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How To Have A Dog-Gone Good Time Downtown

Ever consider that you might not be the only one in need of a fun-filled getaway? Your dog might too. Sure, they have less stress, little to no responsibility, and you’re probably still waiting for them to fork up payment for their last vet visit after eating a portion of your favorite pair of shoes. But, we love them anyway and they make everything a little more exciting, including vacation!

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 To show you how much fun you and your pup could have in Rapid City we took Arlo (left) and Loki (right), inspiring dog models, on the town.

Take A Stroll Down Art Alley!

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Located at the heart of downtown Rapid City lies Art Alley, which is a path wrapped in colorful, local art. With a permit, people are allowed to add their artwork to the building walls that make up the alley. It’s a colorful adventure everyone will enjoy going on, even if you walk on four legs and can only see a few of the colors on the spectrum. Not to mention the photo opportunities are endless!

Pose With A President!

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The City of Presidents is a downtown walking tour that allows you to meet and greet the statues of 43 American presidents. Although they can’t pet or give treats, your doggo will still enjoy smelling and posing with these famous men!

Relax And Refresh On A Dog Friendly Patio!

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When it’s time to grab some food or enjoy a beverage, downtown has no shortage of pet friendly patio options available. Spots like Murphy’s Pub & Grill, Thirsty’s, Tally’s Silver Spoon and Paddy O’Neil’s, located on the first level of The Hotel Alex Johnson (side note The Hotel Alex Johnson allows dogs to stay there), just to name a few, all welcome dogs on their patios. Local breweries Lost Cabin Beer Co. and Dakota Point Brewery allow friendly dogs on their patios and inside! But be warned, your pup might get more attention than you from other patrons.

Enjoy A Sweet Treat!

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Finish a day of exploring the downtown scene with some ice cream! The Silver Linings Creamery, located in The Shops at Main Street Square, offers an outdoor ordering window and a patio with a view of the Main Street Square fountains. Although dogs are not allowed on the turf, they can enjoy some delicious ice cream with their favorite human.

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Downtown isn’t the only spot for adventures with your furry friends! Escape to nature with your pooch on a hike right in Rapid City. Spots like M-Hill at Hanson Larsen Memorial Park offer terrific views of the city, Dinosaur Park is also a dog friendly excursion with a view, or Skyline Wilderness Area offers a variety of great hiking options! To sum it all up, Arlo and Loki want you to know it’s a paws down good time in Rapid City. 

Meet the Author

Kelsy Koerlin

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her two dogs and fiancé. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, spending time with family, traveling, at a local ice cream shop or brewery, or perhaps home taking a nap.

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Kelsy Koerlin
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Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her two dogs and fiancé. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, spending time with family, traveling, at a local ice cream shop or brewery, or perhaps home taking a nap.

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