Activities For Dogs In Missouri On Nice Days

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Introduction

On a beautiful day in Missouri, there is no question that you and your pup will be eager to get outside and take full advantage of the nice weather. Of course, in order to do so, you will need some ideas of things that you and your pup can do together in the state. Fortunately, this should not be difficult; the southern part of the state includes the Ozark's and the state's eastern border is the Mississippi River, both of which offer recreation for you and your pup. That is not all you can find in the state, though; read on for some great ways to spend a nice day in Missouri with your best pal!

Table Rock State Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Water and Bowl
Activity description

Located in Branson, Missouri, Table Rock State Park offers plenty of activities to keep people and their pups busy. Campgrounds are available in the park, meaning that you don't even have to leave for the night, but can spend the day, wake up, and continue your outdoor adventures. The park offers numerous nature trails and visitors can go boating (rentals are available), fishing, biking and swimming, as well as relaxing and having a picnic. With plenty of things to do, the park is a great place to visit regardless of your (and your pup's) activity level. Take full advantage of a nice day in Missouri by taking your pup for a visit to Table Rock State Park.

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Make a plan...or just arrive
If visiting Table Rock State Park sounds like a good way to spend the day with your pup, you can choose to plan ahead for your visit, perhaps reserving a campsite or a picnic spot, or you can just visit on a nice day, ready for some outdoor time with your pup. If planning to camp, keep in mind that there is a two dog limit per campsite unless you obtain an exemption in advance from the park service. All sorts of rentals are available at the marina; if you are doing some planning before your visit, consider what activities you would like to do with your pup to be sure that you have enough time at the park to engage in all that you choose!
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Decide what to bring
There are some things that you will want to have along on your visit to Table Rock State Park. A leash for your pup is a must, so that you can ensure their safety. If you plan on any water activities and your dog's swimming ability is questionable, bring a dog life vest. Waste bags are also necessary so you can clean up any mess left by your pooch. Particularly if you plan to embark on some hiking, bring water and a water bowl so that your dog can stay hydrated. Treats are always good to have and make excellent distractions should you encounter other dogs or animals that you need to direct your pup's attention from. Anything else you decide to bring will depend on your plans while at the park, as well as the weather conditions you anticipate.
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Enjoy the park
Once you have what you need, you and your pup can head to the park. Take full advantage of the nice weather by enjoying walks throughout the park or lounging on a picnic blanket taking in the sights. Your canine companion can take in the new and interesting smells that they encounter while also getting some exercise and spending time with their favorite person (you!).
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Explore Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 - 2 hrs
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Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Water and Bowl
Activity description
If you are looking for a different way to spend a nice day in Missouri, check out Laumeier Sculpture Park. Located in Saint Louis, the park includes 60 large-scale outdoor sculptures in a 105-acre park. There is no cost to visit and the park is open year-round, unless there is a special event. Dogs are welcome to join their people as long as they are on their leash and any mess that they make is picked up. Some special events do not allow dogs so if you are planning to attend an event with your pooch, check to be sure it is okay for them to accompany you. You and your pup will enjoy the nice weather while also getting to see some art when you visit the Laumeier Sculpture Park.
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Come up with a plan
One of the benefits of visiting the Laumeier Sculpture Park is that minimal planning is required. When you wake up to nice weather, it is a destination you can immediately consider. Whether or not you are planning ahead for your visit, you will want to check on whether there are any special events being held at the park. While the park is open year-round, during special events, the park may be closed or dogs may not be allowed.
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Consider what to bring
Not much will be needed when you visit Laumeier Sculpture Park. Since your pup will need to be on their leash while visiting the park, it is imperative that you have that along with you. The leash will also help you ensure your dog's safety on the way from your car and into the park. Waste bags are also necessary so that you can clean up after your pup and keep the sculpture park clean for other visitors. It will also be helpful to bring along a few treats; when encountering other dogs or people, you pup may need a distraction, which the treat will offer. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you leave so you can bring any items that may be helpful, like a sweater or rain jacket.
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Check out the park
Upon arriving at Laumeier Sculpture Park, you and your pup can begin to explore the unique sculptures throughout. This is a self-paced adventure, which makes it ideal for people and their pups at all activity levels. You and your pooch can take in the new sights, sounds and smells that the park offers while spending quality time together. A visit to the Laumeier Sculpture Park is a great way for you and your canine companion to take advantage of a beautiful day in Missouri.
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Dog Park Fun

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Free
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1 - 2 hrs
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Leash
Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Treats
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description
Spending time at a dog park is always a good option when the weather is nice. Fortunately, there are plenty of dog parks to choose from on a nice day in Missouri. Take Happy Tails Dog Park in Lee's Summit. A four-acre park that circles a Lee's Summit water tower, the park offers plenty of room for your pup to run and play. Platte Landing Dog Park in Parkville, Missouri offers two fenced-in areas (one for small dogs and one for large dogs), running water and a five mile long walking trail. Blue Springs Dog Park in Blue Springs, Missouri is another excellent option. In addition to a large area for pups to play off-leash, the park offers a pond for dogs to take a dip and play in the water!
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Choose a park and plan your visit
With so many dog parks available, it can be a challenge to choose which one you are going to visit. Which dog park you decide to go to will likely depend on where you are as well as how far you are willing to drive. If you don't have a dog park in mind, you can do some research online to learn about parks that you can take your pup to. You will find that each dog park has something to offer; some parks may have a lot of shade, others will have fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, some will offer agility equipment and others will have water that your dog can cool off in. After learning about the different parks, you can choose the one that is the best fit for you and your pup.
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Collect what you need
There are a few things that you should bring to the dog park. First, you will want to bring your pup's leash, so that you can ensure their safety as you walk them from the car into the park. Next, be sure to bring waste bags; you will want to clean up any mess that your dog makes There are few other items to bring that will enhance your experience at the dog park. Treats are always good to have should you need to distract your pooch. A ball or Frisbee will also be nice to bring along so that you can engage your pup in a game of fetch. Check the weather forecast before you go so that you can be sure you have any additional items along for your comfort.
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Enjoy the park!
When you have all that you need and know where you are going, you and your pup can head to the dog park and get ready to have some fun! Keep your pup on their leash as you walk from the car to the dog park in order to ensure that they remain safe. Once inside the dog park you can let your dog run free. Your pup will be able to get their energy out while both of you enjoy the nice weather. How you and your pup spend your time in the park will depend on what the particular park offers as well as the activity level of you and your pup. When at the dog park, there is no wrong way to spend the day!
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More Fun Ideas...

Check Out The St. Louis Walk of Fame

On a nice day in Missouri, it is the perfect time to walk along the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Located on Delmar Boulevard, the Walk of Fame consists of more than 100 brass stars embedded in the sidewalk. You will come across stars and plaques honoring folks like Maya Angelou, William Burroughs, Miles Davis, Robert Duval, Tennessee Williams and many more. Delmar Boulevard is part of the attraction of the Walk of Fame. Unique shops and restaurants line the street and many businesses will welcome your dog inside-just ask permission first!

Take in a Movie at Twin Drive-In Theater

Feeling nostalgic or wondering what it is like to see a movie outdoors? Located in Independence, Missouri, the Twin Drive-In Theater is one of the oldest 50's-style drive-in movie theaters in the United States. Dogs are welcome, so go ahead and bring your pup to the theater, where the two of you can enjoy two new releases for the price of one. A concession stand is available so that you can purchase snacks. If you love cuddling with your pup while watching a movie, the Twin Drive-In Theater is the perfect place for you and your pup to catch a flick together!

Visit the National Tiger Sanctuary

The National Tiger Sanctuary, located in Saddlebrooke, Missouri (about 15 miles outside of Branson) is the residence of tigers as well as other exotic and domestic animals. Tours are available, one of which offers the opportunity for visitors to feed the tigers. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on their leash and you clean up any mess. Your pup will find the sights and sounds at the sanctuary interesting and will appreciate the opportunity to be outdoors on a nice day. Make sure to bring some treats as they will be helpful should you need to distract your pooch.

Conclusion

When the weather is nice in Missouri, you will have no trouble finding opportunities for you and your pup to be outside and enjoy it. The state has plenty to offer, and you and your pup can take advantage of everything the state has to offer when it comes to outside activities. Consider the activity level of you and your pup and choose the activities that are the best fit. You can also combine activities that require a higher energy level with those that take a lower level; for example, consider going for a hike in a state park and following that up with a movie at the Twin Drive-In Theater. Whatever you choose, you and your pup are sure to make the most of your outdoor time together!