Manchester is a village in Michigan with small-town charm. It boasts of a close-knit community which promotes civic involvement. Settled in 1832, Manchester grew through German influence into the village it is today. Proud of their heritage, the downtown structures feature historical buildings which make for an environment resonant of years gone by. Because of the citizens’ continued care of their village, four sites have been recognized as State Historic Sites and one site is on the National Historic Register. There are two veterinarian clinics in this village to keep your pup in top-notch health!
Pawtastic parks are abundant in Manchester. Visit Carr Park with 20 acres of fun. There is a pond, scenic marsh areas, grills, picnic areas, and playgrounds for the kiddies. Or check out Chi-Bro Park. Named after their annual chicken broil, this 9-acre park offers pup-friendly nature trails, a 3.5-acre pond, cross-country running tracks and grassy areas to roam. You will find restrooms with water on-site at both but bring doggie clean-up bags.
Although dog-friendly restaurants are not located in Manchester, drive to the nearby city of Saline, southeast of Manchester and dine at Bento’s Pizza, Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack, or Carrigan’s Café’s outdoor pet-friendly patio tables.
The Tecumseh City Center neighborhood, in the city of Tecumseh south of Manchester, offers ‘The Pit,’ as locals call it! Better known as Tecumseh Park, you and your pup will find swimming holes with sandy beaches to swim, shoreline areas to fish, and open greenspaces to discover in this 25-acre park. Looking for winter fun? This is the place with its great sledding hills. Or head to Dog Daze Dog Park for some off-leash fun with its fenced area for your pup to run loose and make friends. The entire park is 15 acres with picnic facilities, restrooms with water.
The Kiwanis Trail neighborhood of the city of Tecumseh, south of Manchester, is home to Aden Mead Park. This large 10-acre park has plenty of playground equipment and lots of open space for you and your pup to roam. Catch a baseball game during the summer or shoot some hoops while Fido watches. Drinking fountains and restrooms are on-site. All you will need for a great day is a picnic lunch and clean up bags to keep this park sparkling. Tecumseh is small, quiet and dog-friendly, and a great place to walk Fido on leash for some fine window shopping.
Swain Memorial Park is situated in the village of Brooklyn, just south and west of Manchester. With its open spaces, sheltered picnic areas under pavilions, and a stream running through where you can wade in to cool off on a hot summer day, this is a great place to spend time with your pawtastic friend. Electrical hook ups, water fountains and restrooms are provided on-site. The park requires everyone to clean up after their pets, so be sure to bring some mutt mitts! Pack a picnic lunch and you both will be all set for a great outdoor day filled with memories.
In the village of Clinton, south of Manchester, your pup and you will find plenty of outdoor activities to fill your days. Tate Park is a beautiful 80-acre park with sports fields, picnic shelters, and a 7-acre lake for canoeing. There are plenty of nature trails to take Fido for an on-leash walk, and restrooms with water are on-site. Love to fish? Water Works Park is a dedicated picnic area with river access for those would-be anglers. Or relax at Veterans Park by its historical monument and open space. These parks are perfect to share picnic lunches with your fur-ever friend.
Sharon Hollow is a township north of Manchester that features the Sharon Mills County Park. This 264-acre park has 3.8 miles of trails which meander through open fields and past the mill’s pond. The trails connect to Nan Weston Nature Preserve, which is a wetland habitat, full of streams and beautiful boardwalk trails to walk. The habitat continues into the Sharonville State Gaming Area with 6,000 acres for you and your pup to roam. More populated areas require Fido to be on leash, while others only require voice command. How about packing a picnic lunch to enjoy with your pup throughout your outdoor adventures?