Welcome to San Antonio, where furry friends are embraced with open arms! If you love traveling with your four-legged companion, this city belongs on your bucket list. From pet-friendly accommodations to fun activities and dining options, here's your ultimate guide to a dog-friendly vacation in San Antonio.


Dog-friendly Places to Stay in San Antonio

In San Antonio, there are over 350 dog-friendly hotels across a wide range of price points. We have just a few to get you started on your search, and we have even filtered for places that allow pets to be left in rooms unattended—just in case they need a break from a busy day of sightseeing.


La Quinta Inn & Suites

With over 15 hotels spread across San Antonio, La Quinta Inn by Wyndham  is an excellent choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly stay with your pet. A majority of the popular locations, such as La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown, La Quinta Inn & Suites Market Square, and La Quinta Inn & Suites River Walk, allow for up to two pets per room. Both dogs and cats are permitted for a nominal fee per night.


Hotel Gibbs Downtown River Walk

Are you howling for some history? Constructed at the turn of the century in 1909 in the heart of downtown San Antonio is the city’s first high-rise office building. Present-day, the building has since transformed into an elegant and modern boutique hotel known as Hotel Gibbs.

Conveniently located within walking distance of the River Walk, Alamo, and other popular landmarks — this hotel is the perfect place to accommodate you and your pooch for an additional fee.

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a beautiful, Spanish-style villa settled on the Museum Reach of the River Walk and within close proximity to the San Antonio Museum of Art, Hopscotch, Historic Pearl District and Tobin Center of Performing Arts.

Although some of these attractions may not be pet-friendly, Hotel Indigo makes it easy to pop in and check on your pup as you bounce from place to place. For an added fee per stay, pets are welcomed with a bag of treats, a water bowl, and bottled water at check-in. Just remember, crates or kennels are required for housecleaning services.


Hotel Havana

If the hustle and bustle parts of the city provide too much excitement for your pet, Hotel Havana is the pur-fect haven away from tourist crowds. This charming Cuban-inspired boutique oasis is nestled on the north end of the River Walk and within walking distance from some of the city’s most revered culinary assets. The hotel accommodates up to two pets of any size for a nightly fee.


The Fairmont Hotel

If you want to treat yourself to an elevated experience, the Fairmont Hotel is paws-itively the place for you and your pet. Enjoy European-style accommodations with access to luxurious amenities, all while being just steps away from La Villita’s artisan shops, Hemisfair, the Tower of the Americas, and more. The hotel does charge a non-refundable fee to host your pup and requires them to be crated when left unattended in rooms. 


Dog-friendly Places to Go in San Antonio

It can be ruff on your dog to be locked up in an unfamiliar place all day. So why not bring them along? San Antonio is home to many pet-friendly parks, historical landmarks, and attractions. 


River Walk

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular pet-friendly places in San Antonio is the River Walk. The 15-mile-long, serpentine urban park is open 24/7, year-round, and provides direct access to some of the city’s most beloved historical and cultural sites.  There is quite a mesmerizing charm to the parallel sidewalks lined with local shops, restaurants, hotels, nature, and more!


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Grab your pup for a local adventure to explore what is old and discover what is new at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, an eight-mile stretch along the River Walk’s Mission Reach. The grounds consist of four remaining 18th-century Spanish colonial missions built to serve as the center for an ethnically diverse society. However, dogs are not permitted inside any of the park buildings or churches but are allowed to walk the grounds on a leash.

Historic Market Square

Historic Market Square is a pet-friendly outdoor market plaza filled with over 100 locally owned businesses. It is the largest Mexican market in the United States. Three blocks lined with mouth-watering food, live entertainment, and various local artisans—what’s not to love?



Pack a picnic and trek to San Antonio's centerpiece, Hemisfair. The scenic park includes various jogging trails, ample green space, game tables, play structures, and the new Civic Park!

Ghost Tours

Pets protect their owners and provide a sense of safety. Thankfully, several San Antonio ghost tours allow you to bring your pets for support!

You can visit Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours, which offers dog-friendly nightly ghost tours from 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All leashed, and friendly dogs are welcome to enjoy this 90-minute stroll across the city’s most haunted places. Another ghost tour organized by Bad Wolf Ghost Tours lets you and your dog explore the notorious locations of historic battles, murders, and the gruesome side of history in San Antonio.


Historic Pearl

Lastly, stop by Pearl for a dog-friendly adventure! Walk around and shop the local boutiques, or eat patio-side at one of the many restaurants! They also have a weekend Farmer’s Market and other pet-friendly events!

Dog-friendly Places to Eat in San Antonio

A day of play in San Antonio with your four-legged friend can really work up an appetite. Luckily, with more al fresco dining options than ever, you can easily satisfy those stomachs quickly. Here’s a taste of some pet-friendly restaurants you'll want to test out!