Monroe is the largest city in Monroe County, and is located near several large bodies of water. To the south is Lake Monroe; on the east side is Lake Erie, and right in the middle of town is the River Raisin. During the War of 1812, Monroe lived through of the Battle of Frenchtown, as it was then named -- this is just one of the main historical events that took place here. Later, the town was renamed after President James Monroe. Because of its extensive history, the city boasts many historical museums and landmarks that you can visit during your stay.
When it comes to our canine friends, Monroe is a very dog-friendly place with numerous accommodations, restaurants, stores, groomers, and other services that will make your stay there pawsitively awesome! Baymont Inn & Suites Monroe and Americas Best Value Inn Monroe are a couple of the pet-friendly lodging accommodations available here. There are also four animal clinics in Monroe that will lend a helping paw in case of emergency.
You and Fido can get some mutts-needed exercise at one of more than ten parks in Monroe. When you and your hound get hungry, you can dine at one of four dog-friendly restaurants here. Monroe has everything you and your precious pup could ever need (or want)!
When you want to let your pup romp around off-leash in the vicinity of Monroe, head to Brownstown Dog Park. This pawesome park is around 22 miles away from Monroe, in central Woodhaven. This place is pretty spacious and has two separate areas for small and large dogs. You should know that you'll have to register your dog at the Brownstown Water Department before visiting, so make sure you bring proof of vaccinations. Water facilities are provided, and there are plenty of benches so you can sit back, relax, and look over your fur baby!
A little bit further away than the previous park is Glass City Dog Park. This park is approximately 27 miles away from Monroe, and it consists of two separate areas for small and large pups as well as two shelters. There is a membership fee for this park as well, around $40. All pups have to be vaccinated and sprayed or neutered before being allowed to play here. There are a few water fountains in the park to quench your dog's thirst, so no need to bring bottles. The ground is mostly covered in grass, but there are parts of the park that are muddy, which is perfect for the dirt-loving doggos! (Just be sure to bring a towel; no one likes muddy car seats!)
Thirty miles away from Monroe, in south Saline, is the Mill Pond Dog Park, situated by Mill Pond. This park is the ideal place for dogs that want to splash in the water! The park is fenced from three sides, and the fourth side is the river. The park provides trash cans so you can clean up after your pup. Bring some waste bags with you, as well as a big towel, since your pooch will get messy and muddy in the water. The ground is covered with grass, and the surrounding area outside of the fenced zone is a safe environment in case your dog figures out how to escape.
Swift Run Dog Park is another place worth bringing your dog to. This fenced, off-leash park is around 34 miles away from Monroe. Located in Lillie Park in Pittsfield Charter Township, the park offers separate areas for small and large pups, as well as plenty of amenities. This 10-acre park is covered in grass and has water bowls for the pooches. Shade, trash cans, and waste bags are just some of the things that this park offers to make your experience as pleasant as possible. For the human guests, there are benches and a couple of port-a-potties.
Although a membership is required to visit this park, WOOFhaven Dog Park is one of the best dog parks near Monroe! Located in the Civic Center Park, this dog park offers many amenities for dogs and for their owners. Our canine friends have two separate areas to romp in, which are separated based on their weight. The park has plenty of trees that provide shade, grass that is gentle on your dog's paws, and benches for the comfort of the human visitors. Fresh water is available from a water fountain, and there are water bowls and kiddie pools brought by the patrons.