Bethlehem has had a series of growth spurts since its founding. The most recent jump was in 2010, when the census showed that the population swelled by twenty thousand over the previous ten years. That’s not even counting all of the canine residents! Dog lovers have made Bethlehem a canine’s dream. With seven vets and animal hospitals in the area, you know that Bethlehem pets are used to being treated like royalty. Take man’s best friend with you to The Steel Pub, where American classics like wings, beer-battered onion rings, and cheeseburgers are served to a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
Soak in local culture at the Bethlehem Sculpture Garden. Your leashed, well-mannered dog is welcome to join you as you tour the grounds. If you’d like to get up to something a little more rambunctious, check out Madison Park. This neighborhood park has all the charms of a playground and picnic area while also being a bit off the beaten path.
Sleeping in Bethlehem tonight? You have options! Check out the woofderful rooms at The View Inn and Suits, Comfort Suites Bethlehem University, or Historic Bethlehem Hotel! No matter where you bed down, rest easy knowing that Bethlehem is a dog-friendly city 24 hours a day!
Tucked away in the busy Edgeboro neighborhood of Bethlehem is a neighborhood park that has the locals raving. Elmwood Park was designed with the neighborhood in mind. It’s a compact space that makes the most of every inch. At the center, you’ll find a playground, game courts, and even a kickball field. The outer edge is open space perfect for taking your dog for a brisk walk. What the park lacks in refinement, it more than makes up for with convenience. You’ll want to bring your own doggie bowl for your pet as the fountains in the park are made for thumbs.
Historic Bethlehem is a hot spot of dog friendly dining options! Three that stand out are all located within two blocks of one another! Try McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub when you just want to try something classic, yet adventurous. They serve wild boar burgers alongside more conventional favorites like draught beer and bangers and mash. You can also check out The Brick for classic pizzas and apps at their dog friendly outdoor tables. Finally, Bethlehem Brew Works is a must see if you’re a fan of signature, craft beer--and a host of authentic gastropub sides. Dogs are welcome at all of these restaurants!
Lehigh Valley’s Sand Island Park is an urban oasis. Leash up your dog and head right to their biking and walking trails. You’re going to want to keep your dog on a shorter leash because you do have to share the path, but that’s entirely worth it. Sand Island Park has a water feature, great views of Historic Bethlehem across the river, and space to enjoy nature. Picnics overlooking the river are a great draw for Sand Island Park. If you’re bringing the whole family be sure to spend some with at the clay tennis pits and the kid’s playground!
Bethlehem’s South Side is home to Saucon Park. This sprawling park is a great place to get away to. Dogs will probably want to go right for the park’s running trails. Whether you want to generate some dust and go for a jog, or a slow amble is more your speed, this running path is worth it. The park also has a host of other amenities. There are grills throughout the park, making it prime BBQ territory. There’s a playground and some sports fields as well. The river that runs through the park is great for cooling off, and as long as your dog stays on leash, you’re welcome to wade on in!