There are few better activities on a beautiful fall day than going pumpkin picking. Luckily NE Ohio has quite a few dog friendly farms, so you don’t have to leave your dog at home while partaking in fall’s favorite pastime.
Hunter, Roscoe and I made a stop at Szalay’s Farm in Peninsula this past weekend to check out their pumpkin selection. Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the farm has pumpkins, local produce and a gigantic corn maze. It’s also surrounded by the Towpath Trail so there is a lot to keep your dog entertained. It was a perfect fall day on our visit Sunday so there were lots of dogs out with their families enjoying the day.
This was also a big trip out for my foster Roscoe, who I am trying to socialize. He’s a very shy guy and can get a little scared if people come too close to him, so I wasn’t sure if it would be too much for him. He did great on our walk around the Towpath Trail, but got a little scared when we got to the farm and some children came over. Hunter loved every second of it, though, even when a little girl grabbed him and forced a hug on him. Sidenote: Parents – don’t let your child grab a dog and hug him! I’m glad Hunter is so laid back, but it is a risky move to make on any dog.
I definitely recommend Szalay’s for a great dog friendly fall day with your dog. With the Towpath Trail right next to the farm, you get a scenic fall walk and pumpkin picking all in one trip.
Other dog friendly pumpkin patches:
Pick ‘n Save Orchard, Medina
Patterson’s Fruit Farm, Chesterland (dogs are not allowed in the fruit farm for apple or strawberry picking)
Am I missing any other dog friendly pumpkin patches? Let me know in the comments.