Colorado abounds with seemingly unlimited outdoor fun but few residents have it as good as those of us at Centerra. With so much at our fingertips, it’s no wonder people all over Northern Colorado want to spend time here. And while we’re always happy to share our beautiful spaces with new friends, let’s not forget to also invite those furry companions who are with us day-in and day-out—our dogs!
With life opening back up across Colorado in the wake of the pandemic, we’re all jumping at reasons to get out of the house. Our four-legged companions, who’ve doubled as family therapists this past year, are ready too. If you’re one of the many who brought home a new dog during the pandemic, Centerra offers outdoor opportunities to work on socializing, training and exercise in a public atmosphere. If you’ve had your dog for a while, a little companion shopping or a stroll along the water with your old friend is just as rewarding.
Across Centerra, you’ll find a myriad of ways to spend the day with your buddy—whether that’s pondering existential insights from sculpture art, birdwatching along the water, snapping selfies in front of native Colorado flowers or treating yourselves to a few purchases along The Promenade Shops.
Grab your leash, pack a pocket full of high-value treats and take your dog out for an adventure at Centerra.
What to Know Before Heading Out
We love pups at Centerra, but we’re also mindful of the pawprint they leave behind. There are lots of places to bring your buddy throughout Centerra, but we do have a few rules to follow so everyone can have a great time while enjoying our lovely area. Here are a few things to remember:
- Keep your pup leashed at all times. Leashes—including retractable varieties—must be no longer than 6-feet.
- Dogs must be under their owner’s control at all times. Don’t leave your dog unattended or tied up without supervision.
- Pick up after your pup. Clean and simple!
- Customers visiting The Promenade Shops at Centerra can bring their leashed, well-behaved dogs to all common areas—some shops and patios are even pet-friendly.
- Pet-friendly shops at The Promenade will have a sticker on their door or window to indicate that customers may bring their dogs into the store. Keep in mind, some merchants may have additional rules.
Best Spots to Treat Your Pup
What is your dog into? Natural Music? Art? Retail therapy? Luckily, you two can indulge in all of that and more while soaking up the sun at Centerra. Here are some of the best spots to bond with your furry friend.
The Promenade Shops at Centerra
There are a variety of pet-friendly shops at our beautiful, outdoor Northern Colorado lifestyle shopping center. You probably need to swing by Famous Footwear to replace those slippers Fido chewed. After that, you may want to swap the idea of chewable slippers with tennis balls by swinging into Dick’s Sporting Goods. Here are a few more shops to take your pup:
- Victoria’s Secret – If dogs could talk! They are our most trusted companions and always by our side with a reassuring nod when we’re getting dressed for a big night out. Bring them along and maybe they’ll surprise you with a fashion tip or two.
- Sleep Number by Select Comfort – While dogs aren’t permitted to test the mattresses at this store, we’re sure they’d appreciate the opportunity to consult—even if it’s from the floor because even though they may not be allowed on the bed at home, all bets are off once you leave.
- Build-A-Bear Workshop – Dogs are therapists, workout buddies, comedians and often our kids’ daycare specialists. Bring your pup to Build-A-Bear Workshop so they can help personalize the other furry friend your little ones will snuggle with while you’re busy in the home office.
- D.O.G.S – Obviously! You can’t leave the shops without swinging by locally-owned D.O.G.S. (Dog Owner’s General Store). Get your pup a blow-out or pet-icure with their on-site grooming services and a treat for the walk or ride home.
Chapungu Sculpture Park
This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit displays 82 Zimbabwean stone sculptures illustrating a traditional African perspective of family across eight universal themes. Situated on 26 acres of native flora-rich lands, the poignant cultural experiences and endless photo opportunities may be highlights for you, but we’re betting the pet water fountain may be the highlight for your dog not to mention all the sights, sounds and smells for them to take in. Plus, admission is free!
Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake
Centerra’s two bodies of water—Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake—are huge draws for anglers, resident kayakers, birders and folks looking to get their steps in while gazing at the beautiful Colorado scenery. They’re also perfect spots to take your pup for a stroll (on a leash of course and never in the water).
The paths around the water are part of a four-mile walking/biking trail system that feeds into the greater Loveland trail network and serve as great spots to socialize your dog without worrying about sensory overload. Keep a handful of treats in your pocket for positive reinforcement and let the training commence.
The water is also a great spot to watch birds with your dog—a favorite subject for any pup. Just remember that our native and migratory bird populations are best viewed from a distance. Your dog might want to chase them into the water and beyond, so make sure you’re abiding by the strict leashed pets rule throughout Centerra.
Native Plants Demonstration Garden
Set against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and designed by the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) at Centerra, the Native Plants Demonstration Garden is a kaleidoscopic sensory experience that both you and your pup will love. Learn how regionally appropriate horticulture supports biodiversity and water efficiency while your dog takes in new smells and sounds. Plus, imagine the colorful selfies you two can take together.
This living experiment will also give you some great home landscaping ideas, so you can transform your backyard into an eco-friendly sanctuary that you and your pup will enjoy for years to come. Pro-Tip: Scoop some new plants up at the HPEC Native Plant Sale through July 31.
Movies On Main
Your dog loves to snuggle with the family while watching movies on the couch, so why not try it on a grassy lawn with lots of friendly neighbors? The Movies on Main series is a free outdoor movie series on the Main Plaza at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. If your dog is well-socialized and a movie buff, this might just be your new favorite summer tradition. Did we mention free popcorn and cotton candy while supplies last?
On top of the featured movie, this monthly event also showcases live music, Promenade pop-up shops and giveaways that begin at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at sundown, typically at 8:30 p.m. The last two events this summer are scheduled for Friday, June 25 and Friday, July 30, 2021.
Have Endless Fun with Your Buddy this Summer
The lifestyle at Centerra is all about getting out and enjoying our surroundings, and no one is as reliably up for doing that as the family dog. There are so many adventures, big and small, waiting to inspire new memories. Just remember to abide by the regulations at Centerra and you and your pup will have endless fun all summer long!