Adelphi is a tiny community just below central Iowa; other than four vet clinics within a twenty-minute drive of the town, the area is mostly without dog-friendly amenities. However, due to Adelphi’s close proximity to large cities like Des Moines, it’s a rustic but certainly not alienated community.
If you make a quick fifteen-mile drive up to the outskirts of Des Moines, you and your furry friend will be rewarded with the Ewing Dog Park. This park is mostly for locals, though, not just those passing through: you need a pass to enter the park. However, the exclusivity of this park keeps it squeaky clean and without crowds. The park is open every day of the year from 6:00 am until sundown. One acre of the space is fenced off exclusively for small dogs, so fear not if you have a pint-sized pooch!
If you’re not a resident, drive a few minutes more and you’ll hit Riverwalk Dog Park in the heart of Des Moines. This fenced-in park is open to the public without a pass and offers picnic tables and a shaded pavilion. Just make sure you bring water for Fido -- the park does not have water fountains.
Adelphi is a wonderful community -- particularly for shy, country-loving pups. Adelphi is far enough from the hustle and bustle of Iowa’s capital city to offer true serenity, but close enough that Fido doesn’t miss out on central Iowa’s many dog-friendly parks and restaurants!