There are lots of things to do outdoors with your four legged friend when the weather is nice. Here are just a few ideas.
So – Cal Dog friendly destinations
Bringing your pup along for a day out is always super special – especially for the pup! We are lucky to live in Sunny SoCal where we can enjoy many days out. Here are some pet friendly SoCal destinations for a doggie day or two!
Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry’s Beach), Santa Barbara
This beach is the only beach in Santa Barbara with an off leash area for dogs. Be careful to keep your pup on leash in the parking lot up until you reach the off leash area to avoid getting ticketed.
Rosie’s Dog Beach
Rosie’s is the only off leash beach in Los Angeles County! There are various parking options here, but it is mostly metered, so pay attention to the time! There is free parking after 5 pm along the beachfront lot at the end of Granada Avenue. This beach does have a one to one restriction on being your dogs, so if you have multiple, just bring a friend along. They also do not allow aggressive dogs, so consider your pups temperament before heading to Long Beach for a day on the sand.
Fiesta Island, Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail, and The Original Dog Beach
Heading down to San Diego? If youre considering bringing your dog with you, there are plenty of pet friendly beaches. Fiesta Island has nice calm waters from the bay, so they may feel more comfortable taking a dip! The Cabrillo Tide Pools Trails are located in the Cabrillo National Monument and is about an hour long hike. The trail is the only place where dogs are allowed and must be kept on leash, until you reach the tide pools. There is a $5 fee to enter, so bring cash!
The Original Dog Beach is probably the most popular dog destinalion in San Diego, located just off the north end of Ocean Beach, where many locals bring their pups to run around off leash without having to worry.
Heading to the beach with your pup is always a guaranteed good time. Please, as anywhere, pleas always remember to “Pack it in – Pack it out”. Keep your trash with you and pick up after your pets.
Dog Parks are a great place for you to bring your dog for some off leash high energy action. Theyre also great for socialization, and are generally safer than your regular park.
Laurel Canyon Dog Park has morning and evening daily off leash hours, and has a separate are for large and small dogs, plus a small pool area for a cool down during those hot summer months.
Lake Hollywood Dog Park has tons of space for your pups to run around freely. Be careful to keep an eye on your pooch, this is a major tourist attraction as it is just below the Hollywood Sign, which means lots of traffic during certain seasons and days of the week.
The Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is located off Victory Blvd just between White oak and Balboa Blvd. There are five acres of free run space for large dogs and just about a half acre for smaller ones.
Special Treats and hot days
There are a couple pretty cool experiences for well behaved pups! The Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park that is based on Rail history, has a small train that well behaved dogs can go for a ride! There are dozens of restaurants in the Valley as well as around Los Angeles with patio seating that welcome pets. For the hotter days, try going to the Grove or the Westfield mall in Century City. Both are dog friendly and you may even find a thing or two to spoil your pup with while shopping!