If you’re anything like me, you hate leaving your four-legged family member behind when you leave the house. We are lucky to live in an area with so many dog-friendly people and places, and I wanted to highlight my favorite places to take your furry friend!
1. Haverford College Nature Trail - Haverford
One of my most visited places with my Labradoodle is the Haverford College Nature Trail. This 2.2-mile trail surrounds the picturesque Haverford College campus and even runs along the 3-acre duck pond! While the trail is usually busier during the school year, I still recommend walking the trail and letting the puppy-deprived college students give your dog some well-deserved pets.
2. Haverford Reserve Dog Park - Haverford
If you have a well-behaved and social dog, I recommend checking out the Haverford Reserve Dog Park! With both a small dog and a large dog run, your pup will be happy to get some off-leash exercise with some furry companions. Pro tip: be sure to bring a collapsable bowl and your own water bottle, as the park does not have running water.
3. West Mill Creek Park - Narberth
Does your dog love the water? West Mill Creek Park is a beautiful small and shady park with a creek that allows off-leash dogs! I do not recommend this park for puppies or dogs who have not been trained with a good recall, as the park is not fenced off from the road, but well-trained dogs will have a blast splashing and swimming in the creek.
4. Radnor Trail - Wayne
Running from Radnor-Chester Road to Sugartown Road, the Radnor Trail is a 2.4-mile trail that is great for those dogs who thrive on long, structured walks. Dogs must remain leashed on this trail, and it’s a great location for training puppies as there are a lot of distractions from runners to rollerbladers all enjoying the trail.
5. Handel's Ice Cream - Berwyn
Looking for a less active alternative to trails and parks? Bring your dog along for your next ice cream run to Handel’s! Since the ice cream shop is completely outside, your dog can accompany you to the window to order and maybe steal a lick or two while sitting on the bench.
6. Salty Paws - Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
If you’re really looking to spoil your dog, I highly recommend checking out Salty Paws in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia. This ice cream shop and bakery is serving up sweet treats specially baked for dogs! From ice cream to doughnuts and everything in between, your dog may never want to leave! Pro tip: if your dog needs to burn off the sugar before getting back in the car, take a 15-minute walk over to the Schuykill River Dog Run for some off-leash fun!
I’m always looking for new places to bring my dog so be sure to let me know if I missed your dog’s favorite spot!