17 Apr

You’re almost through another long week. Which means the weekend is approaching…and that means quality time with your dog!

Of course, after a long week, the last thing you want to do is spend half the day driving. But you don’t need to. 

Depending on what you want to do, there’s a lot to choose from in the Cleveland area. Dog-friendly beaches, hikes, shopping – you can find it here. Even if you just want a change of pace by visiting a different dog park to play fetch.

Where to Hike With Your Dog

It’s more like where can’t you hike with your dog?

There are more than 23,000 acres in the combined Cleveland Metroparks. Your dog is welcome on many of these trails (we highly recommend Acacia Reservation for an easy walk that can be combined with some playtime in a wide-open space). And, since there are so many options, you can pick a trail that best matches you and your dog’s level of fitness so you can truly enjoy the walk.

Cleveland Metroparks
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44144

What about a scenic riverside route? The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is a trail converted from an old towpath (remember those old pictures of seeing mules and horses tow barges up rivers? That’s a towpath). We’ve provided the address for one trailhead, but there are several in the Cleveland area – visit the website below for more options.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
1854 Scranton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

Take Your Dog to the Beach

If you haven’t checked out Edgewater Beach yet, do it. It’s so close to downtown that it can easily become part of your routine with your dog. Be sure you go to the westernmost beach, though – that’s the dog-friendly one.

Edgewater Beach (part of Edgewater Park)
Located off Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

Cleveland Dog Parks

For days where you just want to let your dog run off leash for a while (and spend some quality time with other canines), there are many dog parks in or near Cleveland to choose from. 

Don’t want to head out too far? The Downtown Dog Park is located right in the Flats District in Settlers Landing Park.

Downtown Dog Park
1505 Merwin Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

On the east side of Cleveland, you’ll find South Euclid Dog Park. This park has great options for playing with your dog (including some agility equipment to practice on!), but warning: it’s not separated into small and big dog areas.

South Euclid Dog Park
699 S Belvoir Boulevard
South Euclid, OH 44121

If you’ve finished your walk at Cleveland Metroparks’s Rocky River Reservation and yet your dog still has energy to spare, stop by Lakewood Dog Park.

Lakewood Dog Park
1699 Valley Parkway
Lakewood, OH 44107

Dog-Friendly Places

What if you (and your pup) aren’t the outdoorsy type? True, there aren’t many stores that allow dogs inside – too many opportunities for accidents or upsetting other shoppers.

One exception is the Cleveland Flea. Way more than a flea market, the Cleveland Flea is a small business incubator, maker space, and is even adding a co-working space. Both you and your pup can support small businesses and indie craftsmen here.

The Cleveland Flea
3615 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Combine window shopping and a scenic walk by visiting Chagrin Falls’s Main Street shopping area. In addition to the shops and food establishments (several with dog-friendly patios), head over the bridge to see a waterfall right in the middle of town.

Chagrin Falls Main Street
88 North Main Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

If Chagrin Falls sounds like too much effort to get to, Mall B downtown is an open grassy space perfect for strolling with your best furry friend.

Mall B
1201-1257 W Mall Drive
Cleveland, OH 44114

Best Places to Eat and Drink with Your Dog

So now that you and your dog have walked and played up a storm, it’s time to find a place to eat before you head home. There are so many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and breweries now offering dog-friendly patio seating – some will even let you bring your dog inside.

Enjoy lakeside views, live music, and great food at Whiskey Island Still & Eatery.

Whiskey Island Still & Eatery
2800 Whiskey Island
Cleveland, OH 44102

In the mood for some interesting takes on Japanese food? Head to Lakewood and check out Yuzu and it’s dog-friendly patio.

13603 Madison Ave
Lakewood, OH  44107

Looking for Mediterranean- and Italian-inspired dishes instead? Then stop by Luxe Kitchen.

Luxe Kitchen
6605 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

Is a tasty brew after a couple of hours on the beach more your liking? Then head over to Terrestrial Brewing near Edgewater Beach. Your dog is even welcome in the tasting room!

Terrestrial Brewing
7524 Father Frascati Drive
Cleveland, OH 44102

Your dog may not get to go as far, but these breweries also offer dog-friendly atmospheres while you’re sipping on a pint.

Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

The Bottlehouse Brewing Company

2050 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
13368 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

The Market Garden Brewery
1947 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

For a more casual meal that doesn’t skimp on the deliciousness of the food, visit Coventry Panini’s Grill (they even have a kids’ menu if you have little ones with you).

Coventry Panini’s Grill
1825 Coventry Road
Cleveland, OH 44118

Need a taco after your trek? Then we suggest Barrio in Tremont.

806 Literary Road
Tremont, OH 44113

And if what you need after all that walking is more a revival in the form of coffee than food (or a combination of both), find it at Phoenix Coffee.

Phoenix Coffee
3000 Bridge Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

Dog-Friendly Events

Looking for something special to do with your dog? Then check out these events.

Enjoy music, good food, and checking out the work of local artists at the Warehouse District Street Festival – then let your dog win over the crowd by entering the Cutest Dog Contest.

Warehouse District Street Festival
Warehouse District, Cleveland, OH

Are you a sports fan? Some of the minor league teams in the Cleveland area offer “Bark in the Park” nights where your pups are welcome to watch the game.

Minor League Baseball “Bark in the Park” Nights
Find your favorite team and check out their promotion schedule for your favorite team here.

Not a baseball fan? The Cleveland Monsters hockey team is in on the dog-friendly action, too, with their “Pucks and Paws” event.

Cleveland Monsters Pucks and Paws
1 Center Ice
Cleveland, OH 44115

But…Is Your Dog Ready to Tackle All of This?

Hiring a dog walker is just like getting a gym membership for your dog. Learn how to help your dog get fitter while working off excess energy and preventing the boredom that results in destroyed furniture here.

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