Eureka’s main attraction is the theme park, Six Flags over Mid-America. Many residents of Eureka work there, and the roller coasters and water park are an annual summer ritual for families. Visitors to Eureka have several dog-friendly hotels at which to stay. The Holiday Inn welcomes up to four dogs of any size for an additional charge of $25 per dog per night. The Super 8 Motel rolls out the red carpet for pups of any size for an added charge of $10 per dog per night. The KOA campground has inexpensive accommodations that make it easy for dogs to stay with their people. Dogs must stay on leash while in the public areas of the campground. Campers are asked to clean up after their pup, and respect evening quiet hours.
Eureka has four veterinary clinics, including one practice dedicated to allergy and arthritis, and a second helping dogs rehabilitate from painful injuries. The city of Eureka has a dozen public parks which feature hiking paths, picnic sites, and pavilions that may be rented for events and get-togethers. St. Louis County’s Greensfelder Park has a stable, and offers trail rides and horseback riding lessons. The county park has several scenic hiking trails, and leashed dogs and their people have many options for strolls through the rolling hills.
The historic Old Town Eureka has several restaurants for a person with a pup to check out. Eureka Wine House has a few outdoor tables for wine sipping and cheese nibbling with a furry friend. More substantial fare can be enjoyed at the dog-friendly outdoor tables at Joe Boccardi’s Ristorante. Pasta and sandwiches make for a tasty lunch or dinner. West Frisco Park has some green space for a person and a leashed dog to get some fresh air. The charming gazebo lets a person and a pup sit and watch the last rays of the sunset before heading home or back to the hotel.
Eureka has many places for a person and a pup to explore together. Drewel Park, located on Hill Drive, features 16 acres of rest and relaxation. The park has a picnic site, a barbecue grill, and a .6-mile loop trail. Hilltop Park has 35 acres in which a person and a leashed dog can pack a lunch, walk a trail, or wet a line in the stocked lake. The KOA campground has places to tent camp, and RV sites. In addition, the campground has cabins that have air conditioning. A security deposit may be required in order to rent the dog-friendly cabins.
Arnold city limits is twenty miles east of Eureka. Arnold has free public paw parks at City Park and Ferd B. Lang Park. Each location has an acre of puppy playground for leash-free fun. Small dogs have their own grassy fenced spot for a frolicking good time. A pup’s person can relax on a shaded bench. The Paw Parks have water and doggie waste baggies for convenient cleanups. The main parks have picnic sites, pavilions, and plenty of large trees. Both Paw Parks are open from sunrise until sunset. Canines have their own piece of puppy paradise in Arnold!
Sunset Hills is 15 miles east of Eureka. Kitun Dog Park has an acre of green grass, leash-free entertainment and some exercise on brightly colored agility equipment. Small dogs have their own comfort zone here, too. A person and a pup can sip water together at a water fountain designed for them both. The human companion can sit on one of the many benches under a shade tree. From sunrise to sunset, there’s always a reason to wag a tail or two at Kitun. An ample supply of doggie waste baggies makes it super easy to keep the park clean. This dog park is a membership-only dog park.
Creve Coeur is twenty-two miles north of Eureka. Creve Coeur Dog Park at Conway Park has two acres for leash-free play. A half-acre of green grass under a blue sky provides a safe place for the small dogs. A bone-shaped kiddie pool makes for a splashin’ good time. Drinking water is available on-site, and doggie waste baggies are in good supply. The main park has a hiking trail around the lake that a person and a leashed pup a chance to exercise together. This dog park is a members-only dog park; you'll need to register your dog and pay a fee play here.