Not only is it a popular suburb of Wisconsin’s capital city, Sun Prairie is also a great place for dog owners to let loose and enjoy some playtime with their furry friend. Whether you prefer to stay within city limits and take advantage of one of the city’s many public parks, or head out of town to one of the surrounding state parks and natural areas, Sun Prairie has something to offer your whole furry crew. Additionally, should anything happen to your pup during your visit, there are more than five veterinarians within a 10-mile radius of city limits.
To begin your visit to Sun Prairie, take a stroll with your pup through the Downtown district. Here, you and your furry friend can enjoy window shopping at the city’s numerous local boutiques, admire several historical buildings, and even sample some local flavor from Sun Prairie’s wide array of culinary cuisine from all around the world. Feel free to also enjoy one of the city’s public parks with your pup such as Hunter’s Ridge, Misty Meadow and Sheehan Park, all of which offer ample room to walk and explore with your furry friend in tow.
Located directly adjacent to the city of Sun Prairie is one of the county’s most beautiful wildlife areas: Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area. The preserve is comprised of 145 acres of untouched land, managed by the county and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Take advantage of the area by hiking one of the many trails that wind throughout the park and breathe in the fresh air alongside your furry friend. Plus, the city of Sun Prairie is currently working to create additional trails that will connect the protected area with surrounding neighborhoods, making it more easily accessible by local residents and visitors alike.
Sun Prairie pawsitively needs to be added to your Wisconsin vacation destination itinerary!
Share a sweet treat with your pooch at the Dairy Queen in downtown Sun Prairie. There’s plenty of outdoor dog-friendly seating. Grab a burger and shake and relax. Lucky for you, Sun Prairie Pet Exercise Area is just about a mile from DQ! After you finish your ice cream, go let your pup have some off-leash fun in a safe fenced-in area. There are also walking trails, if you prefurr to spend some quality time with your hound in nature. Visit DQ anytime Monday through Saturday 10:30 AM to 10 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 10 PM.
If you need a place to stay during your visit in Sun Prairie, you’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re looking for a Fido-friendly room on the main drag. Super 8 Sun Prairie will welcome two of your furry friends, provided that they weigh 40 pounds or under, for the small price of $10 per dog per night. Keep in mind you can only stay 3 nights here, and there are breed restrictions. Quality Inn & Suites Sun Prairie is another option for those owning dogs that weigh 30 pounds or less. You’ll only pay an extra $10 per dog, per night, and they can be left unattended in the room for a short time. If you’re not looking for a hotel, there are plenty of pet-friendly AirBnB options in the area as well.
Sun Prairie Pet Exercise Area is 110-acre park will leave you and your pooch with plenty of ground to cover! An off-leash part that is split up into separate areas for smaller and larger dogs will let your pup run and roam unhindered. There are also easy hikes at the park, so you and your beloved hound can take a stroll together. Just to remember to keep him on a leash outside of the off-leash park. There are restrooms, but you’ll need to bring water to drink. You must have a dog park permit. Dog park tags can be purchased at the City Clerk's Office, 300 E. Main St. (City Hall). The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Take your pup on a trip to Token Creek Park Pet Exercise Area! Fido will love you furrever. This park is right off the highway about 7 miles from Sun Prairie, located in Madison. It features an off-leash dog area, but just make sure you are attentive because the area is not fenced-in. You also need a permit to access the area, but purchasing one allows you access to all Madison and Dane County off-leash areas. The daily price is $5 and the annual cost is $25. You can snag a permit at the parks department at 4318 Robertson Road.
Does your puppy destroy your shoes? Does your beloved hound always pull on the leash when you go for walks? Focused Dog Training offers a wide variety of help when it comes to your pup’s bad habits and behaviors. Their goal is to help improve the relationship between you and your dog. They offer boot camps, in-home consultations and private lessons, so you and your furry friend can have an even stronger bond through obedience and trust! They believe the keys to successful training include teaching your dog new commands in their normal everyday environments. Their business is technically based in Fitchburg, but they travel to Sun Prairie for your convience. Contact them directly if interested.