If you’re anything like me, warm weather and sunshine after work hours means one thing: time with my dog! However, not all parks and events are dog friendly. We brought our 70lb American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepard mix dog, Sam, to places without checking beforehand and we were asked to leave. What a bummer! That’s why I have compiled a list of the top 3 places in Greater Des Moines to bring your pooch. Or my case, pooches.
Big Creek State Park (Polk City) – Located just North of Saylorville Lake, Big Creek State Park is a great landing spot for all kinds of outdoor adventures with your dog. This park is very dog friendly and has a lot to offer during the summer months including boating, fishing, camping, swimming and biking. The 26-mile paved multi-use trail allows bicyclists and pedestrians to travel from the beach south through the Saylorville Lake Area all the way to Des Moines. Dogs are allowed on the boat rentals and you must be sure to keep them on no more than a 6-foot leash at all times throughout the park. Have fun swimming, running or hiking with your dog at Big Creek State Park. Your dog will love you for taking them!
Dog Days of Summer at I-Cubs (Des Moines) – This event has become an annual tradition in our household. Each summer, the Iowa Cubs offers a Dog Days of Summer event at their baseball games. Mark your calendars for May 24 and August 9 at Principal Park. Dog days is a great family-fun event. We brought our dog Sam here last year and he loved it. Hundreds of dogs filled the stadium and took in a great night of baseball. Tickets are cheap and each dog received a little goodie bag with a handkerchief. We are especially excited for this summer as my wife and I have adopted a new pup – an 8 month Chweenie named Ruby. We can’t wait to take both to the ballpark!
Pooch Paddle Dog Swim (Ankeny) – This event happens at other pools around the metro, but our family has really enjoyed going to Pooch Paddle Dog Swim sponsored by the City of Ankeny and the Parks and Recreation Department. Pooch Paddle is held each year at the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center and is a great event for dogs and humans alike. Usually in late August or early September, Pooch Paddle is a perfect way to beat the heat and get everyone, including your dog, in the cool water! This is also right around the start of school and before the pools close for the year so it’s a great capper to a fun-filled summer and one last time in the pool. Cost is just $5 per pooch and owners must be with their dogs at all times – one owner per dog. Have fun!
What are your favorite spots to take your dog? Help us compile a list in the comment section below.