Pennsylvania is one of America’s oldest and most historic states full of culture and adventure. From small mountain towns to huge industrial cities, Pennsylvania brings the best of both worlds for any traveler and their four-legged companion. There is so much to do in this state that we’ve put together 10 unique day trips that you don’t want to miss out on with your pooch!
1. Promenade Shops, Center Valley
Shopping with your pup, how fun does that sound? Promenade Shops is an extremely unique mall which for the majority is pet friendly in all of its stores! Each pet friendly hope proudly displays their “Dogs Welcome” sticker on the window, as well dogs are allowed in all community areas of the mall. After a day of sniffing out deal together swing by Melt, also in Center Valley, and during the warm summer and spring months enjoy lunch together on their covered outdoor patio.
2. Beau’s Dream Dog Park, Lancaster
The name of this place says it all, it really is a dream come true for you and your pup! Unlike any other dog park Beau’s Dream Dog Park has fountains, bridges, tunnels, and even a tennis ball tree that launches out balls for fetch! There is plenty of comfortable seating available for you to sit back and watch your pup have a blast in Lancaster. When you’re both all played out enjoy a craft brew at the Lancaster Brewing Company on their pet friendly outdoor seating.
3. Bushkill Falls, Bushkill
Known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania” this beautiful adventure is one that you need to share with your pup! Bushkill Falls offer pet friendly hiking through their trails leading through their eight majestic waterfalls with gorgeous views along the way. Venture the 12 miles back towards civilization and stop in at Jock and Jill's Irish Pub in neighboring Stroudsburg and have a meal on their pet friendly patio.
4. Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg
Settled right outside of Pennsylvania State University this state park is pet friendly throughout the park and even on most sites in their campground! Black Moshannon even offers boat rentals that allow you to take your pup out exploring their beautiful landscapes. After a day on the water stop over at the parks concession and enjoy lunch on their pet friendly outdoor picnic tables.
5. Liberty Bell National Park, Philadelphia
Explore the ever historic liberty bell and soak up the culture with your pup! The Liberty Bell National Park is pet friendly for all of the outdoor areas. Stroll along in the paths of our countries founding fathers in Philadelphia hopefully learn something new with your pup. After your history lesson for the day visit Continental Mid-town and get some lunch on their outdoor seating!
6. Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh
Venture Outdoors offers a calendar full of great activities for you and your pup all year long around Pittsburgh. From hikes, to river floats, to meet and greats just check out their website and see what they have in store for you and your pooch! Just look for the activities with the purple paw print. When you finish your adventure have some coffee outside at local Cappy’s Cafe.
7. Lehigh Gorge Railway, Jim Thorpe
All Aboard! Really though, everyone! You and your four-legged traveler can ride the historic Lehigh Gorge Railway through the country and mountains of Pennsylvania. This scenic trip allows you and your pup to ride, and even hosts special events and guests on some rides. To end your day head over to Molly McGuire’s Pub and Steakhouse and grab a brew(or two) outside.
8. Crossing Vineyards, Newtown
This pet friendly winery is a perfect day trip for you and your pooch. Dogs are welcome throughout Crossing Vineyards as long as you keep them leashed. An award winning winery with tasting and tours and your pup, what beats that? Travel 15 miles to Doylestown afterward and enjoy the outdoor pet friendly patio at Honey.
9. Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg
One of America’s most famous lands the Gettysburg National Military Park is a must see destination for any two-legged or four-legged Pennsylvania traveler. Leashed pups are allowed all over the grounds, excluding of course cemeteries. So learn about the historic battles of Gettysburg, search for ghosts, and capture some awesome photos when your explore the park with your pup. Try something a little sweeter after your tour, and enjoy some cool icecream from Bruster's Real Ice Cream with your historic pooch.
10. Presque State Park, Erie
Where can you find a beach in Pennsylvania? The lakes of Erie give you that beach feel, and let your bring your pup along! With hiking trails, woods to explore, and of course the beaches on the lake Presque State Park is a great pet friendly adventure. Keep this adventure going and enjoy some great food at Sara's Restaurant on their outdoor tables!
Author: Kendre Verbeck
Kendre is a senior at Austin Peay State University studying Public Relations and Journalism. She is excited to be interning with TripsWithPets.com because it is rare to find her without her English Shepherd/Best Friend, Jack. When she isn't working, blogging, or fixing her Jeep you can find Kendre in the woods pretending to be a skilled yogi.