At the junction of the Westfield River, the Chicopee River, and the Mill River lies the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield of Western New England is the first Springfield in the United States and is dubbed the City of Firsts. Springfield is not only of great economic importance but also seen as the cultural capital of the state.
One of the reasons why Springfield, Massachusetts, is considered one of the most beautiful cities of New England, is the vast amount of parks in the area. The natural sceneries that Springfield has to offer is a great fit for families, nature lovers, and dog owners.
The three most interesting parks in the region are the Dinosaur Footprints Park, which received its name after finding the gigantic tracks of the prehistoric animals, and the Forest Park, an attractive park that offers picnic areas, benches, restrooms and water fountains.
Visitors with dogs should definitely check out the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Dogs are not allowed inside the buildings but are allowed on the museum grounds. The Springfield Armory was the first armory to start producing muskets and played an important role for the industrialization of the country.
Finding a place to stay in Springfield does not require a lot of effort. There are plenty pet-friendly hotels in town, including La Quinta Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Red Roof Plus+.
This little nugget is nestled in one of the residential districts of Springfield. It’s also the home of one of the biggest public parks in the city. Von Horn Park is located in a subdivision known as Hungry Hill. This park is perfect for humans and their four-legged friends alike. Von Horn Park has a beautiful trail that dogs are allowed on, as long as they are on their leashes. Whether your dog prefers walking or running, he will surely have a sniff-tastic time and make a lot of friends at this lovely park.
Nathan Bill Playground is by far one of the most scenic parks in Springfield. This is an excellent spot to walk your dog and have a day of fun. Since this park is meant for both two-legged and four-legged loved ones, remember to keep your four-legged pals on a leash. Besides this park being a great place for your dogs to get a little bit of exercise, it also features a water park. So on those really hot days when Fido can’t seem to cool off, there is always an alternative to emptying your water bottle on his hot furry head.
West Springfield is a rather large area that contains two signature parks for you and your dog to explore. Mittineague Park is a charming public park, complete with a walking path surrounded by beautiful nature. Keep in mind that dogs are required to be on leash in this park. West Springfield is also home to one of the only dog parks in town! This little area is called Terriers Unleashed and it’s very close to Mittineague Park. After a bit of nature exploring, your pup is bound to get a little dirty. The Pawsitive Look in West Springfield will give your fur baby the best grooming money can afford. Dogs of all sizes are welcome.