This summer, why not hit the open road with your favorite four-legged companion and explore some of the country’s most pet-friendly cities. To help you decide on your route, we’ve put together a list of cities with the best sights and events for you and your dog to enjoy together.
San Diego, California
San Diego has over 100 dog parks for you to choose from, but Fiesta Island Dog Park
is a must-visit. It’s close enough to see the downtown skyline, but far enough away that dogs have space to run and play. The city also just approved plans for a brand new, fenced-in, off-leash dog park in the southwest corner of the island, complete with parking and walking trails. In total, dogs will have 470 acres of dedicated space on the island. While this won’t be complete for some time, Fiesta Island as it is is still a great place to visit with your pup. On August 26th, the park will host Dog Dayz, a free event in the Over-The-Line Field across from the dog park with dog-oriented vendors, samples, and activities.
Each summer Denver's baseball team, The Colorado Rockies, host a “Bark at the Park” event at Coors Field
. Owners and pets are invited to enjoy a pre-game pet parade before watching the game from a designed “dog zone”. Plus, all dogs get to go home with a branded water bowl and bandana! From each ticket purchased, $1.00 will go towards Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). After the game, you can grab a drink at Watering Bowl, the city’s first dog-friendly bar. When we say dog-friendly, we don’t just mean that dogs are welcome in the bar. We’re talking a 7,000 square foot, fully fenced private on-site dog park.
If you and your pup love a day at the beach, you’ll want to make the trip to Chicago – the city has not one, but two, off-leash dog beaches. The first is Belmont Harbor Beach
in the Lakeview neighborhood. This beach is more suited for small dogs as they have a dedicated area for smaller pups. The second is Montrose Beach
in the Uptown neighborhood. This one is popular with larger dogs, as it has much more space – 3.83 acres of fenced-in space. In addition to these beaches, Chicago also boasts an additional 75 dog parks across the city.
Philadelphia is a must-visit for two- and four-legged food lovers, alike. Your first stop will want to be Square 1682 Restaurant
for their Bring Your Own Dog (BYOD) brunch. Taking place every weekend this summer, $1 from each drink or dish ordered from their special doggie brunch menu will be donated to the Pennsylvania SPCA. After brunch, you can swing by the Pet Friendly Dog Bakery
and pick up some natural treats for your pup and some coffee for yourself. If the weather’s nice, you can enjoy your treats in the bakery’s backyard dog park.
A city full of history, there’s no shortage of things you can fill your day with in Boston. Start with taking a self-guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail – a unique collection of museums, churches, parks, and other historic sites that tell the story of the American Revolution. When you’re done, hope on the pet-friendly Boston Water Taxi and explore the islands of Boston Harbor. Finally, for a real treat book a night at the XV Beacon
, one of the city’s most pet-friendly hotels. Each four-legged guest gets a personalized plate of peanut butter treats upon arriving as well as a doggie-bed turndown service each evening. They even have a room service menu just for dogs! There are no extra costs for your dog to stay, but a $25 donation is recommended – 100% of which is donated to a local animal charity.
Whether you try and catch a fly ball at an MLB game or chow down at a charity BYOD brunch, you’ll be able to create a lifetime of memories on a road trip to one (or all) of these pet-friendly cities.