Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cleveland was founded in 1796 by a speculator named Moses Cleaveland. It remained a small frontier town until 1832, when the Ohio and Erie Canal connected Cleveland to the Ohio River. This made Cleveland into a Great Lakes port city. It became a steel center in the late 1800s. Steel from Cleveland was used heavily in the auto industry out of nearby Detroit in the 1900s. Cleveland today has a lot of parkland, much of it dog-friendly. Cleveland has a number of top dog-friendly attractions to enjoy with your dog.
Cleveland has a number of pet-friendly hotels. The upscale Ritz-Carlton Cleveland Downtown allows dogs for a $75 per fee for the stay. The Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel also offers pet-friendly lodging. There are also a number of pet-friendly La Quintas in Cleveland and the suburbs. Also pet-friendly are hotels from most of the major hotel chains. Cleveland has a number of dog-friendly extended stay hotels from Residence Inn, Candlewood Suites, Homestead and Extended Stay America. If you are visiting Cleveland in an RV then you can stay with your pets at the Kool Lakes Family RV Park in Parkman or the Country Acres Camground in Ravenna.
Cleveland's downtown entertainment district is the East 4th Street District. You can take your leashed dog here for people watching, patio dining and shops. Some will allow your dog. A very dog-friendly shopping area is the Chagrin Falls Main Street. This historical area and shopping district has a number of pet-friendly stores. A very dog-friendly attraction near Cleveland is the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland Ohio. This 3500 acre park with multiple pathways to follow and a train for kids to ride includes plants, trees and a large pond. It is one of the best arboretums in the country. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is not the National Park that you usually picture, out in the middle of nowhere with miles and miles of wilderness. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is right in the city of Cleveland and consists of 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. It includes hiking trails which allow leashed dogs and the towpath along the Ohio and Erie Canal for easy hiking with your dog. You can also explore the farmhouse of the 20th President of the United States, James Garfield. At the James A Garfield National Historic Site, dogs can walk the 8 acres but cannot go inside the buidings. Dog-friendly dining is not as easy to find in Cleveland as in some other cities, but there are a number of dog-friendly patio restaurants in Spring, Summer and Fall. Some interesting choices are Bar Cento at 1948 West 25th Street, Great Lake Brewing Company at 2516 Market Avenue and Fire Food and Drink at 13200 Shaker Square. See DogFriendly.com's Dog-Friendly Restaurant Guide for more choices in Cleveland and the area.
Dog-friendly parks in Cleveland include most Cleveland City Parks, which allow leashed dogs, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and most of the Metroparks in the region. Cleveland Lakefront State Park allows dogs on the areas of the park that are not along the beach. They are allowed on the bike trail that follows the shoreline but they are not allowed on the beaches. Dogs are not allowed on any Lake Erie beaches in Cleveland. The only place in the city where you can take your dog swimming is at Bow Wow Beach Dog Park in Silver Springs Park in Stow. This is a 3 acre lake with fenced dog access except in Winter when the lake is frozen.
Places to take your dog near Cleveland include Hocking Hills and the Lake Erie Island Region.