Dog Parks & Dog-Friendly Activities
*To access any Minneapolis off-leash dog parks (OLDP), dog owners must purchase a permit (options include annual and single-day). Each dog owner can bring no more than three dogs to the park at a time. Note that not all offer clean water sources, so bring along some water for your pup just in case!
Minnehaha Falls Dog Park is located on the south side of Minnehaha Park, and offers a real dog-friendly hiking experience complete with great riverfront spots for your dog to swim and run. Look for trail markers that will indicate where you are leaving the dog park and entering leash-required National Parks Service property.
Well wooded and shady—while well lit in the evenings—Lake of the Isles Dog Park is located at the south side of the urban lake. This park is completely fenced with a separate section designated for small dogs (under 20 lbs).
Lyndale Farmstead Dog Park is a completely fenced dog park with benches and shade structures located near Lake Harriet. The surface of the dog park is crushed granite which can be sensitive to some dog’s paws—but if your pup is unaffected, the park is less muddy and less crowded than most.
Victory Prairie Off-Leash Recreation Area is a completely fenced dog park with an ADA compliant entrance at the east side of the park. The park offers a mixture of trees and prairie fields with a few trails to explore.
Staying in the city and need to run off some energy? Check out the North Loop Play Area, a fully fenced-in space designed and maintained by the nonprofit group Dog Grounds. Its long and narrow shape is especially great as a dog run and a place to play with other dogs. Just like in the Minneapolis-managed dog parks, dogs must have a valid annual or daily off-leash permit.
Unleashed Hounds & Hops Indoor Dog Park is a great place to hang out with your dog without a leash and drink good beer at the same time. Dogs must be preregistered within the Unleashed system and be up to date on vaccinations and state registration before your visit. Check out their website for a full calendar of events including breed-focused meetups, puppy play dates, and Barktoberfest with live music and activities for humans and dogs.