Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky is a city of 700,000 in northern Kentucky, on the Ohio River. As it is so close to Indiana, the greater metropolitan area is sometimes referred to as “Kentuckiana.” It is influeced by both midwestern and southern culture due to its location. It has a humid subtropical climate. It is most famous for the Kentucky Derby, but also has many other interesting aspects such as nature formations and beautiful architecture.


Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

This is a historic estate of a 19th century farm on the Ohio River. Dogs can’t enter the buildings, but they are allowed throughout the other grounds if they are leashed. There are some quaint gardens that you can explore. There are also some outdoor exhibits that demonstrate life in the 19th century that are fun to watch.

The Old Louisville Walking Tour

There are five different tours that you can take, and bring your dog on a leash. The Central Park North Tour takes about two hours and takes you to a variety of styles of old architecture, such as Victorian Gothic to Italianate to Classical Revival. The Central Park South Tour takes you through other forms of architecture, such as Georgian Revival and Arts and Crafts Style. There is also the Limerick Tour, the Third Street Tour and the Old Louisville East Tour. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings.

Click here for more information about the Architectural Styles in Old Louisville.


The Falls of Ohio State Park

This park contains fossil bends that date back to 386 million years ago. They are the biggest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. Activities include hiking, fossil viewing, bird watching and picnicking. Dogs are welcome on leash.

Cochran Hill Dog Run

This dog park is about two acres, and has a separate area for large and small dogs. You must obtain a permit to use this park.

Sawyer Dog Park

This dog park has four acres, two of which are for small dogs. It has lots of trees for shade. A permit is required.


Vettiner Dog Run

This dog park is two acres, and is cut in half for big and small dogs. It is located at the high point of the greater park, offering fantastic views. A permit is required.


Three Dog Bakery

If you feel like treating your dog because you are on vacation, you should stop by the Three Dog Bakery. They offer natural snacks and treats for dogs, and let dogs in the store so long as they are well-behaved and leashed.

Fast Food

Moe’s Southwestern

This place offers fresh burritos and quesadillas, beer and different types of salsas. It is vegetarian and meat eater friendly, and offers many selections. Dogs are allowed to accompany you at the outer tables outdoors. There is one located on Shelbyville Road, and one on South Hurtsbourne Parkway.

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