Activities For Dogs In Indiana On Nice Days

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Introduction

Indiana is full of interesting and beautiful places to explore with your fur babies. There are parks, forests, lakes, and more and it's all within a tank's worth of gas of most Hoosiers. Why not pack up your dogs and head out to explore Indiana? There's guaranteed to be a good time for all. Whether you like to walk, hike, antique, or flea market, you'll find you have numerous choices in Indiana. Pick a sunny day and enjoy the natural beauty of the state and get in some quality time spent with your dogs. You'll soon discover there's more than corn in Indiana!

Visit Shipshewana

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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2 - 5 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Waste Pick Up Bags
Leash
Activity description
Shipshewana is a unique place. It's home to the third largest Amish community in America and also hosts the Midwest's largest flea market. It's a small town that offers excellent food, shopping, and Hoosier hospitality. Plan on spending at least a day because there's so much to see and do here. The whole family will enjoying visiting Amish stores and seeing horse and buggies traveling the roads. It's like a step back in time. Charming is a good word to describe the Shipshewana area. You'll love the casual atmosphere and enjoy having your four-legged buddy with you for the adventure.
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Visit the flea market and auction
This is the largest flea market in the Midwest. You'll find loads of booths selling everything from homemade jams and jellies to beautiful handcrafted quilts and furniture. Your dog is welcome but must be kept on a leash and, of course, it's your responsibility to clean up after your pooch. You'll even find booths selling homemade natural dog treats that will win your fur baby's approval.The auctions are exciting and fast paced. The quick patter of the auctioneers are almost hypnotic.as you watch them take bids on everything from cast iron skillets to antique tractors. If you like flea markets, you'll love Shipshewana. The flea market is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through September, and some holidays.
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Immerse in Amish culture
Appreciate the simple life that the Amish live. Enjoy delicious Amish-style meals or visit a working Amish farm. Discover home businesses where you can buy handcrafted furniture, home baked goods, or handmade toys. Travel one of the "Most Scenic Drives" named by Life editors, and visit 19 large gardens and see 21 hand painted murals along the 90 mile stretch. Your dog will love riding shotgun as you explore this soothing experience. Oh, and don't forget to take a ride in a real Amish horse and buggy.
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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Bags for Waste Pick Up
Leash no longer than 6 foot
Activity description
This is a spectacular 15,000 acres of dunes, marshes, swamps, prairies, oak savannas, rivers, forests, and lake shores. While you're here you can also visit Indiana Dunes State Park where you can wonder at giant sand dunes that have taken thousands of years to form. Some of them stretch to 200 feet over the lake. It truly is a place of awe and beauty. This area along the south shore of Lake Michigan is a lot like visiting the ocean without the salt and sharks. The water expands beyond the horizon and offers the perfect course for boats of all sizes. Whether you prefer hiking, bird watching, or water sports, you'll find your choice of activities here.
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Explore the shore
Walking the endless beaches along the south shore of Lake Michigan is almost magical. The sound of the waves, the fascinating rocks and shells, and the call of the birds all meld together to make a landscape that is breath taking. The shore runs from Gary to Michigan City, Indiana. Dogs are welcome on all beaches from Komil Beach east. Just remember your dog must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet.
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Explore nature
It may be in an urban setting, but Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is filled with diverse natural resources There are hundreds of animal species native to the area and 350+ types of birds live here. More than 1100 flowering species and ferns can be found thriving in the region. Take advantage of the great photo opportunities that you'll find during your visit here.
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Camping with your canine
The midnight sky sprinkled with stars, a sweet breeze, and a glowing campfire. It sounds like the perfect setting for a memorable experience, doesn't it? Camping at Indian Dunes National Lakeshore offers a variety of experiences. Tent camping, RV spaces, or cabins are all available for your pleasure. At most sites you'll have beach access, hiking trails, clean restrooms, and playgrounds. Go camping and get ready to make some memories.
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Walk The Monon Trail

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Good walking shoes
Activity description
For those of you who like to take a scenic walk, this rail trail is the perfect location. You'll find it easiest by visiting Broad Ripple, an eclectic village in northern Indianapolis. The village itself is filled with unique shops and restaurants and there is convenient parking so you can access the trail. The trail is blacktopped so it's easy to walk or bike on and it takes you along an unused rail line that has been converted to this excellent trail for community use. You'll find bikers, walkers, joggers, and explorers actively use this trail. People are friendly; some are 'plugged in' and into their technology, so it's a great way to for you and your canine pal to spend some time communing with nature and enjoying a large portion of doggie-an-me time.
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Safety first
The trail is wide and spacious but is somewhat heavily traveled. You'll want to keep your pooch safe on a real leash, not a retractable one. If little Fluffy is 20 feet away from you, you may not have time to save your pup from a wayward bicyclist. A six-foot leash is long enough. That way you know your dog will be safe while you're enjoying the scenic walkway.
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Stretch your legs
The scenery along the Monon Trail varies depending on which part of the trail you're on. Many areas offer pleasant shade to keep you cool on sunny days. You can keep track of how far you walk because the trail is clearly marked with mile markers for your convenience. Best of all, poop bags and trash cans are provided. You'll find that in summer, you will even discover the occasional Porta Potty for human needs.
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Visit the eateries
You'll find a variety of dog-friendly eating places to enjoy great food and drink. There are lots of places to get refreshments to keep you pumped up and ready to go on. Some of the stores welcome dogs as well. This is a great dog-friendly community to be a part of.
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Visit Indiana State Parks

There are a number of scenic state parks that offer camping, hiking, gorgeous scenery and beautiful waterfalls. Both you and your dog will be in paradise in Indiana.

Go Fishing

There are many rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in Indiana. You'll find a bevy of fish in the waters, including bass, blue gill, and catfish. Your dog will love being outside with you.

Conclusion

Indiana is definitely a dog friendly state that offers a variety of activities for you and your fur babies.Whether you live here or are just visiting, you'll enjoy the rolling hills, lakes and prairies of the Hoosier state. The scenery is varied and you'll enjoy plenty of Hoosier hospitality wherever you go.