Tuscaloosa is for the Dogs (In All the Best Ways)!

And we don’t mean that team in Georgia. As we roll into the dog days of summer, make the most of them with your favorite pup. Of course Tuscaloosa has the standard drive thru treats with two Dairy Queens for pup cups and three Starbucks for puppuccinos, but there’s plenty more for you and your four-legged friend to take in together.  

Shop for Treats

If you’re in town for a visit, it’s helpful to know where you can shop for essentials and treats with your bestie. The Tuscaloosa area has two Tractor Supply Company locations in addition to PetSmart, Petsense, Pet Supermarket and Pet Supplies Plus storefronts. Many of the stores carry local collegiate themed pet apparel, toys and accessories to be ready for your own walk of champions. Pick up a new toy or travel water bowl before heading to the parks!

“Ruff” around Outside

The Will May Dog Park, located in Sokol Park, is a great place to socialize for everybody. Featuring two play areas, one for small breeds and another for large, this shady spot is a great place to run off-leash. 

If your furry friend loves the water, Hurricane Creek Park is where you need to be. The sandy beach is a great place to wade in, or you can take the trails to venture a little further down the stream for another swimming hole to splash around in.

Quad-Paws on the Quad

Take your buddy on a tour of The University of Alabama then make the most of the main quad’s open space. There’s usually more than a few pups chasing a soccer ball, catching a frisbee or enjoying a picnic in front of Gorgas Library. 

Pubs and Pooches

Bring together two of your favorite things — a nice, cold beer and your pup. Good Dog Park & Bar lets well-mannered pooches and their humans in with a day pass to run, play and lap up the fun. They also offer daycare services if you have some daytime appointments that aren’t suitable for your pup to join. 

Many establishments with patios allow your good boy to join you while you enjoy a meal or a beverage. Some of the best pubs include Loosa, Druid City Brewing, Innisfree, Avenue Pub or Heat Pizza. Or pick up Full Moon BBQ or Taco Casa before heading to the Riverwalk or Lake Nicol for an evening picnic topped off with a walk before heading to your home for the night. 

Let Your Sleeping Dog Lie

The whole pack is sure to stay in comfort while visiting Tuscaloosa. Many hotels around town allow pets to accompany you for your stay. Be sure to check out Hotel Indigo, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn and Residence Inn for availability. Tuscaloosa has a growing list of short-term rentals that also allow the four-footed family members to join the vacation.