Downtown Play Dates

Sep 10, 2020 | Feature Articles, Play | 0 comments

Suwanee Dog Date

A good friend of The DiG once said, “When I die, I want to come back as a dog in Suwanee.” Truly, there is no other citizenry in Gwinnett who pamper their dogs quite like the Suwaneetians, making Town Center Park the perfect location for some quality puppy-and-me time.

photo credit: Jennifer Mottola

Bark in the Park

Almost all Suwanee events (if and when we can have gatherings again!) are pet-friendly, so long as Rover is on a leash. Currently, the Suwanee Farmers Market is still happening on Saturday mornings (every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon through September 26, and the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. October through April) and dogs are more than welcome. The farmer’s market is filled with sights, sounds and delicious scents—making it the perfect spot for canine outings. 

Time for a Scooby Snack

The patios at Suwanee Town Center are pet-friendly, and offer a wide variety of human – and sometimes canine! – cuisine. When you and Fido are ready for a sweet treat, head to Rita’s Italian Ice for a gelati for you (mango ice with vanilla custard, please and thank you!) and a Pup Cup: vanilla custard with a dog treat on the side. 

Shop Like Bruiser Woods

If you really want to spoil your precious fur baby, consider a shopping spree at Pooch n Paws. Locally owned and family-operated, Pooch n Paws carries everything from holistic and natural pet food to toys and accessories. Visit the Shaggy Chic Boutique, featuring the latest doggy couture designers, and then head to the bakery for a human-grade-but-pet-safe seasonal cookie. Pick up the at-home cake batter and icing and make your doggy date Pinterest-worthy.

photo credit: Jennifer Mottola

Beast Mode

What’s a doggy date without a little exercise? Get back to nature with a six-mile loop walk over the river and through the woods on the Suwanee Greenway. If your best friend is dying to get off the leash, head over to Settles Bridge Park. This popular dog park is fenced to create areas specifically for large and smaller breeds; each features tubes, planks and other agility activities, as well as doggie drinking fountains.

“It’s a dog-eat-dog world, Sammy, and I’m wearing Milkbone underwear.”

End your full day of puppy love at StillFire Brewing, where four-legged friends are welcome both inside and outside of the taproom! In fact, some of our DiGgers’ kids LOVE coming to StillFire for the sole purpose of petting all the dogs (there’s a playground next door, don’t judge us for bringing our babies to a bar).