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Hi! I’m Emma-Lou the Dandy Dog! I bet you’re wondering how a dog can write an article. It’s simple! I just use bark-to-type!
Anyway, in this extra special installment of the Dandy Fun House we’re gonna pull out some new tricks, roll over and invite you into the DANDY DOG HOUSE instead where we’re going to explore the TOP TEN PUP-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS IN AMERICA! Sit! Stay! We’re going for a ride… INTO THE DANDY DOG HOUSE!
This one took a lot of research to find attractions you can actually go through with your doggie that aren’t just a greenway, state park or garden of some sort. Not that we don’t love these things because there’s always lots to sniff, but most people have walking paths and greenways and state parks within an hour or two of where they live. And here at the Dandy Dog House, we explore the world of amusements not the world of nature trails! So it really took some digging to find the treats! So without further adieu, here is our TOP TEN LIST OF THE BEST DOG-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS IN AMERICA!
#10 TWEETSIE RAILROAD, Blowing Rock, NC https://tweetsie.com
This one just barely squeak-toyed into our top ten and almost didn’t make it at all because pups aren’t permitted on any of the transportation, dining areas, rides or even the zoo! BOO! BUT there ARE dog-friendly theatre shows, a really cool path where we can check out a bunch of old-timey trains and there’s even a Frisbee Dog Demonstration! Sounds like I could learn some new tricks!
#9 ALLIGATORS UNLIMITED AIRBOAT TOURS, Lake Wales, FL http://www.mildtowildairboattours.com
This place offers a thrilling airboat ride through the Florida Everglades! Doggies are allowed on a case-by-case basis, so if your dog just can’t resist jumping in for a swim, this might NOT be the best idea for you. We like to eat the treats! We don’t wanna BE the treats!
#8 PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM – Tucson, AZ https://pimaair.org
If your pup’s a real space-cadet, this could be the perfect day trip for you! This is one of the biggest air and space museums in the world with over 300 air and space craft including many with major historical signifigance! Leashed pets are welcomed in all public spaces except the restaurant and tram tour.
#7 TALLAHASSEE AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM – Tallahassee, FL https://tacm.com
If your doggie is like me and loves to go for a ride, you’ll love this Fido-Friendly museum with a great collection of over 130 classic muscle cars, movie cars, motorbikes (hopefully with doggie side cars) and other awesome antiquities!
#6 HAS INFORMED US POST-PUBLICATION THAT OUR RESOURCE WAS INCORRECT AND THEY ACTUALLY DO NOT ALLOW DOGS! SORRY!
#5 FLORIDA MANATEE ADVENTURES – Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, FL http://floridamanateeadventures.com
If you’ve been thinking about going on a manatee or dolphin tour, good-dogs are welcome! Drinks and snacks are provided on your three hour tour! Three hour tour!
#4 FANTASTIC CAVERNS RIDE-THROUGH CAVE TOUR, Springfield, MO https://fantasticcaverns.com
This is almost a full-hour Jeep-drawn tram tour which takes you through the ancient underground riverbed where you can see all the amazing natural cave formations! Leashed pups are allowed to ride through the cavern and also into the building!
#3 THE INTERNATIONAL UFO MUSEUM and RESEARCH CENTER, Roswell, NM https://www.roswellufomuseum.com
If you believe the truth is out there and want to dig into it with your doggie, you and rover can go right over and be allowed inside the facility! Here you’ll learn in-depth information relating to the 1947 Roswell Incident and UFOs! And sorry, but I can’t resist here. It’s just a pet peeve of mine. The term UFO, doesn’t necessarily refer to aliens. It only means a flying object that hasn’t been identified. Next thing you know, people are going to start believing in article-writing dogs!
#2 DINOSAUR WORLD – Cave City KY https://dinosaurworld.com/kentucky
I took my family here a few years back and we had a bone-boomer of a time! We walked trails with lots of full-sized dinosaurs, dug for fossils and posed for fun pictures in some of the many awesome photo areas! I totally dug this place!
#1 KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT – Elysburg, PA https://www.knoebels.com
According to BringFido.com this free-admission theme park not only allows dogs into the park, but there are also a few gentle attractions like the train, vintage cars and even certain water attractions you can actually take your pooch onto! There are even dog-friendly dining areas! Two Paws waaaay up!
Hold on! I’ve got one more for you! Here’s a BONE-US TIP!
One fun thing we found while doing the research for this publication is that in almost every community we searched in, there were dog-friendly ghost tours where you can learn all about the spooky history and spirit legends of America’s most iconic towns! And if ghosts and goblins aren’t your thing, most communities also just have historical walking tours where you can bring your best friend along and learn all about the local history!
And there you have it! The Dandy Dog House Top Ten Pup-Friendly Attractions In America! Now you know lots of stuff you can do with your doggie!
And while I’m thinking about it, I want to give special acknowledgement to 3 amazing resources we used in the research for this episode!
All 3 of these resources have tons more destinations listed for you to explore so be sure to check them out!
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