Friday, September 13, 2013

Fun Places for Dog Lovers to Visit

By Julia Williams

If you love to take your dog along when you travel or just get out for a day of fun, there’s no shortage of Fido-friendly places you can go. Here are some ideas to consider.

Dog Days Baseball Games

Yes, you can take your four-legged BFF with you to the ball park, on specific dog-allowed days. This year, 18 major league baseball teams hosted Dog Days (some stadiums call them Bark in the Parks), with many holding multiple events. This dog-friendly event began in 1996 when the White Sox offered the first Dog Day which was a huge success. Some even have festivities such as parades, competitions, dog-related vendors and fundraisers for animal charities. Each stadium has its own requirements for vaccinations, weight limits and such, so be sure to visit their website or call before you go to get all the details.

National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

This historical site in the heart of our nation’s capital includes a host of iconic monuments including the Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials as well as the World War II, Korean War Veteran’s and Vietnam Veteran’s Memorials. The National Mall also includes Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site and Park, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, and a clock tower built in 1899. According to the National Park Service, dogs are permitted up to the monuments except in indoor or covered areas. In-between monument viewing, there are lots of places to walk, picnic, sight-see, enjoy the views and play a game of Frisbee with your dog.

BonBon-Land Amusement Park in Denmark

This quirky amusement park is near Copenhagen and as the name suggests, its theme is inspired by a line of sweets. But what makes this a fun place for dog lovers to visit is the park’s famous (infamous? lol) roller coaster, the Hundprutt-berg-och-dalbanan. Loosely translated, the name means Dog Fart Switchback, and they carried the theme throughout – the ride features dog sculptures, fake dog doo, and speakers that make loud farting noises as you soar under a giant dog – while he’s lifting his leg, naturally!

Carmel, California 

Nicknamed “Dog Town West” because of its reputation for being so dog friendly, this charming seaside city has dozens of quaint inns, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts that welcome pooches of every size, as well as a plethora of restaurants, bars and coffeehouses that offer seating where dogs are permitted. Carmel also has a leash-free beach, and many of the city’s shops and galleries provide tasty dog biscuits and fresh water for their four-legged visitors.

San Diego, California

Pleasantly warm temperatures year-round, dog-themed events, plenty of pet-friendly hotels and shopping opportunities – these are just a few of the things that make San Diego a great place for dogs and dog lovers. Add beautiful white-sand beaches that allow your canine friend to accompany you as you worship the sun or enjoy spectacular ocean views (a few beaches are even leash-free), and it’s a must-see destination!

New York City

If you love the hustle-and-bustle of a big city, New York is a great place for you to visit with your dog. Aside from a looooong list of dog parks, New York offers dog-friendly walking tours, group tours, dog beaches, and lots of other fun and interesting attractions where your canine friend is welcome to join you.  When you’re all tuckered out from seeing the sights, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels, so you’re sure to find a place where you and your pooch can get some shuteye, even if the city itself never sleeps.

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