A city with glittering golden lights by night and artistic, graceful fountains by day, Dayton is certainly eye catching. This city is perfect for the metro pet-owner with plenty of places to walk and see downtown.
If you are planning a stay in Dayton, why not try the Drury Inn and Suites in the north side of downtown? They have fresh, modern rooms that, of course, are pet-friendly! You and your best friend can stay in a spacious, stylish, suite at a fairly affordable price. The ultimate time to go is, of course, the tail end of the summer. If you stay then, you will be right in time to catch the annual Doggie Dash and Splash event! This is every Labrador, Spaniel, and Newfoundland's dream event! This day is filled with puppy pools, splash zones, contests, and vendors catered specifically to your pet needs. What a way to beat the heat!
However, if a city break is what you need, there is a beautiful place just out of town. Sycamore State Park works great for the horsie types. This park has close to 2,500 acres of trails, lakes, and beautiful sights to be seen. You can of course bring your pup along too, just keep them on a lead for safety! To top off the day, pitch a tent or roll in the RV for a weekend in nature. Dayton is a face-paced city for busy pet lovers. There is always something new and exciting happening for you and your furry friends!
Downtown Dayton has two lovely parks and trails that you and your dog can go explore one afternoon. The Deeds Dog Park is located right across the Mad River and is a safe off-leash park that your dog will love. The park has both grass and woodchips, and provides a pool for some time in the water. If you and Fido are in a mood for a walk, then head over to the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, which is a whopping 86 mile. No one will judge if you only walk a few of those miles! The trail is asphalt and is are mainly surrounded by lush grass, trees, and of course, the river.
If your dog loves the water, then you need to take them to Splash Your Pup. This awesome pool is open year-around for swimming and dock diving and is all dedicated to your dog. The water temperature is regulated and they will even warm it up to help your pup if they have joint issues. Appointments are required, but you can easily schedule one on their website. Locals love how friendly and knowledgeable the staff is and appreciate that they help the nervous dog parents during their first visit. Splash Your Pup provides life vest for the beginners and hair dryers to dry your dog off after an amazing swimming session.
The Montgomery County Bark Park is the perfect park to take your dog to if you’re looking for a good workout. This huge dog park is located on top of a hill, so you and Fido can get a nice hike in while you’re there. Water fountains are located outside the park so the two of you can stay hydrated, and there is a separate area in the park with agility equipment for your dog to play on. If you and your dog just want to walk around the park, that’s no problem either since there is a large paved path that winds through the entire park.
If you and your dog are looking for a great trail to walk on, check out the Creekside Trail in Beavercreek. This trail is 15 miles long and is primarily made up of asphalt and concrete. During your walk, you will be surrounded by grass and lots of trees and greenery, plus a map is provided so you don’t get lost. This trail is extremely popular since it is the main trail that connects Dayton to Xenia, and features numerous smaller trails running through it. While you and your pup are exploring, be cautious of the bike riders that frequent this trail.