After a long and brutal winter, Connecticut residents are anxious to cure their cabin fever and enjoy the increasingly warmer outdoor temperatures. Although there is never a shortage of things to do in the West Hartford area, it can be difficult for local pet owners to find fun outdoor events that their furry friends can attend. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best pet-friendly places near West Hartford:
Avon Country Deli
136 Simsbury Rd., Avon
Indulge in a tasty breakfast any time of the day at Avon Country Deli. You and fido can enjoy a picturesque view of the area’s rolling hills while relaxing under an umbrella on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
16 Ensign Dr., Avon
Brownstone Bakery is an upscale dog bakery and retail store committed to providing your furry friend with the healthiest and most drool-worthy snacks available. Stop in every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. for a little “social muttworking” during the bakery’s Dogs After Dark event.
100 Wells St., Hartford
An oasis in the middle of busy downtown Hartford, Bushnell Park features plenty of green grass, a lovely fountain, various statues and a vintage carousel, which runs from May to October.
166 Albany Tpke, Canton
From locally sourced pet food to free-range treats and high-quality toys, you’ll find everything you need to maintain your pet’s happy and healthy lifestyle at Dogology. They even offer on-site private dog training sessions. Don’t let the name fool you, though; Dogology has plenty of great products for cats as well.
The Elbow Room
986 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
Located in the heart of West Hartford Center, the Elbow Room is a great place to enjoy a meal with your pup. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area and water is provided in ceramic bowls to keep your pet hydrated.
Corner of Prospect Ave. & Asylum Ave., Hartford/West Hartford line
With more than 100 acres of stunning rose gardens and lovely tree-lined trails, Elizabeth Park is a great place to take your dog for some sunshine and exercise.
Farmington River Trail — Rails to Trails
Red Oak Hill Rd., Farmington
This 18-mile loop follows the banks of the Farmington River, offering beautiful views and interesting landscape for your pet to explore.
Plan B Burger Bar & Tavern
138 Park Rd., West Hartford
Enjoy the area’s best burger with your pup by your side in Plan B’s outdoor seating area. Just make sure you get there early, because this delicious destination is known to get crowded around dinnertime.
Are there any others we missed? Let us know in the comments!