Sioux City is famous for all kinds of things, such as being named one of the best places to live by Money Magazine in 2010, top economic development community in the United States in 2008-2009, and number one top metro area in the 50,000 - 200,000 population by Site Selection in 2013. Sioux City also has almost 83,000 people and an estimated 18,552 dogs, so there are many dog-friendly things to do.
There are more than 1,130 acres of public parklands in 53 parks including the riverfront and miles of trails. Bacon Creek Park on Correctionville Road has a gorgeous dog park called Lewis and Clark Dog Park that has five acres of fun for Fido. There are separate sides for big and small dogs, agility equipment, running water, benches, a covered shelter, message board, and even some walking trails. The park itself has 239 acres with picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, fishing, and plenty of wildlife to see.
Riverside Park on Riverside Boulevard is another great park that loves dogs. With 100 acres on gorgeous land right on the Big Sioux River, there are picnic areas, barbeque grills, shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, ball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and even a swimming pool. Although they do not let dogs in the pool, they are more than welcome to swim in the river if you are careful.
Grab the kids, your dog, and a leash, and head on over to Riverside Park. It is the pawfect place to spend the entire afternoon running and playing. There is plenty of stuff for Fido to climb, sniff, and chase. You can even catch a local ball game -- if your dog is willing to stop playing for five minutes, that is. With all the different trails to walk and explore, you will find something new every time that you go. Please remember that there are bikes on the trails so you have to keep your dog on the leash. Riverside Park is fun for the whole family!
Everyone loves a good burger. There is nothing as tasty as a well-made burger like the ones you get at Tastee Inn & Out. They invite you to join your dog at their walk-up window. They have outside tables that allow you to sit and eat while doing a little people-watching. Of course, with all these great smells, you will need to keep your dog on their leash, for their safety. The burgers and fries are made to order so you and Fido can try some new favorites. No matter what you order, you will leave with a full belly.
About 45 minutes outside of Sioux City, you’ll find an addition of the Rails-to-Trails system. This branch of the Rails-to-Trails network leads you through a little neighborhood of older homes before stretching into the industrial park. At the end of the two-mile Puddle Jumper Trail is a quiet picnic area. There are also drinking stations and restrooms at this section. The best part of the Rails-to-Trails systems is that they interconnect so that you can trace where the historic rail line was. Each section is unique to the area’s history and scenery. Fido will need to be on leash to explore this trail, though.
Puddle Jumper Trail is almost an hour from Sioux City, but it has two unique paths. This part of the Rails-to-Trails system has been conserved as a peaceful area for you and your dog to get away. This two-mile section runs through farmland and historical settlements along the prairie line. It also crosses over the local pond on reconstructed railway bridges. If you get tired, the entire stretch is lined with benches for you and your dog to rest. If you would like to see a little bit of history paired with the calm of the prairie, then the Puddle Jumper Trail is the answer.
AmericInn Sioux City allows you to bring along two of your dogs for an overnight stay. They’ll love the large room sizes and looking out the window at all the cars passing by. There is a pool that you both can sit by, as long as you keep your dog on a leash. Breakfast is served daily, and can be taken back to your room so you and Fido can eat in peace. The best part is that construction of the place was built to be noise eliminating so that your neighbors won’t keep you up all night long. Rooms go fast, so make sure you book early!