Just three hours west of Omaha, Holdrege is a family-friendly town where Fido can enjoy many outdoor activities. Holdrege offers two veterinarian clinics for all of Fido’s medical needs that offer routine appointments, and you can call an after-hours number in case of an emergency.
Although the town is small, there are two wonderful parks near the town center. Jaycee Field, also known as South Park, offers tall trees and a walking trail that connects with Lake Seldom. While strolling with Fido you can admire the plants and wildlife along the path or take a break at one of the picnic tables. Another popular destination is North park where you and your pup can spend an afternoon fishing in the pond or walking around the trail while your pooch rolls in the grass.
If you are searching for pup-friendly accommodations, consider Holdrege City Campground. There are seven sites that include electric and water and a restroom and shower. You can spend the night with your pooch and walk to one of the parks for some exercise and get rid of excess energy after traveling. If camping is not your thing, check out Super 8 hotel where you and your pups are welcome for a small additional fee. The staff will give you a room near an outside door and there is a nice grassy spot to walk your pup.
After your adventure, stop by Dairy Queen for a pup cup and a chocolate shake for yourself, and munch down at the outdoor dog friendly seating.
If you love a small town where you can always find pooch-friendly neighbors, you and your family will enjoy Holdrege.
Lake Seldom in the City Center neighborhood features 160 acres of land that is designated as a wildlife refuge. You can take Fido for a walk through the area, but you will need to keep him on a leash. Many residents wander around the water watching birds and enjoying the fresh air. You can explore the plants and animals in their natural habitat and there is a walking trail that connects with South Park. Since the area is part of the “green space” initiative, be sure to bring your own doggie waste bags and clean up after your pup.
About 20 miles south of Holdrege in the town of Alma, Pheasant Ridge Trail and the Alma City Park follow along the Harlan County Lake and are great places to spend the day with Fido and the kids. You can stroll along the 3-mile trail and admire the trees and wildlife like turkeys and other birds while your pup sniffs all the plants along the way. The surface of the trail is paved and perfect for both wheelchairs and strollers – so the whole family can enjoy walking with Fido. If you need pooch-friendly accommodations in the area, Western Holiday Motel welcomes pups for an additional fee.
If you love to camp with your pup and your family, head over to Hunter Cove Campground in Republican City, just 30 minutes southeast of Holdrege. There are 150 campsites along with clean restrooms, showers, and laundry. You can take the family for a local vacation and spend time at the Harlan County Lake with your pup. You will need to keep Fido on a leash both at the campground and lake, and bring your own doggie waste bags to clean up. Your pooch will have a snifftastic time playing in the long grass and socializing with other pups in the area.
Thirty miles north of Holdrege, The Links and Cottonmill Park are part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and feature trails along former rail lines. The park is a great place to walk your pooch and spend time admiring the lake. You and Fido can relax on the banks and go fishing or walk along the trail and explore the plants and animals along the way. Since the trail is paved, you can take the kids in a stroller or let them ride a bike while you and your pup stretch your legs. You can plan a picnic with friends and their furry companions and BBQ some burgers while the teens play disc golf. Everyone will enjoy spending the day with their four-legged friends at this puptastic park.
When your pooch needs some off-leash time, head up to Meadowlark North Dog Park in West Kearney. Your pup can run around in the grassy area and sniff all the trees and plants while you relax on one of the shaded benches. During the summer, there is a doggie swimming pool with a water hose where your pooch can play. The park is a pupular destination, and you and Fido will quickly make friends with other dog lovers. You should bring your own doggie waste bags because they are not always available at the park.