Dog Friendly Activities in Aptos, CA

There are 4 dog friendly activities in Aptos, and 52 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Aptos.

Pet Friendly Rio Del Mar Beach
Rio Del Mar Beach Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this dog-friendly beach with hardly any traffic. See Details
Pet Friendly Aptos Dog Park at Polo Grounds Park
Aptos Dog Park at Polo Grounds Park Aptos Dog Park at Polo Grounds Park is an easy to find, fenced park with a small dog area as well as fountains, benches, and shade. Pets will love to play off-leash in this one-acre fenced dog park, which is open daylight hours. See Details
Seacliff State Beach Known for its fishing pier and concrete freighter, The SS Palo Alto, Seacliff State Beach is a dog-friendly spot to enjoy the sea air alongside Fido. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and attended by their owner. There is a $10 day-use fee for vehicles. The Seacliff State Beach is open daily from 8am to sunset. See Details
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is dog-friendly. This redwood forest is home to trees that stretch up to 2,600 feet into the sky above. Although logging felled thousands of trees that once stood in the area, many new trees are starting to grow back to cover the land that lay bare for so long. Dogs are only allowed on Aptos Creek Fire Road and the four single-track trails below the steel bridge. Unfortunately, dogs are prohibited beyond the gate at the Porter picnic area parking lot. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Seabright Beach Bring your pet along with you as you relax on the sandy shores of this Santa Cruz beach. They're welcome to join you as long as they're on-leash. See Details
Twin Lakes State Beach Bring your pet with you as you enjoy this beach. They're welcome as long as they remain on-leash. Outdoor showers and restrooms nearby. See Details
Its Beach Your pet will love a romp on this lovely Santa Cruz beach, where they're welcome to join you as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
New Brighton Beach Pets go wild for the chance to play at the beach! Yours is welcome to join you here, as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Almaden Quicksilver County Park Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a view of California's mining era history. With remnants from the latter part of the 19th century, you can look back in time at the mining operations of that day. Also, Spring offers the chance to see one of the most spectacular wildflower displays of the region. There are over 34.2 miles of hiking trails open to your pet also. Picnic tables are scattered throughout. Fishing is also available, but due to the accumulation of mercury in the reservoirs, the fish are unsafe to eat. Your dog must be on a 6' leash, and handlers must be at least 16 years old. Only two dogs per handler. Owners are responsible for pet care and clean up. Aggression is not tolerated. All dogs must wear proof of current license, rabies vaccination, and must not be in heat. See Details
Walk and Sip Capitola Village 'Walk and Sip Capitola Village' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Laura. You and your pup will take a walking tour of this charming village, learning about its history and architecture along the way. Discover hidden streets and paths and end with sampling local wine. Please note that if bringing a dog, you will miss the first part of tour inside the restaurant due to the venue not being dog friendly. Please contact host prior to booking to make aware. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 21 and up. Dress in layers as the weather can vary from chilly to warm. Please notify host in advance if you have any food allergies so host can try to accommodte. Rates start at $85 per person. See Details
Butcher Dog Park This San Jose off-leash dog park is fully fenced and comes with all the trimmings -- separate small dog area, benches, shade trees, astroturf and mulch areas. See Details
Almaden Lake Park Soak up a healthy dose of natural beauty and tranquility at this San Jose public park, where your leashed pet is welcome to join you. Please note that pets are not allowed in the water due to unhealthy conditions. See Details
Manresa State Beach Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at this Watsonville beach. See Details
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park welcomes leashed dogs on the Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, Powder Mill Fire Road, and Meadow Trail. Dogs are also welcome in the picnic area and campground. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and humans must clean up after their canine companions. See Details
Mitchell's Cove Beach Great beach has OFF LEASH hours Sunrise-10am, 4pm-sunset Between 10am and 4pm dogs must be on leash The beach is does not have a sign stating it is Mitchell's Cove beach at this time. This is unfenced but has natural barriers -a cliff on one side and ocean on the other, no gate at the stairway. Must walk down to beach from large staircase. It will keep most dogs in but if your dog likes to climb big rocks up the cliff then you will need a leash. Look up tide times before you plan a trip here, beach disappears during high tide and can be pretty dangerous. Low tide is much friendlier. See Details
Los Gatos Creek Trail The Los Gatos Creek Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Los Gatos! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails of this beautiful Saratoga nature preserve. A great place for a hike! See Details
Coyote Creek Trail The Coyote Creek Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in San Jose! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Coyote Creek Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Los Gatos Creek County Park The dog park offers separate fenced off-leash areas for large and small dogs. Water for dogs, benches for people, and pooper scoopers are at the park. The dog park is located in Los Gatos Creek Park. If you park at the Dell Avenue parking area to access the park there is an $8 parking fee. Alternatively, you can walk in from Dell Avenue or by a pedestrian bridge over the 17 freeway. The location of the dog park is between the ponds and San Tomas Expressway, just east of 17. See Details
Hellyer Dog Park Pets love to play off-leash at this huge fenced dog park known for its friendly crowd. Drinking water available. Fee for parking on-site. See Details
University Terrace Dog Run Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park near Medar Street and Nobel Drive. See Details
Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park Your pet will love to play off-leash at this dog park, which is fully fenced and includes seats for owners to relax on. See Details
Natural Bridges State Beach Dogs are welcome at the parking lots and picnic areas of Natural Bridges State Beach, but are not permitted to use any of the trails or the beach itself. The area is home to shore birds, migrating whales, seals, and otters. The park is open from 8am to sunset every day of the week. See Details
Morgan Hill Dog Park Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog run with separate small dog area, trees for shade, water fountains, and waste bags. See Details