The city of Grinnell was founded in 1854 by settlers from New England, and is best known for its namesake college, which was founded in 1846. This deep history gives Grinnell a unique charm, as does its revitalized downtown area; Grinnell is frequently recognized as one of the "best small towns in America." It is a wonderful place to enjoy a long walk with your pup. You can view well-preserved houses in a range of architectural styles as you amble under the city's stately trees or enjoy a romp in one of the city's many sprawling parks. Grinnell also has three veterinary clinics to keep your pet healthy.
One of the city's gems is Arbor Lake Park. This bucolic 81-acre park in South Grinnell has many expansive lawns where your pup can run and play, as well as wetlands, restored prairies, and wooded areas with mature trees. The multi-use Grinnell Trail curls along the east side of the lake. Changing leaves create a beautiful display in the fall, and in the summer, wildflowers abound. The park offers numerous amenities for your convenience, including bike racks, bathrooms, and water. You will need to bring your own water bowl and waste bags and will need to keep your dog on a leash.
Whether you're looking for history, culture, or the chance to commune with nature, Grinnell is a wonderful place to contemplate your bond with your canine companion.