Middleton is a lovely suburban town in Dane County. Also known as “The Good Neighbor City,” it provides a welcoming environment for those with two legs and with four. With dozens of parks and trails, there’s no question that this city is pawsitively pet friendly.
There are 15 pet friendly restaurants in Middleton, so schedule a dinner date with your four legged dining partner. If you’re craving a steak, check out Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. The menu has a variety of seafood and pasta dishes, and of course, steak. Choose a table on the outside patio so your pooch can join you. Craftsman Table and Top is an eatery that serves up sandwiches, burgers and appetizers. The menu is inspired by local ingredients, so your food is sure to be fresh. Your pup can sit by you at one of the outside tables.
If you and your pup need a place to stay while in
Middleton, make a reservation at one of the pet friendly hotels. Staybridge
Suites opens its doors to four legged guests. For an additional fee, two pets
can bunk here for the night. Residence
Inn by Marriott also allows dogs to stay in one of their cozy rooms. You’ll pay
an additional fee, but your pup will have a pawsome place to lay his head.
The MRD Dog Exercise Area is a local off leash dog park. Take your pooch over so she can run carefree and feel the wind in her fur. There is more than enough room for a game of fetch, so bring your pup’s favorite ball. She can also romp around with new playmates. An agility course is available for the athletically inclined. This pawsome park also includes picnic areas, benches, drinking water, and shade shelters. There is even a separate section for little dogs. Membership is required, so be sure to pick up an annual permit. You don’t want your pup to miss out on all this fun.
Does your pooch need some off leash time? Check out the Quisling Park Dog Park where your pup will have six acres to frolic and play. He can romp and run with new friends or just sniff around on his own. This dog park requires a membership, so be sure to pick up an annual permit. Fur-tunately, the permit is good for both Middleton dog parks. For a nice leashed walk, leave the Dog Park and follow the trails around the surrounding Quisling Park. Be sure to stop at the wildlife viewing platform and see if you can spot any of the grassland birds that call this park home.
Middleton’s City Center is home to Parisi Park. Treat your pooch to an afternoon at this park and see her tail wag with delight! Start with the Parisi Park paved walking path to get warmed up. Then head out on the 1.37 mile Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail for some doggy cardio. This trail runs the length of the park and is in close proximity to the Pheasant Branch Creek. If your pup’s paws need a rest, take a break on one of the trails' benches. Lakeview Park Trail is also in the area. This park has a one mile paved path that runs through a well kept park and around a pond.
Pheasant Branch Conservancy is just calling your pup’s name. Clip on his leash and let him discover all this park has to offer. Sprawling over 150 acres, this natural space is a pup-ular spot for hiking, bird watching, and nature loving. As you wander throughout the network of trails, you’ll encounter woodlands, oak savannas, marshes, lowland forests, and more. There are also benches and observation decks, so be sure to stop and soak in the surrounding beauty. The main trail loop is just over 3 miles, but there are also smaller side trails to discover. Your pooch will love this place!
For a nice afternoon walk, pay a visit to Woodside Heights. Leash up your pup and make your way around the Tiedman Pond Loop. This one mile path circles a midsize pond and crosses a couple sections of boardwalk. Your furry friend will love breathing in fresh air as she gets some exercise in this beautiful setting. After a walk around the lake, wander through the adjacent Woodside Heights Park. She can sniff around the grassy fields before taking a break under one of the shade trees. This park has drinking fountains available, so be sure to give her a refreshing bowl of water.