You and your canine kid are fur sure going to enjoy the Ping Tom Park Trail on South Tom Parkway in Chicago. This easy walk is about three miles, and weaves in and around the pawesome Ping Tom Park. The trail is paved and meanders along the southern branch of the Chicago River in Chinatown. This dog furiendly path will take you and your pooch around all the best parts of the park, as well as the Chicago Riverbank, including the pagoda, dragon boats racing area, and busts honoring Ping Tom and Leonard Louis. You can also visit the Leonard Louie Fieldhouse, where you and Fido can see a furific view of the Chicago skyline from the rooftop viewing area.
The park has 17 acres to explore along the path, including community gathering areas, Chinese landscape designs, a gymnasium, restaurant, fishing areas, and benches to relax on. They also have plenty of fountains available to refill your water bottles. Don't forget to bring some clean up bags too! There is also plenty of shade provided by the mature oak, pine, and maple trees throughout the path. Throughout the path, you and Fido will likely see many visitors including other people and dogs, wildlife, and a plethora of gorgeous greenery and wildflowers in vibrant shades of all colors. The ducks by the river are pretty friendly, so don’t let go of your poochie’s leash or they may play chase with you trying to catch them.
If you and your furry friend get tired or hungry, grab some food from one of the restaurants in nearby Chinatown and watch the river activities from one of the tables, benches, or even one of the giant boulders dotting the park. During the warmer months, you will probably see a lot of boats including the dragon boats and the water taxi. Dragon boat racing is pawsitively one of the coolest things you will ever see. Be sure to come back during the different seasons to check out the different views.