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Bring Your Dog!

Finding places to stay and things to do when traveling with your four-legged companions can sometimes make planning difficult, but man’s best friend can have lots of fun during a visit to Danville and Boyle County.
From dog-friendly lodging to trails, events, businesses and other locations where canines are welcome, you’ll find lots of local options where you and your dog can enjoy your trip together.

(Dogs often accompany their owners at events in Danville, like the annual Great American Brass Band Festival.)

Beds, for people and pets

One of the most important parts of planning a trip with your dog is having a place to stay when you get there. Though not all hotels and rental properties allow animals, there are several places in and near Danville where pets are welcome. Check with individual locations and verify their policy before making your reservation. Find a listing of available hotels and other rentals here.

(Hotels and some short term rentals in and around Danville – like Airbnbs – welcome guests traveling with their dogs.)

Millennium Park dog park

You want to have fun on vacation, and so does your dog! So, make sure to take them to the dog park at Millennium Park, which has three nice sized, fenced in areas under mature shade trees where your dog can run and play, and maybe meet some new buddies.
To get to the dog park, enter Millennium Park on Cunningham Way, off Perryville Road, and take an immediate right when you enter the park, then follow the road to the end. Walk a short distance further along the asphalt trail until you get to the dog park.
If your dog just enjoys sticking with you for a leisurely walk, the two-mile trail that loops around the park is another good option.
Learn more about Millennium Park and other parks in Danville you and your pup might like to visit here.

(Millennium Park has a dog park and walking path you can enjoy with your pup.)

Doggies Downtown

Finding a place to enjoy a meal with your dog can be a challenge, but several downtown restaurants have sidewalk seating where you can dine together. Some restaurants and shops have water bowls outside and you may even discover some dog treats outside the La Cosa Nostra and Copper & Oak restaurants.
You can also get food to go and enjoy a pet-friendly picnic at downtown’s Constitution Square park. Or venture another block down and visit Morley’s Backyard, a neighborhood gathering spot known for craft beer, games, music and food. Morley’s loves dogs too!

(You and your dog can hang out at Morley’s Backyard in downtown Danville.)

Dogs Love Events Too!

If you enjoy events, there are several throughout the city and county where furry friends are always welcome. You’ll often see dogs strolling with their owners at the weekly Farmers Market at Constitution Square (Saturdays from 9-12 p.m., May-October), at the Downtown Downbeat concerts (first Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., May-October), the Great American Brass Band Festival (first weekend each June), the annual Forkland Festival in October, and at events in downtown Perryville like the annual Turtle Derby in July and commemoration events in October.
Pick a pet-friendly event to attend from the events calendar at danvillekentucky.com.

(Dogs are a normal sight at events like the Forkland Festival.)

Trails for Paws

Along with the trail at Millennium Park, Danville has several other trails around town where you can adventure with your dog. You can also take them to the Perryville Battlefield Historic Site, which has 20 miles of trails to tackle, or the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, which has several trails as well.
Find trails details on the Outdoors page at danvillekentucky.com.

(The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge has shaded, woody trails for adventuring with your dog.)

Kentucky Dock Dogs

While Danville and Boyle County certainly have a number of places where dogs are welcome, there is also a yearly event that is – literally – for the dogs.
The Kentucky Dock Dogs club hosts a yearly weekend of high flying, long jumping canine events that are open to the public and even your dog. The Showroom Summer Splash features dogs competing to see how high and how far they can jump into a large pool set up for the event. If you think your own dog might enjoy giving it a try, they have times set aside for that too.
Learn about the Dock Dogs event here.

(One weekend a year, the Showroom Summer Splash features dogs competing to see who can jump the highest and farthest.)

Pet Shopping

Before you leave town – or if you need something while you are here – stop in at PetSmart, Petsense, Burkmann Nutrition or Feeders Pet Supply – for a new dog toy or anything else your precious pup may need. Who doesn’t like to have a souvenir to take home with them?

(Your dog can help sniff out gifts for yourself – and for them too – at the Farmer’s Market at Constitution Square.)