Ideas For Pet Friendly Adventures In Fall & Winter

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The days are getting shorter. And cool. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying adventures with your pet until spring. Here are his 15 ideas for pet-friendly adventures perfect for fall and winter.

Smiling dog wearing a red scarf playing in the snow

Some of the ideas below are perfect for the fall season. Others open in winter. Sometimes you need snow or mild weather. But you’ll find plenty of ideas for pet-friendly adventures with your furry best friend.

Fall and Winter Pet Friendly Adventures

go glamping

Even if you think it’s too cold to sleep in a tent, a heated glamping hut can extend your camping season. You and your pet can enjoy refreshing hikes and fall foliage during the day, and cozy up around the campfire on cold nights.

A man and his dog walk on a pet-friendly trail in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park

Visit orchards, farms and vineyards

Fall is harvest season, and many orchards, farms, and vineyards welcome leashed pets. Go apple picking and get delicious apples and cider. You can also visit a local pumpkin patch to take photos of cute pets and have your pumpkin carved.

Another option is to see new vineyards and find your new favorite wine. One of our favorite activities in cooler weather is visiting a corn maze. Dog lovers can take great photos of their pets, and it’s fun to see if your pet can escape without a guide. These are some of our favorite dog-friendly fall activities.

Find pet-friendly orchards, farms, and vineyards near you.

Cute dog wearing a red bandana going on a pet-friendly adventure to an orchard next to a basket of apples

attend a hockey game

Hosted by several minor league hockey teams dog friendly hockey game. And what’s cooler than cheering on your favorite team with your furry friend on a leash? Don’t get too distracted by the cute puppies and can’t keep up with the game. Please be careful not to

go to an indoor dog park

Some dog daycare centers also rent out space for dog parties. Visit Unleashed His Indoor Dog Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

Or try a great spot that combines a bite to eat and spending time indoors with your dog, like Unleashed Hounds and Hops in Minneapolis or Barkhouse in Alexandria, Virginia.

Happy dog ​​running on the agility course

Take a walking tour

Ghost tours are held all over the country during Halloween (check out America’s Best Pet-Friendly Ghost Tours to plan your spooky Howl Ween). However, you can also find tours that explore history, architecture, and more. Your puppy won’t mind learning something while you walk.

Read more ⇒ Best US cities for urban hiking

Young man hiking in the city with his beagle dog

Enjoy a scenic drive

A scenic drive can be a fun adventure to enjoy with your pet. Enjoy the changing leaves and fall activities from the comfort of your vehicle, and also take this opportunity to check out wildlife sanctuaries and parks that don’t allow dogs.

Visit Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Maryland’s Chesapeake region. There are miles of driving trails where you can see foxes, birds, and other wildlife. Or explore the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, the Pacific Coast Highway in California, and the Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming.

A cute young Jack Russell Terrier puppy with ears folded in the car looks out the window at the autumn landscape of yellow leaves on the trees.

Eating out

Some restaurants are installing heaters on their patios to extend the outdoor dining season. This time of year is a great time to practice eating out with your dog, as most patios are less crowded.

Place a mat or blanket on the floor to keep your puppy warm. Your puppy will be happy to clean up any dropped food.

Brindle dogs, female and 2 males on the pet-friendly patio at Custer Wolf in Custer, South Dakota

Visit a pet-friendly brewery

Health agencies in the U.S. and Canada frown on pets in restaurants, but some breweries without kitchens allow dogs indoors. The GoPetFriendly team has discovered a number of pet-friendly breweries in South Dakota’s Black Hills that even allow dogs.

Read more ⇒ Pet-Friendly Breweries and Wineries in South Dakota’s Black Hills

Search for breweries in your area and take a look at their facilities to see if they allow dogs. (Of course, it’s always wise to call and check the policy before heading out; pet policies can change quickly due to his one adjustment in health regulations or a bad experience at your business.)

Gray and white dog lying on the floor of a pet-friendly brewery

take the dog swimming

Now, some crazy water dogs are happy to bathe even in cold weather. But the adventures you can have with your pet are probably more fun at an indoor pool.

If you live in the Midwest, check out Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood as an option. Or try Ramee’s Beach Club in Spring, Texas, which has both outdoor and indoor facilities.

Read more ⇒ Tips for teaching your dog to swim

Yellow labrador retriever jumping into the pool to retrieve the ball

Try skijoring

If your dog weighs over 30 pounds and is in good health, skijoring is a fun sport to try together. If you live in a snowy area, check out local Nordic centers and dog training facilities that can help you get started training your dog.Or check out Midwest Skijorers Club For more information.

Husky with a harness pulling a skier during a ski jog in the snow

go sledding

If you like sports that can be enjoyed without lessons or minimal equipment, grab your furry friend, find a sledding hill and slide down together. It will be much easier to walk up hills if your pup pulls on the leash.

Children in winter clothes riding a sled with a dog being pulled by a man

Pass through the holiday light display

Some streets, and even entire towns, are decorated with amazing holiday displays. New Haven, CT has a large drive-thru display. Los Gatos, California (Display will appear with music available on radio). Upper Sandusky, Ohio. and Austin, Texas. Check out the calendar of events near you.

A Labrador Retriever puppy is dressed in a Christmas theme with holiday lights in the background.

pamper yourself on vacation

If a quiet vacation is your ideal pet-friendly adventure, we recommend staying overnight at a pet-friendly hotel or vacation property. Make a spa appointment, order room service or takeout, or just sit back and enjoy your favorite movie or book.

Two happy corgi dogs cuddled up on the bed while drinking tea.

Apply for dog training class

Want to brush up on basic obedience? Maybe you’re ready to learn a new trick or pick up a hobby like agility or barn hunting. No matter your skill level, fall and winter are a great time to take an indoor training class or sign up for a private session with your pup.

Read more ⇒ Train your puppy to travel

Pet owner training dog using clicker

Take a Southern Road Trip

If avoiding snowflakes and icy roads isn’t fun enough, why not take a road trip? Visit San Diego’s popular dog beaches, explore pet-friendly Tucson, Arizona, or head to the Florida Keys. Get inspired to have some fun in the sun. In these warmer places, you’ll find plenty of pet-friendly adventures throughout fall and winter, even if it doesn’t feel like winter.

Read more ⇒ Plan a pet-friendly road trip

Girl playing with a playful golden retriever on the beach

We hope these ideas spark your imagination and find inspiration for your pet-friendly adventures this fall and winter.

Of course, it’s also a good idea to make travel plans for spring and summer!

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