South St. Paul was built on the former site of the Sioux Village of Kaposia, and sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Today, the town is proud of its recognition as an All-American City, its rich history of ethnic diversity, and a strong work ethic. The city’s history as a major meat packer in the United States is still evident, and many of the residents are descendants of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Resident dogs from all walks of life enjoy the benefits of the four veterinarians and clinics located within the town.
If you're looking for a short walk, Grandview Park is your place. This little park sits on a cliff overlooking the Mississippi River, and offers a short garden path, and a paved path that wraps around the park for a dog-tastic leashed walk. For more adventure, you and Fido will love Wildflower Levee Park, an open park for a great round of fetch and river access. For a great hike, pull on your boots and grab your leash before heading to Simon's Ravine Trail with your pooch.When in South St. Paul with Fido, stay at the Clarion Hotel St. Paul where two pets are welcome for an additional fee. Enjoy the beautiful parks and natural areas of South St. Paul just a short distance from the Twin Cities.
Lorraine Park has been a gathering place for families of South St. Paul since the 1930s. This majestic oak tree shaded park provides a sniff-tastic walk under the cool canopy on hot summer days. Bring your lunch and enjoy the picnic tables available throughout the park for a little more time outdoors. The park has something for every family member with the open grassy spaces, a hockey rink, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, and a large play structure. Lorraine Park is also home to McGuire Field which hosts high school, youth and adult baseball leagues.
Veterans Field originally held temporary housing for WWII veterans. Today, a monument reminds us that the park is “In Memory of all who Served," but is also home to a number of youth football, baseball, and soccer programs. The beautiful green open areas are dog-tastic spaces for a leashed walk or a round of fetch with your pup. The large trees provide shaded picnic areas for a quick rest after your walk or a sniff-tatic place to explore for your pup. The park is active during games, but is often quiet the rest of the time. Grab your leash and head to Veterans Park!
On the south end of town, Spruce Park serves its neighborhood with a playground, half-court basketball, and flat open space, perfect for a leashed walk or round of fetch. McMorrow Field is a 20-acre destination park that serves primarily as a softball, youth baseball and youth soccer complex. In addition, McMorrow offers paved trails for a dog-tastic walk around the park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the large playground and athletic activities that are often going on. The nearby Harmon Park is one of the oldest parks in the area, and offers plenty of recreational and sports facilities. There are scores of shade trees and green space, just perfect for some leashed exercise with your pup.
Kaposia Park is one of South St. Paul’s oldest and largest parks that was created during the Great Depression. The park's 85 acres remain mostly natural with large mature trees and varying topography, including Simon’s Ravine. You can also find access to the paved Dakota County Regional Trail here. Your pup will wag it like he means it for a chance to explore this sniff-tastic park and trail. The Kaposia Landing Dog Park, inside Kaposia Park, is a large single fenced area having double-gated entries on each end equipped with two shelters for humans to get out of the wind.