Is your backyard just not big enough to really throw Fido’s favorite ball? Are you both feeling cramped during playtime? Do you have a permit for your dog? Then check out Green Valley Forest Preserve on the corner of Greene Road and Hobson Road. There are two separate areas for the big dogs and the small pooches – a larger area for the large breeds and a smaller area for the smaller dogs. Water is provided at the park.
It’s Sunday afternoon, and you and your family are looking for something to do besides stare at the television. What do you do? What if you could find and visit a magical place where bonds can be strengthened, and the fun is endless? Well, there is…it’s called outside! Don’t just go anywhere outside, though, go to Whalon Lake Dog Park! Open from 6:00 a.m. to sunset April through October and from 8:00 a.m. to sunset November through March, this park has something for the entire family. There’s an 8-acre fenced-in dog park complete with doggie exercise equipment, a 2.5-acre dog park for dogs less than 30 pounds, trails, picnic areas, and an 80-acre lake perfect for fishing and boating. Dogs must have permits to play at this park.
Open from hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset, SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park has a special off-leash area for dogs to run freely, but dogs must be on leashes that are no longer than 10 feet while exploring all other areas of the park. Owners must have their dogs’ permits on them at all the times and follow all of the park’s rules.
Spring Brook neighborhood is considered one of the most dog-friendly places in Naperville. The local dog park is far from typical, with its enormous off-leash area – including a trail! Dogs are welcome to congregate and romp around in the common area, or wander throughout the prairie grasses of the trail. Creeks and ruff play usually means a happy, yet dirty, dog, so definitely bring a towel. Permits are required to enjoy the off-leash area of Spring Brook Prairie, but daily permits (as well as annual permits) can be purchased here. So if your Fido is in need of letting go some of his or her pent-up energy, Spring Brook is a wonderful neighborhood to consider.
Jackson Avenue in Naperville is home to the Naperville Riverwalk, and the walk is just as peaceful as it sounds. This riverwalk includes 2 miles of brick paths, featuring fountains, bridges, sculptures and artwork, recreational facilities, and memorials. Leashed dogs are welcome in this dog-loving community, where plenty of shade and drinking water can be easily found at various locations. To top it off, the nearby Riverwalk Café allows dogs to sit and unwind with you on their patio. So you don't have to skip out the local delicacies, plus you get fantastic view! But, wait, there’s even more! The café has its very own simple dog menu, so your dog can enjoy a quick bite to eat with you!
Green Valley neighborhood in Naperville has two dog parks that are highly rated – one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. The parks are spacious enough for running around and play, so make sure to bring a few toys. Other park dogs tend to be friendly, and will become best buds with your dog shortly after arriving. Benches with shade are available for onlooking pet parents, and Forest Cops are present to ensure safety to all. Water is also available for thirsty pups who need a quick sip before continuing playtime. Whether your pup is larger or a bit smaller, Green Valley has a safe place for your dog to release energy and to continue being happy.
Whalon Lake provides one of the most beautiful dog parks in Naperville, which is rated highly among dog-lovers. This park is separated into two sections based on dog weight. For dogs under 30 pounds, a private three-acre section is available just for these small pooches. Shelters and benches are placed in both sections for human companions’ comfort, where they can watch while Fido frolics in the tall prairie grasses. In this friendly environment, you can meet numerous friendly dog owners as Fido becomes acquainted with other fur-companions too! If your dog needs an energy release, then Whalon Lake Dog Park is a match made in doggy heaven!
In downtown Naperville, Two Bostons is a gourmet doggie treat-making gem. This local gem offers a nice selection of pet foods that even other retailers don't carry. Adorable doggie clothing, toys, and pretty much anything your pup’s heart could ever desire is also at Two Bostons. Owned by dog-lovers themselves, the friendly people in this area will treat your pup like the king or queen they rightfully are. After a long day in the park, Two Bostons is the perfect place to top off a pawesome day! With affordable prices, Two Bostons will even have you feeling like royalty.