Dog Friendly Activities in Kentucky

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Kentucky, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery Bring Fido to Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, KY, for a tour of the Distillery! Most of the property is dog-friendly, including the tasting area and gift shop. Dogs are not allowed in the bottling building. Tours range from a National Historic Landmark Tour to a Ghost Tour of the paranormal areas featured on "Ghost Hunters." Times, tastings, duration, and reservation requirements vary by tour, so dog owners should check the website or call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
Pet Friendly Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is the state's largest state-owned tourist attraction. The park is dedicated to sharing Kentucky’s love of horses with the world, and hosts nearly one million visitors and 19,000 competition horses in 200 special events and horse shows annually. It's a working horse farm, educational theme park, equine competition facility, and equine office park all in one. Dogs are allowed to accompany their owners on the park's outdoor grounds as long as they are leashed or confined to an approved kennel. If carried or confined to a wheeled kennel, pets are allowed to go into the gift shop, but they may not go inside restaurants or the Alltech Arena. Dog-friendly outdoor seating is available at the restaurants. Pets are allowed in the museum lobby but not in the museum exhibits, so visitors will need to take turns staying with their pets outside of these areas. Pets are not allowed to be left unattended in vehicles, roam without a leash, or tied-out on the grounds. See Details
Dinosaur World Dinosaur World is a dog-friendly attraction in Cave City, KY, where visitors can see life sized models of dinosaurs, or just enjoy a quiet encounter with the lifelike animals. Nestled among a lush assortment of native vegetation, the dinosaurs are so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving through the shadows cast by the many native trees. Friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome! See Details
Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum is a dog-friendly attraction in Horse Cave, KY. Hidden River Cave is located directly beneath the city and a main entrance is at 119 East Main Street in the center of town. Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum welcome dogs but some features, particularly the suspension bridge within the cave, may not be suitable for every pet to navigate. See Details
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest Leashed dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas of Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. The arboretum and forest in Clermont, KY features more than 35 miles of trails through a variety of geographic settings which will delight you and your pup. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet. See Details
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is dog-friendly. The park is described as the first great gateway to the west. There are many miles of trails and scenic features around the park to explore with your pooch. You'll also discover lots of limestone caves and other interesting geological formations at this park. Dogs are welcome to join their owners throughout, as long as they are on a leash and all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Braxton Brewing Company Braxton Brewing Company is pet-friendly. At Braxton, a garage is more than a garage. It’s a place where they brew delicious beers for visitors. Leashed dogs are welcome to experience the fun, too. Please note that dogs cannot go to the rooftop area. See Details
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Bring Fido to explore the dog-friendly grounds of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville, KY. Dogs are allowed on trails but must be on a leash not over six feet in length. Pet owners are responsible for the removal of their pet's waste from parking areas, picnic areas, trail surfaces, and other areas of heavy public use in the park to provide an enjoyable and safe visit for visitors. See Details
Mirror Twin Brewing Mirror Twin Brewery is dog-friendly. The brewery allows dogs inside in addition to outdoors. Pair your craft brew with a takeout pizza from the Rolling Oven Restaurant next door. See Details
Casey Jones Distillery Get ready to drink some hooch with your pooch. Casey Jones Distillery produces award-winning whiskeys in Hopkinsville, KY. The distillery offers pet-friendly tours and tastings, giving guests an in-depth look at the production process. Fido is welcome to join you for a tour or tasting, but dogs must be kept on a leash. Please see their website for information on schedules and prices. See Details
Garvin Brown Nature Preserve Garvin Brown Preserve is a 46-acre nature preserve that is owned and preserved by River Fields. Garvin Brown Preserve is open to the public. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Morton Avenue Dog Park Spacious fenced area for dogs to run and play off leash. Located near Patterson Playground. See Details
Great Flood Brewing Company Leashed dogs are welcome at Great Flood Brewing Company! Great Flood Brewing boasts twenty taps—most are house brews. During their visit, dog owners should make sure to respect other beer-loving visitors and keep their pet under control at all times. Great Flood Brewing Company is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 12am, Friday from 2pm to 12am, Saturday from 12pm to 12am, and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. See Details
Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak Fido can take to the water in a rental from Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak! Blue Moon allows dogs on all of its rentals but asks owners to use their best judgment when it comes to their pet's comfort level and whether or not they need to bring along a dog life vest. Dog owners must be at least eighteen to rent a craft, and a cancellation policy does apply. For further information on what to bring, prices, and restrictions check out Blue Moon's official website. Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak is open April through October, from 9am to 5pm, on Saturday and Sunday, and from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, by appointment. See Details
Grimes Mill Winery Grimes Mill Winery is dog-friendly. They provide visitors with hand crafted wines from grapes grown and cultivated mostly on their family farm just outside of Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky. They love pets and welcome you to bring along your four-legged friend to join in the fun. There are tours and wine tastings, but you can also book out the winery for private events. Grimes Mill Winery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. See Details
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is dog-friendly. You and your pooch can enjoy the wooded hills and think about the pioneers who once braved the wilderness of Kentucky in search of a better life for them and their families. There are two hiking trails that span a total of 8.5 miles in length in the footsteps of those that wandered here over the years. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on a leash under six feet, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is open Wednesday from 10am to 6pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. See Details
Boone County Distilling Co Boone County Distilling Co produces bourbon, rye, gin and rum in Independence, KY. The distillery offers dog-friendly tours, taking guests behind the scenes of spirit production. Fido is welcome to tag along on the Grain to Glass experience, which goes over the history and science behind Boone County Distilling Co's bourbon and rye. If you're short on time, you and Fido can opt for a Guided Tasting. Please visit their website to book a tour. See Details
Masterson Station Dog Park Masterson Station dog park is part of a huge city park in Lexington that has the nicest amenities of any of the Lexington dog parks. Shade trees, benches, and a water fountain make for a nice afternoon outing for you and your dog. Dog mitts are provided at the entrance and the park frequently plays host to dog related events. A port-a-potty is located nearby as are swings and picnic pavilions. See Details
Coldstream Dog Park Coldstream Dog Park in Lexington is a huge dog park with 12 acres divided into small and big dog sections. They leave the middle sections unmowed for the most park, so dogs can hunt in the brush. Best place for hounds! This park is not nearly as crowded as the Masterson one, so some dogs like it better, or find it less intimidating. There are two benches and a porta-potty, but no water fountain for the dogs. They do provide waste bags, but once in awhile they'll run out, so it's still good to have your own. See Details
Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park in Bowling Green has separate fenced small and large dog areas. You'll also find a walking trail outside of the fenced areas. See Details
Jacobson Dog Park There's loads of room for your pet to run and play off-leash at this extensive, fenced dog park with lots of wide open spaces. See Details
Paducah Dog Park Grand opening: August, 2012. From website: "The Paducah Dog Park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles. The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the dividing weight. Each fenced section has a water spigot that has a motion sensor on it to detect when a dog is near. Near the entrance of each fenced area is a green box with "Mutt Mitts", degradable bags to allow the easy collection of your dog's excrement. Each fenced area also has a large shelter so that owners can sit and chat while the pooches play and romp. The fencing is coated with black vinyl to keep it looking new for years. In the future, the dog park could have amenities such as dog agility obstacles."

Note: Dog park is on right as you enter the park; road is one-way.
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Freeman Lake Dog Park Pay a visit to Freeman Lake Dog Park in Elizabethtown, KY. The park has two fenced areas, one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The entire park sits on about 2 1/4 acres and is equipped with a water source, benches and doggie waste disposal bags. The park provides fun times for resident furry friends and those visiting Elizabethtown. See Details
Kingdom Come State Park Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Kingdom Come State Park, where you'll discover the crest of Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Kentucky. There are eight overlooks around the park that offer great views of the mountain peaks and valleys for miles around. You can reach these on the many pet-friendly trails around the park, including the 12 O’Clock Trail that will guide you uphill to the 12 O'Clock Overlook. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the trails and views, as long as they are on a leash under six feet and all mess is cleaned up after them. The park is open daily. See Details