The large manufacturing city of Erie, Pennsylvania, has a long history with pet ownership and has one of the oldest humane societies in the States. The population of Erie has been going back and forth around a total of 100,000 citizens and thus there has been a high amount of animals in Erie since the beginning of last century.
The main natural attraction of Erie, Lake Erie, is one of the first places to look to walk the dog. The Presque Isle State Park Beach is a 3,200-acre natural park that is coincidentally also the only coastal shore in the state of Pennsylvania. Dogs have to be leashed at all times but can still enjoy a splash in the water or a hike through the dunes.
The dogs of Erie currently do not have an off-leash dog park to themselves. This is why the Humane Society of Northwest Pennsylvania built their own. Behind their facility are two playgrounds - one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Owners can take a sit on one of the benches while the dogs get wild in the wading pools in the play areas.
Just paying a short visit to Erie, Pennsylvania? There are many pet-friendly hotels in the city such as the Comfort Inn & Suites, the Days Inn, the La Quinta Inn & Suites and the Riviera Motel.
Eaglehurst, near Presque Isle State Park, is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner before or after you’ve worn your pup out at the park. At Sara’s Restaurant, the majority of the seats are outside and welcome dogs! You can also order their famous Doggie Dish of ice cream (vanilla with a dog bone on top!) for your best friend. Schickalay’s on the Beach is a bar with typical pub food, and a shaded backyard area perfect for relaxing pups. If you’d rather your dog joined you for a meal, Ugly Tuna Tavern in Eaglehurst has a puppy hour menu! Dig in and enjoy.
City Center is a great choice for doggie dining experiences. You don’t have to leave the bustle of downtown to enjoy a relaxing meal. Bayfront Grille right on the water offers dog-friendly outdoor seating and Italian-inspired cuisine. U Pick 6 Tap House is a bar with a small menu of classic pub foods, like loaded hot dogs and appetizers. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables, and water will be provided. For something a little more refined, check out the Cloud 9 Wine Bar! This place offers twists on classics, like vegetarian pizza. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables, and can receive both ice water and attention!
McClelland Park is a great place to walk your dog. There are plenty of trails that wind through this large park. The real gem is inside, however: Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park! This off-leash dog park has two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. While the interior of the fenced areas are a little plain, they make up for that by being large and extremely popular! Dogs who love to make new friends will adore Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park! If your dog gets tired of being social, just leash back up and walk the McClelland Park trails again!