April 19, 2021

How to spend a dog-friendly day in Huntsville

2.5 min read

Plenty of people (myself included!) got pandemic pups in 2020, and now they’re attached to us just as much as we are to them. For those who like to take their dog everywhere (guilty), it isn’t always easy to find places that are dog-friendly. But luckily, some places and some cities are more furry-friend friendly, and Huntsville is one of those. Here’s how to spend a dog-friendly day in Huntsville (as shown by Louie G. the Frenchie).

Take a walk at Big Spring International Park

This gorgeous park in the center of downtown Huntsville is built around Big Spring, the freshwater spring on which Huntsville was settled. Walk along the paved paths beside the spring to spot koi fish (Louie G. loved watching them!) and then let your dog roll in the plentiful lush green grass. For humans, the Huntsville Museum of Art is also located adjacent to the park.

Get a sweet treat at The Moon Bakeshop

Technically this one’s a treat for humans, but you are allowed to take your dog into The Moon Bakeshop when you’re craving a sweet. The bakery is famous for its cakes, cookies, cruffins (croissant + muffin), pies, and coffee. Although they don’t sell dog treats (maybe one day!) we did sneak Louie G. a tiny bite of peanut butter cookie.

Check out the murals downtown

How many murals can you spot in downtown? The colorful backdrops make for cute photos with your pup. Don’t miss the Welcome to Huntsville mural close to Big Spring Park. P.S. When you’re walking around downtown, look for the big swings on Jefferson Street in front of The Huntsville Times building. They also make for a fun photo!

Grab a beer at Campus No. 805

Huntsville is known for its brewery scene, with more than a dozen breweries in the area. Two of the most popular are situated around Campus No. 805, a converted middle school that now hosts Straight to Ale Brewery and Ale’s Kitchen, as well as a speakeasy and additional restaurants. Across a giant green is Yellowhammer Brewing and Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza. Hang out on the green with your dog and easily go back and forth between breweries to sample the craft beer each one offers.

Eat dinner on a patio

Most of the downtown restaurants in Huntsville have large patios that are dog-friendly. We took Louie to The Poppy & Parliament to dine outside the British pub that’s a fairly new addition to downtown. Other restaurants on that same strip with sidewalk dining include Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger JointBeezr, and Domaine South. Located near the University of Alabama at Huntsville Campus, The Camp is another fun, dog-friendly hangout with food trucks, live music, gourmet s’mores, and a Sunday market.

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