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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Take in the beauty of the pet-friendly Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, CA, where your leashed dog is welcome to join you. Savor the breathtaking botanical bliss of formal gardens, coastal bluffs, pine forests and fern-covered canyons. The mild coastal climate ensures that something is always in bloom. Rhododendrons, magnolias, heritage roses, lilies, and succulents are just some of the flora you will see as you wander along the trails with Fido. Please note that dogs are not permitted during certain events, including Festival of Lights, and checking event dates and guidelines is recommended prior to bringing your pup. Visit Website

Or call (707) 964-4352 or email info@gardenbythesea.org for more information.


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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 6 canine critics on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 1,337 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Julie
    Jul. 26, 2021
    Amazing Garden

    This beautiful place is very dog friendly. We walked through the gardens and down to the bluffs. So serene. Lots of benches along the way for taking a break. Calle made many new friends.

  • Heather
    Sep. 3, 2020
    Lovely place

    We had no problem bringing our dog in to the gardens. They have quite a lot of space to walk around. Like others have said, it is about 1.5 hours to see the entirety of the gardens.

  • Katie
    Nov. 11, 2019
    Beautiful gardens and plenty to see!

    I highly recommend going to this place. Like another person already mentioned, the loop takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete and it's best to bring water for your pup(s). We went in the morning and were told that the $15 per person entrance fee could be used all day and to just show our receipt if we wanted to come back for a picnic in the garden, etc. They also have a cafe that is open seasonally. The views along the loop are amazing and you will see the gardens and the coastline.

  • David b
    Oct. 1, 2019
    Beautiful long walk

    Docents are very helpful and dog friendly. Takes about 1.5 hrs for whole walk. Worth it to do the whole walk for ocean views. Bring water for you and dog. No drinking fountains on trail. So many sites for you, so many smells for your dog.

  • Stephanie
    More than a year ago
    dog friendly stroll

    My friend and I were looking for neat, dog friendly attractions. We were pleasantly surprised with the gardens. They were beautiful and way larger than anticipated. There was a great variety of scenery. We especially loved the dahlias. The path goes all the way down to the beach bluffs. This place had treats for the pups at the entrance and doggie bags. We also found a dog bowl next to a hose in one of the gardens. They just ask that your dogs are on 6' leashes or less. And dogs are free! Good times.

  • Rebeca
    More than a year ago
    LOVE This Dog Friendly Place

    This is a wonderful place to take a great walk with your dog. The care keepers are very nice and even have water bowls and treats out for your doggie companion. They are very helpful at pointing out the best route to take (say if you want shade for your Siberian Husky!) or what plants to avoid letting your pooch get too close to (can you say cacti). This is great place any time of year! Dogs are no extra cost to admit. Take your doggie poop-baggies with you, the walk is longer then you think (winding paths) and there are no dispensers except at the gate.

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