Getting enough exercise is not just important for humans- it’s a must for dogs as well! Keeping your dog active and healthy is easy with the use of local dog parks as well as healthy, high quality pet products. Thankfully, there are plenty of great dog parks in Houston where your best friend can get all the exercise he needs to stay healthy and happy. Please make sure to practice safe social distancing measures when visiting local dog parks, and always check for updates on which parks are open during these uncertain times.
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Check out our list of the best Houston dog parks and dog runs below:
Discovery Green– 1500 McKinney, Houston TX 77010
Along with all of the other amenities and attractions, Discovery Green also has two dog parks- the Kinder Large Dog Run and the Harriet and Joe Foster Small Dog Run. Each dog run has a gravel and grass ground cover as well as shade, drinking fountains, and benches nearby. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Market Square Dog Run– 301 Milam, Houston TX 77002
This excellent dog park has two separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs as well as shade, dog water features, doggie shower stations, and waste bag stations. There are benches nearby so you can rest while the dogs run as well as water fountains to help keep you cool. Park hours are 6 am to 11 pm daily.
Johnny Steele Dog Park– 2929 Allen Pkwy, Houston TX 77019
Note: This park is officially reopened as of June 1, 2020.
One of Houston’s best dog parks has an amazing water feature with rocks and a retention wall where pet owners can sit while the dogs play. Note that the recent remodel has reduced the size of the small dog park as well as the water feature for smaller dogs, so this park is best for large dogs over 15 inches tall. There are a few covered seating areas as well as newly planted trees so hopefully there will be more shade in the future. The park is on the Buffalo Bayou so it occasionally closes due to storm damage- be sure to check their website for updates before you go! The park is open daily from 7 am to 8 pm.
Ervan Chew Park– 4502 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
A small dog park in the Museum District gives the dogs in the area a little place to run and cool off. While the dog park does not have any official ponds, you can often find a couple of kiddie pools with a hose to be filled up. There is plenty of shade and seating available as well as a nearby spray ground for the kids. The park also has a mulch cover to protect Fido’s paws as well as a water fountain. Park hours are daily from dawn to dusk.
West Webster Dog Park– 1913 Gillette St, Houston TX 77006
This is a very small and basic dog run which is good for dogs and dog owners who do not like mud or water. There is a water fountain to help keep the doggo hydrated as well as a hose for washing dogs before you leave. There are a couple of benches for seating but no water features- just an open area for dogs who like to run. The park is open daily from sun up to sun down.
Officer Lucy Dog Park– 4300 Edith St, Bellaire TX 77401
A small dog run with shaded and covered seating, this is a great place to have a picnic while the dogs play. There are no water features at this park but you may find a small wading pool to fill up for the pups. There are two separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as a regular park right outside so the kids can play, too. Park hours are from 5 am to 9:30 pm daily.
Eadog Park– 2300 Polk St, Houston TX 77003
One of the few gated areas for dogs in East Houston, this park has two separate areas for large and small dogs. There are new trees which will provide plenty of shade in the future as well as a few benches. The park features a mock- fire hydrant and water fountains for drinking. The park is open every day from 7 am to 8 pm.
Levy Park– 3801 Eastside, Houston TX 77098
Inside one of Houston’s premier parks, the dog park is small but it has separate sections for large and small dogs. The large dog area features hills, tunnels, and in-ground water pads so dogs can help themselves. This is not the largest of dog parks on the list but definitely one of the most unique! Hours are from 8 am to 10 pm daily.
Danny Jackson Dog Park– 4828 1/2 Loop Central Dr, Houston TX 77081
One of the best dog parks in the Outer Loop, this park has separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. Unlike many dog parks, this one has ponds in both sections! There are water fountains and a few seating areas plus dog washing stations right outside. Hours are from 5 am to 10 pm daily.
Tanglewood Bark Park– 5801 Woodway Dr, Houston TX 77057
This park has a covered gazebo with benches and a few water fountains to help keep the dogs cool. Some people have brought their own kiddie pools to fill up with water from the drinking fountains. Otherwise, it’s a small area for dogs to run free. You can visit daily from 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Maxey Bark & Dog Run Park– 601 Maxey Rd, Houston TX 77013
This park has a large, grassy area with dozens of trees for the dogs to run and play. Note that the small dog area is much smaller than for the large dogs but there are benches, trash cans, and drinking fountains in each. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
TC Jester Dog Park– 4201 TC Jester Blvd, Houston TX 77018
This park features a large space for dogs to run and play. The area has plenty of trees for shade as well as benches and drinking fountains. A bonus is that the small dog area is much larger than in other parks. Each section has water hookups so you can bring a kiddie pool and fill it up for water-loving pooches. Park hours are from 6 am to 6 pm every day.
Beverly Kaufman Dog Park– 9114 Katy Hockley Rd, Katy TX 77493
Located next to a playground and large recreation fields, this dog park also has separate areas for large and small dogs. There are dog waste stations, wash stations, and drinking fountains but make sure you bring an umbrella for shade. The park is open 7 am until dusk every day.
City of Katy Dog Park– 5418 Franz Rd, Katy TX 77493
This city park is located next to one of Katy’s treasured parks, Mary Jo Peckham. You’ll find a small area for small dogs and an expansive section for large dogs. The large dog section has a wading pond, wash stations, waste centers, water fountains, walking trails, agility training equipment, and restrooms all within the enclosure. This park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Deputy Darren Goforth Dog Park– 9118 Wheat Cross Dr, Cypress TX 77095
This dog park next to a lake features two large areas for large and small dogs. Each section has a sloping hill with water front access. The trees are still young but will provide shade over time. There are a few covered seating areas as well as benches, dog bag stations, trash cans, agility training equipment, and drinking fountains. There are also several wash stations right outside. Park hours are from 7 am to 8:30 pm every day.
Lents Family Dog Park-18103 Cypress Trace Rd., Houston TX 77090
This large, grassy park is set on several acres with a secluded dog park. There are two separate facilities for large and small dogs, including a bone- shaped dog pool. Nearby are restrooms, benches, trash cans, dog bags, water fountains, and even a splash pad for the kids. Be sure to keep an eye on smaller dogs as the area is known for its bird population. The park is open daily from 10 am- 6 pm.
Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park– 3201 Hwy 6, Houston TX 77084
Another large, shady park with plenty of grass and separate areas for large and small dogs, this is one of the best bark parks in West Houston. Each section of the dog park offers plenty of room, seating, and water and wash features. There are dog ponds on each side of the park as well as a great selection of obstacle courses and agility training equipment. They’re open 7 am to dusk every day.
Bibi and Mini-Me Bush Dog Park– 4129 Spring Creek Dr, Spring TX 77373
A great park for larger dogs, this area features over five acres of shaded green space with trails for running and walking. You will find all of the regular amenities such as waste stations, water fountains, and washing stations as well as a few seating areas. The park is open daily from 8 am to dusk.
Meyer Park Dog Park– 7700 Cypresswood Dr, Spring TX 77379
Park near the animal clinic and you’ll find the dog park in just a short walk. Located near soccer fields and playgrounds, this small park has separate areas for large and small dogs, wash and waste stations, walking trails, and water fountains. There is also a hose to fill up small wading pools and a few benches for seating. The park is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.
Burroughs Dog Park– 9738 Hufsmith Rd, Tomball TX 77375
This forested dog park offers six acres with separate areas for large and small dogs, walking trails, restrooms, shaded benches, wash and waste stations, as well as drinking fountains. The park is open daily from 7 am until dark.
Westwillow Dog Park– 8927 Westwillow Dr, Houston TX 77064
This beautiful, well-maintained park features separate areas for both large and small dogs, unique agility training equipment, covered benches, trash cans, and waste stations. It’s a good idea to bring your own water and bowls as well as an umbrella for shade. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of beautiful walking trails and seating areas as well as a playground for kids and workout stations. The park is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm and closes when the nearby canal is full.
Bear Branch Dog Park– 5200 Research Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
As of May 2020, all dog parks in The Woodlands are closed until further notice.
This park in The Woodlands offers two separate areas for large and small dogs, plenty of benches, water fountains, and plastic wading pools to help keep your dog cool. There are shaded seating areas, agility training equipment, doggy waste stations, and dog washing stations as well. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Cattail Dog Park– 9323 Cochran’s Crossing Dr, The Woodlands TX 77381
As of May 2020, all dog parks in The Woodlands are closed until further notice.
This large, grassy park offers shaded seating, waste stations, water hoses, and plastic wading pools for cooling off. There are separate facilities for large and small dogs. There are water fountains for drinking but it’s always a good idea to bring your own bowls. The park is open from dawn to dusk but closes every Wednesday morning for maintenance.
Alexander Deussen Dog Park– 12303 Sonnier St, Houston TX 77044
Each section of this park offers plenty of room for both large and small dogs to play and explore. The park features agility training equipment, water fountains for dogs and humans, dog wash and waste stations, and plenty of shaded seating. You’ll also find a large bone-shaped wading pool as well as small streams winding their way through the park. They are open 7 am- dusk every day.
Millie Bush Bark Park– 16101 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston TX 77082
This popular bark park is large enough for both large and small dogs. There are wading ponds in each section of the park as well as a few seating areas, waste stations, and wash stations. This park is open daily from 7 am to dusk.
Pawm Springs Dog Park– 15300 University Blvd., Sugar Land TX 77479
This spacious dog park offers tons of grassy space to run around. The large dog area has a pond with both shallow and deeper sections. There are plenty of benches as well as covered seating areas, lounge chairs, agility training equipment, trash cans, and dog bags. There are real palm trees with rocks for exploring as well as a few fake palm tree sprinklers. The park is closed for cleaning on Mondays.
Independence Dog Park– 3919 Liberty Dr, Pearland TX 77581
This small dog park in Pearland has separate areas for large and small dogs, along with shaded benches, obstacle courses, waste bags, and hoses for drinking and cooling off. The park is open from 6 am to 10 pm every day.
Gene Green Dog Park– 6500 E. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston TX 77049
This large park offers walking trails, forested areas, and tons of grass to run around. There are two separate areas for large and small dogs as well as benches, wading pools, water fountains, and hoses. Nearby you will also find a BMX bike course, playgrounds, spray grounds, an amphitheater, and more. The park is open daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
Ella and Friends Dog Park– 500 W 13th St, Deer Park TX 77536
This small park offers separate areas for large and small dogs, each with their own benches, sandboxes, obstacle courses, and fire hydrants. Be sure to bring your own dog bowls, water, and an umbrella for shade. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
What’s your favorite dog park in Houston or the surrounding area? Let us know if we missed one in the comments below, and tell us which one you plan to hit up this weekend!