Nothing beats a holiday with your friends, so why not bring ‘man’s best friend’ along too?! Whether you’re planning a hiking excursion, a tasting tour, or just want to lounge by the lake; everything is better with your furry friend. So check out these 7 pet-friendly destinations for summer fun!
San Diego, CA
Sunny San Diego is a great place to take your pampered pup on holiday, with 14 different off-leash parks, a dog beach, and private island, there are plenty of places for you to run free. After a long day of adventure, fuel up at the Lazy Dog Restaurant which offers scrumptious food for both you and your pet! If it happens to be Bowser’s birthday, take them to Paw Pleasers for a homemade doggy cake that they will never forget!
If you’re looking for an adventure, check out the 7.8 miles of hiking trails in Barton Creek Greenbelt lined with waterfalls and swimming holes. A perfect way to tire out your pup without feeling the heat in the Texas summer sunshine. You’re sure to run into other Austinites on the trail but if you and your canine companion are still looking to socialize, try Yardbar. The genius combination of an off-leash dog park and bar makes it easy for you and your dog to both make new friends!
Lake Placid, NY
The most pet-friendly venue in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid has everything a pup could ask for. From the glorious swimming spot at Mirror Lake to the miles of hiking trails at John Brown Farm, you will have plenty of options for a fun-filled afternoon. In the evening, enjoy the views with ice cream from Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery and get a doggy dish for your furry friend too!
Bar Harbour, Maine
For the best summer camping spot, head to Acadia National Park where you can escape the city and embrace the beautiful nature that Maine has to offer. Together, you and your pet can admire the local wildlife throughout 100 miles of woodland hiking trails, investigate the tidal pools, and gaze up at the night sky. For some great doggy souvenirs, stop by Bark Harbour to pick up locally made treats and toys!
Calling all party animals! Flagstaff offers some terrific places to play with your pet, such as Buffalo Park & Thorpe Bark Park. However, if you need a little more incentive to get you walking, check out the Flagstaff Brewery Trail. Print your brewery passport, and take your dog on a walking tour of the 9 pet-friendly brewery locations along the trail. Make sure to stop in and get a stamp at each site to receive a free commemorative pint glass!
For the pampered pooches out there, make sure you stop by Bark Espresso in Seattle to start the morning right with a coffee for you and a puppuccino for your perky pet. Then, beat the heat by joining the Ice Cream Cruise, a dog-friendly boat tour of the city with delicious ice cream to keep you cool. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for The Seattle Barkery, a local dog-friendly food truck and coffee bar!
Key West, FL
If you want all the fun of sightseeing but don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home, Key West is the place for you. Some of the most popular tourist destinations like the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and Key West Aquarium are 100% pet friendly. As long as you keep them on a leash, they are welcome to join you as you explore the exhibits. Just remember that curiosity killed the cat! If you want to get a little exercise but aren’t a fan of hiking, try out Lazy Dog Adventures. They offer kayaking and paddleboarding tours for you and your canine companion to enjoy a relaxing paddle through the mangrove forest.
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