Activities For Dogs In Pennsylvania On Nice Days

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Introduction

Whether you live in Pennsylvania or you are vacationing in the Keystone State, you will be able to find plenty of fun activities to enjoy with your dog on a beautiful day. Undoubtedly, the state is one of the oldest and brimming with memorable adventures. There are small mountain towns and a bevy of industrialized metropolises to explore. The state is also very dog-friendly. Your pooch will be welcome in many establishments, parks, and other public locations which make traveling with your canine companion a breeze. If you will be staying at hotels, then it is suggested that you call ahead of time to make reservations and guarantee that the lodging choice welcomes dogs.

Promenade Shops

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Any Day
Moderate
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4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Doggy waste bags
Dog treats
Activity description

Imagine shopping with your beloved pet at a place where your canine is welcome in virtually every establishment. Well, the Promenade Shops in Center Valley is just such a place. The unique mall is almost entirely dog-friendly. That means you can actually take your pooch into the stores with you. Almost every business boasts a sign that says, "Dogs Welcome". Dogs are also allowed in the community section of the mall. You just need to make sure that Fido is well-behaved during the entire shopping excursion. This place is a great destination for enjoying time both outdoors and inside together. You can shop and then enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many eateries where you can dine with your canine companion on the covered outdoor patio. 

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Enjoy the promenade
In order to enjoy the promenade together, your dog will need to either be leashed or placed into a small, maneuverable doggy stroller. Just keep your pooch close to you while shopping and you should have no problems. Remember, this place is very popular with dog owners so there will be many owners with dogs in tow enjoying the shopping adventure.
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Hit the stores
Explore as many stores as you can that allow your dog entry. Remember to look for the sign that says, "Dogs Welcome." Most of the stores that welcome dogs even offer small doggy treats or other tidbits for your pooch to enjoy while you peruse the store's many items.
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Grab a bite to eat
You can choose from delicious food choices at the Promenade. Once you have ordered your food and refreshments, head for the covered outdoor patio area to enjoy the lovely weather with your dog. You might want to pour Fido a drink because they have probably worked up quite a thirst from the hours of shopping. Offer them a treat too, as a reward for being a patient shopper.
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Beau's Dream Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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2 hrs
Items needed
Water and bowl
Leash
Doggy waste bags
Dog balls
Activity description

In Lancaster, there is a very unique dog park called Beau's Dream Dog Park. This place is like Disneyland for dogs. It is sheer fun. The park features trails, bridges, tunnels, fountains, and a tennis ball launcher. You will find seating throughout the park. Dog owners flock to the place to enjoy fun with their four-legged companions and also to socialize and trade experiences. You can walk with your dog, play a game of fetch, enjoy the fountains, or just sit back an let Fido play. The place is absolutely picturesque and you will both enjoy your time together. 

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Meet and greet
Yep, at Beau's Dream Dog Park your dog is free to play and socialize. The only real requirement is that your pooch be well-behaved and play well with other dogs. No dog aggression is allowed at the park. There is always an assortment of large and small dogs within the park space so it is crucial that everyone gets along. Keep an eye on your pet, making sure that their social skills are up to par.
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Launch and retrieve
Some dogs live to catch tennis balls but the chances are good your arm probably gets tired of throwing the balls before your pet tires of running after them. Well, the free tennis ball launchers at Beau's Dream Dog Park are a great way to really throw those balls a long way so that your pup has to work and run off energy as they retrieve them.
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Rest and refresh
Next to the park is the Lancaster Brewing Company where dogs are welcome on the patio. It is a great place to grab a cold frothy beer after a day of playing at the dog park. You can both sit in the shade of the patio together and relax while you sip your cool beverage. Don't forget to give Fido a cold bowl of water too!
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Winery Tour

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog bowl
Water
Activity description
In Newtown is the picturesque Crossing Vineyards Winery. The establishment is completely dog-friendly. The vineyard is open Monday to Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm and is a great way to spend a few hours on a nice day. The estate is over 200 years old. Unlike many places, dogs are welcome throughout the Crossing Vineyards as long as they are well-behaved. You can enjoy tasting and perhaps purchasing a bottle when at the establishment. You might want to pack a small snack to enjoy in the lovely location together. There are benches in the shade located throughout the vineyard.
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Respect others
When you first arrive at the Crossings Vineyard you will be required to leash your dog and they will need to be on a leash at all times. Always be respectful of other visitors and their pets. Barking or other misbehavior is not allowed. Pick up after your dog when needed and ensure that they stay by your side.
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Take a tour
Why not call ahead to schedule a behind-the-scenes tour of the Crossings Vineyard? You can learn about the history of the 200-year-old estate. Your dog is welcome to accompany you on the information session. It is a great way to learn about the winemaking process while also getting to know the award-winning wines of the Crossings.
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Tastings to enjoy
What trip to a vineyard is complete without first enjoying the tastings offered by the establishment? The Crossing Vineyard produces award-winning wines; why not try some out on your palate. Your pooch is allowed to watch but no canine tastings are allowed! Your doggy has to stick to drinking water while at the vineyard.
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Gettysburg National Military Park

If you are a history or Civil War buff, then one of the necessary stops when visiting Pennsylvania is the Gettysburg National Military Park. Your leashed dog is allowed throughout the park. The only area where dogs are not permitted is in the cemetery. You and your dog can walk the grounds and read the many plaques that explain the various stages of the battle. Make sure your pooch is always well-behaved because many find the park to be a solemn location that requires constant respect. After you tour the park, you can head over to the Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop to enjoy an ice cream treat with your beloved canine companion. Your dog will also probably appreciate a refreshing drink of water after touring the military park's vast expanse. 

Ride the Rails With Your Pooch

This is a train lover's dream come true!  You can ride the rails with your pooch. At the Lehigh Gorge Railway, you can ride on a historic train through the countryside and mountains of beautiful Pensylvania. You can sit on the train together and enjoy the unparalleled scenery. Remember, at first your pup might be a little afraid of the train. Train travel is different than riding in an auto so be sure to offer lots of encouragement and reassurance. After touring the train, you can grab a bite to eat together at the dog-friendly Molly McGuire's Pub and Steakhouse. There is outdoor seating for you and your furry friend. 

Conclusion

Throughout Pennsylvania, you will find many adventures to enjoy with your four-legged friend. At Presque State Park you can enjoy the beach-like area with your canine companion. It's a great place to dip a toe and cool off on a beautiful summer day. The Liberty Bell National Park is also another dog-friendly location that calls to history buffs. Why not get your pooch's photo snapped next to the iconic bell?  The Black Moshannon State Park is an excellent place to camp with your dog and also hike the many trails throughout the park. You can even rent a boat there and take your doggy on a water adventure. There is endless fun to be enjoyed in Pennsylvania on a warm day if you share your life with a canine.