Located within Allendale Charter Township, Allendale is a town in the center of Ottawa County in western Michigan. If you are a dog lover, make sure to visit Michigan in winter to experience a unique adventure: dog sledding across masses of pristine snow!
But if you're traveling with a pooch yourself, don't worry -- there's plenty of pet-friendly activities to enjoy here. Two animal clinics are located in downtown, whereas parks and recreation areas are dotted all around Allendale and along the Grand River. Hungry? Drive just ten miles to Grand Rapids to find a variety of pet-friendly eateries and cafes.
If you love camping, Allendale is the pawfect place for you! Allendale/West Grand Rapids Campground is a wonderful place to find a retreat and ditch the daily grind for a while. The neatly organized cabins here are pet-friendly, but you'll have to make a reservation in advance. The staff will help you and Fido feel as comfortable and close to nature as possible!
Quiet walking trails in Robinson Forest will accommodate every thrill- and adventure-seeker. Nestled on the banks of Grand River, the park has water access so your pup can dip his paws on a hot day! The park is rarely crowded, but your pooch should stay on their leash at all times.
Jenison is a small town within Georgetown Township. Just 10 minutes southeast of Allendale via Fillmore Street, the area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and parks along the river, as well as the huge enclosed area of Grand Ravines Dog Park. Highly rated by locals and visitors, the fenced park offers tons of room to run and play with pup peers! Escape artists won't even think about running, because there's enough room even for dozens of big pups! The park also features walking trails to explore, benches, and picnic tables as well as clean restrooms and drinking water.
Galewood is a riverside neighborhood in Wyoming, just down the river from downtown Grand Rapids. Home to both residential quarters and commercial areas, it's the perfect place to find some R&R with your pooch. Marquette Park is a quiet recreation area with a spacious ball field. Explore the area with your leashed pooch, or play fetch when no one is using the fields. The park also has a picnic table with benches. Want some off-leash playtime? Head to Wyoming Dog Park, a fenced off-leash area near Plaster Creek. This is a very popular park with tons of locals in the evening. Want to socialize? This is the pawfect place to do it!
The pet-friendly area of Midtown is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, about 30 minutes east of Allendale. Centered on residential quarters, Midtown has a few places to grab a bite and shop for some supplies you may need during your travels. The local pooches rave about Fuller Park and Hillcrest Dog Park, so why not check them out yourself? Located within the main park, the pooch park is extremely popular in the afternoon. There's only one area for dogs of all sizes to play in here. Tired pup parents can chat on the benches while watching their dogs sniff out some new friends.
Downtown Grand Rapids is, unsurprisingly, home to paw-lenty of dog-friendly places! Start your adventures in the heart of the city with a cup of joe or a quick bite at Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge. Need something a little more substantial? Paw on over to Sundance Grill. This local favorite has earned a five bone rating for its varied menu and scrumptious breakfasts. Locals note that this spot doesn't just allow dogs to dine -- it welcomes them with open arms! The wait staff will even greet your pooch with a bowl of water. These are just two of downtown's pet-friendly eateries. Bone Appetit!
Ottawa Beach Road starts in the heart of Beechwood, stretches north of Holland, goes around Lake Macatawa, and bumps into Holland State Park. The area becomes especially animated near Park Township Airport. There are plenty of amenities here for visitors and locals, including fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, and a dog park. Park Township Dog Park is a furrific fenced park with a walking loop around the perimeter! Covered in gravel and grass, the single area has plenty of room to run and play with pup peers. Don't forget to bring some waste bags and drinking water with you, since they're not provided here.