The great thing about suburbs like St. Charles, Illinois, is that there are plenty pet lovers found. And where you can find many pets, you will also find many things to do for said pets. St. Charles is no different, and the community has made sure that dogs do not have to stick to digging holes in their own back yard.
The first stop is the West Side Community Dog Park, which offers 3 - 4 acres of safe fun for small and large dogs alike. Interesting touches are the availability of agility equipment and supply of fresh water. The East Side Sports Complex dog park, located on the other site of St. Charles, is slightly larger and adds a pool for dogs to swim in the mix. Great times!
Spending a day in St. Charles with a dog does not necessarily hinder your movement. In the neighboring city of Geneva, you can shop until you drop in the Geneva Commons outdoors shopping centre which features Wet Nose, a pet boutique. In town, there are at least two restaurants that allow their visitors to enjoy typical American cuisine outside with their dog to conclude the day.
Nature lovers regularly visit the Pottawatomie Park, which is located alongside the Fox River. While dogs have to be on the leash, the sheer size of this natural beauty - over 92 acres - ensure that no dog will be full of energy after this walk. It is even possible (and a ton of fun!) to hop on a riverboat cruise from here!
Saint Charles Central offers scenic views provided by the Fox River, numerous forest preserves, country and golf clubs, and plenty of shopping! The Fox River Trail is one of the 1,600 trails that are sponsored by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy which is a nonprofit that works to turn former rail lines that are left unused, into walking and jogging trails to be utilized by citizens and their leashed doggies! DogFest Walk ‘N Roll Illinois is a dog-friendly event held in Pottawatomie Park that includes activities, music and a chance to bid on great prizes! Walk or roll along the beautiful riverfront at your leisure, or enjoy a quick walk/roll around the historic pavilion!
Wildrose is located on the opposite side of the Fox River from St. Charles, and provides access to parks, shopping and the Kane County Fairgrounds. Timber Trails Park has several walking trails that can be enjoyed by humans and leashed pups! The Great Western Trail is another walking path that can be used by people and their on-leash doggies. The Chicago Pet Show-St Charles is held here at the Kane County Fairgrounds where you and your pooch can enjoy the entertainment or make new friends! Beef Shack, Evergreen Pub & Grill, Colonial Ice Cream and McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub all accommodate dogs.