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If your vacay motto is "have dog, will travel," then KC Destinations has plenty of pup-perfect places and adventures in and around the metro. From off-leash trails and dog parks to restaurant patios and shops, take a peek at these pooch-approved places where you can have a tail-wagging good time with your best friend!


Shawnee, KS: Pups are welcome at Transport Brewery! In fact, you’ll most likely be greeted by the local celebrity Stella, the manager’s dog! If you’re a fan of head pets and tail wags, you should certainly plan to stop in to the Transport taproom to try any of their newest beers on tap and grab a bite to eat from any of their nightly food trucks. https://www.transportbrewery.com/

Gardner, KS: Dogs like to shop local, too! That’s why you should make your way to Gardner Pet Supply, one of the area’s favorite locally-owned pet stores, serving Fido and your favorite feline’s every need. People come from all around to grab high-quality dog treats and supplies and usually leave with a new doggie outfit too! Located at 1000 E. Santa Fe St. in Gardner, Kansas. https://www.facebook.com/gardnerpetsupply/

Kansas City, KS: Wyandotte County Lake and Park is the perfect place for a pet-friendly outing. The lake and park offers 1,500 acres of wooded area, a 400-acre lake, marina and playgrounds, and an abundance of fishing opportunities. The park also features an off-leash area where you’ll find dogs of all sizes running freely among the hills of the park. Wyandotte County Lake & Park (visitkansascityks.com).

Merriam, KS: From stores who welcome pooches to shop with their owners to hotels offering pet-friendly stays, your pup is welcome in Merriam. Hop on the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail to explore nature with your loyal companion, or board Fluffy at Woof's Play N Stay while you explore the region on your own. You can even schedule a grooming session during her visit so she's fresh and clean upon pick-up. The Merriam Visitor's Bureau is also pooch-friendly and offers a tasty dog treat to each of our furry visitors! www.exploremerriam.com

Kansas City, MO: Treat your canine friend to a morning, afternoon or evening out at Bar K Dog Bar, a pooch-centric hangout designed for pets and pet owners alike, featuring an interactive, two-acre off-leash dog park, as well as a bar and restaurant for dogs and their humans. From training classes and breed meet-ups to outdoor concerts and trivia nights, Bar K’s year-round programming will keep you and your pup entertained and engaged. https://www.barkdogbar.com/

Lenexa, KS: PawsAbilities provides skills training and job placement for people with disabilities in Kansas City, making artisanal, all natural dog treats. They also offer, bandanas, toys and special occasion treats. Their retail store is in Olathe but products can be found at the Lenexa Farmers Market (17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.) every Tuesday, June 1–Aug. 31 from 9am-1pm. https://pawskc.org/

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park and Beach is where it's at for dogs with a sense of adventure and social interaction. Trek your way down the paved walking path to the dog beach where your pooch will find lots of sniffs and fun while you grab your steps for the day. Don't forget your towels! 7900 Renner Road https://bit.ly/3snFzPn



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