Traverse City is the U.S. capital of cherries and the largest producer of tart cherries in the country. The National Cherry Festival is a large event in North Michigan and attracts a large crowd every year. But this touristic small city has more to offer than these red fruits. Traverse City is also a town that is very welcoming to dogs.
Despite Traverse City only having a population of approximately 15,000 citizens, there are two off-leash dog parks in town: the official Traverse City Dog Park and the Silver Lake Dog Park, a hidden gem. Both dog parks offer two separate, enclosed areas: one area for small dogs and one area for large dogs. The Traverse City Dog Park is more well-known and hence great for socializing while the Silver Lake Dog Park offers are more tranquil experience.
The northern part of Michigan is also widely renowned for its beautiful natural surroundings, and the area of Traverse City is no different. Follow one of the two rail-trails in this region: the Leelanau Trail and the Traverse Area Recreation Trail and visit the wineries, walk alongside the shores of the bay and much more.
Since tourism plays a big role for the economy of Traverse City, finding a hotel is not hard, even if you are accompanied by your dogs. There is a multitude of pet-friendly hotels available in all price ranges.
Located within the city limits is a small and quaint neighborhood called Arbors of Traverse, home to many happy dog-owning residents! Although this neighborhood does not have its very own park, it has a centrally located body of water where pooches can have a quick cool off after a neighborhood walk on a hot sunny day! If you are a dog owner with a four legged companion who loves to swim, this neighborhood is great for you both. Located just west of the neighborhood is a heavily treed green space that residents can walk to and explore.
Horizon Hills is a beautiful neighborhood, though very small in size. However, Horizon Hills is situated centrally on the peninsula, which offers quick access to both the east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay, a great spot for dog owners who have pups who like to swim! The neighborhood is also located very close to Pyatt Lake, the Bill Carls Nature Preserve, and Bowers Harbor Park. With ample opportunities for swims and walks, this tiny little neighborhood is highly sought after, especially for residents with furry companions.
Oak Park is a desirable neighborhood and is very popular with dog owners and their pooches! There are so many reasons why this neighborhood is such a hit! It is located very close to downtown Traverse City, which gives dog owners and their pals a chance to grab a coffee and go for a walk. Luckily for them, Oak Park and Downtown Traverse are situated right off the peninsula, so pooches and their human pals can head to the beach with their coffee for a walk or a swim! The neighborhood residents can also take advantage of F and M Park, which offers ample green space for walks with their dogs.
For dog owners and their furry pals who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, access to green spaces, as well as access to water to play in, the neighborhood of Central is a great neighborhood to call home. With Hannah Park located nearby, you and your four legged friend have the opportunity to spend some time walking, running, and biking through the park where you will find both open spaces and heavily treed areas. Hannah Park is situated conveniently next to Boardman River, giving your pooch the opportunity to have a quick dip between runs!
The neighborhood of Slabtown is one of the best neighborhoods to call home for residents living with furry friends. Slabtown has so much to offer! From beach access located off the West Granville Parkway lining the peninsula, to downtown access for city strolls, to ample green space to walk and/or run through, this neighborhood will make humans and their dogs pawsitively happy. One of the larger parks in the neighborhood is called Ashton Park, giving residents the option to go for a walk through the trees. Another option for walks is Veteran’s Park, which offers more open space. Residents of Slabtown also have the added luxury of Traverse City Dog Park located right in their neighborhood.