Just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland, and bordered by Lake Erie, Rocky River is a fun destination with a variety of parks and outdoor spaces. Families with pups who live in the area can get some exercise while walking through town or along the lake. Keeping your pooch happy and healthy is simple in Rocky River. You will find two veterinarian clinics who provide both routine appointments and emergency care.
When Fido is looking for an adventure, head over to Tri-City Park. The park is shared by Rocky River, Westlake, and Fairview, and provides a peaceful location to walk along the path and let your pooch roll around in the grass. There are tennis and basketball courts in addition to open ball fields where your pup can run and play. When spending the day with the kids, they can run around on the playground and then stop by the picnic pavilion for a snack with your pooch. The clean restrooms offer a drinking fountain where you can refill water bottles and make sure to bring your own doggie waste bags and clean up after your pup.
Martin Park is another great place to walk Fido and get some exercise. Its located on Kings Mill Run and you can walk along the path while your pooch sniffs the plants and trees. There is a small playground for the kids and picnic tables and grills for a family BBQ.
Rocky River also offers pooch-friendly restaurants like First Watch on Detroit Road. This café-style restaurant welcomes your pup at one of the outdoor tables where you can enjoy a variety of tasty cuisine. After a quick snack, stop by the Pet People Pet Store where you can find healthy food and treats for Fido as well as fun accessories.
With so many pup-friendly destinations and activities in Rocky River, it’s no wonder the town is home to many pups and parents who enjoy socializing and spending time outdoors.
Learning about local history while getting some exercise with your pup makes the Elmwood Park is a perfect destination. The park is located on Elmwood Road and features a pooch-friendly picnic shelter where you can meet up with friends and their dogs. You can let the pups play in the grassy lawn while pooch parents relax with a drink in their lawn chairs. You can also walk over to the re-created Elmwood Cabin on site and read about the local history. Kids can play at the playground. Make sure to keep Fido on a leash so he’s not tempted to chase after wildlife.
Your pooch will love visiting the puptacular Lakewood Dog Park on Valley Parkway in Lakewood. The park is fenced and features a double-gated entry for your pup’s safety. Fido can run around under the shade trees and sniff the plants, and his furry friends’ butts. There are benches where pooch parents can relax and chat with friends while their dogs are having a furtastic time. The park is usually well stocked with doggie waste bags, so be sure to clean up after your pooch. The seasonal water fountain is also handy when Fido needs a drink before heading home. If you are looking for a pup-friendly place to eat near the park, stop by Donatos Pizza which offers a variety of subs, salads, wings, and pizza and pup-friendly outdoor seating.
A mile and a half south of Rocky River, Bohlken Park offers 25-acres of space in Fairview Park. With wide-open ball fields and lighted ball courts, this is a perfect destination to take your pup for a walk in the early morning or in the evening before bed. The walking trail goes around the entire perimeter of the park giving you and Fido plenty of exercise. There is playground equipment for the kids and the picnic shelter is great when you and your pup need a snack. After spending some time at the park, you may also want to stop by Brown Sugar Thai Cuisine. There are pooch-friendly outdoor tables where you can enjoy your meal and chat with friends.
North Olmstead is about five miles south of town and features the Rocky River Reservation where you can spend some quality time with your pup. There is plenty of open spaces and hiking trails where Fido can stretch his legs and you will love the scenery and mature trees. Your pup will have a snifftastic time exploring the plants and wooded area, but be sure to keep him on a leash. The park also offers convenient restrooms and a water fountain where you and your pup can get a cool drink. With a large variety of different trails for all skill levels, you and Fido can find a place to enjoy some peace and quiet.