7 Fun Places To Visit With Your Dog This Summer

Happy Summer!  Wouldn't you agree this is the best time of year to spend time with your family and friends!  There are so many wonderful places to visit and activities to participate in.

Dog enjoying Summer at the Beach

As a pet parent, I'm sure you want to include your dog in the Summer activities, as much as possible.  With that in mind, here are seven fabulous places to visit, with your dog, this Summer!

Whether you are looking for fun in the sun, on land or in water, this list has something for everyone!

  • AKC Museum of the Dog 
Located in St. Louis, MO offers Fitness with Fido starting August 18 - September 22.  A fitness class for you and your dog, which runs for 6 weeks.

Lady and  her dog at Fitness Class

 Additionally, they offer Guest Dog of the Week, where,
 by special invite, you can bring your dog or dog club for the public to learn more about a specific breed.
The museum sits on a 14,000 sq ft facility, they offer free parking, there is an admission fee and from what I can tell, dogs are not allowed in the museum itself.
  • The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Located on Hwy 41 in Fish Camp, CA.
Take your dog on an hour long ride through the Sierra National Forest!  You and your dog will get to relax on the train while riding the historic Madera Sugar Pine Railroad! There is a stop at the Lewis Creek Canyon for a brief outdoor visit.  You can make reservations online before your planned visit.  Bonus:   Dogs ride free!

View of the Yosemite Mountains

  • Mercury's Canine Cruise
Located on Chicago's Skyline, departing Saturday and Sunday in the Summer months.  They offer bowls of water, as well as paper lined facilities for your pooch!
Watch the video to learn more about this 90 minute canine cruise.

Chicago Skyline

  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Located on South Street in Philadelphia, PA, offers an indoor and outdoor visionary art environment.  Dogs are welcome, but be sure to visit the website for all the details, they do have strict rules that must be followed.

Weimaraner enjoying art

  • Dog Beach at Matapeake Park
Located at Matapeake Clubhouse and Beach,  in Queen Anne's County, Kent, MD.  Offering an off leash beach for your dog to have some fun in the sun!  There is also a pet trail that leads down to the beach.
White dog running on the beach

  • Oliver Bentley's Historic Dog Walk Tour
Located at 13 W York St in Savannah, GA, offers a walking tour of Savannah's historical sites, in a dog friendly fashion! Bonus: pick up some delicious poochie treats, before or after your walk!

Dog resting after dog walk

  • Crabtree Falls
Located in Montebello, VA, these falls offers a paved trail overlooking the falls and a 2 1/2 mile trail for the seasoned hiker. A visit to Crabtree Falls is a beautiful way to spend time with your dog and enjoy some gorgeous scenery.  All dogs must be leashed.

Yorkshire Terrier resting on the hiking trail

Do you have any plans that include your dog this Summer?

Tootsie is dreaming of a beach getaway...

Tootsie the Chi dreaming of a beach vacation

If you visit or have visited any of the places listed above, I would love to hear all about your experience.

Enjoy the Summer with your fur baby ❤


  1. I love your pics, Jane! Traveling with our dog can be fun. I especially recall going to the outdoor Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic, Ct. where folks could bring their dogs and enjoy fresh seafood. What fun. I believe there are a few other places in Mystic where you can bring dogs.

    1. Thank you Barbara for your kind words and visit. Mystic sounds like a wonderful pet friendly town. Would love to check out the Sea View Snack Bar someday, sounds like a really neat place ❤

  2. This was so interesting and motivating! I'm getting the dogs over to our "beach" this afternoon for a run. I love all the places you found - That Sugar Pine Railroad looks outstanding. (I also like the historic walk tour!)

    1. It would be fun to take your dogs on the railroad, you'll have let me know if you go.

      That's wonderful that you have a beach nearby, happy to know I offered some motivation, enjoy❤

  3. Wow those are all great places to visit AND you can bring your dog. That's pawesome.

    Thanks for joining the pet blogger showcase and I apologize for being so late in visiting.

    1. Thank you for your visit, hope you get a chance to visit a few of those places with your fur baby in the near future❤

  4. What very cool places to visit with your furry sidekicks-thanks for sharing!

    1. They are definitely on mine and Tootsie's must visit list. So happy you enjoyed reading about them.

  5. I wish I could go to all of these! How fun!!!

    1. Wouldn't it be? I hope you get the opportunity to. I definitely want to at least visit a few in my lifetime ❤