Hastings, Minnesota, located near the confluence of the Mississippi, Vermillion, and St. Croix Rivers, emerged as a riverboat port. Hastings offers three veterinarian clinics within its borders. Hastings Veterinary Clinic, Riverbend Pet Hospital, and Town & Country Veterinary Services are ready to look after your pooch. Hastings is a safe and friendly town, with a small town feel that will make anyone feel welcome. Try out three restaurants that offer dog-friendly outdoor seating for you and your pup.
For an energetic afternoon, your pup will love running and playing with other dogs at the Rivertown Dog Park as you enjoy meeting other pet owners. The park posts rules to assure good pet-iquette, and provides dog-waste bags to help with cleanup. Lake Rebecca also has some great trails for a leashed walk and opportunities to view the Trumpeter Swans who are being rehabilitated.
Lake Sarah has a large, fenced in, off-leash area for your pup to run to his heart’s content. If swimming is your pup's delight, he will love a dip in Bullfrog Lake or a leap into Lake Isabelle. You and Fido will enjoy the natural beauty of the 28-mile trail system running from Vermillion Falls through Old Mill Park, the site of an 1800s flour mill, and down to 2nd Street to the Mississippi. Stop by WW Farm, a small family apple farm where there's much more to do than buying apples and where Fido is welcome to join in on a dog-tastic farm experience.
Rebecca Park Reserve has about eight miles of dog trails where you and your pup
can enjoy a leashed walk on all paved trails. A paw-some thirty-acre fenced
off-leash area dog area is available at Lake Sarah Regional Park. A
daily/annual pass is required for the off-leash area. After plenty of great
exercise, stop in at the Busted Nut Bar and Grill for a brew and a sandwich and
enjoy two dog-friendly outdoor seating options with Fido. Wyatts Twisted
Americana is home to eight dog-friendly seats, and fifty human-friendly burgers
and craft beers.
Vermillion Falls Park has eleven acres of sniff-tastic trails through trees and stone monuments. Bring friends and their pups along and enjoy the picnic shelter located by the picturesque Vermillion Falls after your walk, or continue onto the City loop trail system. Your pup will love a good run at the Rivertown Dog Park. Separate areas are available for dog play with toys and pup waste bags are available at the front gate. Take a leashed stroll on the walking path around the park. Afterwards, enjoy a brew and a pizza at The Bar with your pup at one of the ten dog-friendly tables outside.
Roadside Park, built on a hill among green space and lush green trees, is a great space for some exercise with your leashed pup as you walk through the park. Prowl along the small stream edge as you look for fish. Pioneer Park has plenty of space to run and play on leash in the open areas between sports fields in the corners. If you’re looking for a game of Fetch or a Frisbee toss, Westwood Park is a good place to enjoy the open grassy areas and paved walking paths that connect sport fields and the playground. All three parks have plenty of picnic facilities and restrooms.
Enjoy the beauty of Spring Lake Regional Park overlooking the Mississippi River. The park has several hiking trails and scenic views to enjoy as you and your leashed pup go for a pawsome walk on the paved trails along the bluffs and through open grassy areas. Big tall trees provide shade on warm days, and picnic spots are placed right next to the Mississippi River to enjoy a quiet lunch break or to take a rest. The Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead and picnic area provide a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley, as well as access to summer hiking and winter ski trails.