New Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Attractions: April 2021

Posted by Billy Francis

Fido’s bound to have a spring in his step as he explores what’s new and fresh this month. April showers bring May flowers, and a host of dog parks and attractions opening their doors to canine customers!

West Haven Dog Park

West Haven, CT
Making friends at the hip new spot in town. Photo by City Photos/Michael P. Walsh

West Haven Dog Park has been moved to Veterans Memorial Park. Officially opened on March 27, the new, bigger location has been lovingly transformed into two separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. Each area is equipped with running water for rehydrating after intense games of fetch, an enticing fire hydrant and two tunnels for crawling through and leaping over. Dog owners can watch their pups enjoying the new space from the comfort of picnic benches within the fenced space.

Fargo Brewing Taproom

Fargo, ND
Enjoy a brew with your best bud. Photo by @fargobrewing

Fargo Brewing Company hit the headlines when they slapped photos of adoptable pups on the front of their lagers to help find them forever homes. Any company that goes above and beyond for rescue pups deserves a shoutout! Without further ado, Fargo Brewing Taproom is rolling out the barrels and tapping the kegs for the very first time on April 20. The much-loved local brewery’s first taproom is set to be a great place to hang out with your pooch and grab a brew.

Modern Companion Pet Boutique

Chapin, SC
“I support small businesses even though I’m a medium-sized dog!” Photo by @i_am_thebarkman

Does your dapper dog like putting on his finest gear when he attends events? After dressing the nation’s canine community at more than 60 separate small business locations, Modern Companion Pet Boutique has tied its own leash to a permanent brick and mortar store in Chapin, SC. The ribbon-cutting event took place on March 27, which means the doors are now open for shoppers to sniff out the suavest bow ties, scarves, and collars for pups, plus t-shirts, stickers, scrunchies and more for their companions.

SoFa Dog Park

San Jose, CA
"SoFa, so good!" Photo by

Located within a new pocket park in the heart of San Jose’s artsy SoFa district, SoFa Dog Park is a welcome new addition for dogs and their owners. The hip doggy destination is brought to you by the San Jose Downtown Association and features separate play areas for big and small dogs, artificial turf for all-weather play, benches, waste stations, and water bowls. The fenced recreation space will be neighbored by a Demonstration Garden, set to open in late spring with planters and a farm-stand where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables for your canine kitchen concoctions. Keep an eye out for visiting food trucks during pop-up events like the ribbon-cutting ceremony penciled to take place this April.

Cool Beans Cafe

San Antonio, TX
Pancakes and pupsicles? Yes, please! Photo by

As soon as its first pancake charcuterie board was plated, the buzz about Cool Beans Cafe began. The hippest new coffee shop in San Antonio doesn’t just make delicious delights for humans. While you sample the famous pancakes, sandwiches or pizzettes, Fido can dig into a personal pup charcuterie board washed down with a Bowser Beer and a refreshing pupsicle for dessert. In the unlikely event that he’s not feeling famished, order a single dog treat or grab branded swag instead, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local animal rescue organizations.

Vaulted Oak Brewing

Charlotte, NC
“I was banking on this place being cool.” Photo by

Raise your paws and grab a brew at Vaulted Oak Brewing in Charlotte, NC. Located in an old bank, this cool new brewery makes clever use of its former occupant’s features. Note the huge vault door, the bank safes inside the taproom (just decorative for now), and the drive-up teller, which has been converted into a patio with a walk-up window. Fido won’t have to pull off a heist to gain access to this pet-friendly brewery. Grab a dark beer or IPA and chill in Echo Hill’s newest hangout with your partner in crime for company.

Warren Dog Park

Warren, RI
Fido can run freely around this grassy space. Photo by

The historic town of Warren, RI, is getting a new place for dogs to play safely off-leash. Warren Dog Park will be divided into a small and large section and is set on a nice lawn, ideal for a game of fetch. Fido can be one of the first lucky pups to inaugurate it at the Warren Dog Park Grand Opening on April 10. The ribbon cutting is set to be a four-legged bonanza with vendors, food, games and more. If you want to contribute to the dog park and honor a loved one, contact them directly to dedicate a memorial path, bench or agility structure. After your visit, swing by nearby Chomp Kitchen and Drinks to refuel with a burger on the pet-friendly patio.

Do you know any new dog parks and pet-friendly attractions? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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