Located along the scenic Mississippi River, Red Wing is a unique and charming city that’s sure to set tails a-wagging with its abundance of dog-friendly places. From picturesque bluffs to beautiful parks, Red Wing has plenty to offer and is certainly a destination that you and your pup won’t forget. To take care of its furry residents and tourists, the city has three veterinary clinics.
For breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, head to Bay Point Park near downtown Red Wing. The site of many community events, Bay Point Park features a boat launch, picnic areas, and a walking path that is open 365 days a year and lights up at night. One lap around the walking path is two-thirds of a mile.
Another riverside park is Levee Park, which also doubles as the city’s riverboat landing area. Here, you and Fido will find paved trails, benches, large trees, and historical monuments such as the Sea Wing Memorial.
Connecting Bay Point and Levee Parks is the Red Wing Riverfront Trail, which can be accessed through either park. Though the trail is only half a mile long, it provides additional views of the Mississippi River.
Come experience Red Wing’s natural beauty, rich history, and distinctive small town character with your pooch!
For an afternoon of fetch and socializing, visit the Red Wing Dog Park at AP Anderson Park. Leave the treats and toys behind, though, as these are not allowed in the leash-free area. Make sure Fido has up-to-date rabies vaccinations, a pet license from the Humane Society, and a park use tag attached to his collar. Daily and annual passes for the dog park can be purchased on-site or at the Red Wing City Hall. Aside from the dog park, AP Anderson Park offers plenty of open space, hiking paths, and an open air shelter that you and your best pal can enjoy.
There’s a very good reason why Barn Bluff is the city’s most famous landmark: it provides the most puptacular views of Red Wing and the Mississippi River. Furtunately, it’s a pet-friendly destination, so your dog doesn’t have to be left out. From the trailhead, there are a few ways to reach the summit, with the easiest being the South Trail. The South Trail connects to the Prairie Trail, which then leads to the East and West Overlooks. Once you reach the top, you and Fido will be greeted by amazing views of the river valley, and you just might catch eagles flying by, too.
For more puptastic views of Red Wing, don’t miss Memorial Park. Aside from the multiple overlooks that offer different views of the city and river, the park features a nine-hole disc golf course, large green spaces, hiking and biking trails, and refurbished quarries that now serve as picnic areas. Also located in the park is Sorin’s Bluff, which is accessible by car unlike Barn Bluff. It’s a good idea to pack some food and water so you and Fido can enjoy a picnic with a view at the top of Sorin’s Bluff. Despite being a popular spot, Memorial Park is big enough to not feel crowded.
Looking for pup-friendly places to eat in Red Wing? You’ll find them in the neighborhood of Main/ College, particularly on busy Main St. Enjoy a sandwich with your dog by your side at one of the outdoor tables at Mandy’s Coffee & Cafe, or bite into a homemade donut while sitting on an outdoor bench at Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop. Caribou Coffee also offers dog-friendly alfresco seating. After lunch, you can take Fido for a leashed stroll around John Rich and Central Parks. Though small in size, both parks are well-kept and have walking paths that you and Fido can follow.
With no shortage of activities, Colvill Park is a pawsome place to spend a lovely afternoon. This 40-acre park has a universal playground, a boat launch, a discovery garden, picnic shelters, and tennis courts. Take Fido for a leashed walk on the mile-long walking path encircling the park and let him have his treats in the riverside picnic area. If you need a place to spend the night, the nearby Days Inn welcomes multiple doggos up to 80 lbs for an extra fee per pet. It is recommended to book online or call first to reserve a pet-friendly room and avoid unwanted surprises at check-in.