Our four legged friends are the best, and here in Tuscaloosa, we have tons of places where dogs are welcome and often the guest of honor. Here are some of the best dog-friendly spots in town for the next time you need a day out with your pup!

Innisfree

As one of Tuscaloosa’s hottest hangouts, Innisfree is always guaranteed to be a good time! What makes it even better though is its dog-friendly environment. You can’t go to “the Free” and not run into a four-legged friend hanging out on the patio! It’s the perfect place to go if you want to have a day out with friends, and since dogs are the best friends you can include them in your outing to Innisfree. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere for both you and your dog, grab your pup and head to the Free!

Will May Memorial Dog Park

This dog park opened just a few years ago at Munny Sokol Park and at the time was the most requested PARA amenity by Tuscaloosa natives! Since its opening, the park has been a mega success and is a great place to let your dog run and play in a safe environment. The park features three separate areas: a training pen, a small dog pen, and a large dog pen. There are large grassy areas for the dogs to run wild and a small muddy area that is perfect for dogs who love to get a little messy!

The Riverwalk

The best exercise partner anyone can ask for is a dog! That’s why The Riverwalk is the perfect place to go to bond with your pup. Your dog will never complain about exercising with you and will make it fun for you! There are a few park areas along the trail equipped with gazebos and benches for you and your dog to take a break and rehydrate if needed. Keep your dog and yourself in shape and hit the trail at The Riverwalk!

Black Warrior Brewing Company

Black Warrior has some of the best brews in town and welcomes dogs any time of the day! The friendly service and great atmosphere at Black Warrior is a hit among Tuscaloosa natives and their pets. You and your dog can enjoy the atmosphere from the patio, or from the upstairs area where games such as corn hole, shuffleboard, and darts are available. You can also take your dog in the fall and watch the Tide compete on one of the flat screen TV’s with your best friend alongside! What could be better?

Lake Lurleen State Park

They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and who better to go fishing with than your best friend? At Lake Lurleen State Park you can take your pup and fish along Lake Tuscaloosa! If fishing isn’t your thing, you can hit the trails for some hiking. Your dog will be in heaven with all the sticks he’ll find lining the trails that will make for perfect chew toys! You can also rent a canoe and let your pup float across the lake with you for some much-needed relaxation. If your dog loves the outdoors, Lake Lurleen State Park will be his perfect playground!

Written By: Bailee Kennamer
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The One and Only Tuscaloosa is filled to the brim this weekend with fun events! Kick off the end of your week with the Lamont Landers Band at Live at the Plaza! This local band will be playing everything from blues to rock and even some funk! As a part of the entertainment district, you can purchase alcoholic beverages from restaurants and bars within the district boundaries that include several surrounding blocks!

Saturday is absolutely packed with events for all ages! Kick off your morning at the Farmer’s Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! With incredible goods such as Chilton County peaches or perfectly ripe tomatoes and even musicians serenading you as you walk in, it’s a great experience! That’s not all you can find there though. The baked goods you can find here are some of the best in town! The Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to kick off a relaxed Saturday.

Right across town is the third annual Black Warrior Paddle Board Championship! Located at Lake Nicol and hosted by Smith Lake Paddle Boards. There will be three races and plenty of fun for a morning in the park! This would be a perfect outing for dog lovers as the park is pet-friendly! Root on your favorite racer or cheer on the lot as they coast by on their paddle board! If you’re feeling really adventurous, there’s still time to sign up!

That’s not the only race going on around town this weekend! The Fifth-Annual Kid’s Triathlon will be going on at Lake Lurleen! This event is a great way to promote healthy, active lifestyles for kids – while supporting a great cause, Secret Meals for Hungry Children. The race distances are very beginner-friendly and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon ensuring that all standards for your child’s safety are met!

Wrap up your weekend at the 20th Annual BBQ and Blues at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Terminal! As is the theme of this weekend, this event is also a fundraiser and is raising funds for the DCH Help and Hope Patience Assistance Fund! Each ticket includes entry to the event and a BBQ plate provided by McAbee Pigfitters! Featuring a silent auction, live music, and more, this is sure to be an incredible event!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!