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The area that became Burlington was the first place the American flag was raised in Iowa in 1805, claiming it from the Fox and Sac Indians that inhabited the plains. Today, the city has become a major waterway stop along the Mississippi River offering a large urban district with shops, retail, and restaurants. There's also plenty of places to play, run, and enjoy the outdoors, especially ones where you can bring Fido along too!
One of the largest and most wild places to take your pup in the city is the Starrs Cave Park and Preserve. The preserve offers over 184 acres of cliffs, forests, and open fields to explore. With 2 miles of hiking trails, humans and pups can enjoy the outdoors and explore the natural wonder of the area. Dogs do have to remain under control at all times, but will have access to picnic tables, benches, water fountains, and trash bins.
Crapo Park is a scenic and spacious park on the southern park of the city, close to the area's downtown district. With over 85 acres of lush lawn and tall trees, the park has places to run, play, or relax under the shade. There's a lake for fishing, with a pier, boat launch, pavilion, playground, and picnic tables. Leash up Fido before coming and make some new friends with additional features including water fountains, clean-up bags, trash bins, and benches.
Burlington offers hundreds of acres of dog-friendly space to play in, with a dog-friendly community and 2 animal hospitals.
This cozy residential neighborhood is in the southern part of the city, nestled right along the Mississippi River. With views of the river, Dankwardt Memorial Park offers over 43 acres of open fields and paved walkways for Fido to use. Leashed pups can explore forested trails and recreational fields, like 3 fenced-in baseball fields, enclosed tennis courts, and a basketball court. Additionally, there are water fountains, clean-up stations, picnic areas, pavilions, trash bins, and benches. The park's trails also connect to an out-of-park trail known as Sewer Trail, which is a small half a mile trail that follows the river, and is made from concrete with benches along the trail.
The neighborhood of Summer Street and South Street is a packed area with rows of residential homes and well-kept parks. One of the largest parks in the neighborhood is Perkins Park, which offers an 18-acre area with grassy fields and lots of shade. Whether playing in the open areas or walking along the paved trails, dogs must remain on a leash and under voice commands. Pups will also have access to additional features like a playground, tennis courts, water fountains, restrooms, and benches. Although smaller, the area of Summer Street Park is much quieter for you and Fido to enjoy while still offering some great open areas to play in and shaded sitting areas. There's a paved perimeter trail with benches and trash bins also.
Burlington Center is the home of the industrial center for the city, with large and small companies back to back along the river. Despite the busy area, there are still plenty of places to play, like South Hill Park. The green park has a nice asphalt trail to walk Fido on, with green space to play and run on. Also inside the park are benches, water fountains, a playground, and trash bins. Fido will also enjoy their time outside in Kersch Park where they run and play in the shade. The park is half shaded with large oak trees and also provides open fields, a playground, and benches.
Residents of East Burlington rave about the gorgeous views of the Mississippi River along with the easy-going feeling of the neighborhood. The best way to enjoy the river is at Burlington City Park, which has a first-hand view of the water, and includes amenities like a fishing pier, a natural rocky beach, and open space. Whether you're playing in the open space or walking along the park's .4-mile paved walkway, Fido is welcome on a leash, and can enjoy other amenities like a gazebo, benches, picnic tables, trash bins, nighttime lights, and water fountains.
West Burlington hosts another large shopping district, along with a packed residential area. Between these two areas is Cottonwood Park, which provides the much needed green space your pup needs. Trees line the edges of the park, sharing the paved walkway that winds through the park and offers a playground, picnic tables, and a pavilion. Dogs do need to be on a leash, but can also get access to water fountains, benches, and trash bins. If you and Fido need to stay in the neighborhood overnight, the Quality Inn is the best hotel to head to. The hotel has dog-friendly rooms that allow up to two dogs of any size to stay for a small fee.
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