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Dog-Friendly Destination: St. Louis

Source: Tim Hamilton on Flickr.com

Source: Tim Hamilton on Flickr.com

When you think about St. Louis, the first things that come to mind may include cultural symbols like the Gateway Arch, the Cardinals, and Budweiser. While these are certainly accurate identifiers, many people don’t realize that St. Louis is also one of the most canine-oriented cities in the U.S., earning it a spot on The Doggy Dojo’s list of dog-friendly destinations.

St. Louis is home to a number of well-maintained dog parks, retail shops, and dog-friendly restaurants, making it easy and fun for your four-legged friend to tag along on your daily adventures. What’s more, St. Louis hosts the largest pet parade in North America during its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Only here will you find thousands of costumed canines and their owners gathered to compete for the Pet Parade Royal Court and to raise money for charity. How fun is that?

From Chicago, traveling to St. Louis is an easy drive down I-55. In about four and a half hours, you and your canine co-pilot will have reached the border of Missouri and a dog-friendly destination worth exploring. Here’s where to stay, what to eat, and how to have fun in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dog-Friendly Lodging

Visitors to St. Louis have over two dozen choices for pet-friendly lodging! We listed a few of our favorites below. Check out the rest on ExploreStLouis.com.

Parkway Hotel 4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis (314) 256-7777

Moonrise Hotel 6117 Delmar in the Loop, St. Louis (314) 721-1111

The Cheshire 6300 Clayton Rd, St. Louis (314) 647-7300

Drury Plaza Hotel 2 S. Fourth St, St. Louis (314) 231-3003

Dog-Friendly Restaurants The following restaurants allow dogs to dine with their human companions outdoors when the weather permits. Check out the full list of dog-friendly restaurants on ExploreStLouis.com.

Eclipse Restaurant 6117 Delmar in the Loop, St. Louis (314) 726-2222

Blondie’s Coffee, Wine & Dessert Bar 1301 Washington Ave, St. Louis (314) 241-6100

Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas 5046 Shaw Ave, St. Louis (314) 771-4900

Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar 1004 Locust St, St. Louis (314) 241-8141

Dog-Friendly Attractions Dogs love exploring the exciting sights and smells of St. Louis. The following dog-friendly attractions are favored by locals and visitors alike.

Soulard Dog Park Emmet St. and South 10th St, St. Louis

Lucas Garden Park 1234 Saint Charles St, St. Louis

Soulard Mardi Gras Beggin’ Pet Parade Allen and Menard, St. Louis

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site 7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis

Forest Park 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog 1721 South Mason Road, St. Louis

Laumeier Sculpture Park 12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis

Tower Grove Park 4256 Magnolia Avenue, St. Louis

Dog-Friendly Retail The following boutiques offer St. Louis visitors a wide range of upscale products for dogs and their owners.

Four Muddy Paws 1711 Park Ave, St. Louis (314) 773-7297

Wolfgang’s Pet Shop 330 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis (314) 367-8088

Pets in the City 1919 S. Grand Blvd, St. Louis (314) 772-7387

Pawsitively Fintastic 5600 Eichelberger St, St. Louis (314) 353-1411

A Walk in the Park 5595 Pershing Ave, St. Louis (314) 875-0087

Have you visited St. Louis, Missouri with your pup? Let us know about your experience on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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