This former mill-town used to be a center of manufacturing, but has since settled into its own as the pet-friendly waterfront called Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The name comes from the Unami language, and translates to "elegant ground place." The locals call it Conshy, and your dog calls it his favorite place to hike a trail! Conshy is home to dozens of hiking trails, keeping Fido happy on his feet! There are also tons of dog-friendly restaurants to grab a bite to eat in the outside seating area where you can tie up your doggo's leash for the feast. The pet-friendliness doesn't stop here!
In Conshohocken, there are 7 veterinarians in the neighboring suburbs and plenty of pet stores to get your pup everything he needs. At the heart of the town is the Schuylkill River, which flows over a 135-mile swath of land offering plenty of places to splash. You and Fido can also check out the annual Conshohocken Funfest. The festival features either single mile-long fun walk or a 3-mile long run you can do with your dog. Stocked with live bands, food vendors, and good times the fun times at the festival is an accurate surmise of Conshy!
Does your dog fidget his legs in his sleep, dreaming of running the Iditarod? Well, this neighborhood named after the suburb is the place to be! In Conshohocken, you can enter one of the multiple access points of the Schuylkill River Trail, which runs almost 130 miles from Philadelphia to Parkerford. Along the way, you can enjoy great views of the river immersed in the tree lines. After some serious hiking, it's time to eat! Guppy's Good Time restaurant, a local Philly joint, serves up BOGO Sushi and Montreal-style Poutine. What a mix, right? The best part about the Guppy's is the convivial atmosphere which extends to the furry and four-legged.
Is your dog a member of the royal family of the German Settlement Prussia? Well, is he at least a German Shepherd? Either way, you'll definitely want to check out the King of Prussia neighborhood. Prussia hosts the Chest Valley Rail Trail. Chest Valley is a 13-mile long trail that walks along the Valley Forge National Historic Park. Also deep in the wilderness of King of Prussia is the McKaig Nature Preserve. This 89-acre preserve has two creeks, several hiking trails, and is a great place for a weekend camp out with the doggos.
Does your dog have one paw in the city, one paw in the pasture? East Villanova is the place for your dog as he lives a "Tail of Two Cities." In the East Villanova neighborhood, you can either play among the city pups in the Harford Off-Leash Dog Park, or explore the Natural Wood Trust Saunder's Woods Preserve. Harford is a great place for your dog to blow off some steam, and has all the amenities, like water and bathrooms. The Saunder's Wood Preserve is the more rustic equivalent. Either way, your dog can have his bone and bury it too!
Is your doggo keen at sniffing out truffles in the dirt? Then he'll surely be a fan of The Lucky Dog Saloon in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The Saloon offers award-winning eats like the Truffle burger and Citrus Crusted Jail Island Salmon. In their own words, The Lucky Dog is "always a great time and always a great meal" with the pupperoni alongside you. After you're done gorging, you can cruise over to the 103-acre Rolling Hill Park. At Rolling Hill, you can hike one of the many featured trails or throw a picnic and eat your leftovers from Lucky Dog.
Is your dog content to just relax by your feet as you enjoy a cold one? If so, the Whitemarsh neighborhood is the spot for you two! In Whitemarsh, you will find Brittingham's Pub — a place dedicated to the "pub mentality", which means a friendly open atmosphere welcoming the doggos! You can enjoy a decent selection of beers, but what really keeps the locals coming back are the dessert cocktails. Try the Espresso Martini or The Irish Potato! For food, go with the pot pie croquettes. Another great dog-friendly restaurant in Whitemarsh is the Spring Mill Cafe, which is a little more upscale, but still pet-friendly. At Spring Mill, you can dine on sophisticated takes like the filet mignon au bordelaise or a falafel burger. Yum!