Nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River, Windsor Locks is a small New England town with a rich history. In the early 19th century, a set of canal locks was created to help move boats along the waterways. These locks gave the town its name. Throughout the years, various mills and manufacturers have made Windsor Locks an industrious community. Pups living in this town can sure be proud of the local heritage.
There is definitely no shortage of parks in Windsor Locks, as 15 parks are scattered throughout the community. All welcome leashed pets, so clip on your pal’s lead and go discover which one is her favorite. Barbara Park may be small in size, but it has plenty of trees for sniffing. Southwest Family Park and Juniper Park both have sport courts and ball fields. Wander around the grassy fields and let your canine buddy socialize with the local athletes. Ahern Park is a nice little neighborhood field perfect for an afternoon stroll.
If your four
legged pal prefers to walk on a trail, check out the Windsor Locks Canal
State Park Trail. This trail is a
pupperific spot for a little doggy cardio. Your buddy will love breathing in
some fresh air while enjoying the waterfront scenery.
If you and your furry companion are looking for a place to stay, Windsor Locks has you covered. The Old County Road and Halfway House Road area has plenty of pet friendly hotels to choose from. For a small fee, Econo Lodge Inn and Suites allows one dog of any size to bunk in a room. You can also stay at Candlewood Suites Windsor Locks with your furry BFF. Your pal can doze off to dreamland in one of their deluxe rooms. La Quinta Inn Hartford Bradley Airport welcomes two pets of any size for no additional fee. That’s woofin' good deal!
Nothing beats spending some quality time at the park with your furry pal. So leash up your pooch and head over to the Elm Street and Mulberry Street neighborhood and pay visit to Spring Park. This park stretches 44 acres, giving your dog plenty of space for exploring and sniffing around. There is also a picnic area, so bring a sandwich and stay for lunch. Noden Reed Park is also in the area. If your pup isn’t one for following a trail, she’ll love the massive open space of this park. Let her be the guide as your wander around grassy fields.
Is your four legged friend ready for some outside time? Then Pesci Park is calling her name. Situated in the Town Center, this neighborhood park has it all: ball fields, sport courts, and outdoor pool and a playground. Four legged patrons will love the grassy open space and shade trees. Let your pup sniff around the park before heading over to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail for some exercise. This trail runs alongside the Windsor Locks Canal and Connecticut River, so you are sure to have beautiful scenery. It clocks in at 4.5 miles, a perfect length to tucker out your buddy.
When dogs in Windsor Lock need to let off some steam, they head five miles south to the Windsor Dog Park. Located in the Windsor neighborhood of Kendrick Place, this fenced off leash area brings out all the local pups. Your furry friend will be in heaven as he runs and chases new friends or just sniffs around on his own. There is a separate area for petite pooches, so smaller dogs can play at their own speed. After he’s done playing, clip on his leash and take a walk around Northwest Park and Nature Preserve. This park not only has stunning scenery, it also has 12 miles of hiking trails. Sounds pupperific!
Just 10 miles south of Windsor Locks, is the town of Windsor, home to Windsor Meadows State Park. Located in the Windsor Avenue and Park Avenue neighborhood, this park is a tranquil respite from the cares of everyday life. Clip on your pup’s leash and wander down the Bissell Bridge Walkway Trail. It clocks in at just under two miles and crosses the Connecticut River. It also connects to the Manchester and East Hartford trails, so if your pup is still rearing to go you can continue your walk. The north section of the park is a massive wooded area. Take a walk through this area and let your furry pal hunt for the perfect stick.