You'll find a tight-knit community of friendly neighbors with happy dogs in the village of East Alton, Illinois! Right up against the Mississippi River, this pet-friendly area is part of the Riverbend communities that make up the larger muttropolitan areas of St. Louis, Missouri. The village hugs up against the state border, separated by the river. Since the village was established in the late 19th century, it has gone through several name changes before deciding to become East Alton furever! Many of the neighboring villages are within a paw's reach of East Alton. This gives the town a family feeling without the streets ever being too crowded to take Fido for a relaxing walk!
Dog owners can really "pawspurr" with their dogs in East Alton! There are 2 veterinarians, a pet groomer and a pet shop all within the 5-mile village limits. You'll never be more than a few minutes away from anything Fido could ever need! There are also two county parks in East Alton where Fido can walk the paths or play a game of fetch. If you're ever in the mood for a quick bite but would hate to leave Fido alone, there are a variety of dog-friendly dining options right here in East Alton and in the surrounding villages. Fido's all wagging tails and happy barks here!
Does your dog appreciate fine dining with historical traditions to match? If you live in the Twin Pines Estates neighborhood of Alton, you two are in "fur" a treat! Here, you can visit the pet-friendly Castelli's Restaurant at 255. This local spot has been serving the Alton communities since 1937 and dishes up American classics. You and Fido can begin with a homemade toasted ravioli for an appetizer. For the main course, try either Tracy's Favorite Salad or the steak Gaggio. If you can manage, Castelli's has a furrific Snicker cheesecake that will have Fido going mutts with jealousy! If your dog's on their best behavior maybe they can have the bone from your steak!
Do your pupperonis ever get a hankering for Italian food? If you live in the sister village of East Alton, you can head over the pet-friendly Tony's Restaurant, where you can get an upscale meal with Fido by your side. Try dinner entrees like the restaurant's signature steak cut, the Tony's Pepperloin. The smells coming off your plate will have Fido going howling! The other option in the Alton village is Gentelin's on Broadway. This place is also Fido-friendly fine dining with pawesome steak options, too! Both restaurants have an elegant outdoor eating area where your pup can join you for a fancy feast!
Do your dogs jump at the gate to get outside for some exercise? Whether you've got a Dalmatian or a Chihuahua, you'll find an outdoor spot that's pawfect for your Fido! If you have a large breed dog ready to take on a "fur-boding" hike, you can check out the 18.7-mile MCT Confluence Trail. A segment of the trail weaves its way through the Pennings neighborhood, with chances to walk by the Mississippi River, cut through beautiful parks, and even scenes from the industrial cityscape! If your dog is more into a few rounds of fetch, you can head over to the 13.8-acre Van Preter Park. There are memorial trees and flower gardens that punctuate the walking trail along the park. This makes for a nice scenic excursion with Fido!
Do your dogs like stretch their legs out and explore the inner hound dog in them? If you live in the Cottage Hills neighborhood, you can explore 704-acre Gordon F. Moore Park! Whether you've got a dog poised for chasing down a tennis ball or a dog that loves to just sit by your side, this park has everything! There are 6 play-fields just waiting for a game of fetch with all the human and doggie amenities you could pawssibly need. If you love fishing, you and Fido can head to the 13-acre fish stocked lake to throw a line in by the waterfall. Gordon F. Moore Park is decorated with a variety of flora and fauna sure to brighten your and Fido's day!
Does your dog love being pampered? Your dogs are probably used to the pet groomers, but if you live in Wood River, you can get a "dif-fur-rent" kind of pampering in the form of drive-through dining service. You need to check out King Louie's Drive-In! This year-round pet-friendly restaurant will bring the food right to you in your car! Fido's going back to the '50s! King Louie's serves made to order specialties like The Double Lion Tamer Burger, Cod Fillet Sandwich, and ice cream floats! Aside from the carhop service, what makes King Louie's famous is their Potato Planks! Fido will tell you to order every topping twice!