From Woofstock in Chicago to bocce ball games in Minneapolis, Bark readers know where to find dog-friendly summer fun in the Midwest.
Going on the sandbars on the Wisconsin River: boat for miles ’til you find a secluded sandbar for your group — dogs included — grill, swim, throw the Frisbee. Everyone has fun and stays cool. — Lisa Huber
Check out Chicago area neighborhood festivals, many of which are dog- friendly (not all, so be sure to check). One of my personal favorites is Custer’s Last Stand on Custer Ave. in Evanston in June. Besides dogs, I’ve also seen people there with parrots on their shoulders and carrying a pouch of ferrets. — Lizzi K.
Lake Superior Hiking Trail from Duluth, Minn., to the Canadian border. Tip: Leash up your dogs at trailheads, but if they’re friendly with people and other dogs, let them run free once you’re a quarter-mile out. I rarely run into more than a few people in 10 miles. — Karen Neal
Broad Ripple neighborhood in Indianapolis. Why? The Monon Trail is great for dog walking and Three Dog Bakery for starters. Best of all, numerous dog-friendly restaurants including Petite Chou, which serves frosty paws all summer; the Monon Food Company, with a large dog-friendly deck; Plump’s Last Shot, and the most popular local dog hangout, Flatwater. At The Monkey’s Tale/Jazz Cooker, you can listen to live music on the patio with your dog, provided that he or she doesn’t decide to join the band with a good howl. — Bunny Davis
We love to hang out at the leash-free Canine Country, near St. Louis, Mo., on lazy summer days. My three dogs and I take beautiful hikes and swims on 223 acres of farmland. My dogs don’t herd sheep, but there are some available to smell, along with some chickens. We even got into a tussle with a skunk. It’s truly an adventure! — Kristen Weber
We always loved Door County Wisconsin the state parks are great they all require leashes but so what there beautiful. — James Doorey
Bloomington, IN is a great place for pets and their people! With several State and National Parks within 20 minutes drive there is a ton to do, and all outdoors. Great hiking, kayaking, swimming, basically everything people and dogs love to do! There is even a local dog bakery in Nashville, IN only 20 miles away! —J Jenkins
My favorite travel spot with my dog and all previous dogs is Good Hart, Michigan. We stay in a cottage on the beach of Lake Michigan. — Patty Offenberg
We recently took a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota — the one million-acre area lies within the boundaries of the four-million-acre Superior National Forest. This is the largest designated wilderness in the eastern U.S. with 2,000 campsites, over 1,000 lakes — heaven for wilderness trekkers, paddlers and pooches. — Laura Reinhardt
Gunflint Lodge in Northeast MN. — Cathy Whitney