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What’s Around: Dog-Friendly Places in Columbus

When you’re living in a downtown Columbus apartment with a dog, finding fun places to take them for some fresh air and social interaction is a must for making them happier and healthier.

Fortunately, there are tons of great dog-friendly parks and patios for you and your furry friend to explore and enjoy. Who knows? You might even end up making some new friends along the way!

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore some of the best dog-friendly places in Columbus

1.Graeter’s Ice Cream

When the sun is beating down, you and your furry friend can both indulge in a frozen treat from Graeter’s! This popular, Ohio-based ice cream parlor offers dog-friendly scoops and spacious outdoor seating. Columbus locations also participate in Graeter’s Dog’s Night Out–a summer event that includes free frosty doggie treats on the 1st Thursday of every month.


2. Columbus Downtown Dog Park

Columbus Downtown Dog Park is a fenced-in, off-leash park that offers lots of space for dogs to stretch their legs and play. Conveniently located next to the Arena District, on the corner of Spring and Fourth, this is the park of choice for many dog-owning residents of downtown Columbus apartments.


3. Gresso’s 

At Gresso’s, bringing your four-legged companion along for an al fresco dining experience isn’t just allowed, it’s wholly encouraged! This lively sports bar prides themselves on having the #1 dog-friendly patio in Columbus. Enjoy their classic bar food or endless drink specials, without feeling guilty that your pup is missing you at home.


4. Brown Bag Deli

Take your dog on a lunch date! The Brown Bag Deli, located in Columbus’ Historic German Village, has a dog-friendly patio that is sure to make your furry friend’s tag wag. Order one of their many signature sandwiches, homemade soups or delicious salads while enjoying the company of your dog.


5. Kingmakers

If you aren’t already familiar, Kingmakers is a board game parlor that allows you to play all sorts of games with your friends, while also enjoying delicious snacks and drinks. The best part is – they’re dog-friendly! So, grab your furry friend and head to this unique Columbus hot spot to get your game on.


6. Tail Wags Playground

A frequently asked question of dog-owning apartment residents new to Columbus is: where do I walk my dog in the winter? Enter Tail Wags Playground: Columbus’ first indoor dog park! This unique dog park features more than 5,000 square feet of space for your dog to roam free, a lounge with free Wi-Fi and coffee and fun, dog-friendly events. It should be noted, however, that Tail Wags is a member-based dog park with specific requirements for joining.


Have any other favorite dog-friendly hot spots in Columbus? Share your recommendations in the comments below!

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