Ann Arbor is known as a fabulous place to visit with your family, friends, significant other, and of course, your canine companion! Home to a variety of family-friendly museums, an eclectic collection of unique shops, numerous ethnic restaurants, and even hip nightclubs, you’ll have a hard time getting bored in this truly enjoyable city.
Let your pup run free at the quiet Canine Corral, a securely fenced, off-leash dog park that features an artisan gazebo built by Amish craftsman. You’ll also find plenty of community dog toys, water bowls, and comfortable benches at this one-of-a-kind local puppy hang out.
After a relaxing day with your pup at the park, head over to Aut Bar for some outstanding bar food, fantastic happy hour specials, and a lovely outdoor seating area where Fido is welcome to join in on the relaxation action! If you’re planning to stay in Ann Arbor for a bit, you and your pup are more than welcome at Red Roof Ann Arbor. Up to two pets of any size are allowed per room for no additional fee at this recently renovated, reasonably priced, pet-friendly hotel. Whatever your reason for visiting, Ann Arbor is a city that’s sure to keep you and your pup on your feet!
Contrary to the name, Pittsfield in south Ann Arbor is not the pits. This charming neighborhood hosts two parks across the street from each other. The first is Swift Run Dog Park. A roomy 10 acre park with separate runs for large and small dogs. If your dog isn’t the “swift run” type, you can either amble through Swift Run Dog Park or head across the street to Southeast Area Park. This park is complete with a playground for human children, and provides plenty of benches and items of interest for leashed dogs to explore at their leisure.
Kerrytown is the home of Broadway Park. Broadway is a multi-use park, but is mainly left natural. When bringing your pup to this park, be prepared to rough it. Bringinging your own bowl and water is essential. The park is large and remote, but is not fenced, so skittish dogs or those who are still skeptical that you really mean “Come!” when you call them would do better on a leash. Weekdays are quieter than weekends, when the park is typically populated by students at the nearby University of Michigan.
Hitting the town with your dog in tow should always be as easy as it is in Old West Side. The city’s metro center for diverse bites and shopping brings two unique experiences within blocks of each other. If you’d like a relaxing meal outside, enjoy dog-friendly Arbor Brewing Company Brewpub. You can sample local beers and enjoy pub favorites, from hot wings to burgers with your furry friend by your side. If you want to try something different, Blue Nile a few blocks away serves all-you-can-eat Ethiopian food. Fuel up after a trip to the park, as the restaurant serves water, milk, and bread to guests too short (and lacking opposable thumbs) to reach the buffet tables.
Where Platt Road meets Packard, Buhr Park reigns supreme. This residential park is a destination for the whole neighborhood, and some of the surrounding areas as well. It has the space and set up for many activities, from baseball to ice hockey, and a picnic area equipped with grills. The large park offers enough walking paths and locations to provide an interesting walk to any local pup. Do laps of the whole thing or weave your way through. Just keep your dog on leash because Buhr Park is busy year-round.