Dog Friendly Northeast Ohio

…there’s no question that my Golden Retriever Grady and I have a blast checking out what the Greater Cleveland area has to offer.

In addition to being a lifelong Northeastern Ohioan, I proudly wear the badge of lifelong “crazy dog lady.” A dog has always been around, and there’s no question that my Golden Retriever Grady and I have a blast checking out what the Greater Cleveland area has to offer. Looking for a few ideas on what to do with your fuzz? Grady’s put together a list of some of his favorite dog-friendly activities and locations around the region.

Walk It Out

Like any good dog should, Grady does his best to get a daily dog walk into his schedule. We couldn’t recommend our parks systems more for this activity. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cleveland Metroparks both offer an endless amount of paths and trails for you and your dog to explore.  We love West Creek Reservation in Parma, Brecksville Reservation and the towpath.

grady on the CVNP bridgeMy family loves to walk and nothing beats the abundance of greenspace in Northeast Ohio! – Grady

Go play!

Dog parks are plentiful in the Northeastern Ohio area and are a wonderful way to socialize your dog while getting to know some fellow humans as well! Options include:
Avon Lake Dog Park on Webber Road
Lakewood Dog Park on Valley Parkway
Medina Dog Park at Memorial Park
Mentor Dog Park on Hopkins Road

Grab a Bite to Eat or Sip a Drink

It’s no surprise that with Cleveland’s bustling food scene, our local restaurateurs also are embracing our four-legged friends. While there are plenty of options for meals and beverages, here are my favorite dog-friendly food locations:

For Coffee or Brunch:

Civilization in Tremont
Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont
Presti’s Bakery in Little Italy

For a drink in Ohio City:

Great Lakes Brewing Company
Market Garden Brewery
Nano Brew
Town Hall

For a full meal:

Felice Urban Cafe in Shaker Heights
The Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th in downtown Cleveland
Momocho in Ohio City
Spice Kitchen & Bar in Cleveland

For more suggestions, Dogs in the CLE has a great listing of dog friendly Northeastern Ohio restaurants. And remember to call the restaurant first to confirm that your dog can join you – most of the time on their patios.

Doggy Paddle

In the summer, every dog needs to cool off. Take yours for a swim at the Bow Wow Beach Dog Park in Stow, the most popular option for dog swimming. Other spots include the Columbia Road Beach in Bay Village, the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach.

Run For The Finish Line

The Cleveland running community grows every day, with races available every weekend – most being dog friendly. Check out for a great listing of local races.

JBR 2012 start lineThe Arthritis Foundation at Jingle Bell Run! 

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

One of our family’s favorite Fall activities is to go to a local orchard. We include Grady in the harvesting process – he usually ends up picking up one apple himself in the process. Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland and Pick n’ Save Orchard in Medina are two farms that allow dogs. When making plans to go pick, call the farm first to confirm your fuzz is welcome.

Take Your Dog Shopping

With the popularity of outdoor shopping centers comes the opportunity to allow your pup to enjoy the trip. Crocker Park in Westlake and Legacy Village in Lyndhurst are two of these facilities, but communities around the area have wonderful town square areas that make window shopping with your dog a breeze. Some of my favorite areas for this include Rocky River, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Shaker Square and Tremont. Grady’s especially a fan of the last neighborhood — even making friends at the local wine shop, Wine & Design.

SEE ALSO: Top 5 Dog Friendly Events This Summer in Northeast Ohio

Cheer On The Home Team

Our professional sports teams love animals as much as you do! The Lake Erie Monsters host an annual event Pucks & Paws to support the Cleveland APL each spring.  Keep an eye out the team’s website so you can add them to your calendar for next year.

Schedule A Spa Day  

When you pup just needs some pampering after all these great activities you’ve taken her to, take your dog to the spa.  There are plenty of options around the area, including the Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa. The Barkley will even send their limo out to pick up your dog – now that’s traveling in style!

Do one or more of these activities, and your dog will be the happiest fuzz in Northeastern Ohio. Enjoy exploring on four paws and two feet!

Alicia Hansen
Alicia Hansen

Alicia Hansen is the writer behind the blog, Always Alicia (formerly Poise in Parma). In her professional life, Alicia is a marketing director & event professional. In her spare time, she teaches yoga around Northeast Ohio. She's the mama to a beautiful baby girl, wife to a rocket scientist and dog mom to two Golden Retrievers. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @aliciamhansen.