Best Places to Take Your Dog in Dog-Friendly Kansas City

Best Places to Take Your Dog in Kansas City

Red goldendoodle dog with tour guide flag that reads "best of Kansas City" and Kansas City skyline in background of photo
Take a tour of some of the best of Kansas City!

Kansas City! Kansas City here we come!

Are you heading to Kansas City for a dog-friendly adventure? Coming to Kansas City for the 10th Anniversary BlogPaws conference? Searching for places to take your dog?

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe welcomes you to the city of barbecue, baseball, and fountains! As your fur-endly tour guide, Chloe’s ready to share some of the happiest (and dog-friendliest) Kansas City adventures with you!  Let’s go find some places to take your dog!

A couple of notes before we start our tour:

  • We chose Crown Center as the “city center” for estimating distances.
  • On are tour of places to take your dog, there are a few locations that accept pets outside only.
  • This is a curated list. There are so many more places to take your dog in dog-friendly Kansas City!

Weston Bend State Park: Best hiking trail with a beautiful view 

  • Reason we love Weston Bend State Park? The scenic view of the MIssouri River!
  • Distance from Crown Center: 36 minute drive via I-29

Watkins Mill State Park: Best hiking trail with an easy paved path

 red goldendoodle dog walking on a trail in dog-friendly kansas city
Watkins Mill State Park includes a 3.75 mile walking trail that loops around the lake.
  • Reasons we love Watkins Mill State Park? View of the lake, wildlife, songbirds, paved trail.
  • Main walking trail: 3.75 mile loop
  • Distance from Crown Center: 37 minute drive via I-35

Lidia’s: Best pet-friendly Italian restaurant

Collage of photos of dog at Dog-Friendly Restaurant in Kansas City
In 2017, Lidia’s was our restaurant of choice for celebrating Happy-Go-Doodle’s Best New Pet Blog win!
  • Reason we love Lidia’s? The Italian farmhouse experience, the pasta trio, goldendoodle Chloe is comfy under our feet on the brick-paved patio.
  • Distance from Crown Center: 5 minute drive
  • The patio has a pet-friendly seating area located at the back of the restaurant. The fact that it’s dog-friendly trumps the limited seating. If you have a large group and lots of canine companions, we recommend calling ahead to make sure they can accommodate you.

The National World War 1 Museum: Best Museum (Outside area is dog-friendly. Museum is not dog-friendly.)

Kansas City's World War 1 Museum with Red goldendoodle dog in picture
The World War 1 Museum offers a great view of Kansas City.
  • Why is the National World War 1 Museum on our list of best places to take your dog in Kansas City? Other friendly dogs, of course! On a sunny KC day, many dog owners take their dogs (on leash) to the museum’s outdoor area to enjoy the views and to take pics. While the museum itself is not pet-friendly, you can enjoy the outdoor area and the views.
  • Distance from Crown Center: 5 minute walk
Best View of Kansas City skyline is from the World War 1 Memorial
View from the World War 1 Memorial

Char Bar: Best dog-friendly restaurant with a fire pit, yard games, and good food!

Char Bar Restaurant: Southern-Inspired Smokehouse

  •  What makes Char Bar appealing? The food, casual atmosphere, and huge stone fire pit!  Plus, the large “backyard” includes games like bocce ball, ping pong, and croquet.

Rock ‘n’ Brews: Best restaurant that caters to dogs

Collage of dog-friendly Kansas City restaurant called Rock 'n' Brews
Top right: A friendly pup enjoys a snack made just for dogs. Rock & Brews serves both our canine companions and people.

Rock & Brews: Affordable, American comfort food

  • What makes Rock & Brews one of the great places to take your dog? They offer a menu specifically for dogs, the dog-friendly patio is spacious, and the servers are super friendly and love dogs!
  • Shopping and eating out? We recommend pairing this restaurant with a trip to Scheel’s. It’s just a short distance away.

Scheel’s:  Best dog-friendly indoor entertainment and shopping for outdoor enthusiasts

Ferris wheel inside Scheel's store located in Kansas City
Scheel’s is a dog-friendly Kansas City store for outdoor enthusiasts. It includes special attractions such as an indoor ferris wheel.
  •  Scheel’s is dog-friendly and combines entertainment with shopping geared to the outdoor enthusiast.

Best Wall: Raised Royal Mural  

Kansas City Royals Wall and red goldendoodle in dog-friendly Kansas City MO
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe is #RaisedRoyal.
  • Raised Royal Mural
  • Reason we love this wall? Because Chloe’s #RaisedRoyal, of course! Also, the wall is expansive. With the right camera angle, the crown could  “sit” on your head!
  • 25th Street and Southwest Blvd, KCMO
  • Distance from Crown Center: 6 minute drive
  • Artist: Phil Shafer

Best Wall: Kansas City Gives Mural

Goldendoodle dog in front of never better kansas city wall mural
What could be better than a day with your dog!
  • Kansas City Gives Mural
  • Reason we love this wall: The combination of messaging, graphic design, and the bright color palette!
  • Union Hill near Crown Center
  • Distance from Crown Center: walking distance, two minute drive

Best Wall with a Kansas City Message: Crafted in Kansas City Mural 

Crafted in Kansas City Wall Mural
“Crafted in Kansas City” Mural
  • Crafted In Kansas City Wall Mural
  • Reason we love this wall? It’s picture postcard perfect!
  • 2616 Guinotte Ave, Kansas City, MO
  • Note: This is off the beaten path
  • Distance from Crown Center: 12 minute drive

Tip: Some of the Kansas City walls that have been popular on Pinterest no longer exist! The walls shown in this post are in tact as of April 2018.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Sculpture Garden: Best pet-friendly sculpture garden

Kansas City's Nelson Atkins Museum of Art dog-friendly outdoor sculpture park and red goldendoodle dog in front of shuttlecock sculpture
The photo opportunities are endless at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s dog-friendly outdoor sculpture garden.
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
  • Why is the sculpture garden one of the best places to take your dog? It’s great for outdoor enthusiasts who want to view art in a natural setting. Also, the iconic shuttlecocks, the expansive gardens, the reflective pool, and even the steps up to the museum all make great backdrops for photos of you and your dog!
  • Distance from Crown Center: 9 minute drive

Crown Center’s Patio:  Best pet-friendly outdoor patio area near the Sheraton Hotel

Collage of Crown Center patio area in Kansas City and goldendoodle dog
Crown Center Shops are connected to the Sheraton and Westin hotels via “The Link.” The patio is a great place to take a break.
  • The fountains and patio across the street from the shops at Crown Center are just steps (or a block or two) from the Sheraton Hotel. “The Link” connects the hotel and the Crown Center area.
  • Why it’s a stop on our tour of Kansas City? The outdoor patio area and lawn are a great place to take your dog for a short walk, sit and soak up the sun, or relax with a cup of coffee.
  • No pets along with you? The Crown Center shops, Sea Life Aquarium, and LegoLand are adjacent to the patio area.

 Best Fountains 

Red goldendoodle dog in front of North Kansas City Missouri Fountain and words look for me in dog-friendly KC
The Northland Fountain is unique because it runs year-round.
  • The Northland Fountain at NE Vivion Rd and North Oak Trafficway is conveniently located near Anita B. Gorman Park and is easily accessible via I-29.
  • If you’re visiting the Country Club Plaza, the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain (47th JC Nichols Pkwy) is a Kansas City icon.

Three Dog Bakery treats:  Best edible souvenir for your dog

Goldendoodle Chloe peering into window at Kansas City's dog-friendly Three Dog Bakery
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe takes a peek into the Three Dog Bakery.
  • Looking for an edible souvenir for your dog? Stop by Three Dog Bakery!
  • Two KC locations: The Country Club Plaza (602 W. 48th Street) and Overland Park (7951 W. 160th Street Suite 520, OP, KS)

Christopher Elbow Chocolates: Best edible souvenir for people  

  • Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates
  • These chocolates are little works of art that combine creative flavors, design, and the best ingredients.
  • Location: 1819 McGee Street, KCMO (Crossroads District)

And the best reasons to plan a return trip to pet-friendly Kansas City? 

 Bark at the Park events with the Kansas City Royals! 

KC Royals Baseball stadium
Bring your dog to “Bark at the Park” and watch the Kansas City Royals play ball!

Kansas City Royal’s Bark at the Park 2018!

Bring your dog to the ball park for an evening of baseball!

Dates: April 24, May 30, August 15 and September 12, 2018

Fall outdoor fun and activities at dog-friendly Red Barn Farm 

Come back in the fall and pick pumpkins with your dog…

Dog-friendly Pumpkin Farm with piles of pumpkins and goldendoodle sitting in them
Red Barn Farm is a fall favorite for pumpkin picking.

...and check out the barnyard cuties at  Red Barn Farm!

Kansas City area's Red Barn Farm includes farm animals. Red goldendoodle dog is looking at rooster
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe meets a rooster for the first time at dog-friendly Red Barn Farm.

Looking for even more? 

Close-up of sunflowers at a farmer's market
The farmer’s market at Historic City Market is a great Saturday morning activity. However, dogs are not allowed.

 Looking for more Kansas City area activities? Check out this bonus list: (Note: these are not all dog-friendly.) 

Farmer’s Market:

  • Located at the Historic City Market.
  • Open every Saturday and Sunday year-round.
  • The farmer’s market is not pet-friendly, but still a fun adventure.
  • While you’re there, stop by Beignet’s.



Sightseeing and culture:

Thanks for joining us on our tour! We hope you enjoy all your adventures in dog friendly Kansas City!


red goldendoodle dog with furry ears blowing in wind and flag that says visit kc there's so much to see

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5 thoughts on “Best Places to Take Your Dog in Dog-Friendly Kansas City

  1. Loved Chloe’s travelog! Charlie has definitely not been out and about enough!

    1. Awww…thanks, Linda! So happy you stopped by! Chloe sends Charlie some doodle hugs!

  2. Well wow! You know that I live only an hour from KC and yet I had no idea about some of these places, let alone that they are dog-friendly! Don’t get me wrong I have been to A LOT of places in KC and some that allow dogs but you really gave me a LOT of new places to go!!
    Thank you for that!
    KC is an awesome place isn’t it!
    I need to get up there far more often than I have been!
    I had no idea about Westen Bend hiking park! Did I spell that right?
    Either way I am bookmarking for future reference.
    I like that it is paved and easy to walk for my Lyla who has mobility issues!

  3. My wife and I really need to take our dogs on more trips. I looks like you have so much fun doing just that!

    1. Oh, yes! We highly recommend it! There’s a new adventure around every corner when your furry friend is along with you!

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