Lorain is a busy town that never forgets to make time for dogs. Though the population has fallen in recent years, the town’s dog population is thriving, due in part to the four veterinary clinics and animal hospitals located in Lorain. Step with confidence into all that Lorain has to offer knowing that the local veterinarians have got your back, and ears, and paws!
Leash up and hit the Steel Mill Trail to exercise with your dog. This converted rail trail is now open to cyclists, hikers, and dog-walkers alike. Bring your own water and be sure to keep track of how far you’re going, because the Steel Mill Trail will take you all the way to Sheffield if you let it!
Call ahead to Jackalope Lakeside to reserve your waterview seats perfect for doggie dining. This restaurant allows leashed and well-behaved pups to dine outside, but given the amazing views these seats are in-demand! A reservation will ensure that you and your dog enjoy this Lorain classic on your schedule. If your dog is more salt of the earth, Hot Dog Heaven will send your pup to paradise too, with outdoor seating and a casual menu perfect for wrapping up a long day of sightseeing in Lorain.
Family and pup friendly, the W. Erie Ave neighborhood features sidewalks to take your pooch out for his daily exercise and plenty of pups to socialize with along the way. Located on the edge of Lake Erie, Lakeview Park offers 20 acres of space where you and your canine companion can enjoy spectacular sunsets and views of the water. Gazebos, picnic shelters and the popular Rose Garden all create an excellent atmosphere to spend quality time with family and Fido. You can even enjoy a catered meal from Sunset Terrace in the park. A couple nearby hotels are pet-friendly so plan to have a tail waggin good time.
Located along the Black River, the Lorain neighborhood features the Fido friendly Cromwell Park filled with trails perfect for walking your pooch. Along the eastern edge of the park you and your furry pal can start the Steel Mill trail, a 2-mile continuation of the Bridgeway Trail. The trail crosses over the Black River and French Creek where you pup can get his feet wet in the cold water. Throughout the park enjoy scenic views of the river, picnic areas, and water fountains where you can get a cool drink.
Historic homes are a great feature of this scenic neighborhood. Walking your pup through the streets allows Fido to get his daily exercise while you enjoy the architecture of the homes. Spending a day at Oakwood Park is another excellent way to help your pooch work off his excess energy. Running and romping through the open areas or enjoying a picnic at the gazebo will help Fido to have a snifftastic time with his furry pals. Bring your water bottles to fill up at the fountain, and head off on walking trails throughout the beautiful gardens.
About 7.5 miles from Lorain in the town of Elyria, this neighborhood features another section of the Bridgeway Trail. With picnic areas along the way, you and your pooch can relax with a snack at Day’s Dam or High Meadows picnic area. If you have hiked all the way from Lorain, you may be tuckered out! Pet friendly hotels in Elyria to the rescue! Quality Inn Elyria and Days Inn and Suites Elyria welcome your pup to stay with you for a small fee. Knights Inn Elyria asks for a refundable deposit, while at the Red Roof Inn and Suites Cleveland Elyria, pups stay free of any charge.
Just a little over 9 miles from Lorain in the Pin Oak neighborhood of Avon Lake, Fido will love the off-leash fenced dog park. Park 4 Paw Avon Lake Dog Park is features grass, shade and even benches for owners, and makes this dog park perfect for socializing with furry pals. Although the park isn’t huge, there is a space for both small and large pups, and even a doggie teeter totter for Fido and his friends to play on. Doggie water fountains and waste station with bags will help keep the park clean for everyone. You and your pooch are sure to meet up with furry friends when visiting this popular park.