Lowell, Indiana was named after Lowell, Massachusetts, and it lies on the Valparaiso Moraine. The city has a lot of places that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is perfect for those of you who are history lovers. Such places are James Brannon House, Melvin A. Halsted House, Lowell Commercial Historic District, J. Claude Rumsey House and the Charles E. Nichols House. Lowell is also the hometown of the actress Jo Anne Worley.
Lowell is around 50 miles away from Chicago, which is home to plenty of dog-friendly places to sniff out with your best furry friend! But, luckily for dog owners who live in Lowell, you won't even have to leave town to find some furrific places to check out with your pawesome pal.
Goldstar Cafe and Catering and Dairy Queen are both dog-friendly. Goldstar Cafe is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch! There are many more places in Crown Point, which is just 12 miles away from Lowell. Here, you'll find three veterinary clinics and hospitals that will take good care of your pup in case of any emergencies. If you want to take your pup on a hike in the vicinity of Lowell, you should check out the Erie Lackawanna Trail, located in Crown Point.
If you're in Lowell and you want to take your dog somewhere to romp around and socialize with other dogs, the Freedom Bark Park is the pawfect place for you! The dog park is properly enclosed and has different areas for small and large pups. The main drawback is that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are not allowed in the park. Other than that, the park really has everything you need for a furrific day with your dog. It has plenty of trees and grassy space to roll around in, drinking water, tunnels, a digging area, and seating for the pup parents.
Twenty-one miles north of Lowell is another pawesome park that you can take your dog to: Wicker Memorial Dog Park. This park is rich with trees and bushes, and is securely enclosed so you can enjoy a day in the park worry-free. Be aware that dogs have to be registered to use this park -- you can register your dog at the Wicker Memorial Park Picnic Office. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are not allowed in the park, unfortunately. You'll find a water fountain outside of the enclosed area, so you might want to bring a bowl.
Just 6.5 miles north of Lowell, you'll find the Dogwood Run, located at the Lemon Lake County Park in Crown Point. This 14-acre park offers plenty of room for dogs to run, sniff, and meet some new friends. There are two fenced areas -- 7 acres each -- where the dogs can safely enjoy the day. One of the two enclosed areas even has some obstacles that will provide extra fun for your pooch! There are plenty of trails outside of the fenced areas where you can walk your dog on-leash if that’s what you prefer. The main park also has some fun, family-friendly amenities, like disc golf, a fishing lake, party pavilions, ball fields and beautiful places for picnics.
Rover's Run Dog Park is a little bit further away -- around 28 miles away from Lowell -- in South Homewood. This off-leash, fenced park is a members-only park, so you'll need to acquire a tag from the county if you want to play with your pup here. Other than that, the park offers a lot of amenities for both the dogs and the human visitors. Fresh drinking water is available here, but you'll need to bring some waste baggies. You'll also find shade trees, plenty of grass to play in, and benches for the doggie parents. Fido will also love strutting his stuff on the agility equipment!
If you are more in the mood to play at a sandy beach where your dog can dig in the sand and dip his paws in the water, visit the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton. Dogs are allowed along the shore of the Lake Michigan, but they have to be on-leash at all times, and the leash cannot be more than 6 feet long. Dogs are not permitted on the lifeguarded sections of the beach. Other than that, you can walk your dog on the many hiking trails here! Just make sure you take some water with you, as well as waste baggies to keep the beach nice and tidy for everyone.