If you ever find yourself chatting with someone from the Visit Billings team, you’ll likely learn two things early in that conversation. One: we love travel. Two: we love dogs. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we tell you that we love traveling with dogs. They’re a part of the family, and we’re always excited when we see visitors traveling with their pets.
With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our favorite activities and locations in Billings that will appeal to anyone traveling with man’s best friend!
Go for a W-A-L-K
Could we start this list any other way? Remember to spell out “walk” in front of your dog, and don’t forget about the miles of trails available to explore in Billings. From views atop the Rimrocks at Swords Park and Zimmerman Park to walks along the Yellowstone River at Riverfront Park, there’s an option bound to make everyone happy.
Dogs Can Socialize, Too!
If “Spot” is in need of some like-minded company (you know, other dogs), we’d recommend an outing at one of Billings’ dog parks. Centennial Dog Park is located on the West End of Billings, and High Sierra Dog Park can be found in the Billings Heights. Both of these are great spots for your pup to burn off some energy and meet new friends!
Billings Brews, Extra Pets
A handful of local breweries are dog friendly, so make sure to plan a visit! Both Thirsty Street locations are dog friendly, and breweries like Canyon Creek and Carter’s Brewing offer fantastic patios where your fur-baby can relax in the shade while you sip on local brews. It may be difficult to pull your dog away from the extra attention they receive at one these spots, so bribing them with a treat of their own might do the trick.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Bark for Ice Cream
This is a photo op we always look forward to capturing! Grab a frozen treat at Big Dipper Ice Cream and get a cone for your “good boy” or “good girl.” We’re sure it’ll be gone after a few bites, so we hope your dog doesn’t get brain freeze!
If the weather doesn’t call for ice cream, check out Black Dog Coffee instead! This local coffee house has a soft spot for canines, and your tail-wagging companion will be more than happy with a ‘puppuccino.’
Relaxation and Retail Therapy
With a strong sense of smell and excellent hearing, we know dogs are perceptive. Unfortunately, they’re hopeless when it comes to another sense: fashion sense. Luckily, there are plenty of local businesses that can help your dog look like a million bucks… or bones. That’s the official currency of dogs, right?
If you’re looking to give your dog a quick bath after an on-trail adventure, businesses like Lovable Pets and Dee-O-Gee provide DIY dog wash stations, too. And once your dog is feeling fresh, you can kick off a shopping spree for any dog-related gear! Scheels is multi-level sporting goods store, and your dog can tag along to explore all of it!
What are your favorite places to visit in Billings with your dog? We’d love to hear about your favorite sites and excursions. Keep your eyes on our Facebook and Instagram pages this summer, too! We’re looking forward to sharing more dog-themed content, and there will be a few giveaways to get your pup excited!