In pet friendly Saint Charles, Illinois, a love of pets is in the air! During our recent visit, we got the red carpet treatment from Jenny O’Brien and Molly of the Saint Charles Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Molly is a Yorkipoo and the city’s pet travel specialist.) Jenny and Molly were both eager to show us the pet friendly amenities Saint Charles offers – and we were not disappointed.

Saint Charles Dog Parks

We started our tour with a visit to the West Side Community Dog Park (corner of Campton Hills and Peck Roads). The 3/4 acre fenced park has agility equipment, separate play areas for small and large dogs, and its own fresh water supply.

Not to be outdone, the East Side Sports Complex (2N300 Kirk Road) is located on the other side of town. This slightly larger fenced in dog park has a play area for small dogs and access to a pond. Both parks are open from 9am to dusk, weather permitting.

Off-leash Dog Park - Jasper, AB
Just watching Buster fetch makes me tired! -Ty

Shopping at Geneva Commons

Next, we headed over to the pet friendly Geneva Commons outdoor shopping center. There’s a great coffee shop that welcomes pets at the outdoor seating area.

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L to R: Jenny, Molly, Ty, Amy & Buster

While you’re there, saunter over to Wet Nose, a self-described “designer pawtique for the health and well being of our 4-legged friends.” If they don’t have it, you don’t need it!

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This store was decorated to the K-nines!

A Walk in Pottawatomie Park

Later, we took a walk in Pottawatomie Park along the Fox River. Within walking distance of Main Street, this 92 acre site has plenty of places to play with your pooch. And keep in mind that the daily paddlewheel riverboat cruises (operating from May to mid-October) are pet friendly!

View from pet friendly Pottawatomie Park in Saint Charles, Illinios
View from the foot bridge crossing the river.

Pet Friendly Saint Charles Community Events

Our day ended with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Lincoln Park. It was wonderful to see the large number of families that showed up – a testament to the community’s neighborliness and civic pride.

Pet friendly lighting ceremony in Saint Charles, Illinois

We could tell you so much more about pet friendly Saint Charles, but it more fun for your to see it on your own.

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