Pella is a beautiful pooch-friendly town less than an hour from Des Moines. Pups and their parents love strolling through the parks and admiring the tulip gardens and shade trees. When Fido needs to see a vet for his yearly check-up, there are two veterinarian clinics available for both routine appointments and emergency medical needs.
Brinkhoff Park features a small windmill, flower beds and plenty of space for your pup to roll in the grass and run around to get some exercise. The paved walkways are perfect for an early morning stroll, and you can relax at one of the picnic tables when you need to rest and enjoy a cold bottle of water.
Families traveling to Pella will also find several pooch-friendly hotels in town. The Super 8 and Holiday Inn Express welcome your furry family members for an additional fee. There are grassy fields near the hotels where Fido can stretch his legs.
If you need your morning coffee before starting a productive day, take a walk with Fido over to Smokey Row Coffee. There are pup-friendly outdoor tables where you can relax with a Hot Fudge Mocha, Smoked Ham Croissant, and even ice cream.
One of your pup’s favorite places to visit might be In’t Veld’s Meat Market on Main Street. The pooch-loving owners serve deli meats and welcome pups to dine with their parents on the outdoor patio. You can order a special treat for Fido while you eat.
With a variety of parks, campgrounds, nature trails and interesting attractions in Pella, dog lovers and their family will find fun activities to enjoy with their pups all throughout the year.
West Market Park is a shady destination to go for a walk with your pup. There is a wide open grassy area where Fido can roll around and sniff the plants, and a paved walkway around the perimeter of the park. After getting some exercise, relax on one of the shaded benches and watch the kids on the playground, or bring a snack and take a break at one of the picnic shelters. You can dispose of your doggie waste bags at trash receptacles near the bathrooms. While in the neighborhood, stop by the Faux Paws Bakery on Franklin Street. The friendly owners create yummy baked goods for your pup and offer a variety of treats to eat there or take home for special occasions.
One of the best places to spend the day with your pup and the family is the Big Rock Park featuring over 83-acres of land. There is a maze of trails that you and your pooch can hike that will take you to the Big Rock the park is named for. You need to keep Fido on a leash. Visit the park all throughout the year, including winter when many cross-country skiers enjoy the beauty of the area. If you are searching for a peaceful location to spend time in the outdoors with Fido, you will love this park and its interesting plant life.
When searching for a fun activity on the weekend, plan a camping trip with the kids and the pups at the North Overlook Campground. There are amazing paved trails near the campground where you and Fido can explore the plants and have a snifftastic time. After walking some laps, take the kids over to the playground where they can run off some energy. During the summer, the beach is a popular place for the kids to hang out, and the campsites provide shade and a picnic table where you can enjoy meals with the family and your pooch. You will need to keep Fido on a leash, and be sure to pack plenty of doggie waste bags.
An interesting pooch-friendly destination in Pella’s central business district is Molengracht Plaza which was built to replicate a Dutch square. There is an amazing canal where you and your pup can walk and admire the water flowing through the area. Fido will love stopping outside the shops and restaurants and enjoying a drink of water left in bowls by friendly shop owners. You can stroll through the area during the evening hours and enjoy the beautiful lights and fresh air. Also located in the downtown area is the Volksweg Trailhead on Main Street. The trail is about 12.5 miles long and travels throughout Pella with a paved walkway perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Fido will have a furtastic time walking with a leash and admiring the interesting sights, sounds and smells, including windmills and cafes.
On the outskirts of town in North Pella, the Kiwanis Park features a playground, picnic tables and almost four acres of land where you and Fido can run around and play. The grassy area is perfect to let your pooch roll around or chase a ball, and you can refill water bottles at the drinking fountain. After getting some exercise, relax at one of the shaded picnic tables and enjoy a snack with the pup. If your energetic pooch needs more entertainment, head over to the Sunken Gardens Park where you can stroll around the sunken pond in the shape of a Dutch wooden shoe. There are a variety of tulip gardens, a windmill, and beautiful shade trees where you can relax with Fido and enjoy the outdoors.