Dog Friendly Activities in Des Moines, IA

There are 10 dog friendly activities in Des Moines. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Des Moines.

Pet Friendly Bone-A-Patreat
Bone-A-Patreat Bone-A-Patreat is a great pet supply store where Fido is welcome to come into the store and browse. The owner and staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about products and pets needs. See Details
Pet Friendly Des Moines Farmers Market
Des Moines Farmers Market Des Moines' farmer's market welcomes leashed pooches to browse the selection with their owners. See Details
Clive Greenbelt Trail The Clive Greenbelt Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Clive Greenbelt Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail The Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Pappajohn Sculpture Park Featuring artwork by twenty-two of the world's most celebrated artists, Pappajohn Sculpture Park is dog-friendly! Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the 4.4-acre park, located in downtown Des Moines. The Sculpture Park is open from sunrise to midnight, and an audio tour is available online or via phone at (515) 657-8264. Picnicking is allowed in the park, and humans should be sure to keep food and drink away from the works of art and dispose of waste in the trash cans on the perimeter of the Park. For more information on regulations for preservation, check out Pappajohn Sculpture Park's official website. See Details
Gray's Lake Park Located in the heart of the Des Moines Metro area, Gray's Lake Park is a dog-friendly spot to take a stroll. The 167-acre Park features a 1.9-mile lit trail, which encircles the lake. Gray's Lake encourages guests to "venture off of the trail" and fish, canoe or sail. Dogs are not allowed on the designated swimming beach. Pets must be cleaned-up after during their visit. Pet waste stations are located every half mile along the trail, as well as at the beach and Overlook Terrace parking lots. Gray's Lake Park's hours vary seasonally, so guests should call ahead or check its website before planning their outing. See Details
Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens Leashed dogs are welcome in the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens! The Gardens feature an Asian pavilion atop a bridge, which spans a pond cascading into the Des Moines River. Stone pagodas, bonsai-like evergreens, lanterns, and sculptural rock formations are also present in the Gardens. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after during their visit. See Details
Des Moines Trail The Des Moines Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Des Moines trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Confluence Brewing Company Confluence Brewing Company is a dog-friendly taproom serving locals and visitors to Des Moines, IA. Fido is welcome to accompany you for a refreshing beer seated beside a bench on the large, partially uncovered outside patio. Focused on creativity and craftsmanship, this micro brewery produce a wide variety of seasonal ales and experimental beer. Food trucks are often in attendance to provide patrons with tasty hand-held grub to be enjoyed alongside their beer of choice. See Details
1717 Brewing Co. 1717 Brewing Co. is a dog-friendly brewery in Des Moines, IA where your leashed dog is welcome to join you at an outdoor table. This brewery was started by three brothers on a mission to honor their family home. Fido is welcome to join you in the front yard, to enjoy Maury's fried bread, or on the porch to reminisce and relax. See Details
Raccoon River Dog Park This 12-acre, fenced dog park is a fabulous place for your pet to get some off-leash exercise. Includes separate areas for large and small dogs. You must acquire a permit in advance to enter the park. Check out their website for more information. See Details
Ankeny Dog Park The Ankeny Dog Park is a beautiful 7.5 acre park that allows dogs of all sizes to run freely in an entirely fenced in area. The Dog Park features a half acre pond, separate small and large dog areas, and open green space for dogs to run. A Dog Park Pass is required to visit this park. Annual passes are available by registering online. See Details
Bass Pro Shops We love our canine customers at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa. All dogs MUST be on a leash, under control at all times, and have good manners. Dogs are NOT allowed in Uncle Buck's restaurant attached to the store. See Details
High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) The High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Ankeny! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Tractor Supply Co. Tractor Supply Co. is dog friendly! Bring your dog to shop with you and he'll receive a treat at checkout! See Details
Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail The Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Altoona! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Kinship Brewing Company Kinship Brewing Company is pet-friendly. Located alongside the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Waukee, this beer producer is hoping to offer more than just delicious beverages to visitors. The site also houses a fenced park for pups to play off-leash while you sink a beverage. The half-acre park requires an affordable membership to enter, but it's worth it for your pup to play with other paw-trons. Kinship Brewing Company is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday from 11am to 11pm, and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. See Details
Rover's Ranch This doggie boarding facility includes an extensive fenced dog park with pools and trees, and offers popular training classes. Fees apply. See Details
Chichaqua Valley Trail The Chichaqua Valley Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bondurant! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Chichaqua Valley Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Big Creek State Park Dogs are welcome at Big Creek State Park, where a diversion dam has formed an 866-acre reservoir. In addition to the lake itself, the park also includes shelters, picnic areas, playground, and a multi-purpose sports field. You and Fido are welcome to wander the 26-mile paved trail from the beach south through the Saylorville Lake area all the way to Des Moines. Big Creek State Park is open every day of the week from 4:30 am to 10:30pm. See Details
Raccoon River Valley Trail The Raccoon River Valley Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Waukee! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Clive Greenbelt Trail The Clive Greenbelt Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Clive! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Clive Greenbelt Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
McVay Trail The McVay Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Indianola! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the McVay Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) The High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Polk City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details