Muskegon, also called Michigan's "Port City," is a beautiful lakeside city that boasts an active cultural and outdoors scene - making it the perfect place to explore with Fido in tow. Dog-friendly attractions and areas abound in this former lumber town.
Dog-friendly parks and beaches comprise much of Muskegon's outdoor recreational land. Dog Star Ranch is a massive facility designed especially for dogs - with over 48 acres of play space, five separated off-leash areas, miles of nature trails, agility courses, and a special "excavation" section, your pooch will thank you. Dog Star Ranch offers annual memberships or daily-use passes.
If you're in search of a free park, try Hoffmaster State Park. Three miles of coastline views alongside grass-covered dunes make this park one not to miss. Dogs aren't allowed on the beach there, but if you're looking to dip a toe (or paw) into the surf, visit the Norman F. Kruse Park. Open from 7 am to 11 pm daily, this park has a fenced-off section just for dogs to play on the beach.
Muskegon is revered by locals for its' long, lakeside trails - all of which are dog-friendly! The Muskewata Trail boasts 26 miles of paved paths, extending from Muskegon to Marne, and providing access to farmland, creeks, and residential areas. The slightly shorter (22.5 miles) Hart-Montague Trail State Park is more rural, but with modern amenities like scenic overlooks and picnic areas. Need something shorter? Check out City Lakeshore Trail - ten miles of dunes, with access to historic maritime areas.
The Waterworks Road and Lakeshore Drive neighborhood is the premier spot to take your pup in Muskegon. Leash up your dog, head over to Pere Marquette Park and hop onto the waterfront path. Enjoy the scenic views of Lake Michigan as you follow the path down to Beachwood Park. Let your pup socialize a little before continuing on to Kruse Park. This beach has some nature trails, sand dune walkways and picnic shelters. But most importantly, it has the ever popular Dog Beach! Although dogs must be leashed in certain areas on the sand, they can let loose in the water and splash to their heart’s content. Your furry friend is sure to have a tail waggin’ time.
The Lakeshore Drive and Lincoln Street neighborhood is home to Sitting Pretty Pet Spa. If it’s time to spruce up your canine companion, book an appointment at this local salon. Your pup can just get his nails trimmed or an entire nose to tail makeover. Sitting Pretty also offers daycare special add on services such as quiet time and a calming massage. Be sure to stop by their boutique and check out an impressive selection of grooming tools, toys, leashes and even fashion accessories. After his appointment, take your dog to the Lakeshore Trail. This 14 mile asphalt trail runs along the shores of Muskegon Lake and is ideal for walking your furry friend.
If it’s time for your pup to get moving, leash her up and head over to the Washington Avenue and Lakeshore Drive area. Let her enjoy the sights and sounds as you wander through the beautiful residential streets. Be sure to let her stop and socialize with the neighbors. You can also check out the nearby Lakeshore Trail, where the two of you can enjoy the fresh lake air and scenic views of Muskegon Lake. After a walk, take her to Shampoochie’s for a little pampering. This grooming salon is the perfect place to get a nail trim, bath and brush. When she’s finished, she’ll look absolutely fetching!
After a day on the beach, nothing beats getting a drink with friends. Fur-tunately, Muskegon City Center has some pet friendly options, so bring your pup along! Head over to Pigeon Hill Brewery for a vast assortment of locally brewed beer. The taproom offers snacks and guests can also bring their own food. Grab a seat at one of the pet friendly tables outside. Just up the street is Unruly Brewery. This edgy brewery specializes in craft beer with unique names like Revel Rouser and Tropic Thunder. Your dog can chill at one of the pet friendly patio tables and enjoy some live music.