Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 29, 2009
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is home to many of America’s fine or not-so-fine beers, and is also full of attractions. Nevertheless, there is tons to do there if you are on a visit with your dog, as it is located on Lake Michigan and there are some nice parks and cultural things.


Blue Max Charters

This is a fishing boat that specializes in king and coho salmon and rainbow and lake brown trout. You can get to explore the beautiful Lake Michigan. You can bring small to medium dogs upon the boat as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.

Henry Aaron State Trail

This trail consists of a few miles, and goes through many points of interests. It passes by the Milwaukee Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan Lakefront, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Potawatomi Bingo, and many historic spots. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on leash. Click here for a map.

Milwaukee Boat Line

There are several docking locations for the boats around Milwaukee. Some stops include Pier Wisconsin at Discovery World, the Milwuakee Yacht Club and the Performance Yacht Service. Dogs are allowed on board on several of the boats for no extra fees, but you’ll have to check with the boats in advance for any restrictions if they are having food or events. Dogs must be leashed.



Havenwoods State Park

This is a good escape from the city if you want some nature. There are woods, trails and many educational opportunities. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on leash.

Pere Marquette Park

This is an urban park that offers many events that often include live music. It is good for people watching. There are more events in the warmer season but they do have some events in the fall and winter. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Runway Dog Exercise Area

This is a double-gated fenced area for dogs to run around. You either need a permit, which you can get for $20, or a day pass, for $5.



This is a pet store that is in the historic Third Ward district. There are selections of food, treats, clothes, leashes and accessories for pets. Leashed dogs are welcome inside.

Outdoor Restaurants

Beer Belly’s

This is a good place if you’re down with beers and bar foods like burgers or seafood. Leashed dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Crazy Water

This restaurant takes a theme after the 1920s. They have a wine list and also tons of crazy cocktails. They have seasonal outdoor tables where leashed dogs can join you.


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