A green suburb of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul muttropolitan area, Eagan is blessed with a myriad of walking trails, lakes, ponds, and open spaces. There’s always something for puppers to do here, and looking after the pooches visiting and living in this dog-friendly city are seven veterinary hospitals.
If your pup is new in town, the best place to make new friends is at the fenced-in, off-leash dog park in Thresher Fields Park. Here, Fido is free to run and play in a “rugged” natural setting with trails, rolling hills, varied terrain, and wooded areas. There is a separate area for small dogs as well. Permit tags are required to enter the dog park, and these can be purchased at Eagan Parks & Recreation, Eagan Community Center, or online.
Looking for something a little different? Caponi Art Park is an outdoor sculpture garden that unites art and nature for a distinctive experience. Aside from art, the park features paved walkways, nature trails, spaces for reflection, and a large amphitheater.
And should you need to spend a few days in Eagan, there are eight pooch-friendly hotels that would welcome Fido, typically for an additional fee. Options include Days Inn, Extended Stay America, and Best Western Plus. Call or book online first to reserve a dog-friendly room.
The City of Eagan is waiting for you and your pup to visit!
The largest park in Dakota County, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a dream come true for puppers who love to sniff, walk, and explore, or basically every dog. This puptacular destination is not to be missed when you and Fido are in Eagan. Sprawling across nearly 2,000 acres, Lebanon Hills Regional Park comprises several lakes, trails, and attractions. For four-legged visitors, the most attractive features would likely be the 19 miles of trails that meander throughout the park, with different trail lengths to choose from. Remember to always keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him. Admission to the park is free for all, so go ahead and take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air with your best pal.
Located in the neighborhood of Blackhawk Lake South, Blackhawk Park is a furrific place to spend a lovely afternoon with the family—four-legged members included, of course! Fido is welcome to join you at the park as long as he remains leashed, so put on your walking shoes and pack a picnic. There’s plenty to see and do in Blackhawk Park, including walking paths, playground equipment, tennis courts, a large pavilion, a canoe launch, and an observation deck. The paths will bring you and your pooch around Blackhawk Lake and through the woods, where you’re likely to come across some wildlife.
Locals describe O’Leary Park as a small, but nice park. This quiet oasis in the middle of the city offers a half-mile paved loop and some dirt trails, making it ideal for a quick, leashed stroll with your best friend. Walking around O’Leary Park will provide you and Fido with views of tall trees, O’Leary Lake, and possibly some wildlife. If you’re feeling hungry after your walk, the adjacent neighborhoods of Forest Ridge and City Vue house some pup-friendly restaurants. One of these is Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, where you can enjoy some sushi with Fido by your side at one of their two outdoor tables.
With its multiple walking trails, abundant wildlife, and native prairie, Thomas Lake Park is the perfect place for you and Fido to get close to nature. No matter what season you visit, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the local flora and fauna, and Thomas Lake as you walk along the trails. After exploring the park, head to The Mason Jar for some comfort food. You and your pooch can lounge on the dog-friendly patio, which is decked out with umbrellas, overhead lights, and a couch. Don’t worry if you forgot to bring a water bowl, as this can be requested from the restaurant.
Cliff Lake Rd is home to a few dog-friendly restaurants where you and your pooch can grab a bite to eat and hang out. At Wyatt’s Twisted Americana, you can order the kids’ burger for your dog and they’ll substitute the fries with carrots. Right across the street is Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery, where gourmet dog treats are baked fresh daily. After you’ve filled your tummies, you and Fido can take a walk at nearby Rahn Park, located in the adjacent neighborhood of Cedar Cliff. Aside from multiple athletic fields, the park has walking trails and a sliding hill, which is useful for burning those extra calories.