Located immediately southwest of Minneapolis, Edina is a dog-friendly city teeming with parks and lakes for your best friend to explore. There are five animal hospitals that look after the city’s non-human residents and visitors, so you don’t have to worry about Fido while you’re there. Expect to have a barking good time in Edina!
Pups are given plenty of room to run around at Van Valkenburg Park, which is home to the city’s first off-leash area (OLA). To enter the dog park, dogs must wear an OLA collar that can be purchased online or at the Edina City Hall. Once you and Fido are in, you can help yourselves to the tennis balls, water bowls, and chairs that are provided.
Though tucked away among a shaded residential area, Todd Park is also worth a visit, especially if you and Fido are fond of nature. The north portion of the park is covered by a grove, and a network of multi-use trails will bring you and your best pal through the woods and amid wildlife, with views of the wetlands surrounding Meadowbrook Lake.
Note that the City of Edina requires canines to remain on a leash when not in an OLA, and for owners to always carry at least two waste bags to clean up after their pets.
So come to Edina for small town adventure to remember!
Does Fido have plenty of energy to spare? Let him run it off while making some new friends at the Strachauer Park hockey rink, which transforms into a seasonal off-leash area (OLA) during the summer. All pooches that enter the off-leash area at Strachauer Park must not only be properly vaccinated, but also wear an OLA collar, which can be purchased at the Edina City Hall or online. If your dog is shy and not yet ready to mingle, you can instead take a leashed stroll around the five-acre park, which also features a playground, a basketball court, and soccer fields.
Bredesen Park is a must-visit for outdoorsy pooches and humans. You and Fido can explore this 206-acre nature and wildlife reserve by going on the 2-mile walking and biking paths that surround the park, or by following the nature trails that weave through its center. Whichever path you take, you’ll get to encounter wildlife and see the Nine Mile Creek. Also located in the neighborhood is Walnut Ridge Park, a 44-acre park with a half-mile walking path and a small pond full of wildlife. Feeling hungry after all that exploring? Less than a mile away from Walnut Ridge Park is Caribou Coffee, where you can grab a quick bite at one of their outdoor tables.
Nestled between residences to the east and a shopping area to the west, picturesque Centennial Lakes Park is often called a hidden treasure by the locals. It is a popular family destination with lots of activities all year round, from paddle boating to ice skating. Take Fido for a leashed stroll on the walking paths, beside the lake, and across the bridge while admiring the park’s beauty. Visit during the fall for the best views. For dinner, head over to Pinstripes, which is about 10 minutes away by foot. This Italian-American restaurant welcomes canines on the lower patio near the fire pit.
Looking for a spot to spend a nice afternoon with your dog? Rosland Park is a woofderful place to do just that. Situated beside Lake Cornelia, this 22-acre park has a playground, a disc golf course, athletic fields, and a fishing pier. There’s also a 1.1-mile walking path that will take you and Fido through the diverse wetland while offering views of the wildlife and Lake Cornelia. Be sure to catch the park’s main attraction: the fountain in the middle of the lake. If you and Fido need to rest your feet and paws, there’s a large gazebo that offers a shaded area to sit under.
Lake Cornelia’s neighbor to the east is Southdale, where you will find some dog-friendly eateries that have outdoor seating. At Tavern on France, four-legged guests are provided with complimentary water and the tables are spaced far enough apart for big dogs to lie down. Another option is Good Earth, which serves fresh, healthy food and offers ample seating for customers with furry companions. If you’re staying in Edina for a few days, you and your pup can check into the Westin Edina Galleria. Guests may bring up to 2 dogs under 40 lbs for no additional fee; however, you need to bring them with you if you’re leaving your room.