As pooch people, we’re doggone glad to have a Hounds Lounge location in Fayetteville. It’s a grrreat place to be a woof! There are countless fun things to do with your dog in Fayetteville, whether you’re a local or an out-of-town visitor. We’ve sniffed out some of the top spots with fun things to do with your dog in Fay!

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Keep reading to get the rundown on dog-friendly restaurant patios, parks, trails and hotels in Fayetteville. Both you and Fido will dig these options!

Restaurant Patios: One of Our Favorite Fun Things to Do With Your Dog

Nothing can beat a delicious meal on a nice patio – except for, maybe, a delicious meal on a nice patio with your pup curled up at your feet. Check out these dog-friendly restaurant patios in Fayetteville!

Roscoe the Corgi enjoying his time at Sassy’s Red House.
 Photo Courtesy of Sassy’s Red House

Sassy’s Red House 

If you’re looking to devour some BBQ and catch the game with your pup by your side, this is the patio for you. Sassy’s is such a pro-pooch establishment that they even have an Instagram account to showcase their furry guests!


Not all dogs who wander are lost… but, on the Nomads dog-friendly patio, you should keep the wanderlust on a leash! This Fayetteville eatery is open for brunch and lunch seven days a week and has over 5,000 mimosa flavors every year (for the hoomans only, of course).

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Mom, daughter, and Dood celebrating Mother’s Day at The Farmer’s Table Cafe.
Photo Courtesy of Victoria Walker

The Farmer’s Table Cafe 

You and your dog will both appreciate this shady, breezy patio. The Farmer’s Table Cafe offers not only a pleasant atmosphere but also locally-sourced food! Bow wow!

Sabor Guacamole

When you’re choosing a patio for alfresco dining with your dog, temperature should be a factor. Sabor Guacamole keeps things cool with plenty of fans – and frozen margaritas!

Grub’s Bar & Grille Downtown

Grub’s has been a Dickson St. institution since 2001! The patio is a grrreat place to bring your fur children, and hooman children under the age of 13 eat free. That ought to get your tail waggin’!

Good Dog Cafe
Two good dogs bonding in Good Dog Cafe’s fenced-in play yard.
Photo Courtesy of Good Dog Cafe

Good Dog Cafe

Having fun things to do with your dog is great! But after a long day of quality time, you and your pup may want a little space. Enter, Good Dog Cafe. This Fayetteville hot spawt offers delicious coffee, breakfast and lunch for hoomans and plenty of entertainment for doggos. Your pooch can hang out with you inside the cafe or go play leash-free in the enclosed backyard. It’s a great way for them to make new furriends – or meet up with buddies from doggie daycare!


Who (hooman or dog) doesn’t love a walk in the park? These parks are at the top of our list for fun things to do with your dog in Fayetteville.

Lake Wilson Park

Lake Wilson Park offers one of two off-leash dog parks in Fayetteville! On its 320 acres, there are plenty of sunny and shady spots for both you and your dog to enjoy. Many pup pawrents prefurr to take their dogs for leashless walks on the nature trails (but leashed walks are totally pawesome too). 

IAMS Dog Park at Bryce Davis Park

IAMS Dog Park is the other off-leash dog park in Fayetteville. This three-acre dog park offers separate play areas for smaller and larger dogs. Plus, there is a drinking fountain that includes a faucet on the ground for easy snout access! Drink up, pups!

Gulley Park

If you want to take a nice, peaceful stroll with your dog, this is the place for you. Gulley Park is encircled by a paved and lit 1.5-mile trail perfect for walks – or runs! But that’s not all Gulley Park has to offurr when it comes to fun things to do with your dog in Fayetteville.

Each summer, the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department offers a series of free outdoor concerts on the Gulley Park grounds. The entertainment is family friendly, and, since dogs are a major part of the fam, they are welcome to join the fun too!


Northwest Arkansas is known for its walking, biking and hiking trails. Naturally, the trails listed below fit right into fun things to do with your dog in Fayetteville!

Scull Creek Trail

Because of its central location and connectivity to major parts of the city, Scull Creek Trail is considered the “backbone” of the Fayetteville trails system. And what kind of dog doesn’t like a bone? With its 12-foot wide paved surface, Scull Creek Trail is a great option for getting some fresh air and exercising with your dog.

Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail

For the fur families that enjoy variety on their walks, the Mt. Sequoyah Woods are a doggone good call. The area offers several trails, all offering different views. Many visitors appreciate how the park feels distanced from the city, even though it’s only a short drive away.

Kessler Mountain Trails

In true Fayetteville fashion, Kessler Mountain is bike-friendly AND dog-friendly. If you and your pup chewwws to navigate these beautiful trails, make sure to be aware of and courteous to mountain bikers. 

The Kessler Mountain trails do need a bit of time to dry out after a rain, so plan your trips accordingly – unless you’re not afraid of a little mud. You can always get Fido cleaned up at Hounds Lounge with our self-serve dog wash

Finger Park Trail

For the dogs and hoomans who don’t feel like exerting too much energy, this little hiking trail is howling for you to come visit. Finger Park Trail is a 0.6-mile natural surface trail that weaves through the woods. In a hurry but still looking for fun things to do with your dog? This trail is perfect for fido to take in all the sights, sounds and sniffs of nature in a short amount of time!


If you and your doggo are visiting Fayetteville, you will need a pooch-friendly place to stay! Especially after a long day filled with fun things to do with your dog. We’ve compiled a paw-ful of hospitality options for you.

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A sleepy pooch living the suite life at Graduate Fayetteville.
Photo Courtesy of Graduate Fayetteville

Graduate Fayetteville

This cool and eclectic hotel is just as adorable as the dogs it welcomes in! Add a pet to your booking for $25 per night, and you can enjoy a slumber pawty with your best buddy. Not only is Graduate Fayetteville dog-friendly, but it is also located right off the Downtown Square in Fayetteville, making it easy to walk your dog to various attractions.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fayetteville

Up to two dogs stay free when you lodge at the La Quinta Inn & Suites! This hotel boasts clean rooms, an indoor pool and plenty of grass for Fido’s potty breaks. 

Staybridge Suites Fayetteville University of Arkansas

The Staybridge is pet-friendly and always prepared with treats behind the front desk. The pet fee is $15 for the first night and $10 for each additional night up to $150. But, Staybridge probably already had you at “free treats”…

Join the Pack

If you happen to be in Fayetteville on business or attending a Razorback sporting event, our Hounds Lounge hoomans would love to pup-sit while you’re hard at work. Your furry little one can join us for doggy daycare or even a relaxing spa day. Fido will have fun, and you will feel confident knowing he’s in a safe, professional place.

Have any other questions about fun things to do with your dog in Fayetteville? Feel free to give us a bark. Our staff of dogaholics knows the ins and outs of the city’s woof scene, and they will be more than happy to chat with you.

We hope that you and your dog will enjoy all that Fayetteville has to offurr! Paws crossed that we will see you both soon at Hounds Lounge.

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