Detroit may still be recognized as the Motor City, but it is also attractive to visitors for other reasons, such as its international wildlife refuge and its proximity to the Great Lakes. Humans and dogs alike are sure to find plenty to do here, from sight-seeing to hiking to making new friends.
The Detroit International Riverfront spans 5.5 miles of riverfront, providing a scenic walk where visitors can mingle and enjoy the view. There are parks and plazas along the way, and dogs are welcome to join their human families on the RiverWalk.
If you like to shop and let's face it, we all do, then the Mall at Partridge Creek is for you. This open-air mall has a wide variety of stores and restaurants, as well as a large fireplace, bocce ball courts, and a TV court. Canine guests are welcome here and even have their own comfort stations within the borders of the mall.
For off-leash fun, visit the Detroit Dog Park, the first of its kind in the city. The park has plenty of room for dogs to run and offers a view of Michigan Central Station. Between the new dog park, the various dog-friendly restaurants, and boutique pet stores, Detroit is quickly becoming a great place to be a dog.
If you’re wandering around this historic commercial district and find that you can’t bring your dog inside the famous market of the same name, head over to 3Dogs1Cat, a lovely urban pet shoppe. Here you can find unique and affordable merchandise for your dog, like collars, beds, toys, and the finest in Detroit gear for your favorite pup. After you’re done shopping, visit the Germack Coffee and Tea shop, a local dog friendly coffee house where you can get a delicious peppermint tea or a mocha, a favorite around these parts.
Although not the biggest dog park in the world, Midtown Dog Park contains a small, gated dog park that is perfect to bring your dog to run some energy out. After a nice afternoon in the dog park, take your pooch to Canine to Five, a doggy daycare and grooming facility, which is perfect if your dog likes to roll around in the dirt. Midtown also has some great dining options for you and your dog, including Traffic Jam and Snug, Union Street, and Jolly Pumpkin which has seasonal ales, great appetizers, and even pizza for you and your dog to enjoy out on their patio.
Detroit’s first dog park is located near the Michigan Central Station in the beautiful historic district of Corktown. PetSmart P.U.P.'s Detroit Dog Park was brought about by a group of Detroit dog lovers who recognized that there was a need for a place where dogs could safely socialize in this big city. This park allows complete unleashed fun without any fees. However, do make sure your dog is vaccinated, and wait to take off that leash until you are safely inside the park. Afterwards, walk through the oldest neighborhood in the city and an enjoy a scenic slice of time. Head over to dog friendly Mercury Burger and Bar for some amazing American food once your appetite is calling.