Beautiful Bloomington, Illinois is one very pet-friendly city. From lakes and rural paths to downtown streets, there's something for everybody to enjoy.
Dogs park in the area are abundant. Why not try the Maxwell Park Dog Park, or the Shepherd Park Dog Park, located in Bloomington's "twin city" of Normal? Open from 6 am to 11 pm every day, both off-leash parks are quite popular, offering lots of interaction for both owners and four-legged friends.
If you're looking for a walking trail, there's always White Oak Park. This lakeside park offers a one-mile trail around the water - perfect for leashed dogs. Locals enjoy the wildlife and sunset views. Bloomington is also home to a unique attraction, the Constitution Trail. This 24-mile path features six signs that honor different parts of the Constitution, from the Preamble to Article Five. This paved trail offers a stroll through residential areas, open prairie fields, natural wooded areas, and farm properties. Over thirty years old, this historic trail is not to miss.
If you're traveling from out of town, there are many options for pet-friendly lodging, like Doubletree Hotel, the Comfort Suites, La Quinta Inn, or Motel 6. For longer stays, try extended Stay America or Candlewood Suites.
Downtown Bloomington has a few things to offer you and your dog. Holiday Park on McGregor Street has a bit of grass to explore with your leashed dog. A short distance away is Emerson Park, at 717 Bell Street. This little park gives you and your dog a chance take a short walk around the playground area. Days Inn is a good place for you and your dog to stay while visiting Bloomington. The hotel is dog-friendly, with rooms that you and your dog will find comfortable. The hotel allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $10 per dog. This neighborhood has some great opportunities for you and your dog to stretch your legs.
The Eastside neighborhood is where you'll find all the businesses that cater to the airport. A muttitude of the places can be found here. Several of the hotels in the neighborhood are dog-friendly. Eastland Suites Hotel at 1801 Eastland Drive will happily welcome you and your canine companion. Eastland charges a fee of $50 per pet per night. Eastland has no restrictions on size or number of dogs. Baymont Inn & Suites is another great choice. Baymont books guests with 1 or 2 dogs for an additional fee of $10 per night. The dogs can be up to 30 lbs. The Super 8 Motel will accommodate up to four dogs of any size for a fee of $10 per dog per night.
This neighborhood adjoins Bloomington on the north. West Normal has what you and your dog seek--some fun activities you can do together. The Maxwell Dog Park on 301 County Road offers your pup some leash-free exercise. The surface of the park is covered in grass, with some areas worn down to dirt. Drinking fountains for you and your dog are a much-appreciated amenity, especially on those dog days of summer. Smaller pups can avail of separate enclosure. The dog park is one of the features of the larger Maxwell Park. Maxwell Park features picnic tables and nice wooded places to take a walk with your four-legged friend. Just make sure to keep Fido on his leash outside the designated dog park.
The neighborhood of East Normal has a bustling suburban community that loves its dogs! Shepard Dog Park on 750 Hersey Road makes being a dog more fun. This fenced-in, grassy enclosure provides a safe space for dogs to frolic and sniff each other out. Shepard has a doggie drinking fountain, and also offers doggie waste bags for clean-up. A few immature trees dot the landscape of dog park. Someday they will provide shade, but not quite yet. Human companions have benches to sit on while supervising their pups. The city of Normal does a decent job in keeping this dog park up to the expectations of their visitors.
South Hill is an old established neighborhood that loves its dogs. Dogs may walk take a morning stroll at Miller Park Lake or enjoy an on-leash day listening to some of the music coming from the bandstand in the park. The lake attracts anglers from all around Bloomington, and dogs can relax with their human companion while they cast a line. This large park has numerous places to walk on leash. Clean up is both courtesy and a rule in this well-maintained, beautiful park. Picnic tables and pavilions make for a nice outdoor dining experience. Miller Lake Park is also the site of many of the community’s activities and events. Many of them are dog-friendly, so be sure to check the park website when planning your visit!