Columbia Heights has places for you and your pup to check out together. Sarna’s Classic Grill, located at 3939 University Avenue NE, is a pawesome dog-friendly restaurant. This eatery offers a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Outdoor tables welcome you and your dog. Fancy something a little different? Head to Filfallah, which serves scrumptious Mediterranean cuisine. This dog-friendly restaurant has twelve outdoor dining tables just waiting for you and your pup. After a good meal, work it off at any of the city’s several public outdoor areas that welcome you and your pup. Prestemon Park, located at 3900 NE McKinley, has a quiet walking path on which you and your leashed pup may stroll.
Minneapolis is just five miles south of Columbia Heights, and its dog-friendly amenities are well worth the short drive. It has seven city dog parks. All seven parks operate between the hours of 6 a.m until midnight. A permit from the City must be purchased before visiting. Nonresidents may purchase a daily pass online for $5. All but one of the dog parks is listed as completely fenced (Minnehaha is not), and only one, Lake of the Isles, offers a separate area for small dogs Minneapolis has many hotels that will welcome a visiting person with a pup. The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, located at 615 2nd Avenue S., welcomes two dogs of any size to stay for no additional charge.
Saint Paul is ten miles southeast of Columbia Heights. St. Paul is a thriving large city with four off-leash dog parks for you and your pup to visit. Arlington Arkwright Dog Park has over four acres for your dog to run and explore leash-free, which are fenced to ensure safe play. There is no separate area for smaller dogs. No water is available on-site either. Another great option is Lowertown Dog Park. This is a fully fenced patch of grass, rock and stones to climb on that is situated in the shadow of the CHS ballpark.
Fridley is located just four miles north of Columbia Heights. Locke County Dog Park is a feature of the larger Locke County Park. The park can be accessed through the University Avenue service road. The dog park has a fully fenced, one-acre spot for all dogs of any size to run leash-free. There is no separate area for smaller dogs. The ground has wood chips, and mature trees within the space provide ample shade. Water is available nearby. The County Park also has many walking paths, picnic areas, and open spaces for a leashed dog and its person to visit.
Andover is sixteen miles north of Columbia Heights. Bunker Hills Regional Dog Park is located at 133rd Street This dog park is a fully fenced enclosure with a separate area set aside for the smaller dogs. There is no water available on-site, but doggie bags are supplied. The terrain of this dog park is mostly grass with patches of dirt. There are plenty of trees within the confines of the dog park. Picnic tables give the human companions a place to sit and chat for bit while their pups play. There are a couple of walking trails for people and their leashed pups to explore together.