Extraordinary landscapes, rolling hills, and charming villages are the most prominent things in Chester County. Located a short ride from Philadelphia, the county is an amazing place to stay or visit. Downingtown is a pleasant borough set in the heart of the county, offering a space for peaceful walks as well as leisure activities. Should your pal need medical attention, you'll find three veterinary clinics in the village and at least seven more in the surrounding areas that are happy to solve any misfortune your furry friend may have.
Looking for a must-visit place with the pup? Lloyd Park in the western part of the village is a great solution for busy owners and active pooches. The park is large and fenced, but not a dog park per se. Your mutt will like dipping his paws in the creek and enjoy running on the spacious grassy area on- or off-leash.
If you feel that this is not enough for an adventure, feel free to venture into the towns surrounding Downington. You'll find natural preserves in Coatesville (to the west) and Marshallton (to the north), as well as hiking and walking trails in Exton (to the east) and Lyndell (to the south).
Staying in Downingtown with your pooch may be complicated, since the borough doesn't have much in the way of choice, and the available options are expensive. Don't worry, though; the surrounding areas have better options and prices, particularly Exton and West Chester.
Caswallen is a quiet and small community in the northern part of West Chester, set across Lower Lake and Taylor Run. Following Pottstown Pike, you'll eventually reach Robert E. Lambert Park. This spacious public park is a favorite recreation area for families and has a great place for pooches to play off-leash and have fun! Roonie’s Canine Corner Dog Park is set within the main area. This pawesome fenced park has lots of room to run, simple agility equipment, running drinking water, and some toys to play fetch or wrestle over with other canine visitors.
Far remote from the busy downtown of West Chester and off Windon’s area, Natural Lands Trust Stroud Preserve is located on North Creek Road right across East Branch Brandywine Creek. The place is a local pride of Chester County, featuring acres of former woodlands and grasslands which now serve as a natural wildlife habitat for many species in North America. You are welcome to explore the intact terrain, following miles of hiking trails with your leashed furry friend. Share a quiet moment in the dense forests and follow looping walking trails to find the hidden treasures of the North American wilderness with your four-legged adventurer. Don't forget to take some water with you when visiting.
The merry and busy downtown area of West Chester is happy to welcome you and your lovely pooch for a short stay or visit. There are plenty of attractions available for everyone, including recreation areas, shops and hundreds of dog-friendly eateries. You can start by visiting Everhart Park, located just a bit west of the city center, to soak up the atmosphere of a public park, enjoy a nice jog on the walking trails, or play with your pal at the dog run. Make sure that your buddy is on their leash at all times! Afterward, head back to downtown and search for friendly eateries offering a free bowl of water and a mouthwatering meal! How about Rams Head Bar and Grill, which is an American counterpart of the British gastropub? Or try Lorenzo and Son’s Pizza. Both restaurants have outdoor, dog-friendly seating.
Encompassing more than 2,600 acres of Delaware County meadows and woodlands, Ridley Creek State Park welcomes leashed pooches for an amazing outdoor adventure in the green oasis, located 16 miles from Philadelphia. The spacious area of the park belongs to Newton Square and is located to the southwest, off Springton Reservoir. Your pooch is welcome to join you at the playground, the campgrounds and cottage areas. Make sure to keep him away from the swimming area, buildings, and non-pet overnight sections. Explore walking trails, discover the gorgeous wilderness, and immerse yourselves in an Indian Jones style of vacation, even if it's just for a day!
Wayne is one of the many cities surrounding Philadelphia where you can have some fun with your pooch. The northwestern part of the area can''t be called bright or busy with lots of fascinating amenities for tourists, but your pooch will bark in excitement when he spots Hartford Park hidden behind Main Line School Night Association. The park has a special, designated area with tons of room to run, bark, frisk and run again. Go on a hike or let him explore the creek, and he'll fall head over paws with this park and beg to come back! And you may want to – the local crowd is always friendly, which is why socializing becomes one of the top priorities for visitors here. Make sure you supervise your pup at all times; the area is not fenced.