The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is known for its love of dogs, and there are estimated to be over 23,000 living there. That means there are plenty of dog-friendly things to do in town, like hiking, parks, restaurants, and hotels.
If you like hiking, the Cedar Rapids Trails offer a variety of hikes for all skill levels with a total of more than 26 miles of trails! The Cherokee Trail is about one mile, and it has fitness stations and plenty of shade. The Cherry Hill Trail is a bit less than a mile and is attached to Cherry Hill Park, which has playgrounds, pavilions, picnic areas, and more. Ellis Trail is almost 3 miles and provides the best views of waterways and nature, going along Robbins Lake and the river where you can see Ellis Boat Harbor. Fido will love any of the trails and so will you.
Hungry? The Dairy Queen on Johnson Avenue NW has outside seating where you and your pooch can have a hamburger, chicken strips, and hot dogs (Fido may not like you eating dogs) and then be sure to end the foodie experience with an ice cream sundae or cone. Remember, no chocolate for Fido though because it's really not good for dogs. Ready to relax? The Country Inn & Suites, Baymont Inn & Suites, Best Western, and Super 8 allow your pooch to snooze inside with you. Enjoy your stay in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids is the city right on the river. This particular area is home to the Cedar River Trail. There was once a time when this whole area was off limits to dogs and dogs, because it was a very active rail line. As technology increased, the need for the rail system died down. This is where the Rails-to-Trails conservation efforts came into play. They saved this historic area just for you to walk your dog on. Your fur-iend can sniff nature just as it always has been. There are paved and dirt trails for you to walk along.
There are times when you just want to take your dog out for dinner. Just head on over to Kickstand. This bike-themed restaurant has mastered the burger. Add a side of fries and an egg for the pawfect brunch. You and your dog are welcome to dine at this one-of-a-kind restaurant as long as you keep your fur-iend on a leash. The eating area is predominately outside, which makes it just right for snacking with your pal anytime of the day or night. Make sure that you bring Fido’s water dish. The restaurant doesn’t provide them, but will happily fill up Fido’s bowl.
Everyone knows the hardest choice to make in life is whether to choose pizza or tacos. Both foods are quite possibly the best known to dogkind. Well ,at Ruby's Pizzeria, you don’t have to choose. That’s right. They have Taco Pizza with all the toppings you would expect on your taco! Grab Fido’s leash and head over -- you know you want to. There are only two fur-friendly tables, so you might want to call ahead to make sure yours is ready. Come enjoy a great meal with your dog, whether you choose tacos or pizza (or taco pizza!).
Seasons change and bring great things to Cedar Rapids. For instance, in the summer months, you can stop by Parlor City Ice Cream and grab a table with your dog. They serve hot dogs, ice cream, and even pulled pork sandwiches right to your outside table. From the traditional banana split to the low-fat yogurt, you are sure to find treats that your dog will beg you to come back for. Make sure you grab Fido’s leash before heading out, since there are so many cool things to explore in this neighborhood.
Just about 11 miles from Cedar Rapids is a barktastic dog park called Cheyenne Park Training Area. This is a huge 13-acre, fenced in park that encourages your dog to get off the leash and go run. There are many shady spots and benches throughout the entire area so you can relax while Fido plays. In the enclosed rest areas, you’ll find water dishes that are free for Fido to use. There are also multiple cleaning stations. The 1.5-acre training area is just perfect for teaching your dog new tricks. Come spend the day meeting new friends, and your pup will beg to come back!