The Golden Spike Tower is open year round, although during the height of winter their hours of operation do change. The attraction welcomes over 30,000 visitors per year. This site is the location where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific met and drove the Golden Spike to open up the west to railway travel. If you are a railroad buff, you won't want to miss this attraction. It is exciting even if the weather is cold. Large dogs are allowed inside of the lobby and in the courtyard only. However, if you own a small dog, then you are welcome to carry your pooch throughout the entire attraction. Many owners also opt to use a small pet stroller for their dog.
The Benson Brewery in downtown Benson is a dog-friendly hotspot. It's a place where people and their canine companions are always welcome. The brewery even has its own mascot, a Labrador named Barley. In fact, one time Barley wandered off and became lost. The entire community of Benson and the Nebraska Humane Society worked together to find him. Luckily, the wandering canine was returned to his home. If the weather is halfway decent when you visit the Benson Brewery you will want to check out the 55 seat biergarten which has a water station just for dogs in addition to a ton of dog treats that the brewery makes from leftover grain, used in brewing their custom beers.
If the weather is cold, you might want to grab a warming cup of java with your four-legged fur buddy. At the Howlin' Hounds Coffee in Omaha, all dogs are welcome. The entire facility is canine and coffee oriented. It is a popular spot for many dog owners in the area. The small coffeehouse is a great place to gather with other dog-lovers to exchange stories and make friends. Fido is welcome to have a cool refreshing drink of water and a dog treat while you sip your warm, invigorating coffee. When visiting Howlin' Hounds Coffee just be sure your canine sidekick is on a leash and remains well-mannered.