Best pet-friendly things to do in Palm Springs
If you want to bring your pup, these are the places to consider.
Pet-Friendly Tours and Things to Do in Palm Springs
Every activity from a thrilling adrenaline-inducing excursion to relaxing on the sofa has one thing in common – it’s better with a pet! Of course, you can never go wrong with spending time in Palm Springs, either, so why not make it even better and bring along a furry friend? Here are the best pet-friendly things to do in Palm Springs. Some options, like checking out the local dog parks are easy, but there are businesses in Palm Springs that cater to those traveling with pets.
Visit an off-leash Dog Park
If your pet is a dog and loves big, open spaces where he or she can run around and enjoy the beautiful Palm Springs weather, University Dog Park at 74802 University Park Drive is a fantastic option specifically made for you. Open from the time the sun comes up to 11:00 PM, the 2.4-acre park is free to use every day. There are separate parks for large dogs and small dogs, a water fountain, restrooms, and pavilions where you can have a picnic while your dog plays. There are other great dog parks too, depending where you’re based; Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Civic Centre all have off leash parks.
Stroll Palm Springs Village Fest
The Palm Springs Village Fest is held every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (October through May) and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (June through September) and is very pet-friendly. Located at the intersection of E. Tahquitz Canyon Way and S. Palm Canyon Drive, the street is blocked off for the event and it hosts dozens of vendor booths where you can buy everything from food and clothes to accessories and art. Of course, your pet may luck out and find a vendor who sells treats, too!
Take a Pet-friendly Tour with Modern Tours Palm Springs
Walking and driving tours have become increasingly more popular throughout the past few years, and if you’re wanting to take a tour in your own car or on foot with your pet, look no farther than Modern Tours Palm Springs. All tours are dog-friendly since they happen in your vehicle, on your bike or on foot, so you can always have your pet with you.
Tours include a variety of walking and driving tours where you can see the most popular modernist buildings and/or celebrity homes. The tours provide little-known information about the area and also teach tour-goers about its history and architecture. Modern Tours Palm Springs is also developing a MidMod bike tour for cycling enthusiasts, which means you can put your cute furry friend in a basket and take him or her on a bike ride throughout the town.
Dine with the dog at Boozehounds Palm Springs
A newer casual, pet-friendly establishment you don’t want to miss is Boozehounds Palm Springs, whose motto is “where dogs bring their humans.” Located at 2080 N. Palm Canyon Drive, the 7,000 square foot venue was founded by Jimmy McGill and Steve Piacenza simply due to their love of dogs. Along with a cabana bar and open-air patio, Boozehounds also has an indoor dining room, a full bar, and a lounge that shows off the amazing views of the surrounding area.
The food menu has numerous options ranging from American fare like a burger to Japanese cuisine like tteokbokki. Drinks include cocktails, beers, and wines, and you can enjoy discounted food and drink options during Happy Hour every single day from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
If you and your pet are looking for an upscale and elegant dining experience, Spencer’s Restaurant has a fantastic pet-friendly patio. While the restaurant is closed Tuesdays and Wednesday, it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner the rest of the week aside from Sundays, when you can get brunch from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The food and drink menus are expansive, meaning everyone in your party can find something appealing to them. Spencer’s has won many awards for its food, drink, and atmosphere, so it’s one you and your pet don’t want to miss.
If dessert is your pet’s favorite meal, Kreem is a fantastic place to go. Serving homemade ice creams (including vegan ones!), the small ice cream and coffee shop has shaded benches outside where you and your furry friend can both enjoy a treat. The shop gives dogs dog-friendly ice cream with a Milkbone on top – what more could your dog ask for?! You can visit at 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Take a Day Trip
If you want to get out of the city for a bit to explore some of the nearby scenery, some of the best places for you to take your pet are the Pacific Crest Trail, Bear Creek Nature Trail, or Joshua Tree National Park. Nearby hideaway Idyllwild is another great spot to stop and the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro has a pet-friendly patio where you can take a break and enjoy some wine. Of course, there are many other areas to explore, too!
Top Dog Questions about Palm Springs
Wherever you might be, considering, taking your pet, please call and verify with each venue and location in advance. It’s very important you know whether or not your pet will be able to accompany you, since leaving a dog inside a car in any location in the Coachella Valley is incredibly dangerous. This is a desert environment and temperatures can be extreme both in the outdoors and even more so inside any vehicle. Safety first! Never leave your dog in a vehicle in Palm Springs.
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