Treat your furry friend to the ultimate vacation in Greater Lansing. Discover pet-friendly hotels, a plethora of exciting activities, vibrant festivals, delightful patio dining options, and beautiful parks perfect for your four-legged companion. Whether you're exploring the city or enjoying outdoor adventures, Greater Lansing has everything you need for an unforgettable pet-friendly getaway. Book your stay now and create lasting memories with your beloved pet.

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Before You Visit

Is Greater Lansing dog friendly?

Short answer—yes. In Greater Lansing, you'll find a warm and welcoming atmosphere for dogs of all sizes and breeds. Take a stroll through our charming downtown areas, where you'll discover numerous outdoor patios and pet-friendly parks where you can let your dog enjoy some off-leash fun.

How will we get around?

When it comes to getting around Michigan's Capital city, convenience and pet-friendliness are key considerations. While the downtown areas of surrounding communities are easily navigable on foot, exploring the Capital city itself is best done by car. To make the most of your visit, we recommend choosing a community you'd like to explore with your pup, driving there, and then enjoying a leisurely walk as you discover all that the area has to offer.

When’s the best time to visit?

When it comes to visiting with your dog, we highly recommend planning your trip during summer or fall. These seasons offer ideal weather conditions and a plethora of dog-friendly activities to enjoy.

During the warm and sunny days of summer, you and your dog can indulge in exciting outdoor activities like kayaking and swimming. Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a beginner, there are plenty of dog-friendly spots where you can paddle away and explore the beauty of nature together.

As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, fall unveils its vibrant colors, providing a picturesque backdrop for your adventures. This season is perfect for exploring trails, parks, and forests with your furry companion. And let's not forget the highlight of fall—the abundance of dog-friendly trick-or-treating opportunities. Dress up your pup in an adorable costume and join the festivities!

Plan Ahead

When planning your trip, make sure to research dog-friendly accommodations and attractions in your chosen destination. Many hotels, parks, and restaurants are now welcoming pets, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both you and your companion. Additionally, consider the specific needs and preferences of your dog to ensure their safety and happiness throughout the trip.

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Top Pet Friendly Hotels

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Graduate East Lansing

Across the street from the scenic Michigan State University campus and overlooking Spartan Stadium, this 194 room hotel mixes classic style and…

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Top Doggy Things To Do

Lansing Lugnuts

Join the Lansing Lugnuts at Jackson Field for a memorable evening of baseball, camaraderie, and canine companionship. Dog-friendly Wednesdays are the perfect way to create lasting memories with your furry friend. Be sure to pick up a treat from guest services, and have a delightful bark in the park!

Festivals & Events

Experience the vibrant festivals and events in Greater Lansing with your beloved canine buddy by your side. Many of our outdoor gatherings warmly welcome dogs, providing a fantastic opportunity for you and your pet to create lasting memories. Before attending, we recommend confirming any specific rules or regulations pertaining to pets. In October, indulge in the festive spirit with doggy-centric events featuring delightful trick-or-treats and costume contests. Stay updated on the exciting happenings by regularly checking our comprehensive Events Calendar and mark your calendars for these unforgettable experiences.

River Town Adventures

Looking for a fun outdoor adventure to share with your furry friend? Look no further than River Town Adventures! Their kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals allow you to explore the beautiful Grand River while enjoying the company of your four-legged companion. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a beginner, their knowledgeable staff will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Book your rental today and embark on an adventure that both you and your pet will cherish forever.

Michigan State University

Discover the immense beauty and dog-friendly spaces of Michigan State University's campus. With one of the biggest and greenest campuses in the nation, MSU offers an extensive trail system that will lead you and your pup to various exciting spots. From the iconic Beaumont Tower to the beloved Sparty Statue, there are plenty of landmarks to visit and capture memories. While not all gardens are dog-friendly, you can still enjoy the scenic beauty while keeping an eye out for signs indicating whether dogs are allowed or not. And don't forget to make a stop at the MSU Dairy Store, where you can treat your pup to their delicious and natural dog treats. Explore MSU's campus and create unforgettable experiences with your loyal companion!

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Top Dog Friendly Patios

Outdoor dining in Michigan is a dog lover's dream come true, with many restaurants welcoming four-legged guests on their patios. While service dogs are typically allowed indoors, some establishments even extend the warm welcome to them. However, it's always a good idea to call ahead and confirm the restaurant's policy on dogs, just to be on the safe side.

Our handpicked selection of dog friendly patios ensures a delightful experience for both you and your furry friend. Not only will you enjoy a memorable dining experience, but you'll also be supporting pet-friendly establishments that truly value the bond between humans and their dogs.

Lansing Shuffle

Seven restaurants. Five shuffleboard courts. Two full-service bars. A lounge. And a riverfront patio. Introducing…

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EagleMonk Pub and Brewery

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery offers craft beer, wine, soda and pizza made on premises. We are a microbrewery and feature a…

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MP Social

MP Social is ... An inviting, vibrant, modern and socially-charged communal space in the Marketplace apartments and…

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The Peanut Barrel

Serving up crazy good burgers, beer & fun for 41 years. #GetInHere and Support Your Neighborhood Bar. Dine in or dine…

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Midtown Brewing Company

Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing, MI is your source for premium quality handcrafted beer. Our locally owned brewery…

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Social Sloth Cafe

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Ozone's Brewhouse

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Top Dog Friendly Parks & Trails

Northern Tail Dog Park

The Northern Tail Dog Park, a two-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park featuring a doggy station, shade trees and more. Located just north of the…

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Nancy Moore Park

Nancy Moore Park is off-leash, Small Dog Park for dogs 30 pounds and under. The park is located just east of the Nancy Moore Park parking lot and…

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Lansing River Trail

Among the largest in the country, Lansing's River Trail traces the banks of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers connecting comfortable parks, historic…

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Northern Tier Trail

The Northern Tier Trail takes center stage along 4.5 miles of beautiful, winding, paved pathways through East Lansing. The trail connects ten…

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Top Dog Friendly Beaches

Sleepy Hollow State Park

Over 2,600 acres with a 410-acre “no wake” lake and 181 modern campsites. Picnicking, disc golf, swimming, boat launch, canoe/kayak rental…

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