Wondering about West Coast Dog Parks?? Last month we covered some fantastic dog parks and beaches on the east coast, and now it’s the west coast’s turn! Wherever you go, don’t forget your pet – their personalities are additions you won’t want to miss out on when you hit up beaches, national parks and pet-friendly restaurants.
The west coast boasts a plethora of gorgeous hotspots and scenery perfect for dog and man to enjoy during the summer months. With a range of temperatures and activities from surfing to hiking, the pacific side is the perfect spot to explore this season along with your pup. Read on to find out where your next destination might be!
Our top dog park picks!
- San Diego, CA – San Diego is extremely dog friendly, and it doesn’t hurt that the average day involves a lot of sun, little rain, and the perfect 80-degree temperature. The place to go for a beach day? Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park! With an average rating of 5/5 bones on bringfido.com, it’s clear to see why the California hot spot is so magical. Most dog parks require leashes, and Fiesta Island does not, making it all the better for adventurous pets to splash in the blue pacific. The vast area is fenced in, since Sea World is at the border of it, making it a haven for owners and dogs to freely enjoy the coast whether it means walking the perimeter or kicking up the sand. If you and your pooch get hungry from the exercise, head to The Patio on Lamont Street. Here your dog will be served complimentary gourmet treats while you munch on California cuisine, all in a breezy, outdoors setting.
- Portland, OR – In the mood for an up-coast atmosphere Fernhill Park is the place for you and your dog to stretch your legs. With over 26 acres of land, it has plenty of room to play. Amenities include a baseball and soccer field, tennis and volleyball courts, horseshoe pit and playground for little ones. Fellow dog owners provide water for pups using a drink-and-refill policy, so be sure to do the same after your hike through the paths and hills at Fernhill! Check out the Tin Shed Garden Café afterwards – humans rave about the food, but your dog will too – they have a special dog menu that includes dishes like chicken and sweet potatoes.
- The Redwood Coast, CA – The Mad River County park on the northern end of California is perfect for people who want a mix of sand and trees on their vacation stop. As long as your dog is obedient and friendly towards other beach goers, they are welcome to run off-leash and play in the tide or dunes. There is a second part of the park where visitors may enjoy kayaking or fishing (under license) in the Mad River, which flows into the Pacific just miles downstream. In either section, check out the gorgeous redwoods California is famous for, and great wildlife that inhabits the area including birds like the black-capped chickadee, barn owls, summer tanager and warblers.
- Santa Barbara, CA – The locals call it Hendry’s Beach, but either way Arroyo Burro Beach is nothing but gorgeous fun for dogs and humans alike. Head east of the slough and check out the park, where dogs can blow off steam without a leash as long as they are well behaved, even in the summer! Parking is free, the beaches are long, sandy and clean, plus you can find restrooms and grassy areas with picnic tables to rest after a coastal escapade. The coast is gorgeously studded with rocky formations, and the sunset stuns – you and your pooch might even spy some dolphins or whales! Hungry? Check out Café Stella for some delicious brunch or dinner – your dog is more than welcome in the shaded outdoor dining area.
- Mercer Island, WA – Luther Burbank Park is dog heaven. Nestled between gorgeous trees and wildlife that have been enabled to flourish, the park is a breath of fresh air and provides a total of 77 acres to roam. The northern area of the park allows dogs to run free, so long as they are of good disposition. With sandy and rocky beaches perfect for running, fetch, and splashing around in the clear water, the park is a summer hotspot. Inevitably, your dog will get wet, sandy or both; luckily, there is a wash-off station available, so stash a towel in your trunk and clean off your furry friend before heading out to eat at Portage Bay Café, where dogs are welcome to hang out on the patio while patrons munch on organic, sustainable food.
Dogs thrive on attention and play that comes through interaction with their owners, and Dog Heiro strives to extend and enhance this special bond. Don’t forget to sprinkle some over your pup’s food at one of the restaurants above, or in their breakfast before a beach run – with special ingredients like magnesium and Omega-3’s, they will be up to traveling and exploring with you on the West Coast this summer!