Four legged friends are a part of our community, too. If you’re looking to explore with them, here’s the lineup of where to shop, stroll, drink beer, boat, and more with your pup in tow!
On this beautiful penninsula, we love the water - and we know your pups do too!
The Paw Paw River (woof!) hosts Third Coast Kayaking and Paddleboarding! Explore the scenic river with Fido in tow (pictured above). They offer hourly kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals in various sizes to accommodate two and four legged experience seekers. Find Third Coast rental sites on the Paw Paw and Galien River.
For those pulling up to a dock, Pier 1000 Marina is dog-friendly! Located in the St. Joseph River, the full-service marina is a great home base for your aquatic explorations.
If you’ll be headed out on the water and need supplies, be sure to check out Wolf’s Marine on Main Street in Benton Harbor for a pet-friendly retail experience, too.
The Livery (pictured above!) has awesome brews, great pizza, and a beer garden where dogs are more than welcome to hang out. It’s located in the Benton Harbor Arts District - with hops growing up the side of the historic building, you’ll definitely spot it!
Pro tip: If your beer drinking is planned for the earlier side, check out the Mason Jar Cafe right across the way! Their outdoor seating is great for dogs (plus there’s plenty of organic, gluten free and other natural options, if there’s any left over for the pup).
Watermark Brewing in Stevensville offers a dog-friendly beer garden, too, along with games like cornhole to accompany the brews.
Round Barn Winery in Baroda also welcomes furry friends to their space. Catch up with friends (two and four legged) over a brew or vino during their “Jammin’ In The Vineyard” music series this summer. They are also host to the annual “Wine & Wags” fundraiser, where they host adoptable dogs from local shelters and dance bands. It’s June 2nd; find more details here!
If your pup is feeling posh, shopping in downtown St. Joseph may be just perfect! These downtown stores welcome your furry friends during their business hours.
And of course, stroll on into the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center! We’ve got fresh, free treats baked by our friends across the street (FuzzyButz Pet Bakery) for your leashed pets.
Speaking of strolls, Lake Bluff Park offers a beautiful vista and events that work well with pups. Our Farmers Market happens each Saturday from 9am-2pm (you can find treats there from FuzzyButz, our local pet bakery!), you can catch Antiques on the Bluff the first Sunday of the month in May through October, and the Lake Bluff Artisan Faire in June and September. These events are free and outdoors, and are usually well attended by four legged friends. They do get crowded, so if your dog isn’t too happy with tight spaces, this might not be the best fit.
Interested in the arts? The Krasl Art Center works diligently to install sculptures throughout southwest Michigan’s great outdoors. Grab a map of their installations and make it a cultured walk with Fido!
To get in touch with nature, Berrien County Parks offers some great options for leashed pets. Check out the trails at Love Creek, Madeline Bertrand Park, and at Silver Beach County Park’s paths (no dogs on the beach, please!).
Pro tip: It’s no secret it can get a little steamy in Southwest Michigan. Just so you know, the downtown St. Joseph water fountains are all equipped with a dog-level drinking option, too.
Any questions about these spots? Stop into the Welcome Center (301 State Street), and we’re happy to help!