Do your kids regularly ask, “Mama, do you love the dog more than you love us?” If so, then you probably love your furry friend just as much – OK, honestly, some days more – than your two-legged darlings. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you give them equal attention, and take them both out for fun activities. Now that school is out and springtime in Atlanta is quickly turning into summer, it is time to gear up to take your little munchkins and your four-legged companions for an enjoyable outing at one of these dog-friendly, kid-approved parks.
Ronald Reagan Park, Lawrenceville
Good for Kids
This popular Gwinnett County park offers 25 acres of space for humans and canines of all sizes. Walk, run or bike on the partially shaded paved trail that winds its way up and down a couple small hills, for that added glute workout. Then let the kids romp on the playground while you sit nearby at a picnic table enjoying some Mommy time.
Good for Dogs
When the babes are worn out, head to the nearby fenced-in dog park with two separate spaces – one where little dogs can discuss their Napoleon complexes, and another where big dogs can socialize and catch Frisbees. The connected doggie run lets your pooch practice for the hundred-yard dash or hone his tennis ball retrieval skills.
Good to Know
Ronald Reagan Park is small enough to get to the centrally located bathrooms in a hurry. This is especially handy when your toilet-training toddler has to go now!
If your canine friend gets a little dirty romping with his friends, use the dog park hose to spray him down in an attempt to preserve the interior of your SUV.
2777 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville 30044
Hours: sunrise until sunset
Lenora Park, Snellville
Good for Kids
Swings, giant slides and some not-as-common playground equipment where your budding gymnasts can practice balancing or hanging upside down are big draws at this 178-acre Gwinnett County park. When you want to get in shape, push that jogging stroller around the 1.5 mile paved trail that winds through the woods and around the pond, providing plenty of visual stimulation for your little passenger.
Good for Dogs
Perfect for overly anxious canines that can’t wait to get out of the car to run with their friends, Lenora Park offers a parking lot that is literally steps away from the dog park fence. Open the hatchback and watch your tail-wagger sprint to the gate with glee. Big dogs on one side, and little ones on the other, with plenty of room to run sans leash.
Good to Know
The big red barn makes a great backdrop for impromptu photos of your clan on a sunny afternoon.
4515 Lenora Church Road, Snellville 30058
Hours: Sunrise until 11:00pm unless posted otherwise
Lenora Waterpark is open!
When your canine friends’ fur coats make it too hot for a day at the park, leave them home where it’s cool and make a splash with your two-legged kids at Lenora Waterpark.
Amenities that make it great for all ages and abilities include:
- Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry
- Giant waterslide
- River channel
- Water play structures
Pool Hours: May 24 – August 5
Monday – Saturday: Noon to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 to 6:00 pm
August 6 – September 1:
Saturdays: Noon to 6:00 pm
Sundays: 1:00 to 6:00 pm, except Monday, September 1: Noon to 6:00 pm
Other Atlanta area dog and kid parks to check out:
Piedmont Park, Atlanta
The park runs along 10th Street (a block west of 10th & Monroe Avenue to a block east of 10th & Piedmont Avenue) and Piedmont Avenue (12th & Piedmont to just before 15th & Piedmont) in midtown Atlanta. Learn more about park activities and amenities.
Hours: Daily 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
Rabbit Hill Park, Dacula
400 Rabbit Hill Road, Dacula 30019
Hours: Sunrise until 11:00 pm unless posted otherwise.
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