We get it – you want to do fun activities and you want to bring your furry best friend. Well, you are in luck as there are plenty of great dog-friendly things to do in Spokane. Whether you are a Spokane native or just passing through, this list will help you enjoy all Spokane has to offer with your companion in tow.
Note: This review was written in collaboration with Andrea Cannon during her three-week road trip while she was moving out west with her husband and dog, Dex. This list of dog-friendly things to do in Spokane is a recount of her trip.
Where to stay in Spokane with Dogs
When we visited Spokane, we stayed in the Centennial Hotel. This dog-friendly hotel in central Spokane was a great home base for all of our activities. We had a spacious room with a balcony. As a bonus, the outdoor swimming pool is incredibly impressive and reminiscent of a very high-end resort.
If you are looking for a more budget-travel option, consider going camping with your dog at either Riverside State Park, Mt Spokane State Park, or Liberty Lake Regional Park. While we visited all 3 of these locations, we only camped at Mt Spokane State Park after our time in the Centennial Hotel. This park was lovely with incredible views from the top of Mt Spokane. To visit the park, you need the Discover Pass and the campsites were $27/night, and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Dog-Friendly Things to do in Spokane
Explore a Local Park
We love visiting parks and conveniently there are quite a few in the area. Going to the park is one of the best dog-friendly things to do in Spokane. Manito Park is a beautiful historic park on the South Hill of Spokane. There are a variety of gardens such as the Rose Garden and Lilac Garden that you can wander through with your dog. The only area that is not dog-friendly is the Japanese Gardens. If you get hungry, a stop at The Park Bench is perfect as it is all outdoor seating and has sandwiches and ice cream.
You can’t miss Riverfront Park as it is a great place to bring your dog. There is a giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon, a cool fountain, and lots of shady areas to sit and people watch. Adjacent to Riverfront Park is Huntington Park, allowing you to get a close-up view of the Lower Spokane Falls.
Riverside State Park is about 15 minutes from downtown Spokane. This state park is part of the Discover Annual Pass but if you want to just pay for day-use it is $10 to park. However, the views are totally worth the fee and it’s another great place to bring your pet. We were absolutely blown away by the Bowl and Pitcher area.
Visit a Farmer's Market
A great dog-friendly thing to do in Spokane is to visit a farmer’s market. Kendall Yards Night Market is one we planned to attend but it was canceled due to the heat. However, the area is super cute and we still visited and stopped at The Scoop for some tasty ice cream. They even had doggie ice cream and dog treats available for purchase – so of course, we did!
South Perry District has a farmer’s market on Thursdays and this area is incredibly charming and hip. After visiting the farmer’s market we visited Perry Street Brewing but there are tons of restaurants to choose from in the area with lots of outdoor seating options.
Go For a Hike
Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop is a great way to escape into nature with your pup. The full loop is just under 9 miles but you could shorten it as an out and back. This trail is well shaded for the majority of the trail with many opportunities to cross the creek making it a very dog-friendly option.
If you are willing to drive a little farther, consider a visit to Mt Spokane State Park. In the summer you can drive to the top of Mt Spokane and in the winter this becomes a ski area. If you are looking for a hike, consider hiking to Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout. You can rent the fire lookout for the night if you plan ahead (but note this is not dog-friendly).
Relax on an Outdoor Patio
Bark! A Rescue Pub was our absolute favorite place to eat when we visited Spokane. The food and drinks were delicious. They had a large menu. Additionally, there are several items on the menu where a portion of the proceeds is donated. But most importantly, they have an entire dog menu. Dex was delighted with his bully stick while we ate our own meal. If you don’t have a furry friend of your own yet, you can make a reservation to see the animals available for adoption.
Rockwood Bakery is a short walk from Manito Park and has a great outdoor patio that is dog-friendly. The fresh baked goods here were delicious.
Perry Street Brewing has a great dog-friendly patio with delicious brews as well as yummy burritos. This would be a great place to stop if you are also visiting the farmer's market hosted in the area on Thursdays.
Visit a Winery
A highlight of the trip was a visit to Barrister Winery. Dogs are allowed to visit this winery on the patio so we took full advantage but also took a tour of the winery itself. The winery is located in a historic auto warehouse with many railroad tracks nearby that gently shake the sediment out of the wine. The wines themselves have won many awards and we enjoyed our tasting here.
Spokane is a great place to visit with your furry best friend. Whether you are into the outdoors, a foodie, or would prefer wine or a craft beer, there are many dog-friendly things to do in Spokane. Which activities interest you the most?