Before the dog days of summer hit the city (and Flossy decides to eat every pillow in your home), grab the leash and get that gal outside. From fountain-filled parks to lakeside dog retreats, Dallas has the best playgrounds for pooches of every size.
Bark Park Central Nestled below Good-Latimer, this park is as cool as its artsy neighborhood. The 1.2-acre park is filled with whimsical, graffiti-covered columns and dogobstacle courses to keep your little guy engaged. 2530 Commerce St.; Dallasparks.org
My Best Friend’s Park This doggie haven is located inside Klyde Warren Park and boasts ample grass, Dogfit classes on Saturdaymornings (classes that help create a better relationship between you and your pooch) and free Wi-Fi… you know, for uploading all those cute puppy pics to Instagram. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.; klydewarrenpark.org
NorthBark Dog Park This off-leash dog park (on the southeast corner of George Bush and Tollway) separates the big dogs from the small ones by a six-foot fence. Insider tip: There’s a doggie pond, so be sure to bring a towel or three. 4899 Gramercy OaksDrive; dallasparks.org
Meadows Foundation This under-the-radar spot near Baylor University Medical Center offers plenty of shade, lush green grass and plenty of parking. The only negative: You have to bring your own water. 500 Liberty St. Yelp.com/Meadows-Foundation-dog-park-dallas