Vermilion is a quaint seaside town on the south shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. Here you can take a stroll through “Harbor Town” to check out the visiting boats in the marinas, or the eclectic shops and restaurants. This highly pedestrian and puppy friendly town has many parks along the lake and the Vermilion River. This town even has two veterinary clinics, making it a breeze to give your pup the happy, healthy lifestyle he deserves.
If you’re in the downtown area of Vermillion, you won’t need to go far to find some beautifully landscaped greenery. On the corner of Main St and Liberty Ave, you can find the lovely Exchange Park. This park features a trail that leads to down to the river with fantastic views. There is also a swing set, public restrooms and sitting areas amongst the gardens. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they follow proper petiquette!
If you’re looking for somewhere to crash after all your adventures, check in at the Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Vermilion. This hotel allows two pets up to 35 lbs each for an extra fee, and has plenty of space to walk your pooch.
With all of these pet-friendly places to explore, Vermilion is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!
At Sherod Park, you can find something for everyone, including the family dog! This park is located in the Northwest Vermilion neighborhood, off of West Lake Rd. Here you can enjoy the vast grassy areas and trees with a view of the breathtaking Lake Erie. There are a large variety of athletic fields, a walking path, picnic areas and access to the lake. Leashed dogs are welcome, but don’t forget the waste bags! When it’s time for a pick me up, head over to the Woodstock Cafe, located in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy one of their gourmet sandwiches and a craft beer next to your canine companion on the dog friendly patio. Water bowls are included!
In the South Shore Court neighborhood of Vermilion, you can find one of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Erie in Linwood Park. This idyllic park is trapped in a slower time, and a great place for families to relax and play together. Here you can find scenic walkways and bike paths, picnic areas, and plenty of green space for your pupper to sniff and play on. There is even an ice cream stand, for when you’re in need of a frosty treat. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they get picked up after! When your stomach is growling, head over to Quaker Steak & Lube in the same neighborhood. Here you can dig into some Choice Ribeye next to your best pal at one of the fifteen outdoor pet friendly tables.
If you and your pup are itching to get deep into nature, follow the Vermilion River north until you hit the Vermilion and Amherst neighborhood. It’s here that you can find the Vermilion River Reservation. This sprawling reservation features 5 miles of crushed stone and dirt trails that meander through the forest. You can cool off in the river in the summer, or enjoy the blooming wildflowers in the spring. This area is great for wildlife watching, and you’ll likely get the chance to spot a bald eagle! Other amenities include a massive picnic area, a museum and an amphitheater. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans, as long as they leave no trace!
Located in the east end of Vermilion, in the Vermilion-on-the-Lake neighborhood, you can find Showse Park. This park is a great option whether you want to enjoy some heart pumping exercise and playtime with your dog, or some peaceful meditation. The park features a playground, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and expansive grassy areas your pooch will love to dig his toes into. Here you can sit, relax, and enjoy watching the boats pass by on Lake Erie. There is also a pavilion, which is great for family gatherings or picnics. Leashed dogs are welcome of course, just don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl!
In the nearby town of Amherst, just east of Vermilion, you can find another puppy paradise! Just a 10 minute drive away, in the neighborhood of Beavercreek Estates, you can find the woofderful Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation. This 65 acre reservation consists of mature woodlands and floodplains, with plenty of ways to enjoy them. The 1.4 mile paved loop trail is easy on the paws and the eyes. It starts overlooking the Beaver Creek and descends to the water's edge. Then it continues into a cathedral-like pine grove, and over charming footbridges. Other park features include picnic areas, a playground, athletic fields and a visitor center. Make sure your playful pup stays leashed and leaves only paw prints!