Mason is a unique city with a colorful heritage. It's also the county seat of Ingham County. This is highly unusual, considering that Lansing, the state's capital, is also located in Ingham County. Almost always, a state's capital city also serves as its county seat. In fact, Ingham County is the only county in America in which the state capital isn't also the county seat.
Your pup probably doesn't care about any of that, though. (And you probably don't, either!) You'll be far more interested in sniffing out Mason's historic buildings and exploring its scenic downtown area complete with parks and shopping facilities. Need some veterinary help? There are two vet clinics in town to keep Fido happy and healthy.
The city operates 7 public parks, most of which are pet-friendly and open to the public from 8 AM to 10 PM during the months of May through October. Bond Park and Laylin Park are located just a few steps away from Ingham Community Parks Department. Bond Park is a green neighborhood park with two extensive fields and is very popular among skateboarders! Laylin Park is a bit bigger and quieter, with fishing ponds where you can catch and release fish. Both parks have plenty of space to roam, but remember to keep the pooch leashed at all times.
The West Kipp Road neighborhood occupies the southern part of Mason and is bordered by Willow Creek to the west. Kipp Road -- both its eastern and western branches -- is a quiet residential street that features some budget-friendly real estate with large yards. This area is pawfect for pet owners looking to move here! Plus, it's just a few minutes away from Rayner Park. This is a lush green facility centered on a fishing pond. Taking your furry baby with you? Don’t fret. Pooches are allowed to explore and play in the area as long as they are leashed. (It's unclear if pups are allowed in the pond, though.)
Southwest Holt Community is one of the biggest neighborhoods in Holt, MI. Occupying the western part of the town, the district boasts residential areas and entertainment venues along I-96, including shops, cafes, and a golf course. If you wander here with Fido, head straight south to Burchfield Park, a welcoming environment with boating and fishing options. Both local pups and visitors adore exploring the walking trails running up to Deer Run Shelter! Pups can also share a sandwich with you in the picnic areas, or play catch at the ballfield. Dogs must wear a leash no longer than six feet and are prohibited from exploring the beach and pond areas.
Neighbors of Scott Woods is a small and friendly community in Lansing. The residents here are lucky to live right next to the impressive Scott Woods Park. The walking trails here are challenging and well-maintained, welcoming two- and four-legged visitors year-round. Want to let your puppy go wild off-leash? The Howard & Erna Soldan Dog Park is pawfect for you! Local pups love this park, so you and Fido will make fast friends! The entrance has an electronic key system, and you'll need to apply for a permit to obtain access. Don't forget to bring proof of current vaccinations with you.
Haslett is a neighborhood and unincorporated community in Meridian Charter Township, located just 10 miles east of Lansing, Michigan. Centered on Lake Lansing, the area features plenty of outdoor activities and public parks to explore! Get Fido ready for an un-fur-gettable adventure in Lake Lansing Park North, where you can enjoy hiking, camping, and boating on Lake Lansing. This park also features a variety of terrains for Fido to sniff and explore. Leashed dogs are welcome in the picnic areas and shelters as well as the ballfield. Please note that pets are not allowed in Lake Lansing Park South.
Cherry Valle Lane is a small residential community in the western portion of Williamstown, located 20 minutes north of Mason, Michigan. Cherry Valle Lane is significantly remote from the downtown area and offers a variety of terrains and dog-friendly spaces. Joey’s Pet Outfitters Dog Park is a membership-only dog park for residents and travelers who want to let their pooches play off-leash near Lansing. The park is operated by the pet store, which offers all the necessary pet supplies and accessories you'll need. If you want to apply for membership, fill out the application form online and bring proof of current vaccinations with you when visiting for the first time.