Located a little over an hour east of Indianapolis, Richmond is a pup-friendly city with a variety of activities for families and their four-legged friends. Warm summer days are perfect for a stroll over to Springwood Park, just five minutes north of the center of town. The park covers 104 acres of land and features a 30-acre lake. While walking with your pup, you can admire the Thistlewaite Falls in the southern portion of the park where a mill was located years ago. Fido will enjoy stretching his legs along the Cardinal Greenway Trail that runs alongside the park.
You won’t need to worry about finding quality and affordable medical care for your pup in Richmond. The town features 18 veterinarian clinics offering dental, affordable spay and neuter services, and routine and emergency appointments.
Treat your pooch to some family time at The Olde Richmond Inn Restaurant. You can order a variety of menu items and relax on the outdoor patio with your pup and friends. Another option when looking for a pup-friendly place for dinner is the Firehouse BBQ and Blues restaurant. This casual eatery and bar offers drinks, delicious meals,and dog friendly outdoor seating.
If you are looking for a unique activity to share with your pooch, plan an outing to Paint the Towne on North 8th Street. You can plan a day with your friends and their pups at this paint-your-own-art studio where Fido is welcome and you can relax with a glass of wine while using your artistic talents.
Whether you live with your family in Richmond, or you are traveling and need a pooch-friendly break, this is the city for you and your pup.
Situated in the City Center, the South 10th Street Park covers a little over two acres and offers plenty of open space where Fido can run around and roll in the grass. This was the first park established in town and is still used for a variety of festivals. Another convenient option is Swicker Park, also known as the South 7th Street Park. While strolling through the area, you can admire the fountains and the paved walkways where your pooch can sniff the flowers and trees. After an energetic walk, head over to the 5th Street Coffee and Bagel shop where you can choose from a variety of baked goods and breakfast items while sitting at the outdoor tables with your pup.
One of the most popular parks in town, the Glen Miller Park is located on East Main Street and is a wonderful place to spend time with your pup. You can stroll around the duck pond and watch the wildlife while Fido has a snifftastic time in the plants and along the water’s edge. You can also admire the fountain in the middle of the park, and you will often see other pups and their parents out walking around the former Glen Miller Golf Course. The pathways are perfect for walking or running, and the kids can hang out at the playground. If you get hungry while out with your pooch, head over to Galo’s Italian Grill where you can enjoy Italian food on the porch with your well-behaved pup.
In the Whitewater Valley Gorge neighborhood, you and Fido can enjoy walking through the Veterans Memorial Park where you can admire various monuments to area veterans. There is a fun pedestrian suspension bridge where you can admire the Gorge, in addition to a walking trail. The park also features picnic facilities where you can relax with your pup. If you are looking for a longer hike, the D Street Trailhead allows you to hike along the Gorge almost 3.5 miles from the Veterans park traveling south to Test Road. Just remember to bring some water bottles and your own doggie waste bags.
Clear Creek Park is located on the west side of town, and offers a great place to walk your pup and get some exercise. This 49-acre park is divided into two sections with one portion dedicated to the city pool. The other side of the park features a walking path and wide-open spaces where you can play with your pup and run off some excess energy. If you are out with the kids, they can enjoy the playground or basketball court, and you can plan a picnic with your pooch at one of the shelters. Fido will have a furtastic time sniffing all the plants and trees or chasing a ball or frisbee.
Near the Middlefork Reservoir, Hill’s Bark Park is a wonderful area to let your pup run off leash. The park is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Wayne County. Your pup can run around in the fenced area and socialize with other pups out for some exercise. If you have a small or older pooch, there is a separate area where he can play and roll around in the grass. There are picnic tables where pup parents can relax, but be sure to clean up with the convenient doggie waste bags and receptacles. For more adventure, check out the Richmond KOA located at the Reservoir. There are many shady campsites where you and Fido can enjoy a night under the stars and the campground offers a small off-leash area for pups to play.