Philadelphia has a solid foundation of history, culture, and art, which draws people in every year. Over 39 million visitors came to the city in 2013 alone, and more than a few canine friends came with them, enjoying the sights that Philadelphia has to offer alongside their human families.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains several historical sites, including the Fairmount Park Historic Houses and the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Franklin Square is one of the five public squares originally laid out by William Penn, and it has transformed into a gathering space for families. With an 18-hole miniature golf course, a classic carousel, and brick walking paths, this park attracts residents and guests alike. Enjoy a picnic with your friends, or take your dog for a walk along the paths.
If you're planning on becoming one with nature, take your pup by the Schuylkill River Trail. This trail meanders for more than beautiful 27 miles alongside the Schuylkill River, stretching from downtown Philadelphia all the way to Valley Forge National Historic Park. The paved path is popular with bicyclists and commuters, but it still offers a quiet alternative for dog walkers who would like to see more of the city at their own unique pace. If you want to socialize with your pup, check out North Third, which is nestled in the Northern Liberties neighborhood which is a distinctly dog-friendly neighborhood hosting dog leash hooks and water bowls for the more than enjoyable outdoor seating area. Don't miss out on the Good Dog Bar, which features a dog-themed restaurant with tons of pictures of dogs on the walls.
If you’re willing to drive about thirty minutes west of Adelphi to West Des Moines, your pooch will sure to bark his praises! Not only is Raccoon River Dog Park’s name fun to say, it’ll also be a great time for your dog. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park spans 12 acres, providing plenty of room for your dog to run off any excess energy he may have. There are separate sections of the park: one for larger dogs, and another for smaller or shyer dogs. A permit is required to use the park, so check with local authorities before heading over.
Twenty minutes west of Adelphi is Des Moines’s East Village neighborhood, which is full of things for your and your pooch to do together. Grab a bite to eat at Scenic Route Bakery, which serves up delicious sandwiches and homemade sweet treats – there might even be an option for Fido. Outdoor seating is limited, and that’s where you’ll need to be if you want Fido to join you; the restaurant recommends giving them a call before heading over. A leash is required. On Saturdays, head over to the Des Moines Farmers’ Market to grab some locally-grown produce, and bring your pup with you!
In the southern part of the city of Des Moines, located 20 minutes away from Adelphi, you’ll find the Des Moines Trails, and your pooch won’t be the only one to enjoy this new place to walk! Fido can join you, but a leash is mandatory, and you’ll need to bring your own bags to clean up any accidents. You might want to bring a camera, too; locals hail some of the scenic views this trail offers. So grab your walking shoes, Fido’s leash, and plenty of water; this trail is sure to be a pawesome time!
Downtown Indianola, which is about 30 minutes south of Adelphi, is the place to be if you and your dog want to explore a new trail. Just off of Main Street is an access point for not one but three trails: the McVay Trail, the Summerset Trail, and the Jerry Kelley Trail. Your dog is welcome to join you on any of these trails; just make sure he stays on a leash at all times. Parking is available just outside the access point, as if a shelter with vending machines, allowing you to stock up on water for both you and your pooch.
If you and your dog enjoy going for hikes, consider driving about forty-five minutes southwest to Knoxville, where you’ll find access to Lake Red Rock. While Fido unfortunately isn’t allowed to swim in the swimming area of the park, he can join you on the trail, which is hailed for its beautiful scenery and local wildlife. Make sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pet, and remember to bring your pup’s leash; one is required at all times. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring a tent and set up camp for the night, or venture into the nearby town of Pella.