Dog-Friendly Living

It can be hard to leave man's best friend back at home during your family vacation. Racine County makes it easy. Rover ready from parks to play in to hotels to stay in, we offer lots of ways to show your love for your furry family members.

Dog Parks

Want to know where to toss that ball and let go of the leash? Racine County is home to dog parks that pups both big and small can find a place to roam.

Island Park Dog Park, 1700 Liberty St., Racine
Separate enclosures for small and large dogs, limit of three dogs per person

Jean M. Jacobson Dog Park (located in Case Eagle Park), 310 S. Rochester St., Burlington
Fenced-in grass areas, separate areas for small and large dogs 

Johnson Park Dog Run, 4649 Hwy 38, Caledonia
17-acre wetland adjacent to the Root River, off-leash area (not fenced-in property), variety of paths, benches, waste disposal bags available

Karen A. Nelson Memorial Dog Park (adjacent to Quarry Lake Park), 3533 Northwestern Ave., Mount Pleasant
Four grassy acres with trees, separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables

N. Owen Davies Park, 1700 West Blvd., Racine
Fenced-in grass areas, separate enclosures for small and large dogs, picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains near the entrance for both people and dogs, waste disposal bags available, off-leash in designated areas

Off-Broadway Dog Park, 8500 Broadway, Dr., Sturtevant
Fenced-in property, separate areas designated for small and large dogs

American Legion Memorial Park, Main St. and 7th Ave., Union Grove

Pet Supplies

Go fetch! We all love caring for our beloved pets. When looking for toys, treats or pet supplies, there are a few stores dedicated to providing all the supplies you need.

Avenue Pet Shop, 3222 Washington Ave., Racine

Happy Tails Pet Supplies, 5200 Douglas Ave., Suite B, Caledonia

Havahart Pets, 6500 Washington Ave., Racine

Klema Feeds Store, 10540 Northwestern Ave., Franksville

Midwest Pet Feed, 200 N. Milwaukee St., Waterford

Pet Supplies Plus, 5557 Durand Ave., Mount Pleasant

Petco, 3059 S. Oakes Rd., Sturtevant

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Fancy going out on the town? Head out to these pawsome places to grab a bite and drink with your fur child. These locations are weather permitting as they allow dogs in their outdoor seating area only.

1 of Us Brewing Co. (outdoor beer garden), 8100 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant

Chartroom Restaurant, 209 Dodge St., Racine

Divino Gelato Cafe, 245 Main St., Racine

Freddie’s Friki Tiki Bar (outside Corner House on the Lake), 207 Gas Light Cir., Racine

The Grind Cafe, 7300 Washington Ave., Racine

Gyros Express, 5205 Washington Ave., Racine

Mocha Lisa Coffeehouse, 2825 4 1/2 Mile Rd., Caledonia

O&H Danish Bakery, 4006 Durand Ave., Racine

Panera Bread, 5304 Washington Ave., Racine

Reefpoint Brew House, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine

Wilson’s Coffee & Tea, 3306 Washington Ave., Racine

Dog-Friendly Hotels

After your time on the town, you can let sleeping dogs lie in one of the many pet-friendly hotels and motels.

Baymont by Wyndham Waterford, 750 Fox Ln., Waterford

Comfort Inn & Suites, 1150 Oakes Rd., Mount Pleasant

Delta Hotels by Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave., Racine

My Place Hotels, 13320 Globe Dr., Racine

Super 8 by Wyndham, 910 S Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant

If you prefer camping, Cliffside Campground, 7320 Michna Road, Caledonia, and Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia, are fine options. There also are many comfortable kennels and doggie spas in the area.

Travel Petiquette

For a pleasant getaway with your pet and to make sure you are welcomed back, here are some common "petiquette" tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations and has a current ID tag.
  • Take time to locate the nearest veterinarian to where you'll be staying.
  • Book a room on a ground floor near an exit for easy bathroom breaks and always clean up after your pet.
  • Ask the front desk staff for recommendations on the best places to walk your dog.
  • Don't leave your pet unattended in your hotel room. If you must, alert hotel staff.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Have water available for your pet at the beach or on a warm day.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle on a warm day.
  • Prepare a pet travel kit. Depending on the mode of transportation, pack the essential items for your pet including dry food, treats, a collapsible bowl, medications and first aid items, travel documents like a rabies certificate, and a favorite soft toy or blanket.

A healthy pup is a happy pup! There are many area veterinarians and pet hospitals as well; however, if you find your pet in need of emergency or after-hours care while you are visiting Racine County, WVRC Racine/Kenosha, 1123 58th Ave., Somers, is open 24 hours to treat your pet.