod Pizza, Blaze Pizza, and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have patio options. At 3 West Alehouse, you can sip on a cold draft beer on the patio with your best bud sitting right beside you. 

In the 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

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In the downtown district of Temple, many restaurants, such as Pignetti's, and breweries allow pets to dine with their owners. These restaurants have patio seating available with more than enough room for you and your pampered pooch to hang out. Head to the Santa Fe Plaza on your way through downtown Temple to sit on the lawn, eat a quick meal and play time. Cha Community has patio seating available for guests who want to order a boba tea with their dog. Corkys also sets up tables and chairs outside, allowing those with pets a chance to stop by. Treno Pizzeria also has patio seating available so you can savor some delicious pizza in downtown Temple with your best bud.

Temple's downtown district is a great place to walk around and explore with your pet at your side. Fire Base Brewing Company is pet-friendly and invites you to enjoy some time much-needed time with your dogs. Try some locally-crafted beers and purchase a bag of dog treats at this veteran-owned, dog-friendly establishment. For more breweries and pubs offering outside seating, check out O'Brien's Irish Pub and BJ's Brewery & Tasting Room. 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

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Whether you are in town for a weekend or longer, there’s a variety of outdoor activities for you and your pet to enjoy. Stop by Temple's 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 are a few pieces of agility equipment for training and play time. Give your pet time to do their own socializing and playing while you visit Temple.


Parks, Happy Tails, & Pets

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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, many parks in the Central Texas area 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.

Visit the Temple Parks and Recreation website for more information on local parks and trails.

Hotel For Dogs

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Looking for a place to stay that allows your animals to room with you? There are hotels and campgrounds available where you can stay with your pet. 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 Park.

Sit, Bark, Play

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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 a long stay, we're happy to have you and your pets!

Discover Temple with your dog by your side.

For the dogs: Grr, bark, woof. Who’s a good dog?