A friendly town with lots of history, the people of North Platte, Nebraska have made dog-friendly spaces a priority as the town grows. Waggin’ Tails Dog Parks offers an opportunity for your pooch to play off-leash. Over 2 acres large, this park has a section for large and small dogs, as well as water for both humans and pooches. The city is also in the process of building another park, the Northside Bark Park. Although more amenities will be added in the future, currently the park is open as a wide grassy space with several picnic tables and benches.
Cody Park is a fun adventure park that allows on-leash dogs. A petting zoo features llamas, deer, and ducks that can be fed; there is a sizeable fishing pond, a swimming pool, three separate playgrounds, amusement rides, and a railroad museum!
Check out the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. It is a massive railroad yard that covers approximately 2,800 acres, making it the world’s largest railroad yard. During the day, railroad cars are repaired, inspected, and sorted. A large tower gives a stunning panoramic view of the yard and the surrounding town. Dogs are allowed on-leash, although not in the tower or buildings (large dogs are allowed in the lobby; small dogs may be carried through the lobby).
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Park is a living history park just 10 minutes west of North Platte, NE. Here, visitors can look around the 25-acre park that once made up a small fraction of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s personal ranch. The park only allows leashed dogs, but with many walking paths and plenty of outbuildings to explore, there’s no chance that this park won’t please. With something new to sniff around every corner, there’s plenty to give paws to even the most easily bored pup.