The Houston heat can be brutal. But it’s here — and our dogs are super excited to get outdoors and explore! We know all pet parents want the best for their pup, including healthy interaction with other friendly dogs and animal lovers, so we’ve gathered a list of Houston’s most popular dog parks that are safe, clean and a great spot for your dog to run wild and free in the city.
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This first park is perfect if your dog is looking for some fun in the water (…and it’s not Splishy Splash Day at the Camp.)
This dog park was rated No. 1 on Google listings and earned four stars on Yelp. The 3-acre park has been around for 11 years and is known as a favorite part of its community. The park has two separate areas for small dogs and big dogs so you don’t have to worry about your miniature pup being trampled over. There are also doggy lakes, fountains, benches for pet parents to relax and generous amounts of parking.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Best times to visit: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
This 15-acre park is ranked No. 1 in Harris County, according to several sources. Millie Bush Park contains a small pup section, three ponds, washing stations and shaded benches for pet parents to relax.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oh, yes! All the space your dog needs to run free with these next two parks!
Congress Bill Archer Dog Park promises that your dog won’t feel penned in with other animals but have 17 acres of land to run freely and safely. The park also contains two sections to separate small dogs from the larger breeds, numerous trees, trails, ponds and shaded benches for owners. The park won Houston Press’ Best Dog Park award in 2011.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This huge dog park is 188 acres and contains more than 3 miles of walking trails. This park is family friendly for everyone to enjoy, even if you don’t own a pet, because it has large lakes to go fishing and a playground for the kids.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This 380-acre park not only includes a dog park but also provides playgrounds, canoe launch, picnic tables, a 10-mile trail and two lakes that are perfect for fishing.
Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk (which is typically around 8:30 p.m. in the summer months)