Sunny Brook State Park, located just north of city limits, is a must-see for dog owners! This state park, which spans nearly 500 acres, has 5 walking trails for you and your four-legged friend to try out. Sunny Brook State Park also has several different picnic areas, so bring along lunch for you and maybe a treat or two for Fido. Make sure to bring a leash, though; while locals say the requirement isn’t strongly enforced, there is a lot of local wildlife that could distract your dog while the two of you are out exploring.
Torrington’s own Burr Pond State Park has plenty for you to do with Fido, so grab your bag, some good walking shoes, and a leash, and head on over! Burr Pond State Park has trails for you and your pup to explore together, allowing you to take in the beautiful views the park offers. As the name of the park implies, there’s a pond for the two of you to check out; let Fido dip his feet in to cool off on a hot summer day. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy one of the shelters at the park. A leash is required in all sections of the park.
If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, and you want to bring your dog along with you, look no further than the heart of Torrington! The Venetian Restaurant is a popular spot that serves up delicious Italian dishes. Dogs are welcome to join diners on the outdoor patio, assuming the weather allows for it. Backstage is another option; this restaurant comes with dinner and a show, and their website claims to be “fun for all ages.” Your dog may join you at any patio table. A leash is required at both restaurants.
Located 5 miles from Torrington is Harwinton, where you’ll find Harwinton Recreation Area. This popular spot for dog owners has several trails for the two of you to explore together. There’s also a spot where your dog can go for a dip in the pond within the park. Harwinton Recreation Area spans over 90 acres, so there’s plenty of room for your pup to run around and get in his exercise. If you want to make a day of it, bring along a doggy bag and eat in the covered picnic area. A leash is required at all times, in all sections of the park.
If you’re looking for more places to dine with your four-legged friend, head to nearby Litchfield, located about 10 minutes away from Torrington. DiFranco’s Restaurant and Pizzeria has plenty of outdoor, dog-friendly tables, and this restaurant is a local favorite! Along with pizza, DiFranco’s also served steak, seafood, and more. Litchfield Saltwater Grille serves up delicious American dishes fresh off the grill, including fresh seafood, and they also offer outdoor, dog-friendly seating when the weather is nice. Make sure to bring a leash, as one is required at both establishments. Good behavior is also required.