A park that allows dogs is one thing, but a genuine, bona fide dog park is a whole different day of adventure with your canine. The best dog parks aren't crowded, even when they're busy. They're run well, but not bogged down with too many rules. They're set up well to keep the big, young, and adventurous types away from pooches who are old, small, timid, or who just don't want to deal with all that big-breed drama.
The best dog parks also have plenty of amenities to keep both dog and human happy and comfortable for long stretches — lots of water, shelter, shade, benches, and easy restroom access. The very best have unique and imaginative features and layouts that you don't see at run-of-the-mill dog parks — those are the ones that made this list. Here are the all-star dog parks that are close to home no matter where you live. (If you're a dog lover, you'll want to check out these bits of canine trivia.)