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Dog Friendly in Erie

Erie is Dog-Friendly

If you like to travel with your pup, Erie is dog-friendly! Many businesses offer great places to stay, eat and play with your furry friend. Here’s the scoop on pet friendly hotels, dog friendly attractions and restaurants.

Dog Friendly Hotels

Erie County has many lodging options that are pet-friendly. Visit our Stay page and look for the special paw print icon next to their listing! Because hotel guidelines vary, make sure to check with the hotel and review their pet policy. 

Dog Friendly Beaches and Attractions

Presque Isle State Park is Erie’s top attraction for beaches and outdoor recreation, and a great place to let your leashed pup splash around! Pets are allowed on the unguarded beaches that are not marked as designated swimming areas.  All dogs must be on leashes no longer than six feet and visitors are reminded to help keep the park clean and pick up after your pet. Beaches are guarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. On beaches inside designated guarded zones, leashed dogs are permitted along the tree line area only. Click here to view a park map.  

Some of the best unguarded beaches for dogs:

  • In between Barracks Beach and Beach 6 is a long stretch of unguarded beach popular with pet owners
  • Waterworks Beach (between Beach 6 and 7)
  • Mill Road Beaches (just past Beach 8)
  • Between Beach 10 and Gull Point

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In addition to the sandy beaches, the 13.5 mile-long Karl Boys Multi-Purpose Paved Trail is a popular place for walking your dog. The trail follows the entire perimeter of Presque Isle State Park with scenic views of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie throughout. In addition to the trails, pets are welcome in all picnic areas.

Asbury Woods - Asbury Woods is a dog-friendly greenspace with 205 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Greenway Trail, Guided Trail, Touvell Trail, and at Brown's Farm Barn. Pets are not permitted during events and festivals.

Dining with Dogs

Grab a meal or sip on your favorite drink with your faithful companion by your side. Several local restaurants welcome well-mannered, leashed dogs. Pull up a chair, grab a pint of Railway Hefe Weizen and watch the trains go by at The Brewerie’s pet-friendly Track Side Garden or enjoy a foot-long hot dog with your favorite fur dog at Sara’s just outside Presque Isle. Man’s best friend is also welcome outside AND inside Black Monk Brewery. To view all of our pet-friendly restaurants, click here and look for the paw print icon.

Bark in the Park

During the 2023 season, the Erie SeaWolves Double-A Minor League Baseball team will host its popular Bark at the Park Nights on June 7 and August 30. At these events, guests can bring their well-mannered, leashed dogs to UPMC Park for a ballgame and special promotions. Each game will feature dog-themed in-game entertainment and dogs will have the comforts of a designated "Poop Zone" to handle their business. All fans who bring their four-legged pals must sign a waiver at the gate prior to entry. After each Bark at the Park Night at UPMC Park, dogs and owners are invited down to the field to run the bases. This unique experience of running the bases on a professional baseball field is something you and your dog will never forget! For the comfort of all ballpark guests, select seating sections will be designated as dog-free areas.


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