Updated: Jul 4, 2022
Dogs enjoy getting out and about, just like we do! In fact, taking a fun “field trip” is a great activity for your dog, engaging them both mentally and physically, which, in turn, cuts down on boredom and negative behaviors.
Do you live in the Florence area and wonder about some fun things you can do with your dog? Below, BFF Canine Obedience highlights some fun outings, including parks, retail, and restaurants, where you can bring your pup along!
Boone County Dog Park
5500 Idlewild Rd., Burlington, KY 41005
Located adjacent to England-Idlewild Park, the Boone County Dog Park is a great spot to let your pup roam and run off-leash and make friends with other dogs (and people!). This four-acre site offers two sections for small dogs and another two sections for large dogs. The entire area is fenced in and has a double-gate entry to keep everyone safe while you enter and exit the park. Each section also has a shelter, benches, and water fountains for both dogs and people.
10248 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042
Doggie Paddles is a facility that has it all! Not only do they offer grooming, boarding, and day care, they also have some other fun services for your dog. You can rent out their indoor heated and cooled dog pool for a private swimming session. (Check prices for single sessions and packages here.) There’s also a state-of-the-art agility and training yard available for rent (Check prices), as well as a 2,400 square-foot event space. Best of all, you can also host your pup’s next birthday party here! This option includes a private swim session, homemade birthday treats, party hats and balloons!
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Rd., Union, KY 41091
About 20 minutes south of Florence is this Kentucky state park where you can get some fresh air and a dose of history and science. Big Bone Lick is considered the birthplace of American paleontology and giant prehistoric animals like the wooly mammoth once roamed its grounds. Flash forward about 10,500 years, and now the land is yours and your pup’s to roam (on leash, of course). The park offers 4.5 miles of hiking trails varying in length and difficulty. You can also camp in the park with your dog. Make sure to visit the park’s bison (from a distance) while you’re there!
Rabbit Hash General Store
10021 Lower River Rd., Burlington, KY 41005
Mayor Wilbur the French bulldog welcomes you to Rabbit Hash! And it’s only fitting that the town that votes to elect a dog as mayor would allow them in its general store. This general store has been in operation since the 1830s and was rebuilt after a fire in 2016. The general store sells all kinds of goods, including antiques, knick-knacks, snacks, and more!
1060 Hansel Ave., Florence, KY 41042
Sometimes there’s nothing more fun for your dog than getting to go to the pet store and pick out a new toy or treat! Petsmart is 100% dog-friendly, but they must be leashed at all times. It’s also a one-stop shop for all your pup’s needs and also provides services such as grooming and even veterinary care through Banfield Veterinary Clinic.
Home Depot: 99 Spiral Blvd., Florence, KY 41042
Got a home renovation or gardening project? Bring your dog along with you to the hardware store! Home Depot allows well-behaved, leashed dogs in most of its stores.
Roebling Point Books
306 Greenup St., Covington, KY 41011
You can bring your pup along while you pick up a new page-turner and a fresh cup of coffee at this friendly neighborhood bookstore!
Bourbon House Pizza
7500 Oakbrook Dr., Florence, KY 41042
Grab a slice or two of some delicious Chicago deep-dish pizza with your pup at Bourbon House Pizza! This cozy pizza parlor allows leashed dogs on their outdoor patio, and the servers will even bring them out a bowl of water!