The days are getting shorter. And cooler. But that doesn’t mean your pet-friendly adventures should stop by spring! We have 15 ideas for adventures suitable for pets, perfect in autumn and winter.
Some of the ideas below are best for fall. Others open in the winter. Some may require snow or mild weather. But you will find many ideas to make you enjoy pet-friendly adventures with your puppy or kitten!
Adventures for pets in autumn and winter
Even if you think it’s too cool to sleep in a tent, a glamping hut with a heater extends the camping season. Both you and your pet will enjoy fresh hikes during the day and coziness around the campfire in the evening.
Visit an orchard, farm or vineyard
Autumn is the harvest season and many orchards, farms and vineyards welcome you to take a walk with your pet on a leash. And you can go home with delicious apples, a pumpkin for carving or a new favorite bottle of wine or cider.
Find orchards, farms and vineyards near you at GoPetFriendly.com.
Attend a hockey game
Several minor league hockey teams have puppy and puck dinners where your dog with a leash is welcome to attend. Just don’t get so distracted by all the cute puppies that you can’t watch the game.
Visit an indoor dog park
Some dog kennels rent out space for dog parties. See Unleashed Indoor Dog Park in Anchorage, Alaska.
Or try some of the great places that combine breakfast and going out with your dog inside, like Unleashed Hounds and Hops in Minneapolis or Barkhaus in Alexandria, Virginia.
Take a walking tour
You will find ghost tours around the country around Halloween (see the best pet ghost tours in America to plan your Howl-o-ween ghost). But you can also find tours that explore history, architecture and more. Your puppy will not mind learning something while walking.
READ MORE ⇒ The best cities in the United States for urban tourism
Take a scenic drive
Picturesque driving can be enjoyable adventures suitable for pets! From the comfort of your vehicle, you can enjoy the autumn colors or take advantage of this opportunity to explore a shelter or wildlife park that does not allow dogs to walk on its trails.
Explore the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in the Chesapeake area of Maryland. There are nice driving trails where you can spot foxes, birds and other wildlife. Or explore the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, the Pacific Coast Highway in California or the Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming.
I eat out
Some restaurants keep heaters in their patios to extend the outdoor dining season. And it’s a great time to practice feeding your dog outside – when most patios are less crowded! Bring a mat or blanket to lay on the floor to keep him warm, and he’ll be happy to clean up any food you drop.
Visit a pet-friendly brewery
While health departments in the United States and Canada do not seek to have pets in restaurants, breweries without kitchens may be allowed to allow dogs indoors. The GoPetFriendly team has found a bunch of pet-friendly breweries in Black Hills, South Dakota, where dogs can join you!
Look for breweries in your area and check out the amenities to see if dogs are allowed inside. (Of course, it’s always wise to call and confirm the rules before you go. Pet rules can change quickly with a health code correction or a bad business experience.)
Take your dog for a swim
Well, some crazy water dogs are happy to dive regardless of the weather. But how much more would you both enjoy your pet-friendly adventures if you found an indoor pool?
If you’re in the Midwest, consider the Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood as one option. Or try Rummy’s Beach Club in Spring, Texas, which has indoor and outdoor facilities.
READ MORE ⇒ Tips on how to teach your dog how to swim
If your dog is over 30 pounds and is in good health, skijoring is a fun sport that you can try together. If you live in the snow belt, check with local Scandinavian centers or a dog training facility to help you get started. Or check out Midwest Skijorer’s Club for more information.
Go on a sled
If you prefer sports that you can enjoy without lessons and minimal equipment, find a sleigh hill to go down together. A puppy that pulls the leash will absolutely help to climb back up the hill much easier!
Drive through a festive light display
Some streets and even entire cities create wonderful holiday performances. You can find large displays for driving in New Haven, Connecticut; Los Gatos, California (they accompany their display with music you can listen to on your radio); Upper Sandusky, Ohio; and Austin, Texas. Check the calendar of local events for one near you!
Pamper yourself with an escape
If a quiet getaway is your ideal pet-friendly adventure, pamper yourself with an overnight stay at a hotel or holiday hotel suitable for pets. Book spa appointments, order room service or takeaway food and cuddle up with your favorite movie or book.
Sign up for a dog training course
Do you want to refresh the basic obedience? Maybe you’re ready to learn some new tricks or discover hobbies like agility or barn hunting. Regardless of your skill level, fall and winter are great times to attend indoor lessons or sign up for private sessions with your puppy!
READ MORE ⇒ Train your puppy to travel
Take a southern journey
If avoiding snowflakes and icy trails doesn’t make you happy, why not take a trip? Get inspired to visit the best dog beaches in San Diego, explore Tucson, Arizona, suitable for pets, or visit Palm Springs, California. In these temperate places you will find plenty of adventures suitable for pets, for autumn and winter – even if it does not seem like winter.
We hope these ideas have sparked your imagination and you have found inspiration for some pet adventures this fall and winter. Of course, you can also start making your spring and summer travel plans!