Fan Favorites: Pet-Friendly Destinations for the Dog Days of Summer

Whether you’re trekking your favorite trail or roaming the town, adventures are better with friends—especially the four-legged kind. Need some dog days with Rover? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite dog park or place to play with their pets. Here are some of their suggestions.

Whitefish Dunes State ParkDoor County

We’d be lying if we said the silken sand and roaring tides of this beach won’t make you feel like a kid again. Kick back and recline beachside with your favorite canine. We recommend soaking up the magnificent shorelines, but if exploring nine miles of pet-friendly trails is more your style, you’re in the right place.

  • Offers year-round park access from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Don’t forget to purchase a vehicle admission and trail pass at the main entrance.

Community Bark Dog Wash and Coffee BarBayside and Bay View

Stop in and relax or bring in your pet for professional grooming. Everyone’s been barking about The Barker Lounge, a place to kick back and enjoy coffee, people treats (and doggie treats of course!) with the companionship of your pet.

  • The lounge is open daily at 8 a.m.
  • If you’re considering professional grooming services, book early because appointments fill up fast.

Jefferson County Dog ParkJefferson County

Located just off Highway 26 are open fields featuring four magnificent hound-havens to explore. There are two frolic-friendly fields for large dogs and two sweeping grasslands for smaller pups. Snag a stroll while the sun’s out—the park is only open during daylight hours.

  • Be sure to purchase a daily permit at the park entrance to help support park operations.

CamRock ParkCambridge

Photographers, nature-lovers and birders will love this park. Hikers and bikers will too—especially the winding trails, wooded tracks and one of the largest bike trail loops in the area.   

  • The best part? Enjoy this 422-acre park at no cost.
  • Shelter and play areas for the children are also available.

When adventure’s howling your name, remember these safe travel tips provided by The Humane Society of The United States:

  • Dogs shouldn't roam in the car- The safest transport method for your pet is in a crate anchored by a seatbelt or other secure means.
  • Ditch the front seat- The back seat is best. Deployed airbags pose risk for injury.
  • Collars are key- Never let your pet roam without a collar, ID tag or leash.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone- Cars gets hot—often over 115 degrees within an hour.
  • Keep their heads inside the car- Pets can easily be harmed by passing debris. 

Have more places to hang with your dog? Loop us in with a comment below.