Dog's Day Out in Minneapolis, MN
Some of the best places to spend a day with your dog are the least expected. The dream of traveling north of St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River became a reality in 1963, when the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam was completed. This horseshoe shaped dam spans 400 feet across with a 49 foot lift and today is a crucial factor in Mississippi River transporting. Pets have to skip the dam tours but they do get to enjoy the surrounding area which offers sprawling grassy areas and various trails to explore with fido.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival and Pet Fest can't be beat when you're looking for a day out with your dog, especially if your furry friend loves to dress up Renaissance-style. This annual summer event features all things dog related including vendors featuring nutrition advice, new products, grooming and pet-friendly activities. The talented Twin Cities Disc Dog Club entertains visitors with their impressive disc show and the Upper Midwest Australian Shepherd Club teams up with Aussie Rescue of Minnesota to show off their fabulous agility skills. All pets must check in at the Pet Gate and prove they are up to date on their shots.
Winters may be cold in Minnesota but that doesn't stop the dogs from having a good time especially during Dogs Days at the Dome. The first Thursday of every month dogs and friends are invited to meet up at the Metrodome for some off-leash fun and furry socializing. Cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and water for the dogs is provided. Vendors and pet licensing are available during Dog Days. Parking is free at the Metrodome parking lot. Participants can enter at 5th Street and 11th Avenue, Gate B. Don't forget your pups' proof of shots to participate.
The scenic Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge is the ideal location for the annual summer Dog Day 5K. Runners and walkers may opt to run solo, alongside their furry companion or use a pup stroller. The race is timed so everyone knows their speed at the finish line. Registration includes entry into the event, race number, event shirt and dog tag finisher's medal. A local photography studio will be onsite shooting photos of all participants and their tail-wagging pets. Runners can enter their race number online to find their photos after the race. Participants who registered on or before June 1 will have their name printed on their race number. Go team!
Minnehaha Park is a local treasure with almost ten miles of trails and a stunning waterfall. Pet lovers will enjoy bringing their pup here to enjoy the ever changing scenery. Adjacent to the south end of the Minnehaha Park and alongside the Mississippi River is an off-leash 4.3 acre dog park at 54th St. and Hiawatha Ave. Simply follow the marked walking path to the dog park. Parking is available at 54th Street and poop bag dispensers are found throughout the park. Like most local parks, this location requires an off-leash permit issued by Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.