Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Springfield, Illinois

May 18, 2010
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Springfield, Illinois is famous for being the home of President Abraham Lincoln. If you and your dog are American history fanatics, this is a good place to go! Today, Springfield is a small city of over 100,000 residents. There are a couple Lincoln-related activities that are dog-friendly, along with some nice outdoor activities and doggy daycare.


Lincoln’s Tomb State Historic Site

This monument is situated in the Oak Ridge Cemetary in Springfield. In it are the remains of president Lincoln, his wife and three of his sons. Leashed dogs can go on the grounds of this site, but not in the actual building.


Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

This park is located in Petersburg, Illinois, which is about 20 miles from Springfield, and it takes up about 700 acres. It is a reconstruction of where President Lincoln spent his early adult life, and is today full of events and performances. Its visiting hours change seasonally. Dogs are allowed throughout the park, trails and camping area so long as they are leashed.

Washington Park

Washington Park is located on the west side of Springfield, and is comprised of 150 acres. There are some historical sites, as well as fields, woods, tennis courts and other facilities. Dogs can go here on leash.

Stuart Park Dog Park

Stuart Park Dog Park consists of two fenced areas where dogs can run around off leash, one for big dogs and one for small dogs. Each area has water, park benches, garbage cans and a picnic shelter.

Dog Daycare

Pampered Pet Center

If you want to explore Springfield by yourself but do not want to leave your dog where you are staying, you can take it to the Pampered Pet Center. They are open 24/7 and have cage-free dog boarding facilities, along with other services for your dog.

Outdoor Restaurants

Maldaner’s Restaurant

Maldaner’s Restaurant is one of Springfield’s finest restaurants, full of seasonal ingredients, a full bar and Mediterranean-inspired foods. Leashed dogs can sit at the outer tables.

Panera Bread

Panera Bread is a chain fancy fast food place that serves assorted artisan breads, along with soups, salads and sandwiches. Dogs are allowed to sit at the outdoor tables.


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