The city of Grand Blanc sits approximately 45 minutes north of metropolitan Detroit in Genesee County. It is a fantastic place to visit with your pooch, with many green spaces, trails and a couple of nearby dog parks for some extra furry fun. There are four vets in town, meaning this place really looks after furry companions!
South of the city centre is the the Genesys Nature Trails. This is a beautiful place to go for a leashed walk with your pup. Popular with locals and visitors alike, these trails offer scenic views through wooded areas and along a lake. You will often see wildlife, particularly ducks, and you may even spot some spectacular wildflowers.
Rust Park is little pet-friendly green space not far from the town centre that features paved trails that run through a wooded area and across Thread Creek. Other park amenities include a shelter, cooking facilities, water and restrooms.
Grand Blanc has lots of pup-welcoming places to eat as well; Pizza Mia, Roly Poly Rolled Sandwiches and Culver’s, to name just a few.
With food options galore and walking trails to explore, you are sure to have a pup-tastic visit to Grand Blanc!
This is the place to go for a great meal with your pup. He will love exploring this part of town with you and choosing a pup-tastic place to sit and refuel. There are many choices here, such as Tim Hortons for a premium cup of Joe and a hearty breakfast, or Ya-Ya’s Flame Broiled Chicken for a casual American-style snack. There is also Firehouse Subs for a deli-style lunch, or for something a little more exotic, try Taboon for a Mediterranean feast. All of these places offer outdoor seating that welcomes pups to join you. Afterwards, take a stroll around Physician's Park, with its paved walkway and viewing platform of the train tracks for a great way to end your outing.
Behind the public library, you will find the Grand Blanc Commons. This reserve covers 137 acres of bushland and has some lovely little nature trails for your pup to walk along. There is a bridge crossing Thread Creek, but many of the tracks are more natural than man-made, so wear safe, comfortable shoes when you visit. You will also need to bring water and clean up bags, and keep your pooch on leash to protect the wildlife. Afterwards, munch on some delicious baked goods from Great Harvest Bread at one of their outdoor, dog friendly tables.
Fancy an icy treat? Head to Cold Stone Creamery and take a seat at one of the pet-friendly outdoor tables. Indulge in your choice of ice cream, sorbet or yoghurt, each made fresh in-store and mixed with your choice of add-ins. When you have finished, take a stroll south down Holly Road with your pup for a look at Smith Lake. You will need to keep your pal on a lead here, but it is a lovely spot for a wander along the water’s edge. Fishing is allowed, but you will need to get a permit through Michigan Fish & Wildlife.
If your pup is craving some off-lead action, head to the Grand Blanc Dog Park in Creasey Bicentennial Park. You will first need to purchase a pass from Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation, but your dog is guaranteed to have a ball here. The dog park has separate areas for the biggies and little ones, as well as agility equipment on-site for some extra entertainment. Afterwards, take your leashed pup on a walk up the Bicentennial Park Path, or explore the many other areas of Creasey Bicentennial Park. Here, there is ample shelters for a picnic, restrooms, water and a playground.
A little drive south of Grand Blanc is Fenton, where you will find another pup-tastic dog park to let your pooch run free and meet some new friends. There are separate areas for big pups and little pups, as well as walking tracks around the edge of the 1.75-acre park for a little extra activity. There are some clean up bags provided, but always bring a stash just in case. You will also need to bring water for you both. While you are here, take a short drive down to Lake Fenton and check out some of the observation points and fantastic views.