A Dog-Friendly Day Out in Springfield

Leash up your furry friend and spend the dog days of summer in Historic Springfield.

In my line of work, I get to meet lots of interesting people around town (and even the occasional social media DOG-fluencer). Recently, when I crossed paths with fellow Visit Jax Ambassador and dog-mom, Jacinda from @KungFuAussies, she mentioned it had been years since she had visited Springfield. So, I invited her and her fur baby, Tigress, to spend the afternoon with me and sniff out some of our local dog-friendly establishments.

We started out with a walk through the neighborhood so Tigress could get some exercise and I could show Jacinda some of Historic Springfield’s public art installations, including the mosaics at the new Springfield Dog Park at 956 Hubbard Street. Of course, we stopped for a photo op in front of the iconic Springfield mural, and went by to check out one of our newly installed painted crosswalks at West 9th and Pearl Street on our way to The Shoppes of North Pearl. They have a lovely front patio area for you and your dogs to rest, hydrate, and shop.

Our first stop: Icecapades. The owner, Dionne, couldn’t wait to meet Tigress — she’s planning to offer dog-safe Italian ices later this summer, but offered her a banana popsicle to enjoy in the meantime. Tigress seemed excited for more because she watched me enjoy my desserts very closely.

We just missed Bark On Main closing for the day as I had planned to grab a bag of treats for Tigress and her brother, Po, but Jacinda promised to bring them back soon to check out my favorite Springfield shop to spoil your dog. We ended the afternoon at Hyperion Brewing Company with a craft beer in their bier garden, where dogs are always welcome and a toast to getting out of the house with our furry friend in tow.

While we couldn’t make it to visit them all in one afternoon, we have several local businesses that welcome leashed and well-behaved dogs inside or on their patios. The next time you visit our lovely historic neighborhood with your canine companion, be sure to check out our Art and History Walking Tour and then follow it up with a stop at one of our awesome small businesses:

1) Icecapades Frozen Treats
2) Hyperion Brewing Company
3) Strings Sports Brewery
4) Historically Hoppy Brewery
5) The District Wine Bar
6) Crispy’s
7) Uptown Kitchen
8) Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar
9) Dreamette-Springfield
10) Main Street Food Park
11) The Block Skate Supply
12) Reddi-Arts
13) Bark on Main
14) Bobby K Boutique

For more information about Historic Springfield, visit sparcouncil.org.

About the Author

Kelly Rich

Executive Director of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) and Visit Jax Ambassador