So, you’re going on a trip and you don’t want to leave Fido behind? You’re in luck if you’re heading to Lehigh Valley, Pa.! Lehigh Valley’s main cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton provide a romper room of indoor and outdoor options for your furry friend. Here are some options to make your trip planning easier:
- Allentown is known for its parks. Did you know that it has more scenic parkland per capita than any other American city its size? It also been designated as Tree City USA for 34 years! What dog doesn’t love a good tree? Not only does Allentown hold that designation, but so do Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, Fountain Hill and Nazareth.
- If you’re looking for paved trails to walk, make sure you swing by Trexler Memorial Park in Allentown. Check out this short video of the park by clicking here. Another pet-friendly park in Allentown is the Little Lehigh Parkway. You can view a short video about its feature here. If you're not into keeping your pet on a leash, then head to Nazareth for their Bark Park which is a leash-free zone. Dogs can roam freely and there’s separate areas for little and big canines.
- When in Allentown, be sure to stop by Allentown Brew Works for their Monday night “Yappy Hour” from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the Biergarten patio. When you order their Yappy Hour special, a donation is made to a nonprofit animal charity.
- The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is the place to be if you’re looking for an outdoor lifestyle shopping experience with your pet. Some of the merchants of the 55-shop complex allow pets, so just look for the signs on their doors or windows. Keep in mind that dogs must be leashed and well-behaved when walking on this property. Catch the video about it here.
- If you’re in need of a place to stay, why not make it Historic Hotel Bethlehem? This charming, Main Street, Historic Hotels of America property offers pet concierge service. Spoil your pet with their own pet bed, food bowl, and a special room service menu for both dogs and cats. They also have plenty of options for pet-sitting, boarding and grooming. You can check it out by clicking here.
- While you’re on Main Street in Bethlehem, fill your shopping needs at the Shoppes at Main Street Commons which open their doors to your pet. If you’re looking for local-owned unique items, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
- Want a bit of an outdoor adventure? Be sure to head to Jacobsburg State Park. This 1,168 park will allow you and your pet to get the exercise they have been longing for. Secluded trails make it the perfect place for your dog or horse! Pack a picnic lunch. Bring along the fishing pole (license required). Or, pack your water shoes for a walk through the water with your bestie. These trails also make it a great spot to mountain bike to your heart’s content. See a short video about it here.
One last recommendation: If you’ve never traveled with a pet, be sure to check out The AAA PetBook, Traveling with Your Pet. It is jam-packed with super locations and tips to make your trip go as smooth as possible for both you and your furry traveling companion.