Best Dog-Friendly Activities in Phoenix

You love spending time with your dog and enjoy taking him or her outdoors. It's always great to know what places around town allow pets so there aren't any unexpected surprises when you decide to visit a particular locale. Phoenix is a dog-friendly town and there are several places in the city where dogs are always welcome. Check out these locations for a fun day with your favorite furry pal:

O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery
With a dog-friendly patio, you have the freedom to grab a beer, eat great food, and hang out with your pet outdoors. During the cooler weather in Phoenix, it's fun to relax and take advantage of the wonderful climate.

Biltmore Fashion Park
Need to pick up a last-minute clothing option, but don't want to leave your dog behind? Biltmore Fashion Park is dog-friendly where shoppers have the option of walking their dogs outside while perusing clothes at places like Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.

South Mountain Park/Preserve
The dog-friendly park and preserve has several trails you and your dog can enjoy. With plenty of space to roam around in a natural habitat, you can admire spectacular views, while your dog has fun exploring the grounds.

Open Air Market
Need to do some grocery shopping and support your local economy? Vendors come to sell their veggies, fruits and more - dogs are allowed in the marketplace, as long they are on a leash and under your control. It's nice to grab your groceries for the week and also walk your dog at the same time.

Duke's Sports Bar and Grill
Want to catch some Sunday football, but don't want to leave your dog cooped up in the house? This family-run business is eager to please and allows dogs on the patios. Grab a drink, watch your favorite team score a touchdown, while your dog keeps you company.

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a lawyer turned freelance writer and essayist. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Raising Arizona Kids, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. Connect with Rudri on her blog, Being Rudri, Twitter or Facebook.