Just 30 minutes north of Topeka, the small town of Holton offers fun activities for you and your pup. Most residents in town enjoy friendly neighbors who are always willing to help out and who cherish their four-legged family members. With two veterinarian clinics in town, Fido will have all his medical needs taken care of by friendly and professional staff.
When hanging out in downtown Holton, take your pooch and yourself for some exercise at the Holton City Parks & Recreation Center. There are large open fields where Fido can run around, and picnic tables are available for you to sit down and eat a snack. The walking trails will let you get in some laps, and the kids can have fun on the playground or basketball court. Older kids may also enjoy the disc golf.
Linscott Park is another option when spending the day out with your pup that offers tennis courts and a horseshoe pit in addition to a playground for the kids. Walk Fido around the park while the kids play, just remember your doggie waste bags.
If you are looking for a great place to share a meal with your furry family members, head over to Boomers’ Steakhouse & Grill. You can dine in a casual atmosphere and your pup can join you at the outdoor tables. On the way home from dinner, stop by Holton Farm & Home and pick up some quality dog food and treats for your pampered pooch.
Although the town is small, you and Fido will find plenty of activities to keep yourselves busy. Spend time at the parks or the nature reserves and enjoy the beauty of Holton, KS.
Rafter’s Park off Nebraska Avenue is perfect for a walk with your pup and spending time with Fido. You can stroll through the park and admire the amazing burr oak tree which is known as one of the largest and oldest in the state. Your pup will love sniffing the trees and plants and rolling in the grass. The kids can also spend time in the pool or bring your fishing pole and try your luck in Elkhorn Lake. You can stroll around the lake and watch the wildlife, but be sure to keep your pups on a leash and bring your own doggie waste bags.
If you are looking for a fun park out in the country, head out to Prairie Lake on 246 Road. The lake covers over 43 acres and offers a great place to go fishing, camping, or swimming. Fido can run around and sniff the grass or watch the fish jumping in the water. Pup parents who enjoy camping will find the primitive sites spacious and convenient. You will need to keep your pooch on a leash when spending time at the campground, but your pup can socialize with their furry friends when spending time in the great outdoors.
The Banner Creek Reservoir can be found off 230 Road in the west section of Holton. With over 550 acres of water, you and your family can enjoy spending time with your pup and taking advantage of a variety of water activities. There is a trail around the lake that covers about 15 miles where you can let your pup stretch their legs. The three miles of ADA approved trail is perfect if you need access with a stroller or wheelchair. Fido will have a snifftastic time in the grass and wildflowers, just be sure to keep pups on a leash when walking through the area. You will also need to pack your own doggie waste bags and dispose of trash in the receptacles.
One of the best recent additions to the town of Holton is Dogwood Park in the larger Countryside Park on 1st St and Pennsylvania Avenue. The park was funded with a donation from a local woman and features a fenced in area where pups can run and play. The shelter in the park is named after the woman’s beloved pup Rocky, and there are areas for both large and small dogs. The agility equipment will challenge Fido and doggie waste bags are provided in the park. Pups will have a furtastic time socializing with friends while their parents chat with neighbors on a shaded bench. After spending time in the dog park, take your pups for a walk on their leash through Countryside Park and enjoy the exercise.
About 10 miles outside the center of town in the Eastern portion of Holton, the Nebo State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is another option when spending the day with your pup. The area covers about 25 acres of land and 40 acres of water. You and your pup can stroll around the lake and watch the wildlife, just be sure to keep Fido on his leash. There is primitive camping allowed at the lake, but you and your pup will have to hike in since access by a vehicle is limited. While your pooch is rolling around in the grass, throw your fishing line in and catch some Channel catfish or largemouth bass. Whether you spend a few hours or a couple of days at the Lake, you and your pup will have a pawsome time.