Best Dog Park in Every State

Posted by Billy Francis

Wherever Fido is in the country, he can let off steam and meet other marvelous mutts at the local dog park. From sprawling spaces in rural settings to pristine playgrounds in urban communities, here’s a roundup of the best place in every state to let your best friend loose.


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Beneful Dream Dog Park in Alabaster is a state-of-the-art park with synthetic turf that allows safe play whatever the season. Fido can cool off in the summer at the water splash pads, featuring colorful balls that spray water in the air. Then, he can duck and dive through tunnels and hoops and join you for a game of fetch on the miniature football field. While your best buddy is making new friends, get your steps in on the paved walking course that winds around the fenced space and “paws” to catch your breath on one of the benches.

For more fenced fun, reserve a stay at nearby Castle Cottage. This spacious home with hardwood floors and a grassy backyard is named after Beatrix Potter’s second home, which is why Peter Rabbit and her other popular characters can be found throughout.


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Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage is a hidden treasure for Terriers who love nothing more than woodland walks. Dogs are welcome anywhere in the 300-acre park and can run off-leash in designated portions. Start by exploring the winding pathways that twist and turn through the trees. Don’t forget to bring your pup’s tennis ball launcher along and let them fly on the open field that the pathways lead to.

Book the nearby dog-friendly Guesthouse Anchorage Inn and be within walking distance of many pet-friendly eateries in downtown.


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Smiling Dog Ranch Dog Park in Tucson is a popular place to bring pups in The Grand Canyon State. Located inside George Mehl Family Foothills Park, this fenced space is bound to put a smile on Fido’s face. Inside, canines can crawl through concrete tunnels, seek shade under trees, and dig holes on the sandy floor. When she’s finished playing off-leash, take a stroll together on the paved trail that leads through the serene Rillito River Park.

Reserve a stay at one of our nominees for most dog-friendly hotel in America, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The ‘Loews Loves Pets’ amenity kit includes treats, pet beds and bowls, and your pup can order a meal from the pet room service menu.


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Looking for an adventure with your outbound hound? Head to the Off-Leash Dog Park at Lake Wilson Park in Fayetteville. Pups are welcome to run free along trails that lead through creeks and woodlands at this hot spot in the Ozarks. If you want to sniff out wildflowers on a spring hike, look no further than this idyllic recreation area. Pooches who play here during summer can take a refreshing dip in the creek before continuing their expedition, spotting ancient rock formations along the way.

When everybody is worn out, head into town and check into a room at the Graduate Fayetteville. This pet-friendly chain accommodates four-legged guests with toys, bowls and more.


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Your pooch is invited to join the half million canines who visit Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park in Richmond every year. This huge space is one of the most epic dog parks in the U.S. and boasts more than 50 acres of land on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay. Explore several looping trails that hug Hoffman Channel and offer scenic overlooks of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and Brooks Island. After rolling around in the mud, Fido can clean up at the on-site Mud Puppy’s Tub and Scrub.

Cozy up with your pup in this whimsical home near the entrance to the park. Highlights include hardwood floors and a large fenced front garden with grass and a 103-year old redwood tree.


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The Centennial State is packed full of massive off-leash areas, but Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs takes the dog biscuit among BringFido users. Be sure to swing by this huge fenced space for an afternoon of fun on your next visit to the dog-friendly Colorado Rockies. Divided into grassy space, shady spots and a small dog area, this 25-acre canine park comes complete with a creek for paddling and a pond for plunging.

Sleep off the fun of the park at this downtown home, where you can watch your best friend play freely in the fenced backyard while you soak in the hot tub.


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From a huge grassy field to a shallow stretch of river, ideal for an afternoon dip, Southbury Dog Park has something for all canines. This off-leash space covers 14 acres of inviting countryside, including a smaller fenced area, two wooded trails, and tables and benches where you can enjoy a picnic with your pooch after a morning of fun. The river access within the park is both shallow and shady, which makes it “pawfect” for pups who love to spend long stretches in the water.

Finished for the day? Wind down at Wyndham Southbury, an affordable hotel with a grassy relief area and spacious pet-friendly rooms.


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If you’ve just adopted a new best friend from Senior Dog Haven and Hospice, a non-profit that specializes in finding senior dogs a forever home, or you're driving through Delaware with your pup, swing by Carousel Bark Park in Wilmington. There, you can admire views of The First State’s countryside from the park’s main field high upon a hillside. Then make your way to the pond at the park’s center and play a game of fetch in the water. A gently sloping ramp is the perfect launching point so humans can stay completely dry until shaking time.

Dry off and head back to this modern guesthouse with a fenced backyard and hardwood floors.


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Planning a summer road trip with lakes on the agenda? Splash down in the refreshing water at Lake Baldwin Park in Winter Park. “Floridogs” will understand the importance of heat management, and taking a break from The Sunshine State’s rays at this popular park is one way to do it. Make a day of it and bring a homemade meal for your pooch to enjoy at the picnic tables underneath shady pavilions. When you’re finished frollicking for the day, clean up your pup’s sandy paws at the park’s convenient dog wash stations.

No need to travel far for a good night’s sleep after a dip in the lake. This pet-friendly apartment is just off the park’s paved running trail.


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Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek is an incredible one-acre park that features artificial turf for year-round use, sprinklers around a spraying fire hydrant for dogs to enjoy during the summer, and a variety of bridges, tunnels and hoops to explore. There are separate areas for large and small dogs and benches for humans to relax while their furry friends run wild. The paved pathway around the park is draped in the shade of specially planted trees for comfortable walks on hot days.

For an affordable stay after a day of play, reserve a room for two at La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta. Treats and bowls are provided at check-in.


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During your next tour of Oahu, bring your prickly pooch to The Big Pineapple’s best fenced dog park, Elaine Dobashi Hawai'i Kai Dog Park in Honolulu. This welcoming space offers shady trees that provide respite from the hot sun and grass for fun games of fetch. There’s a separate space for small pups to play happily and drinking fountains for thirsty canines. If you’re in need of refreshment too, visit Island Brew Coffeehouse near the dog park.

Wake up to blue skies above the treetops from the balcony of this pet-friendly guesthouse just down the coast from Hawaii Kai Dog Park. Guests have easy access to a quiet neighborhood for evening strolls.


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Bring your couch “pugtato” to one of Idaho’s hidden gems, Nampa Dog Park. This large, fully-fenced space covers 6 acres of land near Nampa Municipal Airport, so you can view planes taking off and touching down while your dog sniffs around. The grassy park is divided into separate sections for small and large dogs and also includes walking trails, water fountains, shade shelters, trees and benches. The centerpiece is a shallow pet-friendly swimming pond.

Bring the whole pack along to Nampa and stay in this 4/2 house with fenced yard, which boasts hardwood floors downstairs and space to play outside.


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Sociable pups who love mixing with other mutts can take a day trip to Prairie Wolf Dog Park in Lake Forest. You and your pooch will quickly understand why Illinois is nicknamed The Prairie State. This 44-acre countryside retreat offers hiking trails through the woods, wide pathways in meadows and mowed tracks between native grasses. If you want to practice Fido’s recall, visit one of the small fenced training areas, or test out his retrieval skills with a floating fetch toy in the swimming pond. Before he hops back in the car, use the hose by the entrance to clean his muddy paws.

Lounge with your Labrador at La Quinta by Wyndham Bannockburn-Deerfield. This affordable hotel is located near the dog park entrance and has a pet relief area outside.


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After a day on the pet-friendly trails at Fort Harrison State Park, let your dog play off-leash at the Fort Harrison State Park Dog Park. Divided into three sections, there’s an area to suit every pooch. Platoon Run is 3.6 acres and contains large trees for shade, agility equipment, a water station, benches and a fireplace for humans, plus woodlands to explore. Herrin Hill is a grassy patch in the middle of the park, ideal for a game of fetch. Brigade Landing is the largest section at 5 acres and includes a pond, a dog beach, and a wooded adventure area. Passes to play are available for purchase from the park office.

Book a room for you and your pooch at Candlewood Suites Indianapolis. This affordable hotel has a convenient pet relief area and is just a short drive away from Fort Harrison.


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Heading cross-country on a road trip? The Little Willow Dog Park in Missouri Valley near the Iowa-Nebraska border is a welcome break along the way. Located near I-29 and Highway 30, this pretty little park seemingly in the middle of nowhere has been beautifully renovated with a variety of agility equipment, including a seesaw, tunnels, weave poles and more. Relax in the shade of the covered picnic area and watch your dog run freely around the grassy space, then snap memorable pictures next to the chainsaw-carved dog statues by the entrance.

Have a barnstormin’ time when you stay at this pet-friendly loft conversion in nearby Omaha. Guests are treated to a complimentary light breakfast, but can also upgrade to a full cooked meal with sausages to sneak into your best friend’s bowl.


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Heritage Park Dog Off-Leash Area is a beautiful green space in Olathe. With 30 acres of completely fenced park, dogs of all sizes have plenty of room to roam. Take a morning walk along the well-blazed pathways through tall grass fields and meadows, before stopping for a dip in the inviting waters of the pond at the center of the park. Don’t forget to take a photoshoot for Fido’s calendar alongside the park’s hay bales.

Park up with your pooch at The Garden Carriage House. Surrounded by lush forests, a peaceful pond with a stone bridge, and intimate garden walkways, she won’t mind leaving the dog park behind to spend the night here.


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On your next visit to Lexington, stop at Masterson Station Dog Park and let loose with the local Labrador population. This 15-acre grassy park is divided into two separate paddocks, with shady spots sprinkled throughout each, water fountains, a fire hydrant and lots of space for dogs to play fetch and socialize. Visiting humans can chill on benches and chat to regulars about breed meetups, fundraisers for canine charities, and other events hosted at the park. Afterwards, walk on the paved trails that weave around the rest of Masterson Station Park.

Staybridge Suites Lexington is conveniently located between the park and downtown. Book a 2-bedroom suite with hardwood floors and visit the grassy relief area before bedtime.


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Spending a weekend in dog-friendly New Orleans? NOLA City Bark has 4.6 landscaped acres with separate areas for pups big and small. Located right downtown in City Park, it features double entrance gates, water fountains for dogs and humans, shade pavilions, an event lawn, on-site restrooms and a small walking trail. Temporary tourist permits are required and can be obtained online. Explore the rest of the park’s amenities like botanical gardens and a sculpture garden with your leashed pooch afterwards.

Stay within walking distance of the park on historic Esplanade Avenue in this light and airy apartment.


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Quarry Run Dog Park in Portland provides the peace of mind of a fenced park with the beauty of a rural off-leash area. Big dogs and brave little dogs can play together in the large 7-acre park, and shy pups can enjoy their own space in the small dog area located at the center of the park. Take to the pet-friendly trails outside the fence when you’re finished playing. If you have more time in the area, discover the gorgeous New England coastline on an island day trip to Mackworth Island.

After a full day, hunker down with your hound in this luxurious waterfront home in nearby Falmouth and soak in the hot tub. Then see if you can spot the canine artwork in the house.


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Fido can slide into the weekend at Locust Point Dog Park at Latrobe Park in Baltimore. Whatever the season, he can play in the fully-fenced park thanks to the astroturf grass. When the sun is shining, pups can clamber over trees and rock outcroppings, then cool off by sliding head first down the park’s water slide. Then dry his paws and walk to nearby Diamondback Brewing Company to wet your whistle.

Four-legged ghost hunters can enjoy a night at Admiral Fell Inn. This Fell’s Point neighborhood hotel has a reputation for being one of the most haunted in the country.


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Bring the “pawty” inside at JB's Indoor Dog Park in Norwell. This indoor dog park is a great antidote to The Bay State’s fluctuating weather, offering a 3,000-square-foot haven, rain or shine. The climate-controlled play area is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Inside, the park is stocked with toys, agility equipment and hardwood floors for easy cleanup. Don’t forget to buy your dog a frosty treat and sign up for breed meetups.

If Fido is tired of playing inside, reserve a stay at this charming townhouse with a grassy backyard in a quiet suburb near Boston.


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Orion Oaks Dog Park in Lake Orion is top dog for The Great Lake State’s dog parks. This 24-acre fenced space offers separate play areas for small and large pups, a fetch field, and access to the canine swim beach at Lake Sixteen. Your pooch can swim, dig in the sand, or dive from the dock. There’s even a ramp for any pooches who want to take it easy, but still get their paws wet. After a dip in the water, take a walk together on two trails and enjoy a picnic in the shade at one of the park’s shelters.

Play in the water during the day and stay by the lake at night at this pet-friendly cottage. The property even has a dock for diving at home, too.


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At 35 acres, Battle Creek Dog Park in Maplewood is one of the largest fully-fenced dog parks in the country. Inside the park, four-legged adventurers can lead the way along wooded trails and walking paths, find shade under the tree canopy, or go for a paddle in the large fenced pond or in one of two smaller ponds nestled between rolling hills. If your pup loves to fetch, seek out the social area fields and challenge other visiting pups to a tennis ball race. Don’t forget to bring your own water along with you as there are no water stations at the park.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Paul Woodbury is a popular pet-friendly hotel just a short drive from Battle Creek. Book a room and enjoy the spacious outdoor area for walks before bed.


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Taking time out in Tupelo with your Terrier? Unleash your best friend at Tupelo Bark Park. This large fenced space is divided into separate sections for small and large dogs. When the sun is shining, find shade underneath pine trees dotted throughout the park or sit on one of the benches underneath the canopy. Fans of The King of Rock and Roll can slip on Fido’s leash and pull on his blue suede shoes for a short walk to the Elvis Presley Birthplace, a historic museum dedicated to the preservation of Elvis’ childhood home.

From one historic building to another, hound dogs can’t help falling in love with this charming home near downtown.


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Situated on the banks of the Missouri River, Platte Landing Dog Park in Parkville is a great place to bring pups of all sizes to play. Two separate fenced spaces welcome dogs to crawl through tunnels, stomp over a wooden climbing bridge and get the zoomies on the grass. Once he’s had his fun, take your leashed pooch just beyond the park gates for a stroll along the five-mile pet-friendly walking trail.

Stay in this picture “pawfect” home with hardwood floors throughout, a welcoming outdoor balcony space, and views of Park Hill University from the fenced backyard.


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Rock climbing Rottweilers will enjoy an expedition to High Sierra Dog Park in Billings. Located near Billings Logan International Airport, this 7.5-acre fenced park is usually bustling with dogs at play. Four-legged visitors can clamber over rocky outcrops, dash across the grass and find shade underneath a variety of trees around the park. Don’t forget to bring your own water for your pooch to rehydrate on hot days.

Live in the lap of luxury with a weekend away at this Italian vacation paradise. Dogs will love sniffing the pristine lawn in the fenced backyard.


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L.E Ray Dog Park in Grand Island, known by locals as “Dog Island,” is surrounded by water, which pups can access via convenient sandy beaches. Located just a couple of miles off I-80 in rural Nebraska, this convenient park makes a great place to let Fido stretch his legs if you’re embarking on a road trip. Visitors can walk around the lake on the shady pet-friendly pathway and share a picnic together. The park also has a separate area for small dogs to play safely.

For an affordable stay within strolling distance of the park, book a room at Boarders Inn & Suites and Conference Center. Humans can enjoy the tasty breakfast and canines will love the ample green space.


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Link Piazzo Dog Park at Hidden Valley Regional Park in Reno is surrounded by stunning mountain views. Dogs of all sizes can feel safe at play in the small or large canine sections. Chill out on the park benches or underneath shade structures while your best friend spreads his wings and makes new four-legged pals. On hot days, thirsty pups can rehydrate at the water stations. Leashed dogs are also welcome to explore the larger 480-acre park beyond the fence.

Discover mountain and pasture views from the shady front porch of Vista Gardens, a quiet home in the countryside. This pet-friendly escape comes equipped with hardwood floors and a fenced area of yard for Fido to roam leash-free.

New Hampshire

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Does Fido want to walk in the pawprints of his founding “fur fathers?” Make a splash at South Mill Pond Dog Park, located in the historic town of Portsmouth. Pups who love a dip can dive into a pond from the fenced portion of the park, then mingle with local canines during one of the meetups that are regularly held here. For more off-leash fun in the area, drive to nearby Fort Foster Park and explore the extensive trail system, old military fortifications, and sandy beaches.

Share a comfortable night’s rest at Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown Waterfront. This nice pet-friendly hotel has a grassy relief area to make late night pee breaks a breeze.

New Jersey

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Get to know The Garden State’s great outdoors at Timber Creek Pooch Park in Blackwood. This well-reviewed canine hangout in rural New Jersey encompasses 9 fenced acres at the center of a 60-acre wooded park. Hike with your hound on sandy trails that weave through the woods towards a small pond area, where dogs can paddle easily thanks to the sloping sides and shallow waters. Leashed pups are also allowed on the trails around the rest of the park. Other amenities include benches, water stations and shady places to relax.

Rest up after a day at the dog park at Holiday Inn Express Voorhees Mt. Laurel and grab dinner and a drink on the dog-friendly patio of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

New Mexico

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If you’re sharing a weekend in dog-friendly Santa Fe, it’ll be hard not to spend the entire time exploring Frank S. Ortiz Dog Park, one of the largest dog parks in the country. Spanning 138 acres of New Mexico backcountry, you and your four-legged adventurer can explore miles of trails through arroyos and over sandy hills. Take a break to admire the incredible views across Santa Fe and the surrounding mountain ranges. The park is not fenced, but Fido can roam comfortably on the trails without approaching the outer perimeters.

After exploring every inch of this monster dog park, Fido will need some much needed R and R at the Inn at Vanessie. Canine guests receive treats at check-in and have easy access to all of downtown’s highlights.

New York

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Adventurous Alsatians looking to get off the beaten path will love playing off-leash at Normanskill Farm Dog Park in Albany. This secluded park near a creek offers a wide open field for fetch enthusiasts and a wooded area that will suit pups who enjoy exploring. Humans can kick back on picnic benches under a shade canopy and admire the adorable dogs running wild and free.

Pups can continue the leash-free fun at this pet-friendly Airbnb with a fenced backyard and a nice fire pit area.

North Carolina

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The French Broad River Dog Park in Asheville is a great place for pups of all sizes to play off-leash in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. This completely fenced spot is covered in wood chips for safe play and offers access to fresh water. Beyond the gates, Fido can keep exploring one of Asheville's most beautiful recreation areas, the French Broad River Park, which meanders alongside the tranquil water. Dogs who love to get wet will even find river access, but can stay dry on the open green space dotted with old-growth trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, and places to enjoy a picnic together.

See what all the fuss is about when you reserve your pooch a room at Kimpton Hotel Arras. Four-legged guests receive a welcome bag at check-in, including tasty treats and a tennis ball toy.

North Dakota

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Rainy Days Indoor Dog Park in Fargo is The Peace Garden State’s first indoor play area for dogs. The park has been designed to provide a safe and fun place for pups of all sizes to escape cold winters, hot summers, and rainy days. The canine warehouse is equipped with astroturf, toys, a bubble machine, tunnels, and more to keep mutts entertained for hours. Rainy Days also offers daycare, boarding, and grooming services, as well as daily passes and monthly memberships.

Staying in town? Country Inn & Suites Fargo is an affordable pet-friendly hotel with grassy relief areas and ground floor rooms for guests with pets.


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Four-legged aquanauts flock from miles around to hang out with other water-obsessed pups at Bow Wow Beach in Stow. This 3-acre park has an inviting lake at its center that’s usually full of dogs splashing and dashing. The water is surrounded by stretches of sand that make a great canvas for diggers. Fortunately, there are dog wash stations for cleaning up for when the fun gets a little messy.

Book this lakeside cottage for soothing water views and plenty of green space to explore nearby.


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Five acres of fun await you and your pooch at Edmond Dog Park at Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond. The Sooner State’s premier paw park is divided into separate sections for small and large dogs, both with shady trees, agility equipment, and benches where humans can relax while pups play. Dogs are also free to swim in the shallow lake from safe access points along the shore.

Four-legged guests can sprawl out in the spacious pet-friendly rooms at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oklahoma City North and go for a stroll on the grass that surrounds the hotel.


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Mt. Tabor Park in Portland is nearly 200 acres in total, but the 4-acre fenced space welcomes dogs of all sizes to play off-leash. Fido will love getting back to nature, crawling up steep hills, and weaving through pine trees with other pups at this park just west of downtown. Clip on your pooch’s leash and continue adventuring on walking trails that twist and turn around the rest of the park and stop for lunch at one of the picnic areas. For more fun in the region, check out our pet-friendly guide to Willamette Valley.

Walk back to this light and airy home in Mt. Tabor.


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Beau's Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park in Lancaster is an unforgettable place that’s guaranteed to leave an impression on pups and people alike. Inside the colorful space, canines can race across the 40-foot rollercoaster bridge, socialize in separate areas for small and large dogs, and get wet at splash pads. But the main feature that has won many a pooch’s heart over the years is the tennis ball tree that flings balls in all directions. Humans can enjoy the show from comfortably shaded Adirondack chairs on a whimsically designed deck that resembles a dock on the edge of a lake.

Spend the night in a historic townhome not far from the park, where your pooch can continue to play off-leash in the fenced backyard.

Rhode Island

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South Kingstown Dog Park is a well-maintained and welcoming dog park situated to the west of the Narragansett coastline. This community canine gathering place is designed like a meadow just for mutts with luscious grassy areas, climbing boulders, and sandy spots for digging. When the sun’s shining, pups can catch a breather under the shade trees that border the fence. There’s even a fire hydrant so city dogs feel at home in the countryside. Humans can watch play unfold from comfortable benches that overlook the park.

Your pooch can put her paws up at this cozy cottage set on half an acre nearby. She’ll love sniffing the big garden before a well-earned nap.

South Carolina

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Dog parks with lakes are a hot commodity during the summer months. James Island County Park in Charleston is home to a fenced space with three beaches on the banks of an inviting lake. If Fido prefers to stay dry, he can romp in the 4-acre meadow, then walk the paved pathway that surrounds the lake and watch wet dogs shake water all over their unwitting owners. Afterwards, take a tour of the rest of the park’s trails with your leashed pooch.

Crash with your Corgi at this light and airy home within walking distance of James Island County Park and close to the dog-friendly attractions of Charleston.

South Dakota

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Bring your four-legged family members to Family Park Dog Park to meet distant cousins on the grassy hills that dominate the landscape. Located west of Sioux Falls, this 3-acre, fenced play area in the countryside makes a great pitstop on a pet-friendly road trip through The Mount Rushmore State. Inside the fenced area, you and your pooch will find walkways, open space, shade structures, drinking fountains, dog wash stations, and natural dog play features like tunnels and logs for climbing. Dogs are also allowed in the northeastern section of Family Park, where there are approximately twenty-two acres of open space commonly utilized for dog training.

Take time out from fetch at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sioux Falls. This affordable hotel has a grassy relief area outside for convenient bathroom breaks.


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The Outback at Shelby Farms Park on the outskirts of Memphis lives up to its name by providing visitors with 100 acres of backcountry to explore off-leash. This incredibly diverse farm boasts huge fields, winding trails, and ponds. Pups who are prone to muddy paws can clean up at the wash station and rehydrate at the water fountain. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the rest of the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, too. Frequent visitors to the attraction can honor best friends with dog tags or paver stones that are placed permanently in the park.

This modern home near Shelby Farms has a fenced backyard and hardwood floors, which makes it “pawfect” for packs with more in the tank for round two.


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ZBonz Dog Park is built on the former site of the Z. Boaz Golf Course in Fort Worth. The park’s former life can still be seen in the rolling grassy hills and two water obstacles, which are now used as epic fetch spots and swimming ponds for visiting pups to take a plunge. This 10-acre park is divided into separate sections for small and large canines, and both contain agility equipment, benches, and shelters. Dog owners can clean off paws in the washing stations provided before leaving the park.

Conveniently located off the interstate and near the park entrance, La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Worth West I-30 welcomes dogs of all sizes to stay in a variety of rooms with access to a grassy relief area outside.


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Does your dog love to paddle in a pet-friendly swimming hole? Tanner Park in Salt Lake City offers a couple of cool swimming spots where pups can take a dip. The 10-acre park near Parley’s Canyon has a river and several nature trails where furry friends can run and splash off-leash. Be sure to hike Parley's Historic Nature Park Trail Loop, a dog-friendly trail that cuts through the dog park and is suitable for all skill levels.

Book a stay at this pretty little house nearby, where pups can find entertainment in the fenced backyard and humans at the pool table.


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Mills Riverside Park in Jericho invites dogs to play on- and off-leash across 216 acres of meadow and wooded hillside. Keep your pup leashed in the parking area and on trails until you reach the designated off-leash area, which encompasses grassy fields for fetch, woodland pathways, and access to Browns River. Let your pooch paddle in the shallow, refreshing water and meet other frollicking furballs. Elsewhere in the park, hunt down the historic covered bridge, stop for a picnic in a shelter, and enjoy stunning views of Mt. Mansfield.

Farmhounds will love a weekend away at this pet-friendly guesthouse on a farm. Visitors are greeted by spectacular views of open farmland and are free to explore the 200-acre property with their leashed pup in tow.


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Sociable Saint Bernards will relish a visit to Shirlington Dog Park in Arlington. This popular hangout is often full of bounding Boxers and leaping Labradors looking for new friends to sniff and play with. Consisting of a quarter mile shaded pathway, you and your pooch will feel like you're walking through a regular city park, except there’s no need for a leash on this fenced stretch. The park’s crowning feature is a creek with sloped sides for easy access and rocks for scrambling on.

For a relaxing stay just a half-mile away, book a deluxe room for two at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. Spacious rooms and a grassy relief area make it a hit among canine guests.


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Marymoor Park in Redmond is known locally as “Doggy Disneyland,” and when you visit this 40-acre park you’ll understand why. You’ll find the best of both worlds: places to hang out and play for dogs who love to make new friends, and secluded spots for pups who prefer their own space. Woodchip trails weave around this countryside park underneath shade trees and through open fields. Fido can take the steps down to one of the water holes if he wants to cool off. Good boys and girls can be rewarded with a treat from Seattle Barkery, a food truck for dogs that has been known to make regular stops around Marymoor Park.

Does your dog have lofty ambitions? This airy Airbnb with hardwood floors is just a short walk from the park and is on the ground floor for easy access to outside.

West Virginia

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Located off the Buckhannon Riverwalk Trail, Buckhannon Dog Park has been revamped to meet the highest of canine standards. Inside the fenced space, dogs can rehydrate at an awesome water station that has been designed to look like a fire hydrant, and run through a tunnel that’s been turned into a dog. Small pups can play quietly next door in their own section, while bigger pooches bounce around the main park. Shade trees have been planted on both sides, plus there are benches for humans to sit at and enjoy the fun.

For an affordable stay, look no further than Centennial Motel. Fido can stay for free at this welcoming motel within walking distance of the dog park.


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Kaukauna Dog Park encompasses 13 acres with three grassy areas to explore. In addition to a small dog section, the park contains a large fenced space with fields to run in, and a separate fenced-in pond for doggie paddlers. Get your steps in by walking Fido on the trail around the pond, or take a seat at one of the benches that overlook the water. Dogs who prefer an evening stroll can still enjoy the park thanks to the well-lit trails.

Planning an RV camping trip with your canine? Book a site at Apple Creek Campground and take Fido on a woodland walk next to a creek.


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Bitter Creek Bark Park in Rock Springs is the number one dog park in The Equality State. Featuring grass banks that slope into a canine-friendly pond, sunken tunnels to race through, and a separate area for small pups to play safely, this welcoming park just off I-80 is an ideal place to make a pit-stop during a road trip. Beat the heat underneath shade trees that line the fence and casually stroll around the gravel pathway that surrounds the park.

Once Fido has stretched his legs, check-in to Hampton Inn Rock Springs, just a short walk from the park. Four-legged guests receive treats at check-in and have access to a grassy relief area outside.

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Banner photo by Mathew Smith on Unsplash.