What do you think is louder: a revving motor or your dog barking when he really, really wants to go for a walk?
Speedway, Indiana is located just outside of Indianapolis, and it’s also home to Indianapolis Motor Speedway! The track hosts the infamous Indianapolis 500, which is an annual NASCAR race. If you’re wondering which came first, the race track or the town name, we have the answer for you: the race track. The track opened in 1909, while the city of Speedway first came to be three years later in 1912. Today, Speedway serves as a hub for race fans and those who commute to work in Indianapolis.
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly place to take your pup, Speedway doesn’t have any eateries where your pooch can join you, and there are no dog parks. Don’t write the town off just yet, though. With Indianapolis being less than ten miles up the road, you and your furry friend will have access to several dog parks and a handful of dog-friendly restaurants. There are also over a dozen veterinarian options in and around Indianapolis, so you can get quality care for your dog.
Speedway might not have plenty for you and your dog, but fun with Fido is only a bone’s throw away!
About 10 minutes from Speedway, you and Fido can go visit Broad Ripple Dog Park. With plenty of room for your playful pup to run around, he’s sure to have a ball with his new furry friends. Socialization is great for your dog, as it allows them to develop good manners. Water is sometimes provided by the dog park, but locals say it gets used up quickly; it might be best to bring some along with you. Better safe than sorry! You will need a pass to use this dog park; there’s a small annual fee. Proof of vaccinations is required.
If you’re looking for somewhere new to walk your dog, you should definitely pay a visit to 100 Acres Art and Nature Park. This massive park does require Fido to be on a leash, but it’s well worth the ten-minute drive. Art installations are placed throughout the park; many visitors make a day out of trying to see them all. There are also picnic tables and shelters available for you to use; throw a bagged lunch in a backpack, and you won’t even have to leave the park! Please remember to bring waste bags and clean up after yourself and your dog.
Paul Ruster Bark Park is located about 30 minutes east of Speedway, but we guarantee your pooch will be howling in excitement as soon as you get there! This dog park is perfect for dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. There’s plenty of room for Fido to run around, whether they want to chase after their new friends or play a game of fetch with you. This dog park does require you have a pooch pass; you can get a single-day pass if you're just visiting or a year-long pass. Have a ball at Paul Ruster Bark Park!
Eagle Creek, a neighborhood about ten minutes north of Speedway, is home to Eagle Creek Park. The park is a great place to take Fido for a walk, as it runs through the woods; we’re certain your dog will love getting to take in all the new sights and smells. This park is pretty large, so you don’t need to plan to walk the entirety of the nature trail. Your dog does have to be on a leash for the duration of your walk, and that’s for his own safety as well as the safety of local wildlife. Remember to clean up your dog, and make sure you have some water on hand.
About 20 minutes from Speedway, you and Fido can go make some friends at the Humane Society of Indianapolis Dog Park! This dog park includes a walking trail that’s over a mile long, so you can get some exercise, too – if that’s your thing. If not, there’s plenty of shaded seating for dog moms and dads. To help with the upkeep of the park, there is an annual membership fee. You can find more information on the Humane Society’s website. Please remember to clean up after your pup; no one wants to step in anything icky! All dogs are welcome.