Pennsylvania, PA for short, has many early American historical sites that you and your dog will enjoy. This state has both mountain towns and big cities, and there are lakes and woods for you and your furry friend to adore. There is a lot to do, and things see in this state, and this article only covers a few.
Day trips with Your Dog
There are many places for a day trip to take with your dog. Jumping in the car and visiting a different location is an excellent therapy for both you and your pet. Below are some unique places to visit:
Promenade Shops, Center Valley: At this venue, you can go shopping with your furry friend. Most of the stores display the “Dogs Welcome” sticker on a window. Plus, dogs are permitted in the community area of the mall as well. After shopping for all the deals, you’ll be hungry. Pop by Melt, located in Center Valley, and enjoy lunch on the outdoor covered patio during the spring and summer months.
Pooch Highlights: The center is dedicated to supporting the local animal shelters, so anticipate the activities and events to be focused on you engaging with your dog. Regularly scheduled adoption events allow shoppers the opportunity to see, play, hold, and join in center events in hopes they’ll leave with a new furry addition to their family. The many dog focused organizations within the center are always available to support dog owners concerns.
Bushkill Falls, Bushkill: This beautiful spot is known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania and welcomes pets. There are pet-friendly hiking trails that wind through eight gorgeous waterfalls with outstanding views.
Pooch Highlights: This lush spot can enhance your holiday when you join the many pup functions scheduled throughout the year. Owner-and-dog activities include egg hunts, costume contests, sprint and agility obstacles, camping, and don’t forget an event for every season and holiday.
Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh: There is a calendar of significant events all year during Venture Outdoors for you and your pet. River floats, hikes, and meet and greets are some of what’s available during this time. Check out the website, and the activities marked with a purple paw print are perfect for you and your dog. Every possible outdoor activity can be found at Venture Outdoors!
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg: This park is a must-see destination of one of America’s most famous lands. Your dog will be permitted to roam the area if he is leashed, except for the cemeteries. Capture some fantastic photos of you and your pet, search for a ghost, and learn some history about the battle.
Pooch Highlights: While Gettysburg puts you in touch with history, your dog will enjoy the two-hour modern-day riding tour with you through the park (reservations are required, and you must count the dog too). Dogs have been known to join owners on the Haunted Tour, and owners have been known to join their dogs at the completely enclosed dog park where your pooch will have the time of their lives!
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Pennsylvania
You may be amazed to find out that PA has beaches of a type, and some of them allow you to bring your pet. Below are some dog-friendly beaches to explore at your leisure:
Misty Pines Dog Park: It’s not technically a beach but has a large beautiful pond with a dock located in Sewickley. The lake is fenced in, so your dog is protected. While your pet takes a swim, you can dangle your feet off the pier. The park also has a doggy playground for use and a smaller fenced area for little dogs. You can take a hike along the wooded trails with your furry friend off-leash. One thing to consider is although the park is open all year, the pond is frozen over in the winter.
Pooch Highlights: Misty Pines is known as being a “howling success” for an owner-dog holiday spot. The doggy park is special, and other services are the doggy daycare, boarding facilities, and training classes. The outdoors offer your pet a chance to swim and hike with you at various spots.
Lloyd Park: Located in Downingtown, Lloyd Park is the place to visit with your pet. It has a babbling brook that winds through woods within this 30-acre park. The park is fenced in most areas, but if your dog is a larger breed, he could jump the fence. You can let your dog off-leash, and there are pet waste stations for clean-up. Water fountains and benches let you sit while your pet can cool off.
Pooch Highlights: The park has open grassy fields where dogs can find new friends and chase birds, play in multiple creek spots, jump off a low edge into the water, or just get their paws wet as they grab a quick drink. Several trails lead to and into the woods, and then they can have fun in the cornfield paths. This place allows dogs to run until to work out all of their energy!
Raccoon Creek State Park: Located in Hookstown near Pittsburgh, you can have time in the city with lakeshore fun. Raccoon Lake has dog-access points for a fun game of fetch or swimming. Raccoon Creek State Park is almost 8,000 acres with sand and turf beaches available. There are picnic areas supplied with grills, drinking water access, and restrooms.
Pooch Highlights: There is a beach trail with an easy walking path along the lake, or you can take the more challenging heritage trail with 10 miles of rough terrain. Your pup needs to be on a leash while walking the trails.
Mauch Chunk Lake Park: Located near Jim Thorpe, the park is known for swimming, hiking, and the beautiful countryside. You need to keep your furry companion on a leash if you see wildlife or in the picnic area. If you’re hiking or swimming away from a people-designated area, then your pup can go off-leash.
Pooch Highlights: Nothing much to highlight except that your pooch can enjoy all aspects of the park if you follow the rules. Camping, boating, hiking, biking through the trails, swimming, and just enjoying a picnic in the sun are among the activities offered seasonally all year round.
Peters Lake Park: Located in Cannonsburg, Peters Lake Park is known for its lovely lakeside trail.
Pooch Highlights: The wooded area trail is perfect for hiking with your dog, and the trail offers lots of lake access sites. The lake access sites can be used for cooling off or retrieving sticks or balls with your pet. Because the path is a wood-chip surface, even an older dog can have a comfortable time walking. There are restroom facilities along the trail for your convenience as well.
Beau’s Dream Dog Park, Lancaster: This part is the park of your dog’s dreams with bridges, tunnels, and fountains. It has a tennis ball tree that will launch a ball for your dog to fetch and bring back to you. You can sit in any of the seating located throughout the park while you watch your dog have a great time.
Beautiful day for a visit to the park!
Posted by Beau's Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Lehigh Gorge Railway, Jim Thorpe: How about a train ride for you and your furry companion? The ride is on the historic Lehigh Gorge Railway and winds through the countryside and mountains of PA. The scenic trip allows you and your dog to ride on an enjoyable excursion. There may even be a special event or guest along for the ride.
Pooch Highlights: The train ride will be special for you and fido; however, there are lots more outdoor activities in the adjacent Pocono Mountain park
Crossing Vineyards, Newton: A winery is perfect for a day trip and even more perfect if you can bring your dog. The winery is pet friendly as long as your pet is on his leash. The winery has a wine-tasting along with a tour for both you and your pup.
Pooch Highlights: This Crossing offers many public events throughout the year, and the winery has wine-tasting along with a tour for both you and your pup. Events include live musical performances, yoga, crafts, and tarot card readings, to mention a few.
Presque State Park, Erie: Presque State Park is the closest thing that PA has to a beach. The lakes of Erie will allow you to roam the beach with your pup. Plus, with hiking trails and woods to explore as well as the beaches, it will be a perfect day to enjoy and relax.
Liberty Bell National Park, Philadelphia: Everyone needs to soak up a little culture and history. Having your pup along will make it even more relaxed as you explore the Liberty Bell Park. The park is pet-friendly in all the outdoor areas as you stroll along the paths our founding father’s feet had trod.
Restaurants in Pittsburgh that Are Dog Friendly
There are many restaurants throughout the state which are dog friendly. Pittsburgh is one of the cities which welcome dogs in some of their eating establishments. Below are some of those restaurants:
Square Café in Regent Square: Dog’s are welcome at the outdoor tables at Square Cafe, but you need to get there early. A popular destination it has something for everyone, which includes both vegan and gluten-free dinners.
Big Dog Coffee shop: Located on the South Side, it’s an excellent place to stop for a hot cup of coffee. The shop is pet-friendly, and you and your pet can enjoy time together on the patio outside the shop.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36: A beautiful place to enjoy the breeze and a yummy burger right on the river. A patio setting is available for both you and your dog. Your pup will get his own water bowl while you eat your lunch.
Double Wide Grill: Southside is where the Double Wide Grill is located. Their sizeable outdoor seating welcomes dogs and is a great place to enjoy in the summer. You can get vegan/vegetarian meals plus a doggie menu for your furry friend.
Redfin Blues at the Waterfront: When you sit outdoors, you can relax with a view of the river. You can also watch the bicyclists cycling along the waterfront paths. You and your dog can enjoy the scenery while enjoying crab legs and the fresh air.
Federal Galley: The uniqueness of this restaurant on the Northside is from several different chefs and restaurant concepts all in one location. With a new outdoor beer garden offering dog-friendly outside seating, it’s a must go to.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Pennsylvania
All through Pennsylvania, there are pet-friendly hotels, motels, B&Bs, inns, and campgrounds that will welcome you and your furry friend. You won’t have to leave your pet home with a sitter but have him come along with you on vacation.
Pet-friendly lodging is all through Pennsylvania at various price ranges to match any budget. Click here for the best family and pet-friendly accommodations.
There are so many different places to go and see in Pennsylvania. This article has just touched on a few.
For example, in Bird in Hand located deep in the heart of Amish country, Abe’s Buggy Rides will allow you to bring your pet literally along for the ride. Mountains, forests, beaches, cities, and small villages all can be found here.
Many places welcome pets with open arms and will do their best to make sure you and your pet feel comfortable and welcome.
Credit: video – Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park
Hotel Listings: PetsWelcome.com