Girl with a dog and ball in grass

Summer in the Twin Cities means enjoying the great outdoors for people and pups alike. While many parks in the area are welcoming to dogs on leashes, where can you go to give your best bud a safe untethered run? If you’re looking for dog friendly parks near you, these local spots offer incredible scenery and ample space for dogs to enjoy the summer. 

Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park 

This is a very popular off-leash dog park located within Minnehaha Regional Park. It has over 4 acres of fenced-in space for dogs to run and play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs. The park is open year-round, and it even has areas with shade and seating for owners. 

Battle Creek Off-Leash Dog Park

Battle Creek Regional Park in St. Paul has a large off-leash dog area with both wooded trails and open spaces. The fenced-in area is over 9 acres. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.. There are picnic tables, there is plenty of shade, and there are even running water fountains for the dogs.

Hidden Falls Off-Leash Dog Area 

Within St. Paul’s Hidden Falls Regional Park is a 4.5-acre off-leash dog area. It features open space as well as wooded trails along the Mississippi River. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.. But the off-leash area is most popular in the early morning and evenings when it’s cooler out. 

Theodore Wirth Off-Leash Dog Park 

This off-leash area in Theodore Wirth Regional Park features 5 acres of fenced space including both open lawn space and wooded areas. It has picnic tables, shade and water fountains. The park is located in Golden Valley, just west of Minneapolis. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m..

Lowry Nature Center Off-Leash Dog Area 

The Lowry Nature Center in Victoria, Minnesota — about 20 minutes west of the Twin Cities — features a 2-acre off-leash dog park. It has open grassy areas as well as paved trails through the woods. The park is open Thursday to Monday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.. It’s a great area if you want to take your dogs out for an adventure in a natural setting.

Train Your Dog For Adventure

Before you head to a dog park, make sure your pup is properly trained and socialized. Augusta Dog Training has helped Twin Cities Area dogs be their best and safest selves for more than two decades. We offer classes, daycare, in-home training and more to empower exciting canine adventures. 

Check out our classes today! 

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