Calling all dog parents in Columbus, Ohio!
Have you run out of things to do with your pup? We know that walks around the neighborhood and backyard games of fetch can get old pretty fast.
The number of dog-friendly places is increasing every day and you should definitely be taking advantage of it! If you’re wondering what fun activities will bring smiles to both you and your dog’s faces, here are some ideas we recommend you consider:
Grab Something To Eat Together
Columbus has quite a few dog-friendly places. There are three, in particular, you should check out!
The first one is Bodega, located at 1044 N. High St.
Bodega is a pet-friendly restaurant that offers fantastic food and a selection of over 150 beers. More importantly, you can bring your dog with you to the patio area! We recommend getting there before the dinner rush, as it gets filled pretty quickly! In any case, if you’re wanting to take your dog out for a night on the town, this place is surely for you.
The second place is… drum roll, please… Graeter’s Ice Cream, located at 654 High St.
Anyone from good ‘ole Ohio knows just how deliciously refreshing a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream is! What started as an ice cream cart in Cincinnati has become one of the sweetest (yes, pun intended!) exports from our beloved state. Take your dog to Graeter’s and treat them to the “ice cream” dog treat, which is your standard dog bone-shaped treat infused with Graeter’s flavors. You can give your dog a treat with the same flavor you’re having, for a fun, unique bonding experience!
The third place we’d recommend, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, is located at 300 E Long St.
Want to contribute in a positive way to society all while sipping on a cup of delicious coffee? Check out The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, where every cup of coffee you buy helps to clean water and get rid of hunger and human trafficking. The best part is that you can help save the world AND have your pup right there as your sidekick! It’s very pet-friendly, with an outdoor patio area where you and your pet can sit and enjoy refreshments while contributing to a better world!
Enjoy A Dog-Friendly Park
The first one is Fancyburg Park, located at 3375 Kioka Ave.
One of the more pet-friendly parks in the neighborhood, this park has 25 acres of space with over 60 different varieties of trees. To say it’s scenic would be an understatement! You and your dog will love walking the short but fun trails. There are four trails, ranging from 0.33 to 0.64 miles in length— perfect for working those legs and giving your dog some quality exercise. This park is perfect for when you want some quality short and scenic time with your beloved dog.
The second park is Blendon Woods Metro Park, located at 4265 E Dublin Granville Rd.
Open early at 6:30 am and closing late in the summer at 10 pm, Blendon Woods is another excellent choice to get out and exercising with your pup! Unlike the previous park, this one has a lake and a waterfowl refuge that “provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks, and other wildlife.” You and your pet will love seeing all the wildlife in this park. With easy trails starting at 0.6 miles to a moderately challenging path (Sugarbush) clocking in at 2 miles, there are also plenty of opportunities to give your dog some fresh air here!
The third park is Antrim Park, located at 5800 Olentangy River Rd.
Antrim, the biggest park of these three recommendations, is a sizable park at a whopping 120 acres that is surrounded by a lake and trails, which makes this park unique from the others. It provides, by far, the most space for you and your dog to have fun. One of the trail heads in this park connects to the Olentangy Trail, which connects itself with other parks in the city. It also goes through The Ohio State University. This trail provides a PAW-fect opportunity to play fetch and bond with your dog like you wouldn’t believe!
Explore A 5-Star Pet Store
One pet store we highly recommend checking out is Petland, located at 2620 Bethel Rd.
One of the better pet stores in Columbus, Petland has a wide selection of dog foods and treats that your pet will love, all of which are natural! You can buy quality food from brands like Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Fromm, and California Natural. Oh, and they also have lots of adorable dogs for adoption. Petland feeds these dogs quality food, grooms them daily, ensures they receive adequate socialization, and provides a complimentary first vet exam with each adoption. So, if you want to have fun with your current dog (and maybe bring another one home!), you’ll really enjoy visiting this store!
Another recommended pet store is Hollywood Feed, located at 6327 Sawmill Rd.
If you’re looking for some of the highest quality dog food and treats, look no further than Hollywood Feed. This store sells everything from standard dog food to artisan pet food that is incredibly healthy. If you want to give your dog a food upgrade, this is the place to check out!
Take a Break from Your Everyday Routine With Your Pup and Go Explore Columbus, Ohio’s Pet-Friendly Places!
We’re fortunate that there are so many PAW-some things to do in the city of Columbus, Ohio with your pup. From fun eats to cool dog stores, the above places are some of the best we’ve discovered as Columbus, Ohio pet sitters. If you do choose to go explore (which, we hope you do!), comment below on what your favorite place ends up being! If posting any picture-evidence on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #handsnpaws.