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In Springfield, we fully understand the love you have for your pooch. He’s not only your pet but he is part of the family. Since he’s part of the family doesn’t he deserve to have an awesome time in Springfield too? Of course he does…and we have just what you need to give him that awesome time!

Fall is the best time to get out and enjoy the fresh air with your pup....oh and visit a pumpkin patch too! Some of the best pup pictures are taken with fall colors in the background. 

Be sure to read our October Fun in Springfield blog for a full list of area patches.

Now let check out the list of Fido Friendly Spots for your four-legged family member to visit!

Many of our sites are Fido Friendly, however on the grounds only. Even though he can’t go inside with his family, he will love experiencing the history of Abe Lincoln, a lover of all animals, as well as the history of Springfield.

Fido Friendly Sites:

Lincoln Home Neighborhood

Lincoln Tomb 

Lincoln’s New Salem

Illinois State Capitol Complex

Lincoln Memorial Garden (excludes the historic garden portion with Nature Center)

Something we know he will love to do with you is visit one of our wineries or breweries. You can enjoy a drink in a relaxing environment, while he enjoys all the attention he gets from everyone, because he’s just so cute! Or how about grabbing a bite to eat on one of our pet friendly patios.

Brew + Wine:

Anvil & Forge Brewery 

Buzz Bomb Brewery

Danenberger Family Vineyards

Engrained Brewing Company (+dining)

Hand of Fate Brewery

Hill Prairie Winery

Obed & Issacs Microbrewery (+dining)

Springfield Beer Company

West of Wise Winery

Outdoor Dining


Wm. Vans Coffee House

Finley's Tap House

Corner Pub

Sweet Basil Cafe

Bunn Gourmet

Springfield Carriage Company


Burger Bar

Brickhouse Pub

Loukinen's on 4th

Brunchfield Café

Biscuits & Brunch

Scoops du Jour

Adventures await him is at SCHEELS. Man do they love dogs here! He will have a blast watching all the fish swim in the giant aquarium, find a new toy to take home as a souvenir, or just wander around with you as you shop and of course, love all the attention he gets!  Check out the list below for a few other store options.

Big R

Farm & Home


Springfield parks are all Fido Friendly of course, but we do have a couple just for him! Stuart Park Dog Run is 37 acres of freedom. Offering two completely fenced areas where dogs may be unleashed. A larger dog run and a smaller dog run. Each dog run includes a water source, dogiPot, and picnic shelter. For a complete list of amenities & rules, click here

Also enjoy our recently opened, Centennial Dog Park with over 1 acre with separate play areas based on Fido's size. Park includes a challenging obstacle course, Fido friendly water fountains and waste stations as well as benches for mom's & dad's.

If you have a day packed with fun and he’s unable to go with you, no need to worry, we have a doggie day care that would love for him to visit. Pampered Pet Center is available 24 hours/7 days a week offering doggie spa packages, because he deserves to be pampered, right! They also offer overnight care, if needed. Find out more, here. 

Lincoln Ghost Walk is a 90 min evening walking tour that brings you the history & mystery of Lincoln’s Springfield. Your pup is more than welcome to join, just make sure he remains on his leash. 

Looking for a Fido Friendly hotel to stay in?? Click here for a full listing.