Situated about two hours northwest of Wichita, the small town of Hoisington is surrounded by farmland and open fields. Families and their pups who live in the area can enjoy walking through town or hiking along the railroad tracks to get some exercise. Fido will even enjoy regular visits to the one veterinarian clinic in town, the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital.
When you are looking for some exercise for Fido and the kids, head over to Pride Park on East 3rd St. There is a well-maintained playground for the kids, and you and your pup can walk the perimeter of the small park. Teenagers can play on the basketball court, and there are a couple benches where you and your pooch can sit and watch the kids. There is a shade tree where you can spread a blanket and relax while your pooch runs around, and there are restrooms available where you can dispose of doggie waste bags in the trash receptacles.
If you and Fido enjoy living in a small farming community, Hoisington has just what you need. You can spend time with family and friends at the local parks, the nature refuge, or hiking and biking along the trail in Great Bend.
Families living in Great Bend can enjoy two parks in the downtown area. Bicentennial Park features a playground for the kids, and plenty of space for you and your pup to walk laps. The tennis courts and baseball field are lit up at night, so you can even walk Fido in the evening. The walking trail travels around the horseshoe court and perimeter of the park, so after getting some exercise, stop at the picnic shelter for a cold drink and a snack. Another pawsome destination is Heritage Park on West 1st St. This small park is perfect for a quick walk or to let the kids run around the playground or take advantage of the basketball or tennis courts.
In the northern section of town, the Hoisington RV Park is situated at the edge of the recreation center parking lot and offers electric and water hookups for people traveling through the area. The park is quiet and the large open field at the Rec Center is perfect for letting your pups stretch their legs. After spending some time in the fresh air, walk over to the Dairy Queen for a pup cup and ice cream cone to cool off. You can even access the open public Wifi at the park, and during the day, the Rec building is open. If you need a quick and convenient place to stay when passing through Hoisington, this spot will meet your needs.
About ten miles east of Hoisington, the Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge is in the town of Great Bend. You can drive through the area and admire the scenery, or get out and walk along the trail with your pup and the kids. You will need to keep Fido on a leash, but as you walk along the path, you will see a variety of birds and other wildlife. Since the area is a wildlife refuge, keep your eyes on the lookout for snakes and turtles, and be sure to bring some doggie waste bags to clean up after your pup. If you enjoy nature and the great outdoors, this is a fun family and Fido-friendly destination.
Just twelve miles south of Hoisington, your pooch will have a furtastic time at the City of Great Bend Dog Park on 17th St & McKinley St. The off-leash park is fenced and provides a great place for your pooch to run around and socialize. There are toys available, so play a game of fetch or frisbee with your furry pal and then relax on a bench and enjoy a bottle of water. There are doggie waste bags provided. Outside the dog park, the Veteran's Memorial Park also offers space to walk Fido. You can enjoy the pond and feed the ducks - just be sure to keep your pooch on a leash. If you need a place to spend the night when visiting the area, Days Inn and Traveler’s Budget Inn welcome pups for an additional fee.
When you and Fido are looking for a great place to hike, head to the Great Bend Hike & Bike Trail on W Barton County Road. The hiking trail is about fourteen miles southwest of Hoisington, but close enough to enjoy spending the day admiring the scenery and some energetic exercise. The path is mostly asphalt and concrete, although there are sections that are gravel. You can leave the car in the parking lot and walk along the peaceful trail away from the traffic and frenzy of town. The path wanders along the Arkansas River, offering a breeze if you are lucky, and some fun views of wildlife.