Nicknamed the City of Trees, Sylvania is a vibrant and green city, boasting a range of historic, cultural and natural attractions. With numerous city parks to explore, as well as a couple of dog-friendly restaurants and three veterinary centers, this is a city that your pooch will enjoy just as much as you will.
There are many city parks to be found within Sylvania, but the Harroun Community Park is one of the prettiest. Often referred to as a hidden gem, this 26 acre park is home to one of the last remaining natural areas in Sylvania, making this the best spot to visit if you want to experience the city's pure natural beauty. There are several picnic areas dotted around the place, as well as a deck with views over the Ottawa River, so you and your pup will no doubt want to spend a few hours here.
After all of the walking that you will no doubt do in Sylvania, treat your pooch to a meal at one of the city's dog-friendly restaurants. The Chandler Café is situated in a historic building, with a casual menu that serves breakfast and lunch. If you would prefer a lighter bite, check out Biggby Coffee for freshly baked foods and specialty coffees.
Although the streets of Sylvania are bustling with life, there are so many pockets of greenery that provide an oasis away from the city, making this a destination where you and your pooch can experience the best of both worlds.
If your pooch loves a good walk, then the Holland Sylvania neighborhood is a great place to go. One of the best parks that you can access from this neighborhood is the 493 acre Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, where you will find a vast network of six main trails, as well as several smaller ones. Begin with the University/ Parks Trail, a lush six mile greenway that will take you and Fido through meadows, wetlands, woodlands and more. Then check out the Wildwood Ridge Trail, which is at its prettiest in the spring when all of the wildflowers are blooming. While dogs are allowed on all of these trails, a lead, doggie bags, and drinking water are essential.
Bretton Woods is home to a couple of Sylvania's finest city parks, making it no surprise that this is a neighborhood popular with dog owners. The 60 acre Olander Park is one of the largest, and features a 28 acre spring-fed lake at the heart of the park. There is a 1.1 mile paved walking path that loops its way around the lake, making this a scenic spot for a walk with Fido. Also within this neighborhood is Addington Park. This park is much smaller, but also quieter, and its green, grassy, open-space concept is something that all dogs love. Since these are both city parks, you need to make sure that you keep your pooch on a lead at all times, and don't forget to bring doggie bags and water with you.
Centennial Farms is quite a green neighborhood, making it pawfect for nature-loving pups. Here you will find Fossil Park, a five acre park that is home to a prime Devonian Era site, of which there are only two in the entire world. Although dogs are not allowed in the fossil pit and quarry, you will still be able to walk your pooch along the trail that circles the pit. Also within this neighborhood is the Sylvanian Pacesetter Park, a 138 acre complex that is home to a number of different sports facilities, as well as a walking path that you can enjoy with Fido.
Less than ten miles from Sylvania is the Toledo neighborhood of Reynolds Corner, which is home to some truly pawsome parks. The Swan Creek Preserve Metro Park is just under 600 acres in size, and offers a sheltered corridor of vegetation to a wide range of wildlife. There are several nature trails winding their way through the park, from where you and Fido will be able to see everything from deer to foxes to raccoons. If your pooch would prefer an urban park, Winterfield Park is home to sports facilities, a playground and picnic areas, as well as a paved walking path to take you and Fido through all of this.
About 15 miles from Sylvania is Glendale-Heatherdowns East, a neighborhood in Toledo that borders the Maumee River. Just a few minutes from the river itself is the scenic Woodsdale Park. Not only is this park home to sports facilities, playgrounds, walking trails and more, but you will also find the Glass City Dog Park located here, where your pooch can run free off the lead. This four acre, fully fenced-off, dog park features three separate sections; one for smaller dogs and two for larger dogs. All three sections have water fountains within them, as well as multiple pet waste stations, although you will need to bring your own doggie bags.