Dog Friendly Activities in Michigan

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Michigan, 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 Mari Vineyards
Mari Vineyards The patio at Mari Vineyards in Traverse City, MI is dog friendly and offers stunning views across East Bay. Sit back and relax on the spacious patio with a glass of vino or try a range of delicious wines with your friends in a group tasting. Charcuterie is also available for purchase. See Details
Pet Friendly Shepler's Ferry
Shepler's Ferry Shepler's Ferry carries two- and four-legged passengers to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. The dog-friendly ride takes between 15 to 25 minutes. Leashed dogs are permitted free of charge. See Details
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, MI, is dog-friendly The centerpiece of the park's 50,000 acres is the waterfalls of the Tahquamenon River. The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, has a drop of nearly 50 feet, more than 200 feet across and a water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours Mackinac Island Carriage Tours is a pet-friendly horse and carriage tour that will take you and your pooch around Mackinac Island. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on board and if they're lap dogs, they ride for free. Larger dogs are allowed for the price of a child ticket. See Details
Norman F Kruse Park Norman F Kruse Park has a dog beach at the Northern end of the park in Muskegon, MI. Dogs must be leashed in the sand, but are allowed off-leash in the water. The dog-friendly area is clearly marked, so pay close attention to the signs to avoid being ticketed. The dog beach is no longer accessible via the boardwalk due to high water and erosion. They have had to remove several levels of the boardwalk because it was falling into the lake. The park is open, but there is now a 20 foot cliff/steep sand dune when you get to the water. See Details
Bavarian Belle Riverboat The family operated Bavarian Belle Riverboat is an authentic Stern Driven Paddlewheel in Frankenmuth, MI. Offering a 1-hour historical narrated tour of the Frankenmuth area, Fido is bound to have fun aboard this fully restored, dog-friendly, 150-passenger vessel. The Bavarian Belle is open-air canopied on the upper deck and has a fully enclosed lower salon with restrooms. They offer a snack bar and soft drinks on board. Located in the River Place Shops, the Bavarian Belle is docked at the waterfall. The dock and lower level are both handicap accessible. Please bring cash or check to pay for your trip aboard the Bavarian Belle. See Details
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons The Village melds old-world, historic charm with cosmopolitan vitality. It is a strong, thriving economic center and diverse, multi-generational residential community. A place to live, work, play, shop, dine and explore. The Village allows dogs in the Mercato and many of the merchants keep treats behind the counter. There are also wonderful hiking trails that are perfect for dogs. See Details
Tri-City Brewing Company Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners at Tri-City Brewing Company in Bay City, MI! This pet-friendly brewery is BYOF and serves many styles of beer, such as its Cherry Torchon, Bay City Light Ale, Black Rye Summit, and Tres Citrea Fermentar. See Details
Decadent Dogs Decadent Dogs is pet-friendly store located in South Haven, MI. This upscale boutique carries a wide range of dog supplies including food, treats, toys, collars and other items. They also provide a full line of dog-themed clothing, flags, gifts and décor for the home or office. Fido is welcome to accompany you inside the store but must be kept on a leash. See Details
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Along forty miles of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, MI, puts the glory of nature's ever-changing scenery on display every season. Be sure that you and Fido head out to Sable Falls or Miners Beach. Your pet is permitted along roads and in designated developed visitor facility areas, but not allowed in fields or the backcountry. On trails, dogs must be kept on a leash, six feet or shorter, at all times. Please check their website for a current list of dog-friendly trails and beaches in the area, and places dogs aren't permitted. See Details
Colonial Michilimackinac While spending the day on Mackinac Island with your pup, be sure to visit Colonial Michilimackinac. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the historic 18th-century fort and fur trading village including Fort Mackinac, the Biddle House, Historic Mill Creek and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and experience life as it was in the 1700s. Although Fido isn't permitted inside most buildings, couples with pets are welcome to share a single rotating admission ticket to the museum, with one person enjoying the grounds with the pet while the other enjoys the museum. Hours for attractions vary by season. Be sure to check their website or call ahead. See Details
Nelis' Dutch Village Fido is welcome at dog-friendly Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland, MI. This family-friendly attraction invites you and your leashed dog to learn the culture and history of the Netherlands. Snippets of daily life are presented around the park and tasty authentic candies, cheeses, and other goods are available to buy. There is an admission fee for adults and children visiting Nelis' Dutch Village. Excitable dogs should stay out of the Petting Farm and not permitted in food service areas. See Details
Warren Dunes State Park Warren Dunes State Park has a beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan in Sawyer, MI. Dogs are allowed in the campground, forested trails, boardwalks, and north of the northernmost swim buoy at the beach which provides two and a half miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Pets must be on a six-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles. See Details
Saugatuck Dunes State Park A day-use park along a secluded strip of the dog-friendly Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 2.5 miles of shoreline. The park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park's terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park but dogs are not permitted in buildings or in public swimming areas. However, there is a pet swim area located a half mile from the parking lot via the Yellow Trail. Pets must always be on a six-foot leash and under an owner’s immediate control. See Details
PJ Hoffmaster State Park P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297-site modern campground, towering Lake Michigan dunes and the Gillette Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn. Dogs are not allowed in buildings or swimming areas. See Details
Frankfort Beach Located along Lake Michigan, Frankfort Beach features a dog run. Dog owners can access the area by designated paved and non-paved animal walkways. Fido must be on-leash when using these walkways, which can be found at the end of Miami Street, Sac Street and the Lake Michigan Beach Turn Around. The dog run is located at the far north section of the beach, north of Miami Street. Here, dogs can play under voice or whistle control. Dog owners are required to clean up after their pets. Dogs are not allowed on the beach area off of the walkways or out of the dog run. Quiet time is every day from 11pm to 7am. See Details
Detroit Riverfront Leashed dogs are welcome on the Detroit Riverfront, which spans from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge. Currently 2.5 miles of East Riverfront is complete and open to the public. See Details
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Bring Fido to Headlands International Dark Sky Park to enjoy five-hundred-and-fifty acres of pristine woodlands, two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, marked nature trails and more. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after during their visit. They are not allowed inside the buildings at the Headlands. Headlands International Dark Sky Park is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Information on dark sky parks, viewings, and what to bring on a visit can be found on Headlands International Dark Sky Park's official website. See Details
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the dog-friendly Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, MI! Leashed and well-behaved pets are allowed almost everywhere on the historic property, including inside the buildings. Dogs are not allowed to climb up the Whitefish Point Light Tower. The Shipwreck Museum is open seasonally, from May 1 to October 31. Dog owners can check out the Museum's official website for information on admission and tours. See Details
Tawas Point State Park Off-leash dogs are welcome on the trails and the section of shoreline on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse, enclosed by fencing. Tawas Point has been referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest." The campground is located on Tawas Bay where the water is shallow and warm for swimming. In the park is the Tawas Point Lighthouse which serves as the sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station on the Great Lakes. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Straits State Park Straits State Park in St Ignace, MI, has fantastic views of the Mackinac Bridge and the boat traffic on the Straits of Mackinac from the dog-friendly trails, campground or the viewing platform. The park has a picnic area, playground and waterfront area along Lake Huron. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Munising Falls Trail Munising Falls Trail is pet-friendly. This 0.4 mile heavily trafficked trail features a waterfall and is easy enough for all levels of hiker. The best time to use the trail is April through October. Leashed dogs are also able to use the trail. Munising Falls Trail is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Seney National Wildlife Refuge Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney, MI, was established in 1935 for the protection and production of migratory birds and other wildlife. Today the Refuge is comprised of a rich mosaic of marshes, swamps, bogs, grasslands, and forests. Nearly two-thirds of the Refuge is classified as wetland. There are dog-friendly trails but Fido must remain leashed at all times. Please note that pets are not allowed in the Federally Endangered Piping Plover Nesting Area. See Details
Ore Dock Brewing Co. Ore Dock Brewing Co. is a dog-friendly microbrewery in Marquette, MI, that welcomes Fido on outdoor patio only when the weather is nice. They brew a wide variety of beer styles as well as hard seltzers. Check their website for a current schedule of events and live music. See Details