Best Dog-Friendly Activities in Peoria, IL

Do you ever wish you could take your dog out for the day? Not just for a walk, but somewhere interesting. Our pets are not just animals, they are members of the family who like to be with us all the time. Here are some dog-friendly activities to enjoy with your furry family member in Peoria IL.


Bass Pro - This store is not only for outdoorsmen and women, it is for their trusted companions too. The next time you decide to go look for some new outdoor gear, take Fido with you.

My Dog's Bakery - This store is a dog owners dream. Not only do they have great merchandise, they also offer homemade dog treats and toys. Dogs are allowed as long as they are well behaved.

Dog Parks

Bradley Dog Park - Dogs can get plenty of exercise at this park. It is a fenced off, off-leash, 5-acre dog park that also includes water fountains and waste stations.

Washington 'Bark' District Off Leash Dog Park - Fifteen minutes away in Washington IL is the ''Bark' District Off Leash Dog Park featuring runs for both large and small dogs as well as benches for residents.

Tower Park - Although not an official dog park, Tower Park welcomes dogs as long as they are leashed, under their owner's control and are cleaned up after at all times. Dogs are also allowed to go up in the tower. The park is open April through October, weather permitting.


Sugar Wood-Fired Bistro - Located in Peoria's warehouse district, this restaurant offers gourmet pizza, sandwiches, sweet treats, etc. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Panera Bread - Panera specializes in specialty baked bread sandwiches. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables and must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times.

There are several places to take your dog in the Peoria Area, so go out and make a day of it.

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