Lebanon, Pennsylvania is located in beautiful Dutch country, making it a gorgeous place to spend time with your four-legged companion. Lebanon has just over half a dozen parks and natural areas, all of which welcome on-leash dogs. The Union Canal Tunnel and Park are not to miss, as it contains the oldest tunnel of its’ kind in the U.S. and is a designated historical site. The peaceful park has wide-open spaces for enjoying the sunshine, as well as some nature paths through the woods.
Stover’s Dam Park is another excellent choice if you and your pooch are craving a large play space. Covering 153 acres of parkland, there’s also a 23-acre lake. The fitness trail that circles the lake has several “Fitness Stations” which offer the opportunity to do some heart-pumping exercise. These stations could easily be used as agility training equipment for the extra-energetic pooch!
Looking for a special dog-friendly event? Try the Summer events at Coleman Memorial Park, which range from outdoor concerts to independence day celebrations. Large stables and outbuildings remain on this property, so there’s a lot to explore!
Be sure to visit the Snitz Creek Brewery, which has outdoor dog-friendly seating, weather permitting. The brewery regularly offers twelve beers on tap, including six rotating styles, as well as pub food (featuring the famous Lebanon bologna, of course) and weekly specials.
Quentin in Lebanon is home to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail. This multi-use park and pathway is a converted rail line. Now you and your dog can explore where freight trains used to roar through Lebanon! There is a parking lot with access to the trail. From there, pick your direction and walk as far as you’d like! The rail trail is one of a series that crosses through the area, so keep track of your milage as you go--you still have to walk back! When taking your high energy dog out for a hike, remember it’s BYOW--bring your own water!
You don’t have to head to the suburbs to get a dog-friendly dining experience. Mannino's Pizza is a great place to take your dog for a great meal out. Mannino’s welcomes leashed dogs to their outdoor dining tables. They serve classic Italian dishes made from locally grown ingredients, as well as twists on old favorites. Best of all, they’re right in the middle of City Center. This is a great choice if you’re bringing your dog on a full day and want to relax with him! It’s also convenient if you need to fuel up on your way to one of Lebanon’s parks.