Exercise is an integral part of everyone’s day, and our dogs are no different. The challenge to provide your dog a safe place to play and socialize has been made easier with the growth of dedicated dog parks across the United States. While there are almost 700 dog parks spread from coast to coast, here is a list of ten that are top-rated and waiting to entertain your pup:
Pilgrim Bark Park – Provincetown, MA: Located in Cape Cod, Pilgrim Bark Park is a one-acre canine playground. Don’t worry if your dog is smaller than most; the park has a special section for dogs that weigh less than 25 lbs. Your pup can run free and socialize with other dogs while you appreciate the various works of art, such as the Whale Tale sculpture, in the area. Local artists provide the art in the “Art in the Park” area.
Timber Creek Dog Park – Blackwood, NJ: This unique 9-acre dog park resides within a 60-acre forest and offers a playground area, numerous nature trails, a leash park, and an outdoor amphitheater.
Beneful Dream Dog Park – Alabaster, AL: This dog park is a dream for any dog that is interested in playing on a turf field with tunnels and water splash pads. It also offer a section for small dogs that weigh under 35 lbs. DIY Network star Jason Cameron assisted with the design of the park, which cost $500,000 to complete.
Shaggy Pines Dog Park – Ada, MI: Shaggy Pines Dog Park, near Grand Rapids, MI, is a beautiful park built on 20 acres of land. Your water-loving dog will enjoy a swimming pool, and your diggers will enjoy Doggy Mountain, a large sand pile which enables dogs to dig and bury their toys.
Jackson Bark – Chicago, IL: Named after Jackson Park in Chicago, Jackson Bark is fantastic reuse of four abandoned tennis courts, which utilizes 90 percent recycled material. The 2,500-square-foot space contains tunnels, a pool, and an obstacle course for those dogs that want to show off their agility.
Millie Bush Dog Park – Houston, TX: The Millie Bush Dog Park is named after the former president’s beloved late Springer Spaniel. This award-winning park, covering 15 acres, offers fake fire hydrants and three human-made swimming ponds (one dedicated for smaller dogs only).
Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park – Iowa City, IA: Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park in Iowa is 11 acres of dog fun complete with separate areas for small dogs, general play, and training. The highlight of this dog park is a 15-foot deep pond, named “Lily’s Pond” that has a dock that dogs can use to catch air as they dive into the water.
Bear Creek Dog Park – Colorado Springs, CO: Bear Creek Dog Park, located in Bear Creek Regional Park, sees 100,000 visitors a year. The park is 25 acres of trails, cooling pools, and an Agility Training Area that was installed in 2014. The park also offers a dog washing area for those times when your dog is drawn to playing in the mud.
Point Isabel Regional Shoreline – Richmond, CA: With a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Isabel Regional Shoreline provides a beautiful location for you and your best buddy. Within the 25 acres, there is access to the water along the shoreline and plenty of room for playing ball. Expect a crowd; Point Isabel sees 1 million visitors each year, most with their dogs! Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub provides dog washing and the Sit & Stay Café offers drinks and food for your dog’s best friend.
Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-leash Area – Seattle, WA: Another beautiful location for a dog park, Magnuson Park, sits on nine acres along Lake Washington. The park offers a large, flat play area as well as many smaller ones and winding trails to explore. If your dog is smaller or shy – do not worry. The park has designated areas so that your dog can enjoy their day at the park too.