Small, family-friendly, and just within commuting distance of Indianapolis, the town of Atlanta, IN has a long and storied history. Founded by Irish born Gen. Michael Sheil in 1834, Atlanta became a bustling semi-city during the gas boom, but after the gas pocket ran dry, the population declined.
These days, Atlanta is famed throughout the area for the Atlanta New Earth Festival. Visit during the month of September and you and your pooch can wonder at the wares of over 600 street vendors, feast at food trucks, and, of course, enjoy some live, open air entertainment! You won’t find a vet in Atlanta itself, but there’s a choice of clinics to take good care of your furry friend in the nearby towns of Cicero and Tipton.
Atlanta doesn’t have its own dog park, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy are bound to be bored! There’s not much of a choice of community parks in town, but Dolles Park is a lovely little spot for a leashed walk. You might need to drive a little to give your pooch the most pawesome experience, but don’t worry -- with a long enough leash, Atlanta can be a great base camp for you and your best friend to romp fur-ther afield!
Mehlig Dog Park in Kokomo may be a little ways out from Atlanta, but it’d be a huge faux paw not to visit! This dog run is one of the largest in the area. There’s plenty of space for your pooch to leap about and tire themselves out in both the large and small dog sections, and like the park in Darrough Chapel, there’s an agility course for some extra canine cardio! Bags, water and toys are provided, but keep in mind that the park’s surface is mostly dirt and grass, so you might want to bring a towel for post-play clean-up!