Dog Friendly Things To Do in Nashville

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Nashville is a super pet-friendly city. If you're traveling to Nashville, please feel free to bring your pet, regardless of the size.

There are many pet-friendly hotels to choose from. There are also over 292 pet-friendly bars and restaurants.

In this post, I've highlighted the best places to stay and take your pets in the city. It's impossible to cover every location, but I've done my best to highlight the best areas!

Important Note: Most attractions in Nashville, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame, etc., do NOT allow animals that are not service animals onto the premises. This rule applies to most of the major attractions. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars make accommodations for your pets, which I have highlighted below.

Dog-Friendly Nashville Bars & Restaurants

Café at Bobby

Peg Leg Porker

Joyland Restaurant

Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

  • Address: 1004 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
  • Phone: (615) 866-1620
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Sandbar Nashville

Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint


Rosemary Bar

Tennessee Brew Works

  • Address: 809 Ewing Dr, Nashville, TN 37219
  • Phone: (615) 224-2739
  • Website:

Butchertown Hall


Redheaded Stranger

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

  • Address: 2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204
  • Phone: (615) 712-8160
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Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes

Marsh House

Nicky's Coal Fired

Find some great information here at Nashville Eater and here at Bring Fido.

Best Nashville Dog Parks


Centennial Park

Centennial Park is centrally located in the popular West End neighborhood and next to the famous Nashville landmark, the Parthenon. It's free to enter and move about anywhere you like. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed inside the Parthenon. 

It's helpful to know that this park has areas for both large and small dogs.

If you are visiting Nashville, it's a great spot because of its central location to the main Nashville attractions.

Nashville has brutal heat in the summer, and Centennial Park has plenty of shade, benches, and water fountains for both dogs and people.

Off-leash allowed.

It's open from dawn until 8 pm.

Two Rivers Dog Park

Two Rivers Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk and is a favorite Nashville park. It's the biggest dog park in Nashville and has a paved walking trail around the park, about a quarter mile.

It includes a lot of free parking, picnic tables, shade, woods, and trails.

There is not a small dog section, but it's so big that you should be able to find a part for yourself.

It's also near the Two Rivers Greenway trail. There's also a golf course, skate park, and more. It's very well maintained.

Off-leash allowed.

Stone Rivers Dog Park

It's right near a greenway walking trail. You can take a dog for a walk off-leash. It has excellent human restroom facilities and water fountains for humans and dogs.

A con of this park is the need for shade trees.

It has easy parking and a good size, so you will keep sight of your pet.

Easy access to the greenway trail system.

Open from dawn to dusk.

Shelby Dog Park

Located in East Nashville. It is near the shabby park fitness trail and part of a larger community that maintains it well.

No small dog area. It's spacious, has water fountains, and it can get muddy. Has a paved sidewalk. Lots of benches and shade.

Off-leash allowed.

Gulch Dog Park

This dog park is a safe haven for your fur babies, encircled by secure fencing. 

Your dog can run, sniff, and explore to their heart's content from the moment the sun peeps out till it dips down for the night. It's open all day, every day, quite perfect for your schedule.

The park has particular areas just for big dogs and little ones. That's handy if your little terrier is still getting ready to romp with the Labradors. And while your pups are busy making friends, there are these neat benches for you to kick back, relax, and even talk with fellow dog owners.

The park's not just about running and chasing. Their agility stations allow your pup to show off their jumping, tunneling, and weaving skills. It's fantastic for letting your furry friend stretch their legs and keep their minds sharp.

Right next door, there's a bunch of restaurants and cafes, all with patios that love having dogs around. So, whether it's a pre-park cappuccino or a post-playtime burger, you've got that covered, too. 

Frankie Pierce Park

Frankie Pierce Park is named after the civil rights activist and is conveniently located in the middle of downtown. If you're visiting Nashville with your pet, this is a lovely spot to stop by.

It's only 1500 feet from the State Capitol and covers 2.5 acres of ample green space.

The park has picnic tables and a playground for the kids

in addition to a sand volleyball court, dynamic playground, and yoga lawn, the space includes a huge area for your four-legged friends to enjoy.

Percy Warner Park

Percy Warner allows dogs off the leash and is a local favorite; this expansive green space spreads over 868 acres, offering numerous trails perfect for hiking, running, and even horseback riding. You'll appreciate how the trails meander through dense forests, open fields, and bubbling streams. There's an equestrian center and an 18-hole golf course if you want a different outdoor activity.

The park is also home to the historic stone steps, an impressive piece of craftsmanship from the 1930s that's sure to be a unique photo opportunity. Picnic areas and playgrounds are scattered throughout, so it's an excellent spot for a relaxing family outing.

Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake State is a massive park at Oak that spawls about 1368 acres. It's fantastic for hiking and walking. It indeed shows off how beautiful Tennessee is.

Dogs are only allowed on the asphalt parking lot and road, not on the trails.

Percy Priest Dam Dog Park

Situated by the beautiful Percy Priest Lake, this expansive dog park offers plenty of room for your pup to stretch their legs and enjoy some off-leash freedom. It's the perfect spot for a game of fetch or a casual stroll. The park boasts a clear view of the dam. The surrounding trees provide an abundance of shade, keeping you and your pet cool, even on the sunniest days. Percy Priest Dam Dog Park is known for its friendly atmosphere. Fellow pet owners here are generally respectful and conscious of maintaining a clean, safe environment for all. So why not pack up your pet's favorite toys and head out for an enjoyable day at the park?

Off-leash allowed. The park is open between Sunrise and 8 pm daily.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Nashville

You're going to need a place to stay. These are the best, most accommodating hotels in Nashville. For even more options click here.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Loews Vanderbilt is a beautiful, centrally located hotel that welcomes your pet.

Here are some details:

  • Additional cleaning fee of $75
  • Two pets per room
  • Will receive a gift bowl, treat and placemat
  • Gourmet menu for your dog.
  • Pet not allowed in the pool, spa, or fitness centre
  • Can take your pet to the lobby, bar, and restaurant.

Noelle Hotel 

Noelle Hotel is one of the top recommendations as a place to stay with your pet in Nashville. It even welcomes your pet into the bar.

Here are some details:

  • Additional cleaning fee of $100
  • 40-pound weight limit
  • 2 pets per guest
  • No cats allowed
  • Dog bed and bowl included
  • CBD dog treats

Union Station Hotel

Pets are welcome at the historic Union Station Hotel. It's within walking distance of many Nashville attractions.

Here are some details:

  • There is a $100 non-refundable pet fee per stay.
  • The maximum weight limit for pets is 65 pounds.
  • Only two pets are allowed per room.
  • Pets must be leashed and under control at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed in the pool, spa, or fitness center.
  • Pets are allowed in the lobby, bar, and restaurant.
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