If you’re looking for a dog park to let your dog run freely in, you’ll have to trot on over to St. Louis, as Ballwin doesn’t fit the bill. Located on the corner of Emmet Street and South 10th Street in St. Louis is John And Lucille Wendling Soulard Dog Park – a 1.5-acre, members-only dog park. There are two separate areas at this dog park – one for small dogs and one for large dogs – and water is provided. Temporary passes are available for owners not wanting to buy a full membership.
Also in St. Louis is Lucas Garden Park, which is located on Saint Charles Street. Lucas Garden Park is free for leashed dogs, but the fenced-in dog park within Lucas Garden Park is for members only (membership is $50/year). The dog park in Lucas Garden Park provides balls, Frisbees, a kiddie pool, water, and waste bags, and dogs can run leash-free within the fenced-in perimeter. Don’t let this park’s size throw you for a loop. It’s long and narrow, but there is plenty of room to tucker Fido out!
Water Tower Dog Park is located in St. Louis as well – on the corner of South Grand Boulevard and Russell Boulevard, to be exact. Water Tower Dog Park is open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, and a membership fee of $35/year is required for entrance. This park is completely fenced in, so your dog can run leash-free while you remain worry-free.
Vlasis Park is perfect to take your dog to if he is in need of a walk or jog. Take advantage of the walking paths and if your dog is more of a runner, then throw the ball for him on all the lush open grass. Vlasis Park also has tennis courts and baseball fields, plus a pond for fishing. After the park head over to two delicious restaurants that are dog friendly. Bones French Quarter Bar and Grill is a dive bar that has a menu with a Cajun flair that spans from burgers to gumbo and has a dog-friendly patio. If a dive bar isn’t your style then head over to Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, which offers fine Italian dining with traditional dishes and a pet-friendly atmosphere.
Love Park is a great place to take your pup when you are looking for an awesome place for a walk or jog. The Grand Glaize Creek runs through Love Park which is perfect to help your dog cool down. Take advantage of the two pavilions that have picnics tables to relax. If you and your pooch decide to have a picnic at Love Park, then make the most of the horse shoe pit by the pavilions. If hiking is more your style, try exploring the Phantom Forest Conservation Area, which has a small hiking trail perfect if you and your dog are new to the hiking scene.
If your pooch needs some retail therapy, then take them on over to Lola and Penelope’s, a pet emporium that is dedicated to enhancing that lives of dogs or cats. Lola and Penelope’s offer natural food and treats, award-winning grooming services, and tons of accessories, such as collars, toys, and beds. When you’re done shopping, stop by the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, which is a 14,000-square foot facility that is dedicated to dog-devoted art that includes unique paints and sculptures of man’s best friend. Dogs are allowed in the facility as long as they remain on leash and are well behaved.