Of course, San Marcos is an excellent place for people, but did you know it’s also a great place for pets, too! From a hike through the Hill Country to a dip in the San Marcos River, and of course, lots of delicious food and craft beer in between, San Marcos is a must-visit for anyone wanting to pamper their pup.

With so many options for your pet, you will want to stay a while. Good thing we have lots of dog-friendly places to stay, also! Check out our pet-friendly hotels here to book your home away from home for your next SMTXperience.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Activities

Outdoor lovers will find plenty of ways to explore natural San Marcos. With a crystal-clear river that flows through town that’s begging to be enjoyed and several scenic hikes all within city limits, you’ll need a couple of days to experience it all. We suggest starting your day by hitting the trails. San Marcos is home to more than 2,100 acres of parkland and 22 miles of hiking trails. Spring Lake Preserve and Purgatory Creek are great natural areas to take your four-legged friend. Just don’t forget to keep your pup on a leash and bring along some pet bags for picking up after your dog and water for both of you to stay hydrated.

After your hike, it’s time to kick back and relax at Dog Beach by the San Marcos River, which stays a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. If you’re looking for extra adventure, rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard for you and your dog – just avoid the falls at Rio Vista Falls.


Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Bars in San Marcos

Make it a doggy date with your best bud! San Marcos offers several dog-friendly bars and restaurants. 

After your morning walk, grab a cuppa at Wake the Dead Coffee House and enjoy its dog-friendly patio. Swap your coffee for beer or hard seltzer later in the day. There are plenty of dog-friendly sports bars with full menus, including Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and Ivar's River Pub. Industry and Texas Bean and Brew are also great spots to bring your pup along!

For dog-loving beer aficionados, San Marcos has a few must-try spots. Enjoy a Texas-brewed pint alongside your pup at Zelicks Icehouse. Head to the edge of town to Roughhouse Brewing, which offers spacious outdoor seating on a 50-acre ranch, perfect for unleashing pup joy while you sip their in-house craft beers. Check out Middletown Brewing further down the way; it's another paw-some option where good times and good brews flow freely for humans and hounds.

Ready For Close-ups

Of course, every SMTXperience should be documented, and what better way to capture your vacation than with a photo in front of a colorful San Marcos mural? They may not appreciate the art, but we know you will. Walk around Downtown San Marcos and find one that suits you and your pup. That is if you can choose a favorite…

Woman and dog infront of outdoor mural