ANN ARBOR – There is so much to experience in Ann Arbor, from award-winning restaurants to art exhibits, great local shopping to festivals galore. This college town really does have it all.
But did you know that it's also super dog-friendly? Ann Arbor is full of places to explore with your dog by your side. Check out this two day itinerary for some ideas you and your best friend can enjoy!
You Had Me at Woof
Start your fun-filled day at Zingerman's with a breakfast sandwich and coffee on the patio. Come on a Wednesday or a Saturday to get all the pets from the friendly people at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market across the street.
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Who Let The Dogs Out
Head out for a hike on one of the many trails in the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, known to locals as "The Arb." Designed in 1906, the Arb boasts a variety of curated plant collections and natural areas to see and sniff.
Paws for a Photo
Whether or not your dog has their very own Instagram, grab a snapshot in Graffiti Alley or in front of one of the many murals around town. Make sure to get their furry side.
Pat Pat Patio
Sit on the patio at Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant for a traditional, utensil-free meal for you, and a feast of bread, water, and milk for your furry friend.
Dog Day Afternoon
Walk among the students on The Diag at the University of Michigan. You'll find a great selection of shady trees to sit under and rest your weary paws.
Nibble & Kibble
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. has a specially curated Pups on the Patio menu, with options like the Pup Patty cheeseburger, salmon or chicken over rice, and even a Poochy Cream dessert!
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Tell the folks at Graduate Ann Arbor that you're traveling with a pooch and they'll hook you up with a doggy blanket, water bowl and custom toy box.
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Must Love Brunch
Start your day the bagel way at Barry Bagels, a dog-friendly Ann Arbor breakfast institution. Maybe slip a little extra cream cheese under the table for Rover, too.
Get a Long Little Doggie
Head to Biercamp and pick from the rotating menu of house-made sausages and sandwiches for a picnic lunch to-go. If you want to eat on the spot, dogs are welcome on the patio.
Bark in the Park
Head to Gallup Park and have a lovely walk. The canoe livery welcomes dogs on canoe and kayak trips along the Huron River.
Head back to Gallup Park and dry off as you hunt down one of the Canoe Imagine Art sculptures scattered around and take a pic of your pup in their best light.
Dog in the City
Main Street makes for good people -- and dog -- watching. Have a stroll and make some doggy friends along the way.
Sit outside on Main Street and enjoy the flavors at Shalimar Restaurant. They specialize in North Indian, Tandoori and Mughali dishes.
K-9 Scoops for Me, Please
From Peanut Butter Cone Crackle to Fresh Basil, you and your pal will find a huge variety of delicious, house-made ice cream flavors to enjoy at Blank Slate Creamery. Sit outside and reflect on a pup-cation well spent!
Yappy Ever After
All ready for canine adventures, but still looking for a best dog buddy? Head over to the Huron Valley Humane Society and adopt a furry travel companion for life.
Some of us are cat people, and we have you covered there, too! Visit Tiny Lions Cat Café and hang out with the resident adoptable felines.
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