Discover Dog-Friendly Beaches, Parks, and Restaurants in West Michigan This Summer

Discover Dog-Friendly Beaches, Parks, and Restaurants in West Michigan This Summer

West Michigan is a paradise for dog lovers, offering an array of dog-friendly beaches, parks, and restaurants. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's no shortage of places where you and your furry friend can enjoy the sun, sand, and delicious food. Here’s a guide to some of the best dog-friendly spots in West Michigan this summer.

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Dog-Friendly Beaches

Wolfie at HoffmasterHoffmaster State Park - Located in Muskegon, Hoffmaster State Park features a designated dog-friendly beach area (the north beach) where your pup can splash around in Lake Michigan. The park also has numerous trails through dunes and forests, making it a perfect day trip destination. Right: Wolfie enjoying a day at Hoffmaster State Park

Grand Haven City Beach - Just south of Grand Haven State Park, this beach allows dogs on leashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day before 11AM and after 5PM. Enjoy the beautiful views and vibrant atmosphere while your dog gets to explore the shoreline. Header photo is of Waffles enjoying an evening at Grand Haven Beach. 

Norman F. Kruse Park - This Muskegon park boasts a large dog beach area. Your dog can roam free in the designated off-leash zone, making it a popular spot for dog owners.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park - A bit of a hike through beautiful wooded dunes leads you to a  serene, less crowded beach. Dogs must be leashed, but the trek and scenery are well worth it. And, while in Saugatuck, many restaurants have outdoor dog-friendly patios to enjoy. 

Bear Lake Beach - This little beach in North Muskgegon (701 Fleming St), is a perfect spot that dogs and owners love. It is usually not too crowded so you and your dog can take a dip. Please keep your dog on a leash at Bear Lake Beach.


Off Leash Dog-Friendly Parks (fees and/or memberships apply at some of these parks). 

Shaggy Pines Dog Park - This Ada-based private dog park is a dream come true for dogs. With 20 acres of off-leash space, agility equipment, a swimming pond, and even a doggie wash station, it's worth the membership fee.

Kirk Park - Situated in West Olive, Kirk Park has a dedicated dog beach and several trails where dogs are welcome. It's a great place to let your dog run off some energy while enjoying the natural beauty of the lakeshore. Left: Marshall taking a stroll at Kirk Park. 

Cascade Dog Park -This park is a favorite among local dog owners for its spacious off-leash areas where dogs can run freely and socialize. The park features separate sections for large and small dogs, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for pups of all sizes. With its well-maintained grounds and shaded seating areas, Cascade Dog Park provides a perfect setting for both dogs and their owners to relax and have fun.

This list is a small sampling of some of the off leash dog parks we love. Others to note are Wyoming Dog Park (small fee and vaccination check), Lowell Dog Park, Whistlestop Dog Park in Byron Center and Covell Dog park in Northwest Grand Rapids. 

West Michigan offers a plethora of beautiful parks and trails perfect for enjoying with your canine companion. Millennium Park (trails and areas outside of the beach area are open for dogs, but not in the beach or splashpad) in Grand Rapids is a favorite, boasting expansive green spaces and a dedicated off-leash dog area where pets can socialize and roam freely.  Riverside Park, with its miles of riverfront trails, is a local gem that provides a delightful urban escape. These spots exemplify the region's natural beauty and are perfect for spending quality time outdoors with your furry friend. There are many more parks and trails throughout West Michigan, ensuring plenty of opportunities for adventure and bonding with your dog.


 Penny enjoying time in the grass at a park in Muskegon after beach time at Bear Lake. 

(A Few) Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Harmony Brewing Company - Also in Grand Rapids, Harmony Brewing Company features a dog-friendly patio all summer. Enjoy their artisan pizzas and craft beers while spending quality time with your dog. Heather, a part owner of Harmony, confirms they do dog events often and always have, “Yappy Hour,” on the patio on Thursdays. You get happy hour prices if you bring your dog and often have dog-centered activities and treats! Follow their Facebook page to keep up on dog-friendly activities this summer! Below: Linden having a blast at Harmony Brewing. 



Archival Brewing - Located in Belmont, Archival Brewing offers a spacious outdoor area where dogs are welcome. Enjoy their historical-style brews and locally-sourced menu in a relaxed, dog-friendly setting.

Others who have dog friendly patios closer to Cascade Hospital for Animals in the Cascade, Forest Hills and Ada areas are Nonna’s, MudPenny, and Vitale’s Ada.

This list is CERTAINLY not all inclusive. Grand Rapids as well as many towns along the Lake Michigan lakeshore have so many dog friendly patios! When in doubt, ask the establishment before you go, make sure your dog is on a leash and enjoys being around other people and other dogs. 

Notable Extras!

Relax at Rosa Concert Series - Take your dog downtown for lunch and a concert! Every Thursday from noon-1:30PM at Rosa Park Circle, through September 12th, enjoy an outdoor concert and rotating food trucks. Dogs are welcomed as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash. 

Many casual outdoor venues in West Michigan allow dogs. If you are interested in an outdoor concert near you, we encourage you to reach out to the organizer through their contact information or social media page to inquire. 

West Michigan Whitecaps - The West Michigan Whitecaps are hosting their popular Dog Days on June 19 and September 3, 2024, at LMCU Ballpark. These special events allow fans to bring their furry friends to enjoy a game alongside them. The atmosphere is always lively, with dogs of all shapes and sizes sporting team gear and mingling with other canine fans. It's a fantastic opportunity to watch some exciting baseball while spending quality time with your dog in a fun, community-oriented setting.

Tips for a Dog-Friendly Outing

  • Hydration: Always bring plenty of water for your dog, especially on hot days.Linden at Kirk Park
  • Leash and Tags: Keep your dog on a leash where required and make sure they have up-to-date identification tags.
  • Waste Bags: Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog.
  • Safety: Check for any specific rules, and be mindful of your dog's comfort and safety in unfamiliar environments.

West Michigan offers a wealth of opportunities for memorable adventures with your furry friend. From splashing in the waves to enjoying a meal at a local eatery, there's something for every dog and their owner to enjoy this summer. So grab your leash and sunscreen, and start exploring the dog-friendly delights of West Michigan!

Located in the heart of West Michigan, serving Ada, Cascade, Forest Hills, and the greater Grand Rapids area, Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic are trusted havens for vet care. Reach out today if you are in need of an appointment.


Right: Linden watching the sunset at Kirk Park in West Olive.