New Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Attractions: May 2021

Posted by Billy Francis

From lakeside martinis with your Malinois to a Weenie-tini for your wiener dog, make hay in May and pay a visit to these awesome dog parks and pet-friendly attractions opening their doors for the first time.

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Boozehounds opened on April 27 and instantly became one of Palm Springs’ hippest pet-friendly hangouts. Born from a love of dogs, the three “dogsessed” owners understand the midday heat out west can make hanging outside with Fido unbearable (and even unsafe). The expansive, shady patio at Boozehounds is designed to be inviting at all hours. Serving up a California coastal menu with a Japanese influence, there’s something for every diner. Fido can sample treats like the Weenie-tini (a chicken broth dish with whipped cream and dog treats crumbled on top), chicken and beef bowls, and a range of snacks. Reservations for pet-friendly seating is available, and guests dining with pups can enter through the "Doggy Door."


Buffalo, NY
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Barkology is Buffalo’s first dog park and bar combo. Whatever the weather outside, “stop, sit and sip” with your best friend at this beautiful new facility. The venue includes a fenced dog park inside for drizzly days and an outdoor area for fun in the sun. Grab a beer, cocktail or glass of wine from the bar and watch your pooch in her element - with a bucket full of tennis balls. Day passes are $10, monthly passes are $30 and annual passes are $225. Barkology also offers doggy daycare and birthday party packages for $45.

The Marina Lodge

Fairmont, MT
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Leashed pets are welcome to join their well-behaved owners on the beautiful lakeside patio at The Marina Lodge. Reopening this May after major refurbishment, the locally owned beer garden and restaurant on the shores of Lake Sisseton is an inviting place to relax with your best friend after a game of fetch at nearby Fairmont Dog Park. If the allure of the water is too strong for Fido to resist, rent a canoe from The Marina Lodge and go for an adventure on the lake together after your meal.

Hardeeville Dog Park

Hardeeville, SC
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There was a collective sigh of relief among the crowd gathered at Hardeeville Dog Park ribbon-cutting ceremony in late April. The fenced area has taken two years to come to fruition, but for the four-legged residents of this South Carolina town, it was worth the wait. Divided into small and large areas, with one designated for senior dogs ages 7 and older, there’s a place for every pup to play. Dog owners can chill on benches under a canopy on sunny days, and furry friends can rehydrate at the water fountain.

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Photo by @oaklynnandguinness

Swap the backyard for the Bark Yard! This new off-leash dog park, bar and doggie daycare in Springfield, MO, will have Fido begging for a visit. Bark Yard’s 3.5-acre off-leash space is divided into sections for small and large dogs, both equipped with bridges, tunnels and a variety of cool agility equipment. Day passes are $10, monthly passes are $21 and annual passes are $230. Leashed dogs with no memberships can join their owners on the pet-friendly patio at the bar, which offers a full menu of food, beer and wine. Bark Yard also has a separate area away from the dog park for dog boarding and daycare.

Prairie Creek Park

Frankfort, IN
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Downtown Frankfort is getting a facelift with the addition of Prairie Creek Park. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 22 marks the park's official opening to the community and celebrates the local business donors who have helped make it a reality. Leashed dogs are allowed to join their owners at this community gathering space that includes a splash pad, event center, beer garden and amphitheater.

Golden Road Vineyards

State Road, NC
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Golden Road Vineyards is under new ownership and, fortunately for Fido, they love dogs! Reopening the doors to wine connoisseurs on May 7, your pooch is always welcome to join you around the sunken fire pits for exceptional views across this North Carolina vineyard. Join the new pack for wonderful wines with your pup by your side at Dog Days in the Vineyard at Golden Road Vineyards. During the event, canines can take part in a vineyard photoshoot and join other pups on a group walk around the vines. Surry Animal Rescue will also be in attendance with adoptable dogs. Top it all off with a Doggie Sundae from Patty & the Dogs food truck.

Shaw Family Park

Springdale, AR
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Shaw Family Park is Springdale’s newest outdoor recreation space. This sprawling, 120-acre park includes two playgrounds, tennis courts, a splash pad, a fitness area, and most importantly, a new dog park. The large fenced area has been lovingly designed to keep Fido entertained for hours with A-frames, podiums, bridges and other fun agility equipment.

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

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