If you’re looking for a pet-friendly city in the heart of the Prairie State, Peoria, Illinois is certainly the place for you! Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, there are many options for having an adventure with your four-legged friend.
If you need lodging during your stay, there are several options available. The Quality Inn, just minutes from riverfront views, allows dogs of all sizes. Baymont Inn allows dogs and charges a fee based on their size. If you’re looking for a unique stay, try the Mark Twain Hotel, which allows pets and charges a refundable pet fee.
As for dining options, many Peoria restaurants accommodate dogs. Both Avanti’s, which specializes in build-your-own pasta dishes and pizza, and Sugar Wood-Fired Bistro, which serves wood-fired pizza and sandwiches, offer outdoor seating when the weather allows. Lou’s Drive-In offers delicious tamales that you can chow down on in the car with your pooch.
Peoria is also home to several dog parks. Bradley Dog Park is an off-leash park open daily from dawn to dusk. There is also the Vicary Bottoms Dog Exercise Area, which is an unfenced area open to well-behaved off-leash dogs. If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, you can also book a ride through the town from Carriage Classics – they allow one dog to ride along in the horse-drawn carriage adventure for no additional fee. Certainly there’s something for everybody in Peoria!
East Peoria is conveniently located off Interstate 74 and overlooks the Peoria Lake. The River Trail of Illinois offers one of over 1,600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. This previously unused railroad is now the perfect place to walk your dog in East Peoria. Bass Pro Shop hosts the Dog Days Family Event that includes free seminars, demos, and activities for the whole family! You can win prizes, and free doggie bags are provided to the first 100 pups!
This family-friendly community offers easy access to golf courses, universities, hospitals and parks. Bradley Park is home to 140 acres of open space, Frisbee golf, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, walking paths, and a dog park! Bradley Dog Park is a fenced, off-leash, 5-acre doggie park that comes with water fountains, waste stations, and separate sides for large and small dogs. Fieldhouse Bar and Grill is a popular spot to grab a bite to eat that serves beer, cocktails and accommodates dogs at one of their outdoor tables on their patio.
Central Peoria is located directly along Peoria Lake and Interstate 74 and offers plenty of access to dining and shopping. The Riverfront Gateway Building holds the annual Peoria Undy Run/Walk in support of colon cancer. Throw on your most outrageous undies and grab your pups to participate in this family-friendly 5k that raises awareness about the dangers of colon cancer. Central Peoria offers a plethora of dog friendly eateries including Rhythm Kitchen, The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern, Café 401, Adams Street Café, Two25, and Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery to name a few!
This community is located off Interstate 74 and offers plenty of shopping at nearby Northwoods Mall. PetSmart is the local pet supplier and even hosts fun seasonal dog-friendly events like Easter Fun for Every Bunny that offers free photos with the Easter Bunny and the opportunity to socialize and meet other critters in the area. Donnelly’s Shamrock Pub is a dog-friendly eatery serving a variety of pub fare to locals and tourists alike. Visitors to Donnelly's looking to dig into a plate of Fish and Chips alongside their furry friend can do so at one of its many outdoor tables.