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Dog-Friendly Activities in 417-land

Grab a leash and your favorite furball for an afternoon outing at dog-friendly spots in southwest Missouri. Restaurants offer water on the house while you handle the table scraps.

By Shannon Hoffmann and Katie Pollock Estes

Apr 01 2019 at 6 p.m.

Restaurants

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Andy's Frozen Custard
Multiple Springfield locations

Cool off with a sweet treat from the custard kings, like the 417 Sundae, available for a limited time at Springfield Andy's. Bonus: They offer pup-sized cones upon request. Photo courtesy Andy's Frozen Custard.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Aviary Cafe
Two Springfield locations

Stay refreshed on the Aviary Cafe patio with a mimosa in hand. Choose your desired juice flavor to pair with California champagne. Photo courtesy Aviary Cafe.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Bambino's Cafe
Two locations in Springfield

Bring the family and your pup to Bambinos and load up on what seems like endless carbs of pasta and bread, or the ziti. Photo courtesy Bambinos Cafe.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar
Multiple Springfield locations

Big Whiskey's patios are perfect for a date with your best bud. Relish in the warm weather while snackin' on some buffalo chicken dip and brews. Photo courtesy Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Café Cusco
234 E Commercial St, Springfield

Spice up your afternoon with the leche de tigre (a spicy shrimp shot) from Café Cusco and then mosey on over to the nearby shops and brewery.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Civil Kitchen
107 Park Central Square, Springfield

Enjoy the Park Central Square views with your best pup while unwinding with the brown bear from Civil Kitchen. Photo courtesy Civil Kitchen.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

The Coffee Ethic
124 Park Central Square, Springfield

Relax on The Coffee Ethic patio while sipping on an Indian Summer for a morning pick-me-up with you furry friend by your side. Photo courtesy The Coffee Ethic.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Creek Side Pub
3830 S Lone Pine Ave, Springfield

Head to Creek Side Pub for some live music and patio views. Enjoy the popular guacamole while you can—Creek Side is projected to close it's doors in June 2018. Photo courtesy Creek Side Pub.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Galloway Station
1281 E Republic Rd, Springfield

Test out the recently updated menu at Galloway Station while enjoying live tunes and a patio meal with your pup. Photo courtesy Galloway Station.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

The Grotto West Coast Grill
301 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield

Feast on the pork carnitas pizza at The Grotto while your curious dog eagerly awaits table scraps. 

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar
315 Park Central W, Springfield

Hit up Harbell's downtown on a sunny afternoon to satisfy your hunger with the BLT hot dog. Photo courtesy Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar.

Pet Friendly Restaurants in Springfield, MO

Springfield Brewing Company
305 S Market Ave, Springfield

Enjoy a meal with your pup on Springfield Brewing Company's lofted patio. While you're there, enjoy the classic bloody mary with a Tabasco salt rim, garnishes and some Brew Co. beer. Photo courtesy Springfield Brewing Company.

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Outdoor Activities

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Bark in the Park
950 E Bennett St, Springfield, MO

Head to Phelps Grove Park for the annual fundraiser benefiting Cruse Dog Park. Pet families enjoy live music, a dog walk, demos, treats, a dog paw print station and more!

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Bass Pro Shops
1935 S Campbell Ave, Springfield

Wander around the vast Bass Pro Shops with your favorite furball along side of you. Don't forget the leash!

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
2038 West State Hwy 86, Lampe

For an additional $4, you can enjoy the scenic views and waterfalls along the Dogwood Canyon Nature trail with your trusty sidekick. Photo courtesy Dogwood Canyon.

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Cruse Dog Park
2100 W Catalpa St, Springfield

Aside from the fence, its total freedom for the pooches at Cruse Dog Park! Test it out for a day for $10, or register for $25 annually. Proof of vaccination is required. 

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Fantastic Caverns
4872 N Farm Rd 125, Springfield

Fantastic Caverns was founded by John Knox's dog chasing a critter, so its only fitting that people-friendly pups on leashes are allowed on the underground tours. Photo courtesy Fantastic Caverns.

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Galloway Creek Greenway
Trailhead across from Pershing Middle School, 2713 E. Seminole St., Springfield

Test your doggo’s endurance by letting them race down the trail with you, poke around in Galloway Creek, sniff around the entrance to Sequiota Park’s cave (but don’t go inside!) and then do it all again on the way back. Photo courtesy Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

Jordan Valley Park
635 E. Trafficway St. Springfield, MO

The water feature at the center of Jordan Valley Park—located in downtown Springfield—is popular among families who need a place to cool off on hot days. Photo courtesy Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Dog Friendly Activities in southwest MO

National Tiger Sanctuary
518, State Hwy BB, Saddlebrooke

As long as they're on a leash, dogs are welcome to attend walking tours with their human and see the lions and tigers. Photo courtesy National Tiger Sanctuary.

Crescent Hotel & Spa
75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs
Spend your weekend in Eureka Springs at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. Enjoy the outdoors, night life and ghost tours. Pets are allowed for $25 per night per pet. 

Chateau on the Lake
415 N State Hwy 265, Branson
This lakeside resort in Branson allows dogs (or cats) under 25 pounds in select rooms on the third floor for a one time fee of $50. Other restrictions may apply. 

Frisco Highline Trail
W Kearney St, Springfield
You and your pup are sure to enjoy this scenic 35-mile walking trail for an afternoon stroll.

Mikes Unique Collectable and Antique Flea Market
3335 W Sunshine St, Springfield
Get your antique shoppin' on at Mikes Unique Collectable and Antique Flea market. Have a small pet? They're welcome too. 

Pet stores
Multiple locations
Hit up stores like PetswayPetSmartAll About Dogs & CatsAll Pet Supplies and more and spoil your furry friend with toys and treats.