They say a dog is man’s best friend, and what better way to spend summer than for two best friends to enjoy the sunshine – or shade – at some of Kansas City’s favorite dog-friendly hangouts.
Don’t be afraid to take your pup along on errands in a dog-friendly city like Kansas City – just make sure to keep a close eye on your dog when it comes to the heat. Check out 5 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer or read more about protecting your pooch from Heat Stroke now!
While several restaurants and coffeehouses across the city welcome pets on the patio, some pet-loving hangouts are specifically created with your pooch in mind. Check out the most exciting places to take your dog for some summer fun!
Kansas City’s Favorite Off-Leash Dog Parks
Bar K Dog Bar
This two acre park for dogs is built for year-round enjoyment and equipped with fans, heaters, water and shelter. Bar K is a restaurant, bar, coffeehouse, and dog park all in one! From obstacle courses to a dog pool, your pet is bound to have all kinds of puppy fun! Need a break from your silly mutt? Sit and sip awhile and let the Bar K experts keep a watchful eye.
Blue Springs Dog Park
A small pond, shady trees, and open space are the perfect ingredients to craft this convenient dog park. With water fountains for people and pets, the Blue Springs Dog Park also features agility equipment and a dog wash area!
Shawnee Mission Park
The Off-Leash Dog Park at Shawnee Mission is 44 acres of trail, lake and beach featuring a paved walkway to the beach area. With plenty of room to roam, dogs and owners alike will enjoy the sunshine and the space. For dog owners, there are convenient portapotties located near the dog park entrance.
Another dog park calls for your attention from Olathe! Heritage Park offers 30 acres of off-leash play area and hiking trails. With sidewalks, restrooms, and drinking fountains, the amenities at Heritage kept humans in mind too. Other Johnson County Parks and Rec off-leash dog parks include Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park and Kill Creek Streamway Park.
The Dog Pool
Located in Lenexa, this dogs-only pool offers private and group lessons for dock diving! With Certified Dock Diving Coaches, the Lenexa Dog Pool is a fun – and safe! – way for your dog to get a good workout and stay cool. The pool also offers pool rental reservations and pet physical therapy.
Do you live out closer to Lee’s Summit? There’s a dog park for you too! With five acres of off-leash fun, the Dogwood Park in Lee’s Summit offers dog agility equipment, as well as a drinking fountain, accessible parking, and a short trail for the humans.
Conveniently located in Leawood east of City Park at 106th and Lee Boulevard, the Leawoof Park is a great wide open space to take your dog for a playdate! With a drinking fountain and agility equipment, Leawoof is a great spot for a game of fetch while you work on your summer tan! A few shaded benches located around the park provide a resting spot for those less enthused about the sun.