Forest Lake is in Washington County and was once known as a major summer resort area for the upper Midwest in the early 1900s. Forest Lake loves their dog community, and offers four veterinarians that your furry friend can visit for a health checkup.
If Fido wants to go outside and explore, take him to one of the great parks that Forest Lake has to offer. Bay Park is a simple park that offers a lot of open green space that is perfect for a game of fetch, and a walking trail around it for alovely stroll. If you’re looking for a park that has more amenities, then head over to Preserve Park. This space is under an acre, and offers open green space, picnic tables, and play equipment.
Forest Lake is perfect if you and Fido are both foodies and want to grab some tasty food together. Don Julio’s Mexican Restaurant is a perfect spot to get your grub on with your furry friend by your side. Julio’s Mexican Restaurant serves authentic Mexican food with distinctive taste that originates from Jalisco. Their outdoor patio is dog friendly and welcomes your dog to join you while you enjoy a tasty meal.
If you and Fido get a hankering for some delicious food, head over to Keys Café. They provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that are all created from scratch. Their menu has some great classics, like biscuits and gravy or mashed potatoes. If Fido is craving some BBQ, then stop in at Famous Dave’s Barbeque, which offers a plethora of protein inspired dishes. Choose from ribs, sausage, or beef brisket to name a few. Both of these eateries have outdoor patios that are dog friendly and love when Fido joints you for a bite to eat.
Acqua Restaurant and Bar is a fantastic place to stop in with Fido and have an amazing time. Not only is this beautiful eatery dog-friendly with a huge and well-light patio, it also offers tasty food, and games for you to play while you are waiting for your food or table. If you and Fido get a little bored, partake in a game of corn-hole with a friend. Acqua Restaurant and Bar strives to locally source all their ingredients, and serves dinner, brunch, and a three-course tasting menu. The restaurant sits on the lake, so while you and Fido enjoy your meal, you will have a beautiful view to accompany it.
Take Fido to Fenway Park if the two of you are looking for a great spot to walk and enjoy your day out. Fenway Park contains 40 acres, and has great amenities like baseball/softball fields, benches to relax on, restrooms, an ice skating rink, and play equipment. If your dog is up for a little more exercise, then head onto the trails that the park offers or enjoy the large open green space that is perfect for a game of fetch with Fido. Make sure to bring water with you to keep Fido hydrated and don’t forget your clean-up bags.
Rice Creek North Regional Park in Hugo is only eight miles out of Forest Lake, and a great spot to take Fido for a great day out. Fido won’t mind the car ride since this park has great amenities, like walking trails and a pond to splash in. While visiting the park, your dog needs to stay on leash. The park offers tons of sand for your dog to dig around in and picnic tables for you sit and watch him have fun. The trails are covered by trees to keep you and your furry friend shaded as you hike, and if you need to cool down, you both can hop in the pond that is in the middle of the park.
The Sunrise Prairie Trial is 4-miles out of Forest Lake in nearby Wyoming. The trail is 16.2-miles long, covered with asphalt, and travels through forests and wetland areas with an abundance of wildlife that Fido will love to see. The trail also offers restrooms and water for both dog owners and doggies. If you and your pup want to continue your hike, the Sunrise Prairie trail connects to the Hardwood Creek Regional Trail. Both trails are relatively unused, so Fido won’t have to worry about too many people bothering him. Be sure your pup stays on leash while you both enjoy the trail together.