Best Dog-Friendly Activities in Philadelphia


Dogs have many options to go out and hang with their owners. Whether it be to grab a latte or run with the big or little dogs at the park, Philadelphia has a thriving dog-friendly scene.

The Schuylkill River Park Dog Run
This park features a two dog runs; an area for small dogs and an area for large dogs. It is not uncommon to see a small dog make its way into the big dog run just to let the Labradors know who is boss. These newly renovated runs feature plenty of watering stations and K-9 grass which looks like outdoor carpeting. For more information about events, rules and regulations, click here.

Doggie Style Pets
Doggie Style Pet stores are located throughout the Philadelphia area. These stores have become a neighborhood "watering dish" for pet owners to socialize with their dogs and other dog owners. In addition to meeting new friends, owners and their doggies can catch up on the latest in pet care, adopt another dog, access grooming or have a groomer come to their home. These shops feature the most extensive line of pet accessories for your dog as well.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Doggies get the royal treatment with the Loews Loves Pets program. Starting with treats upon check-in, not only does the hotel provide dogs with loaner beds, bowls, leashes and collars, but they also offer a map of dog-walking routes, veterinarians, pet shops and other resources. Pet walking and sitting services are available for an extra fee.

The Bottle Shop
For the dog that loves a great variety of beer and free treats, this is the spot for Fido and Fluffy. What is so unique about this establishment is that the dogs are more than welcome to hang out inside as long as they are on-leash. This shop, located in the supra-hip section of East Passyunk, invites patrons to bring their own food or to order in and drink beers, and have human conversation while the dogs sniff it out. For more information, click here.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.

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