Iowa City may be one of the most pet-friendly places in the country. From hotels and RV parks to restaurants and bakeries, it’s easy to plan an out-on-the-town adventure and include your four-legged companion.
As for daytime activities, check out the North Liberty Farmer’s Market. Running from May to October, this market welcomes leashed dogs to browse (or sniff!) the stands of fresh produce and homemade goods. Or, try the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Museum, and Birthplace Cottage, which has over 81 acres of walkable prairie land.
For dining options, several local restaurants offer dog-friendly outdoor seating. One such place is the New Pioneer Food Co-op, which offers produce, seafood, meats, and baked goods. Or try Atlas for fresh, seasonal dishes and a changing wine menu. Surely not to miss is Woofables Gourmet Dog Bakery – who wouldn’t want to pamper their beloved dog with a delectable treat?
If you and Fido have any interest in soaking up the sunshine, there are several dog parks in Iowa City. Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park offers 11 acres of green space, as well as a special training and agility section. In addition, the Devonian Fossil Gorge accommodates leashed dogs who want to explore the area’s ancient bedrock. No matter where your interests take you, Iowa City is sure to provide excitement and adventure.
Thornberry Dog Park is a massive 11-acre park that is something to bark at. It is divided into three large areas. There is a small dog area. There is a doggy playground for dogs of all sizes to share. Then there is Emma’s Running and Training Ground. This is where you can practice some new tricks with Fido or let him show off his existing ones. If that isn’t enough, there is a pond in the middle of the park, with one side designated for swimming. Fido will need to wear a permit tag while visiting this park, which can be obtained through the city’s parks and rec department.
The Rita’s Ranch Dog Park is a wide-open space that is designed just for Fido to run free without his leash. You will need to get a permit from the animal care center, but the fees go to caring for the park and the animals in the center. There are plenty of seating areas where you can watch Fido play. Water bowls are provided; water, however, is not, so make sure to bring your own. Come and play fetch and have fun after enjoying the dog perks of Scott Park. There is lots to do for all the members of the family!
Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Patio allows you to join your dog and friends at their pawfect outdoor tables. Come and enjoy lunch outside while taking in the beautiful views of the city. The menu is constantly changing so that they can feature local produce. The wine flows in 40 different flavors for you to try by the glass. The environment is always cozy, friendly, and welcoming for all visitors. So, grab a leash and drag your dog down to this one of a kind restaurant for a night of relaxing with friends. Your dog will be begging you to come back!
One Twenty Six has taken the fare of local farmers and twisted it into a classic French cuisine. They boast an authentic and healthy way to enjoy your food. Come join your dog for a wholesome meal any time of the day. The vegetarian dishes are delicious, with an attention to detail that true food lovers will appreciate. The beauty of the dishes are highlighted by the wine choices. Your glass of wine will come out alongside a water bowl for your canine companion! Let Fido dine at your feet while you sip wine and people-watch from the patio.
If you are looking something more midwestern for dinner, then bring your dog over to the Pullman Bar and Diner. They put their own twist on traditional classics so that you get full and happy. They have six patio tables that you can join your dog at during any meal. They tend to fill up fast, so make sure that you call ahead if you’re looking to dine during the weekend. Take a walk downtown and stop here for a meal, meet up with your friends, or just have a quiet meal with your dog. This is a great place to hang out and relax!