Bring Your Bestie! A Dog Lover’s Guide to Garden City
Garden City has a laid-back, beers-on-the-patio, lazy-day-by-the-river feel. So it’s no surprise that this city is amazingly Fido-friendly. From craft beverage purveyors to lodging, coffee shops to parks, you’ll find plenty of places to spend the day with your best friend.
Breweries, Wineries, and Bars
Garden City’s amazing Craft Beverage Corridor is famous for its homegrown breweries and wineries, while the city’s bars are known for their come-as-you-are atmospheres. In other words: Furry friends are definitely welcome here.
Your dog might not be able to partake in Barbarian’s genre-defying beers, but it is welcome in the taproom.
Make sure your dog is on a leash while you enjoy winemaker Melanie Krause’s celebrated wines.
Your furry friend is allowed only on the patio — not much of a sacrifice with one of Coiled’s famous wine slushies in hand.
Make sure your dog is on leash while you stock up on favorites like Hayride Pale Ale.
Dogs are so much a part of Meriwether that visiting pups are featured on their very own Instagram account: @dogsofmeriwether.
No problem sipping on a cab franc with your dog by your side — just make sure it’s leashed.
Potter is known for its quirky wines, like jalapeno wine, and dogs are welcome to join their owners while they light up their tastebuds.
Powderhaus is all about that Idaho outdoor life, and including your best friend is part of the fun.
This fun-loving winery has a tasting room and a Chinden Boulevard patio that are open to dogs.
Telaya has a picture-perfect riverside patio where dogs are welcome, too.
Garden City’s newest brewery has not one, but two patios where you can bring your dogs.
Boozy slushies, hard seltzer, and clever beers are even better with your pup by your side.
Tucked into Garden City’s “beach” community by the Boise River, this seasonal bar welcomes all members of the neighborhood.
These restaurants aren’t just a great place to have a bite — they also welcome your best friend.
(note: most allow dogs outside only).
You and your dog can enjoy Barrelhouse’s “perfectly unusual” menu on this eatery’s patio.
Feel free to bring your pup with you while you enjoy your bagel and schmear on Blue Sky’s outdoor seating.
This beloved sandwich shop has a shaded, dog-friendly patio.
Your best buddy is welcome to join you at this local pizza company’s outside seating.
Moxie Java Bistro and Moxie Java Café
These always-popular coffeehouses have spacious, dog-friendly patios.
This walk-up and drive-up coffee stand is perfect for morning java runs with your dog.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and one of Pastry Perfection’s fan-favorite donuts on the outdoor patio with your dog.
This craft coffeeshop has a cozy, dog-friendly patio out front.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at this riverside patio grill that’s open from mid-May through October.
We won’t tell if you slip your pup one of Sofia’s Greek fries while you dine outside.
This Italian deli known for its mouthwatering sandwiches allows dogs to sit with their owners outside when their patio seating is available.
Parks and Swimming Holes
Garden City offers plenty of locations for river exploring, swimming, running, and playing fetch.
At 25 miles long, this jewel of a riverside path offers more than enough opportunities to run, walk, or even swim in the river. Dogs especially enjoy the swimming hole west of Mystic Cove Park.
River Pointe Park
This little park behind City Hall is great for a session of fetch.
Riverfront is the largest in Garden City, with plenty of space for dogs to frolic.
This is the newest park in Garden City and makes great use of its river access, with steps leading to your pup’s next swimming session.
Mystic Cove Park
Just off the Greenbelt, this park is a great diversion after a swim in the river.
Boise Whitewater Park
Have a water-loving dog? This park isn’t just for river surfers — dogs can practice their swimming skills here, too.
Finding a dog hotel while traveling can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but not in Garden City.
The Riverside Hotel (where you’ll also find the Sandbar, listed above) allows up to two dogs per room for a non-refundable fee. Book online or call ahead with questions about the policy.
The Most Fido-Friendly Spots of All
Pups are always welcome at food trucks, the ultimate outdoor eateries! Garden City has two full-time food trucks that serve authentic Mexican food. Many establishments, like Crooked Fence and Powderhaus, offer rotating food truck service; check their websites to discover the latest. But for an OG food truck experience, start with these two.
Tacos Mobile Primo
Located just outside Primo Super Market, Tacos Mobile Primo offers traditional standbys like asada street tacos, tortas stuffed with ham and pineapple, and chile relleno burritos.
Located near the Mobil 1 Lube Express at 9275 W. Chinden, El Sabor serves up classics like aguachile (a ceviche-style dish served with tostadas) and burrito verde (stuffed with marinated pork).