Memphis is a great vacation spot for the whole family. So bring everyone, including your pet! We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and parks in Memphis.
Dog Parks in Memphis
The Outback at Shelby Farms Park
When most people think of dog parks, they think of a fenced-in playground size area with a few water bowls and picnic benches. Not so at the Outback at Shelby Farms Park. This awesome dog park provides more than 100 acres designated for off-leash activities for you and your four-legged pal. Featuring ponds, trails, a water fountain and washing station, dogs can do more than just roam around and nap – they can run, sniff, swim, explore and play. Open from sunrise to sunset every day, the Shelby Farms Outback is one of the crown jewels of Memphis dog parks.
City of Memphis Dog Park (at Tobey Fields)
Visitors staying close to Midtown Memphis have quick access to the City of Memphis Dog Park at Tobey Fields. This off-leash facility offers secure space for both small and large dogs. And its location, just a mile north of the hip Cooper-Young neighborhood, gives owners easy access to local breweries, restaurants and unique shopping. Just remember to crack the window and let Spot get some fresh air.
The Barking Lot
The Barking Lot at the corner of Main and Jefferson in Downtown Memphis is an excellent place to give your pet a bathroom break (bonus, they provide bags) and a perfect outlet for dogs that need a little extra socialization. It's in the footprint of an old building, which means that the small, fenced park fits neatly on the street. The Barking Lot has a special dedicated parking space for food trucks, so while your pooch is frolicking with other pups, you can recharge with a bite to eat.
Overton Bark is a 1.3-acre enclosed area that borders the “Old Forest” and Rainbow Lake Playground in beautiful Overton Park. This Midtown Memphis pet-friendly park was opened in 2012 and includes water fountains, washing stations, separate zones for small and large dogs, and some nice rustic log benches for people to socialize while their dogs do the same.
Pet-Friendly Memphis Restaurants
Don’t leave your pet in the hotel room when it’s time to chow down. A dog has to eat too! See our list below for a sample of dog-friendly restaurants in Memphis. Note that most all restaurants and patios require that your pet be on a leash.
For a bigger list of patios and pet-friendly restaurants, see I Love Memphis.
No one exhibits Southern style quite like Chef Felicia Willett. She puts her own spin on down home cuisine with a deft and delicate touch. One of the restaurant’s most popular starters is the BLFGT salad, which consists of bacon, mixed greens, crispy fried green tomatoes and a Southern-style cheese spread. The patio at Felicia Suzanne’s in Downtown Memphis is pet-friendly and water bowls are often available.
Located in the Broad Avenue Art District, Wiseacre Brewing is serving some of the finest Memphis craft beer. The Tiny Bomb was recently named one of the 101 best beers in America by Men's Journal and the great backyard patio is perfect for lounging with your pup.
There’s no greater dog-loving nation in the world than France. After all they invented the doggie bag (don’t quote me on that), which is why it’s no surprise that Tart, a French café located in Cooper-Young is a dog-friendly restaurant. Offering a light breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, this is a great spot to order a café-au-lait and tie up your dog on the patio for a nice afternoon.
From France we move to Germany. Not literally, but close enough for Midtown Memphis. Located at 2110 Madison Avenue, Schweinehaus offers classic German fare, with a southern twist of course, like beer cheese, sauerkraut (red or white), and a whole lot of schnitzel. And like Tart, Schweinehaus has a great outdoor space/beer garden where you can bring your dog, so long as they leash them up.
Lost Pizza, Co.
Who doesn’t love pizza? Everyone, including dogs, at this quirky Delta-inspired pizza joint. A growing regional chain, Lost Pizza is starting to make its mark throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. It’s made our list not only because of their menu (grilled chicken and bbq pulled pork are just two of the options), but also because they’ve got a nice patio on which you and your pooch can relax.
South of Beale
This upscale casual gastropub located on South Main, just a few blocks south of Beale Street and not far from the National Civil Rights Museum, is known for signature burgers, bar pies and housemade chips. S.O.B. has a great beer menu and a cool dog-friendly patio right along the trolley tracks.
This pet-friendly Midtown restaurant offers not only a full range of barbecue options (pulled pork, brisket, ribs), but also large, meaty wings, smoked sausage and their famous barbecue nachos. Dogs can savor the aroma of Central BBQ at an outdoor table.
It wasn’t that long ago, maybe a decade, that most Mexican food you found in the states was some variation on a national chain doing nachos. Not anymore. Babalu Tacos & Tapas serves, obviously, tacos and tapas, as well as salads, tortas, table-side prepared guacamole. Oh, and the drinks are killer. There’s a patio that wraps around the building that is dog-friendly, but make sure you bring a leash.
Pet-Friendly Memphis Hotels
Wake up to wet kisses on vacation from your furry family member. Memphis has plenty of pet-friendly hotels, motels and places to stay that suit nearly every budget and preference.
The grand dame of Memphis hotels, the Peabody is a great place to stay, or even just visit for a drink at their great Oak Bar. But really, is it any surprise that the one hotel that has ducks living on its roof and in its fountain wouldn’t be pet-friendly?
Days Inn Memphis at Graceland
For serious Elvis fans who don’t want to be any further than a nice stroll from Graceland, the Days Inn at Graceland is a perfect spot. Not only is it close to Graceland, they also have a pool, offer free wifi and they are pet-friendly.
The Westin Beale Street
The Westin on Beale sits right across the street from the FedExForum, Gibson Beale Street Showcase and Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Downtown Memphis. It’s a modern, sleek and incredibly comfortable hotel. It’s also a stone’s throw from all the action on Beale. So after you tuck your pet in for the night, you’ve got a lot of options.
Residence Inn Memphis East
Location, location, location. Where you choose to stay can have a big effect on your trip. The Residence Inn Memphis East is a great option for visitors who want to be close to great restaurants, shopping and the interstate. This pet-friendly hotel is about 20 minutes from Downtown Memphis.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis is located off Interstate 40 and is adjacent to Wolfchase Galleria, the largest indoor mall in Memphis. This pet-friendly hotel offers free breakfast, a saltwater indoor pool and is only minutes from Shelby Farms Park and Gameday Baseball fields.
For more pet-friendly hotels and places to stay in Memphis check the pet-friendly section on TripAdvisor or use the hotel search (don’t forget to toggle the pet friendly option) on our website.
*Please note that pet-friendly Memphis hotels often require pets to be carried or on a leash in public areas, and pets should be crated when unattended in guest rooms. Hotels may have weight restrictions or other fees associated with bringing your pet. Policies change, so it’s always best to call ahead.