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Discover Wauwatosa with Your Dog

Small dog with tongue hanging out of his mouth in front of a mural in Wauwatosa

We all know the bittersweet feeling of getting ready to leave for a trip, but having to leave your fur-bestie behind. Fortunately for you (and your doggo), Wauwatosa has plenty of dog-friendly places to visit so they get the royal treatment, too. 

Whether you’re visiting Wauwatosa for the first time or returning with your pup, check out these spots for a great getaway with your furry friend by your side.

Things to Do

Guaranteed to make your pup smile, Currie Dog Park is buzzing with new furry friends and tons of space to explore (aka grass to sniff!). Look ma, no leash! Let your dog roam free with the fully fenced-in, 10-acre space for large dogs and a 1.5-acre space for small dogs. 

Jacobus Park is another great outdoor space for you and Fido to get in some exercise during your stay. Perfect for a long walk or run, the park has connections to both the Oak Leaf Trail and Forked Aster Trails, and it runs parallel to the beautiful Menomonee River Parkway.

If you’re looking to do a full exercise loop, County Grounds Park also has a trail for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Tire your doggo out with the 3.6-mile trail, which is a complete circle filled with breathtaking views for you both to enjoy.

East Tosa also makes for an excellent outdoor walk that your pup will love. With plenty of small, local restaurants and businesses, you get a good feel for what our charming city is all about, and you get to see our larger-than-life East Tosa Murals — all while touring it with your fur-bestie!

From trivia night to live music, The Landing at Hoyt Park is the perfect place to hang out all summer long. This outdoor beer garden also features food trucks and plenty of shade under century-old trees for your dog to relax, too. 

Grab a Drink

Outdoor patios are a must while you visit Wauwatosa — not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather and Tosa’s local restaurants and businesses, but your pup doesn’t have to miss out on the fun! 

Stop by local favorites like Big Head Brewing and Good City Brewing for a crisp, cold beer and plenty of outdoor space for your pup to enjoy. Both are the perfect place to spend happy hour or great for any weekend beverage. 

Colectivo Coffee’s two Wauwatosa locations (68th Steet and Swan Blvd) also have outdoor patios. Choose from a variety of all-day breakfast items and beverages, including their cold brew mocha shake, avocado toast, raspberry scone, and more, and enjoy a pick-me-up outdoors with Fido. 

Places to Stay

At the end of a long day’s worth of adventures, rest easy knowing that Residence Inn Milwaukee West is pet-friendly. 

The hotel allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $100 per pet. They also reserve pet-friendly rooms on the ground and second floors so you can easily get outside to their pet relief area near the back entrance of the hotel. 

Discover Wauwatosa wants to ensure you have a safe and healthy travel experience. Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go. 

Header photo courtesy of @loganouioui