Having a dog in a city like Milwaukee — with a downtown dominated by high-rises and limited park space — can be a challenge, especially as a renter. To keep your pups social, Milwaukee has several public dog exercise areas, such as Bayview, Currie, Roverwest, and Granville. Some — like Estabrook, Runway, and Warnimont — even have areas dedicated to just the little ones.
Before you load up the frisbees and Fido, however, note that these off-leash parks require an annual permit to play, to show that your dog is licensed and properly vaccinated. Milwaukee residents, the permits (issued as dog tags) are just $25 for the year (a second dog is just $5), with discounts for seniors owners or those with disabilities. You can find the application for a permit on the Milwaukee County Parks website.
If you’re a renter, check out these pet-friendly apartments in Milwaukee, WI, for their prime locations for trips to the dog park or trails.
Rather than the sky-high apartment complexes often found downtown and near the shores of Lake Michigan, Riverwest is filled with smaller buildings and former single-family homes converted into several apartments — such as this one. On Bremen, this flat is just a couple blocks south of Roverwest, Milwaukee’s newest dog park, and within walking distance of Colectivo Coffee, Art Bar, Bremen Cafe, and the park that runs along the Milwaukee River. You and your dog will also be near the Beerline Trail, which follows an old train route, and the Oak Leaf Trail.
Near the Bayview dog park — in the Bayview neighborhood — this rental is in the Bayview Commons building. A large two-bedroom with a fitness center, this unit is just down the street from all of the charming, upscale hipster restaurants and coffee shops that make Bayview a destination. LuLu Cafe and Cafe Centraal are steps away, and the nearby KK River Trail that follows a bend in the Kinnickinnic is the perfect length for a quick jaunt with your dog.
These townhomes are just minutes from Bayshore in Whitefish Bay, one of Milwaukee’s largest shopping malls, but they feel miles away. A quaint courtyard is makes for a nice stroll will your four-legged friend before bed, or you can head to Estabrook Park, just a block away, where you’ll find a beer garden, dog park, Oak Leaf Trail, and river views. The dog park here has a large fenced area for all dogs to roam, but also includes a smaller fenced-in area for smaller dogs to socialize.