Harvey is a large community of about 23,000 residents located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Just south of New Orleans, this district has over fifty veterinarians within a five-mile radius and countless activities for pups and their parents to enjoy -- including rafting, kayaking, and exploring the nearby French Quarter.
Some of the most popular destinations near Harvey are the dog parks. Wisner Dog Park, snuggled in between baseball fields and basketball courts, is home to a small, fenced dog run. Crescent Park, a robust twenty acres, is also home to a fenced dog run and offers unparalleled views of the Mississippi. Coliseum Square, home to a dog park in nearby NOLA, boasts a beautiful center fountain, a dog-friendly water bubbler, and complimentary doggie bags.
Harvey is home to nearly a dozen dog-friendly restaurants, including options for Chinese, American, Tex-Mex, Cajun, and Vietnamese cuisine. For a more unconventional meal, swing by Parrot Pete’s on Manhattan Blvd. They serve breakfast favorites all day, and their outdoor patio is pup-friendly.Harvey’s close proximity to The Big Easy makes it the perfect place for pups and their parents. With a variety of pup-friendly restaurants and parks nearby, this bustling community is far enough from the city to avoid the crowds but close enough to enjoy the amenities. Puptastic!
Metairie is located 12 miles west of Harvey. It is a town with shops, and a variety of things to see and do. Metairie is home to two dog parks. Lafreniere Dog Park is located at 3000 Downs Blvd. This 5-acre dog park is fully fenced with areas for small and large dogs. The grassy park has one water fountain, a generous supply of waste bags, and a few benches for a human companion. The dog park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m, and on Monday from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Bonnabel Boat Launch Bark Park is located at 1599 Bonnabel Blvd. This small dog park is big enough for even the largest dog to get some play and exercise. The surrounding park has paths for on-leash walking, and you and your pup can fish together off the pier.
Covington is 40 miles north of Harvey. This sleepy little Louisiana town has quaint shops and is home to Pretty Acres Dog Park. Pretty Acres is located at 301 S. Orchard Lane. This Dog Park is a flat and grassy fenced field for dogs to run, run, and run. This Dog Park has a picnic table in the middle of the dog park, but there is no shade to be found. Dogs don’t mind, though. A few kiddie pools give dogs a chance to splash and cool down. Waste bags are supplied at the park. A walking path around the perimeter of the Dog Park gives the two-legged friend a chance to burn a few calories, too.
Mandeville is forty miles north of Harvey. Pelican Bark Park is located at 63350 Pelican Drive. Pelican Bark Park is a four acre Dog Park with all the amenities you and your pup want in a Dog Park. This fully fenced grassy enclosure has water fountains, benches and a gazebo. The Dog Park is open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The addition of lights make it convenient for people to take their dogs out after work for a run. The cooler evening hours make it easier on both dog and person. Beach House located at 124 Girard Street serves lunch and dinner of sandwiches, salads in dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Gretna is two miles northeast from Harvey. It is another small town surrounded by the very populated New Orleans metropolitan area. Gretna Dog Park located 3253 Claire Avenue has one large grassy fenced area for off leash socialization. This pleasant Dog Park has benches, shade, water, agility equipment and lots of good furry pals to sniff and run with. Dogs seem to get extra muddy after playing at Gretna, but fun doesn’t always have to mean clean. A stop at Poochie Bella’s Pet Grooming on 732 Westbank Expressway will wash all that dirt away, and can style the most fastidious of dogs.