Continuing our theme of making Take Paws a showcase for people having fun traveling with their pets (that means you!), today we’re excited to have a guest post from Kelly Schroder, who – along with her adorable dog, Romeo – are showing us around their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Thanks very much for the PET-tacular tour, Kelly and Romeo – we’re hoping to get back that way again soon!
Romeo (my Golden Retriever/Chow mix) and I live and play in pet friendly Cincinnati. After a good bit of exploring, we’ve come up with a list of “must visit” destinations for dogs who have a weekend to spend in the Queen City! Here’s the itinerary we’ve developed for you:
Get acquainted with downtown Cincinnati by strolling along the color-coded walking routes. The paths range from 1-3 miles, and all you have to do is follow the signs.
You and your dog will explore the heart of downtown, walking past Fountain Square, City Hall, the main library, Government Square, the Taft Art Museum, and several parks. The pink route will loop you through Sawyer Point, a riverside park that almost always has something happening! If you still have some energy left, take a detour for the Smale Park walking tour to take in the riverfront and the stunning fountains.
Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market, and the perfect spot to take a break and get a bite to eat. From April to November, the weekends come alive as special events, street performers, and dozens of additional outdoor vendors join the market.
Make sure to stop and get your pooch a snack at Pet Wants, a local pet food company where you can pick up individual treats for pups who want something to nibble on at the market. Romeo recommends the sprinkle doggy doughnut!
Just a few blocks away from Findlay Market is Washington Park. Right in view of the picturesque Music Hall, this newly-revamped downtown park features a small off-leash dog run that is perfect for relaxing, peeing on a few rocks, splashing in the water feature, and sniffing the neighbors.
After you’ve romped with the locals, settle in for a flick–Saturdays in June, July, August, and the beginning of September are adult-oriented movie nights on the Civic Lawn. You could see anything from a classic romance story to a modern comedy.
Cincinnati Nature Center/Rowe Woods
Rowe Woods is home to almost any nature lover’s favorite habitat–take your pick of deciduous forests, lakes, streams, wetlands, glacial outcrops, prairies, and wildflower fields. There’s over 16 miles of trails to guide you through it all, with benches and shelters sprinkled along the way for picnic breaks. Head’s up: the Visitor Center serves only coffee, so pack a lunch!
There are a number of beautiful parks to hike around Cincinnati, but this is the place to go if you only have a day. While you are generally asked to discourage dogs from wading in water, a few trails pass right through streams (like the Redwing trail and the Far Ridge trail). Romeo loves the chance to splash as we make our way through, getting himself (and ultimately, me) wet!
The Famous Neon’s Unplugged
Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at Neon’s, a downtown bar that is just the place for unwinding with a post-hike toast to your weekend.
In addition to the delicious daily cocktails and beer specials, there’s usually a food vendor grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs for hungry humans.
Where To Stay
We live here, so after a long day of play we head home to our own bed. But if you’re coming in from out of town, GoPetFriendly.com shows several pet friendly hotels in Cincinnati (both the Millennium Hotel and the Residence Inn are downtown).
Author Bio: Kelly Schroder has a weakness for furry faces and muddy paws. She writes for a software development company by day, then scooters home and rubs Romeo’s belly by night.
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