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Doris Richards would probably be surprised to learn how her concept of the doggie park took off in the United States from its humble roots in Berkeley, California, in 1979.1 According to The Trust for Public Land, there are 841 dog parks across the country.2 Surprisingly, Boise, Idaho leads the pack with 14 sites. However, Minneapolis and the surrounding area have plenty to offer.
Our list includes local favorites. Park rules usually require proof of vaccinations and offer clean-up guidelines. We begin with an unconventional but must-see place to take your canine companion.
The 10 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Minneapolis, MN
1. Unleashed Hounds and Hops
|🗺️ Address:||📍200 East Lyndale Ave N Minneapolis, MN|
|🕐 Open Times:||Monday: Closed; Tuesday–Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|💲 Cost:||Annual membership, 5-use, or daily permits|
|🐕 Off-Leash:||Yes, but pets must be under the handler’s control at all times|
2. Cedar Knoll Park
3. Meeker Island Dog Park
4. St. Anthony Parkway Off-Leash Dog Park
5. Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Park
6. Lake of the Isles Off-Recreational Area
7. Gateway Dog Park
8. Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park
9. Loring Park
|🗺️ Address:||📍1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN|
|🕐 Open Times:||6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|💲 Cost:||Annual or daily pet permit required|
|🐕 Off-Leash:||Yes, in designated areas only|
10. Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area
There’s probably no better way to socialize your pup than bringing it to a dog park. However, it behooves pet owners to avoid taking aggressive canines to these places. That includes people and other dogs. Several of the parks on our list have designated areas. Remember your manners and follow all requirements to ensure everyone has a good time!
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