But sometimes we can’t (or don’t want to) brave the elements. When tossing a ball down the hall just won’t cut it anymore, these indoor dog parks in Minnesota will burn off excess energy, socialize your furry friend, and combat cabin fever.
Note: While we verified details, we recommend calling ahead or making a reservation online. We’re in a heckin’ pandemic after all.
1. Unleashed Hounds & Hops
Unleashed Hounds & Hops is an indoor/outdoor dog park that both dogs and owners will enjoy equally. Located in an old warehouse next to the Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex, Unleashed offers a craft beer bar and pub kitchen. Kick back with a brew and a bite while your pup socializes.
Tip: Make sure to grab a reservation in advance–Unleashed is a hot commodity in the Twin Cities!
2. Grey Face Rescue
No need to bundle up here! Located in St. Cloud, this indoor dog park is run by Grey Face Rescue & Retirement andbenefits senior rescue pups. They’re currently open for group play on Mondays from 6-8 p.m., or you can schedule private playtimes on their website.
Guests are welcome to bring outdoor food and beverages while their pups play, and you can book multiple appointments if you want a longer stay.
3. Stone Mountain Pet Lodge
They’re the howl-y grail of winter off-leash fun, and from December through March, Stone Mountain Pet Lodge‘s Brooklyn Park location offers an indoor dog park to help your dog burn off some energy during the chilly winter.
The park is climate controlled and all dogs are vaccinated to keep the pets safe. Agility courses are set up to provide your dog with an exciting new challenge, and allow both you and them to make some new friends!
See open dates and times, and pre-register here.
More Indoor Dog Activities in MN
Indoor dog parks aren’t the only way to exercise your pup when the weather won’t cooperate. Check out these other indoor activities:
Indoor Swimming Pools
Got a dog paddler? Let him give dock diving a try (or brush up on his skills) in The Dog Tank‘s 45-foot indoor pool in Mendota Heights.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive down south, The Paw in Mankato offers a variety of indoor swim options: private, open, and party (see video below!). Unleash those winter beach bods, buddies.
Indoor Dog Training
Okay, this one’s only semi-off-leash: some businesses offer open agility times. For example, Fusion Pet Retreat in Minnetonka has open ring sessions one evening per week (registering in advance is recommended). Or, you could get your dog started in agility training.
Indoor Dog Playgroups
Try joining a playgroup! There aren’t as many indoor meetups during COVID, but we sniffed out a couple options. Fresh Air Training’s small-dog playgroups take place Tuesdays 7-8 p.m., Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, and Sundays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Metro Dogs ($15 per dog). Email to reserve your spot.
NEW: Got an athletic zoomer? Bloomington Obedience Training Club has a flyball team.
Indoor Places to Rent
Dog Day Getaway has an 800-square-foot, dog-friendly rentable room, complete with a private entrance and bathroom. The space is perfect for playgroups and other events (think meet-ups, dog birthday parties, and more).
Off-leash leisure not your dog’s scene? We’ve got loads of indoor shops, coffee shops, and dog-friendly breweries that welcome your leashed pup in the winter months. Cause chill pups deserve a lil toasty fun, too.
For even more ideas, check out our full list of what to do with your dog in the winter.