St. Louis Park’s big city amenities, small town hospitality, and convenient location make it a top destination for visitors of the Twin Cities muttropolitan area. It is home to numerous parks and trails, with lots of open space, meaning your best pal will never run out of things to do here! Dog-friendly St. Louis Park has three animal hospitals, so you and Fido can travel around the city without any worries.
If your pooch is eager to make new friends, bring him to Dakota Park, where he can play and socialize with other canines in the fenced, off-leash dog park. There is a separate area for smaller dogs, and drinking fountains are available on-site. An off-leash permit is required to enter the dog park, so be sure to stop by the City Hall’s Inspections Department first to purchase one.
Want to get some fresh air and exercise with Fido? Head over to the Cedar Lake Trail, a 3.6-mile trail that connects St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis. The trail can be accessed from the Highway 100 east frontage road or from Ewing Avenue and Cedar Lake Road. Dogs are welcome on the Cedar Lake Trail, as long as they stay on a leash at all times.
So take a breather from the Twin Cities and visit St. Louis Park for great outdoor fun with your pup!
Pups have many good reasons to howl with joy in the neighborhood of Wolfe Park. The Bass Lake Preserve is a furrific place to go for a walk or jog with your pooch, with paved trails that will take you through the woods and among wildlife. Another option is the adjacent Wolfe Park, which features a walking trail, a playground, and athletic fields. The pavilion and Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater holds several public events throughout the year, so you and Fido just might catch a summer concert while taking a stroll in Wolfe Park. Cap off the evening with a craft beer at Steel Toe Brewing, where dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.
Let Fido perform his zoomies at Cedar Knoll Park, an off-leash dog park tucked away on a dead end street behind a wooded area. Once you find this slightly hidden gem, you and your doggo will be greeted by a well-maintained park with lots of trees, some rolling hills, varied terrain, and other doggos. Remember to obtain an off-leash permit from the St. Louis Park City Hall first before going to the dog park. For a more relaxed time with your best friend, check out Rotary Northside Park, where you can take a leashed walk on the paved paths and watch the locals play baseball.
Blackstone houses a number of pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, so don’t miss this neighborhood if you’d like to get a taste of what St. Louis Park has to offer. Cooper Pub & Restaurant and The Loop West End are conveniently located at The Shops at West End, while Jersey Mike’s Subs and Caribou Coffee are just across Park Pl Blvd. After dinner, you can go for a stroll at Blackstone Park. You’ll also find dog-friendly hotels such as TownePlace Suites and Homewood Suites in this neighborhood. The former welcomes 2 pooches up to 50 lbs while the latter allows 2 dogs of any size, both for an additional fee. Book online or call first to secure a pet-friendly room.
Hounds who love to hike are in for a treat in Aquila! Aquila Park serves as an entrance to the Cedar Lake Extension Trail, a 4.3-mile paved trail that links the Cedar Lake Trail from downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins. Dogs are allowed on this former Hutchinson Spur rail line as long as they are kept on a leash. Always stay on the right side when walking or jogging along the Cedar Lake Extension Trail, and remember to bring doggie waste bags to clean up after your pet and a bottle of water so he doesn’t get thirsty.
The largest park in the city, Oak Hill Park is a popular destination all year round thanks to its many activities and facilities, which include baseball fields, a splash pad, picnic tables, a sliding hill, and a skating rink. The walking paths and open areas of Oak Hill Park make it a pawsome place to walk Fido as well. If you keep going southeast, you’ll find yourselves in the adjoining Louisiana Oaks Park, which features a pond, spacious fields, paved trails, and a shelter with seating. And while technically outside of the neighborhood, Park Tavern is just cross the street from Louisiana Oaks Park. Fido is welcome to join you on the patio of this locally owned restaurant and bowling alley while you grab a bite to eat.