It’s a brand new year, and pet-friendly attractions are opening their doggy doors for the very first time across the country. Whether Fido wants to make a fresh start on a new trail or keep you company while you raise a toast to 2021, there’s something for everyone on this “pawsome” list of new January openings.
Posted by Billy Francis
The Pack Indoor Dog Park
Michigan’s first indoor dog park officially began “letting the dogs out” on January 4. Located in Comstock Park, The Pack Indoor Dog Park offers the local canine community respite from the Great Lake State’s chilly winters with a year-round, climate controlled recreation space. Fido can even stay and play all day with the facility’s daycare option. While he’s distracted by the other pups, grab a bite to eat from the kitchen and dine indoors or outside on the patio. The facility also features a fenced outdoor space for dogs who like fresh air. Tiffany’s Pet Spot down the road will be happy to fix wayward hairdos at the end of a day of “ruff-housing.” Grab a five-visit punch card for just $30, annual membership for $200, or opt for daycare at $30 per day.
Grasslands Regional Park Dog Park
Grasslands Regional Park provides 320 acres of natural habitat for Burrowing owls, Swainson's hawks and other rare and endangered species. This January, they’re inviting a more common creature to hang out at their brand new dog park and take a walk on the pet-friendly trail, too. The new trail system is a working landscape with views of upland grasses and native wildflowers. Don’t forget to keep your dog on a leash while on the trail, as sheep who help manage the grasslands can be skittish. You can release Fido at the 10-acre fenced park that runs adjacent to the trail. Made up of natural grasslands among rows of oak trees, this recreation area will take your pooch back to his wild roots.
Death Ridge Brewery
Don’t let the name fool you, Death Ridge Brewery is actually a warm and welcoming spot in the Virginia countryside where you can spend an afternoon with your best friend. Historians will be interested to know that the brewery itself was once home to a campsite during the Civil War, and many relics have been found all over the surrounding fields from soldiers passing through. Leashed, friendly pets are always welcome to roam with their owners around the expansive property to see if they can sniff out any artifacts. Dogs are also invited to play off-leash at the brewery’s fenced Grrowler Park. While you rehydrate with a tasty brew, Fido can enjoy fresh water from self-filling stainless steel water bowls on each side of the building.
The Empire Trail
Officially completed on the last day of 2020, New York’s Empire Trail is now the longest, statewide, multi-use trail in the country. The 750-mile pathway welcomes dog walkers of all ages to rediscover the Empire State’s bustling city centers, quaint villages and hidden gems from New York City to Buffalo, and beyond. Wherever you are in the state of New York, hop on the Empire Trail with your best friend and strut into 2021 together.
Kinship Brewing Company
Located alongside the Raccoon River Valley Trail, Kinship Brewing Company is the official hotspot in snowy Waukee this January. After a stroll along a section of the 89-mile trail through rural Iowa, you’ll have earned yourself a pint at this brand new brewery that offers a variety of seasonal, recurring and delectable pours. If your pooch is tired of her leash, let her loose at the half-acre, fenced dog park on the premises that features tunnels, mounds and more. They’ll even bring your pint to you in the park!
PG&Js Dog Park Bar
PG&Js Dog Park Bar comes to Louisville on January 19. The first dog park bar in the area invites you to sit, sip and stay while your pup runs freely in the 8,000-square-foot open space. Remote workers can get out of the house, log onto the complimentary Wi-Fi and enjoy a coffee or something stronger while pups play. Become a Founding ForePAWther for a membership fee of $199.95 and receive unlimited park access for one year, complimentary coffee once a month, an engraved bone with your pup’s name on it, a T-shirt, VIP access to events, and more. As an added incentive to pay them a visit, a portion of every dollar spent is donated to local pet charities.