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Dog-friendly places in Baton Rouge

by Erica Sweeney Glory

Named one of the most pet-friendly cities, Baton Rouge is home to many hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions that welcome furry friends with open arms. This city knows pets are part of the family, so when you travel to Baton Rouge, be sure to bring them along!

With more than 30 parks and outdoor greenspaces—even a café where you can get puppy gelato—Baton Rouge is excited to have your pets in town. Many restaurants offer fun patio dining with water bowls, leash hooks, treats and happy hours specifically for pup parents! Even if your pet is the “goodest” boy or girl, most places require leashes, so be sure to check before heading out.

Tag @VisitBatonRouge on social media in pictures of you and your pup playing around the city! If you’re a pet-friendly establishment and would like to be added here, let us know.

Raising Cane's Dog Park-Atlas at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park at City-Brooks Community Park

Dog Parks

Take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the morning by starting your day off with a trip to the dog park. Head to one of the Raising Cane’s-sponsored Dog Parks throughout the city for your pup to have a great time running around off-leash and making new friends:

 

Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Burbank Sports Complex

This dog park is a pup's dream playground. It features two separate areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs under 16", vasts fields to roam, obstacle/agility courses, a pond for swimming and splashing. Your doggo can even usually find a mud hole or two to roll around in, but don't worry, this dog park also has a convenient washing station!

 

More Dog Parks in Baton Rouge: 

 

Burbank Dog ParkSully at Burbank Dog ParkDog Park Pet FriendlyMr. Zeus at Burbank Dog Park (via @dogsofbrecburbank)

Dog-Friendly Trails and Best Places for a Walk

Explore the trails and parks of Baton Rouge by paw or peruse the Downtown and Mid City streets with your pet. Pets are welcomed at these community greenspaces and attractions:

LSU Lakes

A popular spot for active groups and their pets is a day at the LSU Lakes. Begin at Wampold Memorial Park and enjoy the grassy area relaxing with your pup or playing fetch. Take them for a walk or jog along the path surrounding the lakes. Let them swim or dig in the sand at the Baton Rouge Beach, ride with you as you paddle in a canoe or kayak, or jump off the dock into the lakes.

LSU Lakes dog asherAsher at the LSU Lakes

LSU Lakes dog albus Albus at the LSU Lakes

LSU Lakes Dog-Friendly Cooper at the LSU Lakes

Louisiana State Capitol

Aside from being known as the tallest state capitol building in the country, Louisiana's "New" State Capitol is also known as Louisiana's Top Pet-Friendly Attraction and featured on the natonal Ultimate Pet-Friendly Road Trip!  Leashed dogs can accompany you throughout the landscaped grounds, walking paths and historic points of interest, but are not allowed in the building.

State Capitol Dog-Friendly

Otto at the State Capitol

State Capitol Pet-Friendly 

Gus at the State Capitol

More Pet-Friendly Destinations

  • Mississippi Riverfront levee path
  • Tunica Hills
  • Comite River Park bike trail
  • Rural Life Museum
  • LSU Campus Sightseeing
  • Downtown Baton Rouge
  • Botanic Gardens

LSU Parade Ground Koda Square Koda at the LSU Parade Grounds

Tunica Hills Pet Friendly Asher at Tunica Hills

Downtown Baton Rouge Dog FriendlyTucker in Downtown Baton Rouge

Rural Life Dog Friendly Asher at the Rural Life Museum

Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars

After working up an appetite, head over to a pet-friendly restaurant and cool down with a local craft beer or cocktail and a tasty meal. These restaurants and bars offer outside seating and usually provide water and leash hooks for four-legged friends:

 

LA DIVINA ITALIAN CAFE

Dessert time! If you want to share a cold treat with your pup, head to La Divina for a divine selection of gelato for both humans and dogs.

La Divina Pet Friendly Charlie & friend at La Divina


When traveling with your pup to Baton Rouge, check out these dog-friendly events