Spots for Spot: Five Dog-Friendly Subway Activities

This reporter with her dog, Delphi, at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market. —Lily DeTaeye/Little Village

Our dogs are our best friends. That’s why it hurts a little more to leave them at home while we hang out and enjoy our favorite summer activities. And while there are plenty of dog-friendly patios in the Des Moines area, sometimes our pup deserves a little more stimulation than just sitting on the concrete. Here are five places in the Des Moines metro area that your social four-legged butterfly will enjoy just as much as you do this summer.

Kinship Brewing

Kinship Brewing in Waukee not only offers a great selection of tasty beers, but also a dog park! The park is free for patrons only, but don’t worry – buying a beer is as easy as scanning one of the park’s QR codes, and it’ll be presented to you while you keep an eye on your pup. If your dog is looking to mix and mingle, this is a great place.

Des Moines Farmer’s Market

Unless it’s a service dog, you won’t have much luck trying to get your pup to the grocery store. So if you really want Fido to help you choose your produce, look no further than the Des Moines Farmers Market. Overflowing with local vendors, you’re sure to find almost everything you need to stock your pantry and your dog’s treat jar. Since the Farmers Market can get busy, it’s best to leave easily overwhelmed dogs at home.

Living History Farms

Living History Farms is the metro’s favorite outdoor historical museum, and your dog can join in the educational fun, too. According to their website, Living History Farms welcomes “well-behaved dogs” that are kept on “standard length, non-retractable leashes.” Attend one of the many LHF events throughout the year with your dog.

80/35 music festival

Des Moines’ biggest music festival isn’t just a great time for you and your family, it’s also a great time for your dog. Puppies are welcome to explore the free stage area with you, but only service animals are allowed inside the paid festival grounds. If you’re bringing your dog to the festival, know how far you are from the speakers, as loud music can be hard on a dog’s sensitive ears.


This Iowan-owned pet store has four stores in the area: Des Moines, Urbandale, Altoona and West Des Moines. The store carries all natural pet supplies and invites your dog to come shop with you. What better way to give them the right treats than to let them help you choose them!

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