The best suburb in America according to Business Insider, New Albany is one of the nicest communities to visit or live with both furry and human children in tow! New Albany boasts a nationally recognized, award-winning education system, one of the lowest crime rates in the country, and more than 600 acres of recreational space to keep both residents and visitors happy and healthy.
It's no surprise, then, that this prosperous community is also incredibly dog-friendly! New Albany is home to three veterinary clinics, so your pup will be in good paws -- er, hands -- while you're here. Despite the suburb's wealth of public parks, New Albany doesn't have any special recreation spots for pooches to play or run off-leash. For off-leash fun, you'll have to travel west to Blendon Woods Metro Park in Westerville. This public park has a 1.5-mile walking loop for a simple walk or an extra exercise. The area can be really wet and even flooded when it rains, so take heed and plan accordingly.
A good alternative on a rainy day is Brooksedge Dog Park, located in the Brooksedge Meadows neighborhood of Westerville. This park features about 3 acres of open space for pups to run and play, complete with grass, benches, drinking water facilities and two sections for small and large breeds.
New Albany is perhaps the best place to live or visit in America. But don't just take our word for it -- or Business Insider's, for that matter. Visit New Albany to see for yourself!
Linworth is one of the northern neighborhoods of Columbus set near the city of Worthington. The neighborhood is busy near West Dublin Granville Road, but the farther you move south, the quieter it becomes. Keep heading south to find Linworth Park and Godown Park. The latter is a great place to stop by with the pooch to explore the leafy terrain with plenty of trees and diverse fauna. You will also find Godown Dog Park located within the main area, which is a cool spot for pooches to run off-leash and burn all their energy. There are two separate sections for small and large pups in this 7-acre park.
The neighborhood of Whitestone is nestled on the banks of Olentangy River. The center of the area is occupied by Columbus Park of Roses, Whitestone Community Recreation, and Northmoor Park. According to the locals, the area suits perfectly for dog owners and their leashed furry babies, because of Whitestone Park's off-leash policies for pooches! But be careful -- the park is not fenced at all, so you may want to keep your buddy on his leash while he explores the walking paths. The creek is the perfect place to make a splash and cool off on a summer day. And, if it's a really hot day, take a seat at one of the outdoor tables at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and share a sweet treat with your pup!
One of the remote eastern neighborhoods in Columbus, Wonderland is surrounded by Nicklaus Freeway and The Outerbelt to the north and Big Walnut Creek to the south. The area isn't exactly a tourist destination that's thriving with shops, eateries, and photo opportunities, but it does have a nice spot to sit in the shade on a sunny day – Pizzurro Park. The public park has plenty of outdoor attractions, including walking trails, picnic zones, fishing opportunities and a fenced dog park! Feel free to take Fido to the on-site Pooch Playground to socialize with other canine friends, sniff, dig and run to his heart's content!
Set in the remote, eastern part of Columbus on Big Walnut Creek, Big Walnut Park is a nice and convenient recreation spot to visit with the whole family, furry members included! Featuring a recreation center, athletic fields, and walking trails, this city park certainly hasn't forgotten about its four-legged visitors! Leashed pups are welcome to explore the walking trails, or enjoy some off-leash playtime at the on-site dog park. This dog park is so much more than just a fenced, off-leash park with two separate sections for small and large breeds! The place boasts an amazing doggie swimming pond with crystal clear water and a clean environment. Be sure to pack some towels -- your pooch won't be able to resist taking a dip!
Gahanna Commercial Center is probably one of the dog-friendliest neighborhoods around! It's home to more than five casual and sophisticated eateries with pet-friendly policies. Massey’s Pizza at Lincoln Cir and Donatos Pizza at Granville Street both provide table service at the dog-friendly outdoor seating area. Fido is sure to beg for a piece of your pizza! Keep in mind that the number of outdoor places is limited, so be sure to call ahead during busy period. Or, if you're looking to grab a quick lunch, head to Firehouse Subs or Panera Bread.