Best Dog-Friendly Activities in New Orleans

New Orleans is a dog-friendly city and there's no shortage of fun activities for pet parents. From parks to green spaces to pet-friendly festivals, the Big Easy has a warm spot for man's best friend. If you are looking for something to do with your pup, try these five activities.

NOLA City Bark

This beautiful dog park is located on 4.6 acres in City Park. The park features play areas for big and small dogs, a dog wash, and other amenities. Entrance to the park requires a permit. The annual cost is $43 for one dog, and $53 for multiple dogs. Visitors can purchase one-week permits for $10 or two-week permits for $15. Please check the park's rules before heading out.

Bark Park at Lafreniere Park

If you're out in Jefferson Parish with your pooch, stop by Lafreniere Park's 5-acre dog park. A separate space for small and big dogs is available. Entrance to the park is free. The park rules are found here. Make sure to check out the rest of this beautiful park while you are there.

Join a Mardi Gras Krewe Just for Dogs

In the Big Easy, even our dogs participate in Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Barkus is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds from the parade and other special events to local animal rights organizations. Several membership levels are available. The price varies depending on the number of human and canine participants. The route begins at Armstrong Park and weaves through the French Quarter. The next parade is scheduled for February 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. So you still have time to sign up and get your matching costumes.

Doggie Day Care

Instead of leaving your dog home alone all day, send him to day care. Camp Bow Wow offers regular day care and overnight boarding services. If you get nervous about your pup being with other people, you can monitor their movements on a live webcam. Day care is a great way for your dog to get exercise and socialize with other dogs and humans. If you're looking for another pet, Camp Bow Wow routinely has foster dogs available for adoption.

The Bulldog

With a name like the Bulldog, it should come as no surprise that this Mid-City bar is dog-friendly. You can sit outside on the patio and watch one of the large screen TVs, while sipping a cold. The Bulldog also contributes to local animal-centric charities. The third Thursday of each month is Yappy Hour. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., 20% of sales are donated to the charity of the month.

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