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Just an hour and a half southeast of Des Moines, Ottumwa is a small suburban town where you and Fido can enjoy a variety of parks and outdoor activities. The friendly hometown atmosphere is great for pups and their parents who strolling through town getting some exercise. Ottumwa also loves taking care of the medical needs of their pups with four veterinarian clinics right in town.
If your pooch enjoys the water, take a trip over to Rock Bluff Park situated along the Des Moines River. You and your pup can fish along the banks of the water or walk through the area and let Fido sniff the plants. Hike along the paths, just be sure to keep your pup on a leash and bring your own doggie waste bags. There is parking near the river.
When you need a snack or dinner, check out the Canteen Lunch In The Alley on 2nd St. This pup-friendly restaurant features picnic tables outside where you and your pooch can relax and enjoy your meal.
If you have family or friends visiting, check out the Quality Inn & Suites on W Joseph Ave. The Inn welcomes up to three pets for an additional fee, and there is plenty of grassy space to take Fido for a walk.
With a variety of parks and nature areas in Ottumwa, you and your furry family members will love living in this friendly town, or visiting on your way to the capital city of Des Moines.
The Bark Park is located off U.S. Highway 34 in the southwest part of Ottumwa. There is agility equipment to keep pups entertained, but you will need to bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags. There are picnic tables in the park where parents can sit and chat with friends while the pups play and have a furtastic time. Also located in the neighborhood is Pickwick Park near the Elementary School. There are wide open fields where you can stroll with Fido on a leash and get some exercise before heading home.
In the City Center neighborhood, the Greater Ottumwa Park on Teal Drive is a fur-iendly place to spend time with the family and pups. You can hike through the park or plan to camp in a tent or RV. The bike/walking path is great for some exercise, and the kids will love the playground. You can stroll around the pond and feed the ducks, just be sure to keep Fido on a leash. If you need a place to stay while in Ottumwa, check out the Americinn. Up to two pups are welcome to stay, and there is space to walk your pooch in the grass in the back of the inn.
Memorial Park offers fresh air and hiking trails for Fido and the family. You can even walk through the park in the winter and admire the frozen lake while your pup plays in the snow. There are picnic tables where you can relax with a snack. Trash cans can be found near the bathrooms where you can dispose of your doggie waste bags. Your pup will love the open green space for romping here. Hamilton Park is also a great place to get some exercise with Fido. Hike through the trees and let your pup have a snifftastic time.
One of the best attractions in Ottumwa is the Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve on Hwy 34. There are over 10 miles of paved trails where you can walk with your pup. Families will have fun fishing in the lake while your pooch roams around and sniffs the plants. There is a bridge going over the water where Fido can get his feet wet. Parking is near a trail, and there is even a bench where you can relax with your pup about halfway along the path. Remember to bring some doggie waste bags and clean up after your pooch.
A fun destination for kids and their furry family members is the Wildwood Park. Walk around the perimeter of the park and get some exercise while the kids play on the playground. You and Fido can relax on a shaded bench and watch the children, or let Fido run around in the trees and sniff the plants and grass. Dispose of your doggie waste bags in the trash receptacles near the restrooms. The older kids may enjoy playing disc golf. During the winter, the hills are perfect for sledding, and if your pup loves the snow, take him to the park to enjoy some fun in the cold.
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