Are you and your beloved dog starting to feel the effects of COVID-induced cabin fever? You’re itching to get outside into the fresh air, but then quickly bore of trodding along the same pathways, neighborhoods, and streets for your morning and evening dog walks?

Time to break up the routine and venture out to find a new place where both your dog and you can soak in new scenery, enjoy some off-leash play, and sneak in some socially distanced socializing. It’s time to head out to an area dog park. Here are four possible options to consider—two within walking distance and two just a short 20-minute drive away.

Jackson Street Dog Park 

Looking for a nice morning stroll with your pooch that ends in a great dog park perfect for some solid rounds of fetch and frisbee? Then grab your water bottle, leash, doggie waste bags, and favorite toys and enjoy a leisurely two-mile walk to Jackson Street Dog Park. This park features a fenced perimeter and is great for both large and small dogs to play and socialize together. There are also benches for their humans to relax and socialize on as well.

Home Run Dog Park

Want to get in a solid run with your dog this weekend? Consider heading out to the expansive Home Run Dog Park. A 3.4-mile city run from Lakewood Manor will lead you to a park just perfect for some tennis ball tossing. Located on the north end of the popular Rynerson Park, the dog park is set on two acres and features separate fenced playgrounds for both large and small pups.

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Weekends are always better when you get to spend time at the beach. That beach playtime is made even more adventurous when you can bring your favorite four-legged bestie along for the fun. Rosie’s Dog Beach is a great option for some pooch-filled fun in the sand and sun. Just a 20-minute drive away, this beach area isn’t specifically designated as a dog beach, but with dog zone hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and amenities available for proper cleanup, this beach is a great, family- and pet-friendly option.

Pike Park Dog Park

The newest dog park in the area is also just a 20-minute drive from home. Pike Park Dog Park opened in February of this year and, while small in size at just 8,000 square feet, it offers a safe, fenced area that separates large and small dogs. Open from dawn to dusk every day, this location might be a great place to first introduce your dog, at least six months of age or older, to the dog park lifestyle.

Cure the cabin fever you and your pup are feeling while finding some new adventures and maybe even some new friends at some of our area’s most popular dog parks.