Activities For Dogs In Kentucky On Nice Days

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Introduction

Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State" because of the bluegrass that grows in many of the state's pastures as a result of the fertile soil. The state has a diverse environment that includes the world's longest cave system and navigable waterways and streams that are the longest in the contiguous United States. Offering plenty of natural resources as well, as it is no surprise that Kentucky has plenty for you and your pup to enjoy together on a nice day. You will find it fairly simple to spend time with your pup outdoors in Kentucky, where both you and your pooch can take advantage of a beautiful day.

Kentucky Horse Park

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description

Located in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is focused on sharing the love Kentucky has for the horse with the world. Annually, the park will host almost one million visitors as well as 19,000 competition horses. The park is in part a working horse farm, educational theme park, equine competition facility and equine office park located on over 1200 acres in the Kentucky Bluegrass region. Visitors can see different breeds of horses at work and at play, can see equine presentations, take a horse-drawn tour, go horseback riding and visit three different museums. Leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of the Kentucky Horse Park so bring your canine companion with you for the experience!

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Plan your visit
It is easy to plan a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, which is open from 9 am until 5 pm. You can visit the park's website to learn more about what the park offers (including special events) so that you can best plan how much time you believe you would like to visit for and whether one particular day is better than another. After having an idea of how long you think you and your pooch will enjoy the park, you can then plan what time you would like to get there and consider how far away you are coming from. Allow yourself plenty of time; the Kentucky Horse Park has a lot to explore!
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Pack for fun
When visiting the Kentucky Horse Park, there are a few items that you will definitely need to bring. Make sure you have your pup's leash, as it is required that they remain on-leash while visiting the park. Waste bags are also important so that you can clean up any messes that your pup makes. Bring along some treats as well; they will make good distractions if needed. Anything else that you decide to bring will depend in part on the weather; if there is any rain or cooler temperatures in the forecast, make sure to bring appropriate gear.
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Have fun exploring with your pup
You and your pup will likely have a blast exploring the Kentucky Horse Park together. Allow your pup the time to take in the sights and smells of the park while you both enjoy being out in the fresh air. You and your dog can check out any special events, watch shows or simply view beautiful horses. The park will have plenty to hold the interest of you and your pup, offering the opportunity to make the most of a nice day in the state.
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Kayaking Adventure

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Sunny Day
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Life Jacket
Treats
Activity description

When it's a nice day in Kentucky, why not take your dog on a little adventure in the water? Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak in Louisville has rentals available by the hour, and dogs are allowed on the watercraft. Owners are asked to use their judgment about their dog; if you have a concern about your dog's ability to swim, make sure to bring a dog life vest. After renting a kayak, you and your pup can spend time together on the water, relaxing in the sun and taking in some fresh air. If your pup is new to the water, make sure to bring some treats along in case they need encouragement!

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Plan your trip
If you believe your pup may enjoy some time on the water, planning some time kayaking is an excellent way to spend a nice day. Blue Moon Kayak and Canoe is open from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and appointments can be made on weekdays during those same hours. Especially if you are looking to go on a weekday, it is necessary to plan ahead and have an appointment scheduled for your rental. The last put-in time is at 2 pm, so make sure to keep that in mind when planning!
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Pack the essentials
As you get ready for your kayaking adventure, make sure to bring what you need. A leash is necessary to get your pup safely from the car to the kayak (though be sure not to tie your pup to the kayak as they could become trapped if the boat flips). If your dog has not proven to be a strong swimmer, bring along a canine life jacket in order to ensure their safety. Particularly for pups who have not been kayaking, bringing some treats can be helpful and may motivate them to get onto the kayak. Check the weather forecast before you go to make sure that you have appropriate clothing for your journey!
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Venture out on the water
Once you have your kayak, you can ask any questions that you have about kayaking, safety, and the water where you will be paddling. Once out on the water, remember to take your time and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Your pooch will likely enjoy the cool breeze blowing through their fur as well as the time spent with their person. Both of you will appreciate the chance to be outdoors on a nice day in Kentucky!
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John James Audubon State Park

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Sunny Day
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Easy
1- 2 hrs
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Water and Bowl
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description

When the weather is nice in Kentucky, you can take advantage of the beautiful day by spending time at the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. The park includes opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, birdwatching and picnicking, offering plenty for you and your pup to do together. Make sure to give your pal the time to take in the new sights, smells and sounds that the park offers. Dogs must be on-leash when at the park for their safety and the safety of others, and be sure to clean up any mess that your pooch makes. 

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Come up with a plan
If the opportunities at John James Audubon State Park sound like ones that you and your pup would enjoy, the first thing for you to do is to plan a visit there. Visiting the website for the park will provide you with plenty of information about the activities that are available. Consider the activity level of you and your furry adventurer as well as what you would like to engage in together and make sure you plan to be at the park long enough to do all that you would like, or plan to make several visits so that you can do something different each time you are there.
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Decide on supplies
Some things you will need to have along with you no matter what your plan for your time at the park. For example, you will definitely want to bring your pup's leash as well as waste bags. If you are thinking of going out on a boat, you might want to bring along a dog life jacket. If you are planning a hike, be sure to bring water and a bowl so that. your pup can remain hydrated. Be sure to check on the weather forecast; if rain is anticipated, you can bring a rain jacket to keep dry while outdoors.
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Outdoor adventure time!
You have planned and you have packed...now it is time for you and your pup to have some fun and enjoy the nice day! Upon arriving at the park you and your dog can head toward the activity of your choosing and get started. Hold on to your dog's leash while you both explore; as the park is great for bird watching you may find that your dog is very interested in their surroundings! Enjoy the fresh air and the sights as you and your buddy explore the park.
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Sample Wine at Purple Toad Winery

When looking to relax and enjoy a nice day in Kentucky with your pup, why not sample some wine at the Purple Toad Winery? The winery has outdoor tables that welcome canine companions and you and your furry friend can relax while you sample Kentucky wine. You can try traditional Cabernet or Chardonnay varietals, or try Purple Toad's blackberry or chocolate strawberry wines. The winery is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 am through 6:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm. A visit to the winery is a great way to relax after an outdoor adventure with your pup!

Visit Green River Lake State Park

Green River Lake State Park, in Campbellsville, Kentucky, offers plenty of opportunity for adventure. There are over 28 miles of hiking trails from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the wilderness and the 8200-acre lake, and you may even catch a glimpse of deer or other wildlife. Your dog is welcome to join you on your adventure; just make sure that they remain on-leash. Bring waste bags along so that you can clean up after your pup, as well as water so that you can be sure your pooch remains hydrated.

Visit Dinosaur World

Located in Cave City, Kentucky, Dinosaur World is an outdoor museum that provides visitors an up-close experience with dinosaurs with hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs in a natural setting. Life-sized models of the creatures provide perspective on just how large the dinosaurs were. You and your pup can come to learn more about the creatures, have fun or see new sights while enjoying a beautiful day. Your dog will appreciate the chance to take in different scents and spend time with their person while you learn through interactive exhibits. Water stations are even available so that your companion can remain hydrated.

Conclusion

The state of Kentucky has a lot to offer humans and their canine pals and when the weather is nice in the state, you will have no problem finding ways to get outdoors and enjoy it. There are many parks to explore that offer recreation on land and on water, which will provide plenty of activity for you and your pup. The state also is home to other outdoor opportunity options where you and your dog can appreciate the nice weather while learning or even sampling wine. No matter the activity level of you and your pup, you will find plenty of ways to meet those needs in the state of Kentucky.