Ace, the dog, looking out onto the river in Pittsburgh PA

A Dog's Day in Pittsburgh

Enjoy these PAW-some Travel Tips from Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog for when you plan your next visit!

Though we may not be able to travel as much as we had hoped in 2020, it’s never too early to start planning ahead for when we can. 

Get great tips from Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog and start making your plans to visit the ‘Burgh with your BFF (best furry friend) right by your side.  

I know it’s going to be a great couple of days when I hear the words “Road Trip!” I head right to the door hoping that we’re headed to my favorite place to visit – Pittsburgh. There are so many PAW-some things to do there and I just love it – that’s why they call me Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog!

Get the inside scoop on Ace, his family, favorite cold treat and more thanks to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette! – “Pet Tales: Meet Ace, the Pittsburgh Adventure Dog”

Early Morning Walks 

I’m not typically a morning dog, but I can’t resist a beautiful walk to start the day! Luckily, I can sleep a little in the car, so once we arrive at one of Pittsburgh’s great parks, I am ready to GO! My favorite parks to visit are Point State Park, Allegheny Commons Park and Frick Park – especially the off-leash areas. Every time I’m there, I meet so many friendly Pittsburghers and their furry friends. 

I love when we hit the trails on more adventurous days, too. Did you know Pittsburgh has 14 trails networks in the area? One of my fav is the Three River Heritage Trail, where we walk right along Pittsburgh’s rivers and get to see cool views of the city.

What’s your favorite trail to walk with your dog? Tag me in your Insta pics @AcePghAdventures and maybe I’ll see you there! 

Enjoying the sunshine at Point State Park

Lunch Break

After taking a nice long walk, I am ready to EAT! I have a few favorite lunch (or late breakfast) spots throughout the city. Square Café is super cool and they love us dogs. I have a great time and there’s so much to see while I relax and people watch. Another place I love is Double Wide Grill in the South Side. I always seem to make new BFFs (best furry friends) when I’m there! Best of all, my humans really seem to like the food there, too. So it’s a win for everyone!

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Water Adventure

Fun fact about me, I’m OBSESSED with water fun. I could play with the water hose at home all day, but what’s more fun than water fun at home? Water fun in Pittsburgh! The water steps on the North Shore are great spot to stop by, especially after a long walk. I also enjoy going kayaking with my humans, too. We’ve rented kayaks from Kayak Pittsburgh for an easy and enjoyable experience. 

Although I haven’t tried it yet, many pup friends have been barking up paddle boarding. SurfSUP Adventures offers private and group paddle boarding excursions and allows us pups to join in on the fun – your human just has to call ahead to confirm conditions are safe and dog-approved. Hopefully, that’s next on our adventure list! 

Dinner Time 

After a long day of exploring, I sure do have the appetite… and a dog bone won’t cut it! Threadbare Cider House & Meadery on the North Side has a welcoming outside patio for me and my pack to enjoy… and really yummy homemade pizzas! Another cool pet-friendly place to check out is Redfin Blues at Washington’s Landing. They have delish seafood with the best riverfront views. Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe is also neat place to go… I know my humans love their history-themed cocktails!

Dinner at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery

Local Breweries 

If your humans are looking to explore the Pittsburgh brewery scene, Pittsburgh has a lot of options where us dogs are more than welcome. Inner Groove Brewing invites dogs and their owners to enjoy the brewery's outdoor areas. In Millvale, Grist House Craft Brewery and Strange Roots Experimental Ales are two great places to visit. Brew Gentlemen in Braddock also welcomes us dogs to drop in for a brew or two. Allegheny City Brewing in the North Side is a cool pup-friendly spot to visit, too. Pittsburgh breweries sure do know how to make us feel part of the beer community!

Stay the Night 

After a fun-filled day of adventures, I am ready for restful night’s sleep. Instead of heading home, my humans and I like to stay overnight at one of the many different pet-friendly hotels in Pittsburgh. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh is known for accommodating us furry friends, and there is even a dog statue in front of the hotel to welcome us. I also enjoy staying at the Fairmont Pittsburgh where I receive the VIP (very important pup) treatment that comes with PAW-some amenities. 

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Support Local

While I’m out on different adventures, I love to sport my PGH-themed leash from Steel City. And, depending the season, I bring out a sports jersey to show my support for the black and gold. To keep me fueled throughout the day, my humans bring a variety of treats and toys from locally owned pet store Wagsburgh and Petagogy. You can also find me wearing different holiday-themed bandanas from Kin of Duncan and there are even matching face masks for my humans, too! 

I hope to see you and your BFF 🐶 out in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Be sure to follow me and tag me in your Pittsburgh pup pics on Instagram @AcePghAdventures

Visiting my FUR-vorite neighbor, Mister Rogers

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