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Dog lovers understand that our furry friends are part of the family – which means it’s important to spend time playing and hanging out. Thankfully, Houston offers many opportunities for dog owners to bond with their four-legged family members.

Congressman Bill Archer Dog Park

This is the perfect park for a fun afternoon with your dog. There are separate areas for small and large breeds and lots of trees for shade. Highlights include an agility course and bone-shaped swimming pools for the dogs, so they can keep cool after a run through the course. And don’t worry about dealing with a muddy dog on the drive home – this park has dog-washing stations so you can hose your furry friends down before getting in the car.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Escape from the bustle of the city without actually leaving it. This 155-acre nonprofit nature sanctuary provides educational and recreational experiences – and yes, leashed dogs are welcome! The trails are shady and perfect for a relaxing stroll with your pup.

Houston Active Dogs

Don’t limit your pet dates to just you and your dog – enjoy some time with other dog lovers as well! This local group is a great way to make new friends and see the pet-friendly Houston sights. All active, well-socialized dogs are welcome. The group meets at various parks and pet-friendly restaurants and events throughout the year. Houston has several other dog groups, as well, if you’d like something more breed-specific.

The Kennel Klub

This establishment doesn’t just offer doggy daycare and boarding services – they also have a great “play day” service, as well. This is a great way to socialize your dog with the help of experienced dog handlers. There are games, indoor and outdoor activities, pools, and training opportunities for your sweet pup.

Porch Swing Pub

After a long afternoon playing with your dog, you’re probably ready to chill with a nice beer or glass of wine. Try this laid-back establishment that, as they say, welcomes both ties and flip-flops. They also welcome leashed dogs on their outdoor patio dining area. It’s the perfect way to end your playdate.

For more pet-friendly locations in Houston, check out Bring Fido.