We know how important it is to bring the family while travelling, including our furry friends. Rest assured, we have you covered for pet-friendly places, things to do, and ways to experience Ypsilanti. Whether visiting during a multi-stop road trip, or making Ypsi your destination, treat your pup like a VIP every step of the way.

We encourage you to explore on your own while here in Ypsilanti. Remember, your pets must be leashed at all times. Review this dog friendly guide to get started!

Parks and Trails

dog walking at riverside parkYpsilanti parks and trails are the perfect place to visit with your puppy.  We recommend visiting Frog Island Park or LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve to start. For a longer route, trek along the Border-to-Border Trail that connects surrounding destinations including Chelsea, Dexter, and Ann Arbor. Rolling Hills County Park is a great spot to visit year-round, and on the very last day of the water park season, dogs are invited to play and swim at the park! 

Pups and Patios

dog at riverside park with hyperion cupYpsi restaurants in Depot Town provide spacious patios, like Tex-Mex favorite, Maiz, and Southern-inspired Thompson & Co., allowing your furry friend to join your party for an outdoor meal. Enjoy dinner with a scenic Depot Town view at Aubree’s Pizzeria. Some restaurants like the historic Sidetrack Bar & Grill even have a designated doggie menu. Another option is to take your dog for a drive to Bill’s Drive-In. A win-win! Pick up from an area food truck or cafe and head to a nearby park for lunch outdoors. There are plenty of options to choose from.

Sweet Treat

dogs at Ice cream timeWhether you want to spoil your best friend, or you’re treating the family to a delicious dessert, you’ll want to visit Ice Cream Time, serving doggie treats in various sizes. Ypsilanti's Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea across from Eastern Michigan University also provides a tasty treat made with pure whipping cream and vanilla. Tail wags guaranteed!

Self-Guided Tours

Walking in depot town with small dogHistory buffs love visiting Ypsilanti for its walkable neighborhoods with beautiful architecture of various styles. Download a historic neighborhood map and take your doggo for a stroll while enjoying your self-guided tour.

Best Places to Pose

Couple with dogs pose in front of muralCreate a photo op with your best bud in front of colorful art around town. There are several colorful murals you’ll discover while exploring, or visit the scenic parks for an unofficial photo shoot with your pup. We just love seeing your pet pictures! Click here to share your best pup pics.  

Pet Friendly Hotels & Accommodations

There are a handful of nearby pet-friendly hotels in Ypsilanti and nearby, all within a short driving distance of downtown restaurants, shopping, and exciting things to do. Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Ypsilanti, located just down the road from North Bay Park, a perfect nature getaway for you and your furry friend.

Dog at North bay parkHotels just minutes away in Ann Arbor also provide more options for pet-friendly rooms. Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, the Kensington Hotel, and Towneplace Suites by Marriott provide easy access to I-94 and is within driving distance to just about anywhere in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Some additional fees for pet-friendly rooms may apply. We recommend calling ahead to confirm. Click here to view more area pet-friendly hotels.

No matter how you like to adventure with your extended best pal, Ypsilanti has you covered!


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