Legendary US presidents, Abraham Lincoln, lived in Springfield, IL from 1837 until 1861. A major tourist attraction of the city is the multitude of historic sites of the former president including his presidential museum, his home, and his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Looking for dog-friendly attractions? Yes, there’s something for your pup in the capital city of Illinois.
Situated near the airport, in the northwest part of town is the Stuart Dog Run Park. It was added to the Park District in 1990. It consists of 37 acres and two entirely fenced areas, one for large dogs and one for small and elderly dogs. Each dog run contains water source, dogiPot, picnic tables, shelter and park benches. A small pond is also found in the park's southwest corner.
Irene Lewis donated 40-acres of land to create a Christian park for the community. This became known as Lewis Memorial Acres, a beautiful Savannah for recreation, relaxation, and reflection. There's a ton of activities available to take part in, including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and nature walks with your dog.
Whether your dream vacation includes getting to know the most famous president – Abraham Lincoln, or just spending a tranquil day with your pup. The city lets you encounter an exhilarating mix of history, art, music, and literature plus amusing sights and activities. Come on in, Springfield, Illinois is waiting to welcome you!
Southern View is a family-friendly neighborhood surrounded by residential areas and easily accessible from South 6th Street. Scheels Sporting Goods will allow you to shop for sporting goods, hunting gear and apparel, and clothing with your well-behaved, leashed dog! Heads up: owners are responsible for any messes and damages, so keep an eye on them! DockDogs at Scheels Hunting Expo allows your dog to run, jump and swim. They welcome any breed, and any size to come out and join the Dock Diving® family! After you and your pooch have worked up a healthy appetite, try out Curve Inn, or Cozy Dog Drive-In, the dog loving eateries in Southern View.
Sandwiched between S Veterans Parkway and Highway 55, the Jerome neighborhood offers quick and easy access to dining, entertainment and shopping! Wabash Trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy effort that works to make a national network of recreational trails from old railroads and corridors. Leashed dogs and owners are encouraged to participate in this awesome community development! There is a local PETCO and PetSmart nearby that both provide all your dog food, treat and toy needs! Dublin Pub, Sonic, The Corner Pub and Grill, and The American Harvest Eatery provide dog-friendly accommodations in the Jerome neighborhood.
This extremely quaint yet spacious community provides residents and visitors easy access to outdoor recreational activities in Gurgens, Carpenter or Riverside Park that can be enjoyed with on-leash canine companions! Stuart Dog Park is an off-leash, fenced-in doggie park located in Gurgens Park that has two areas for large and small dogs, covered seating areas, a water fountain, kiddie pool, and an obstacle course. If you’re feeling famished after all that hiking and outdoor fun, try Delaney’s Bar and Grill, the dog friendly restaurant in Deveraux Heights. Visiting? Howard Johnson Springfield Hotel accommodates pooches so you won’t have to worry about leaving your fur baby behind!