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Dog Friendly Activities in Encinitas, CA

There are 6 dog friendly activities in Encinitas. 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 Encinitas.

Pet Friendly Cardiff State Beach
Cardiff State Beach Cardiff State Beach is a dog-friendly beach on the San Diego Coast. Dogs are allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside, South of Tower 16. All dogs must be on a 6’ leash and under owners control at all times. People enjoy swimming, surfing, and beachcombing the beach. The sands gently slope into the warm water that laps the shore. See Details
Pet Friendly Encinitas Viewpoint Park
Encinitas Viewpoint Park Encinitas Viewpoint Park in Encinitas, CA, is a dog-friendly park that welcomes Fido to play off-leash during designated hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Visit the website for the current specified times. See Details
Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park is a dog-friendly park located within Encinitas Community Park in Encinitas, CA. This 2-acre dog park features areas for small dogs, timid or first time dogs, and a large lawn open to all. Dogs must be kept leashed when walking to and from the Dog Park area within Encinitas Community Park but can be off-leash once inside the Dog Park areas. The park is closed for maintenance on Thursdays from 1pm until 3pm. See Details
Orpheus Park Orpheus Park in Encinitas, CA, is a beautiful, dog-friendly, neighborhood park that boasts gorgeous ocean views and where Fido can enjoy off-leash fun with you at designated hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Visit the website for the current off-leash hours. See Details
Village Park Trail Your pet will find plenty of smells to investigate on the Village Park Trail in Encinitas, CA. This lovely, dog-friendly natural trail, which is rarely crowded, welcomes dogs off leash. The trail can be found East of El Camino Real between Encinitas Boulevard and Mountain Vista Road. See Details
Walk the City Tour-Downtown Encinitas 'Walk the City Tour-Downtown Encinitas' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Diane & David. Enjoy scintillating stories and amusing tales of some of the eccentric and wonderful personalities that helped shape this Californian community. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 6 and up. Rates start at $39 per person. See Details
The Original Dog Beach Perhaps the most popular canine hotspot in San Diego is The Original Dog Beach located at the northern end of Ocean Beach. Here, dogs can roam off leash at any time of the day. Owners should take care to pick up after their pets. After a day at the beach, you may want to head over to the Dog Beach Dog Wash to give Fido a bath. Located at 4933 Voltaire Street, the Dog Wash is just two blocks away from the beach. See Details
Fiesta Island Park Most of this large sandy island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs. Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park has lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters allow the more adventurous dogs take a quick dip. There is a designated off-leash location on the backside of the island as Sea World will be on your left, fenced-in front with signs. Bring water for your dogs. Check the Seaworld website to confirm firework schedules if Fido is scared of the loud bangs. See Details
Aqua Adventures Aqua Adventures is a dog-friendly tour and rental company in San Diego, CA. Take your pup kayaking or on an SUP on Mission Bay in San Diego. Stop for a run on Fiesta Island and bring a picnic to make a fun beach day for the whole family! Lily and Juanita will give your pooch some tips and show you how it's done. See Details
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on a stroll through history at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, where humans will learn about life in the 1820s-1870s. Here visitors will see the converging cultures of Mexico and the United States as they follow the transition of San Diego through history from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not permitted in buildings. See Details
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your pooch is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails that wind around the public area. Along the way, you can stop off at one of the picturesque picnic spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a scenic mountain view. Trees in the park include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. There are lots of other animals that call the park their home, maybe you'll spot them whilst exploring with your pooch. California leash law is enforced and dogs must remain on leash at all times on the “Way Up” Trail and Lower Trails. Monday through Friday dogs under effective voice command are permitted off leash at the top of the “Way Up” Trail (only beyond the designated marker). On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays dogs are required to remain on leash at all times throughout the Reserve. Additionally, dogs must remain on leash in parking lots, picnic areas, overlooks, or any time they become a nuisance to people, property, and wild or domestic animals. See Details
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a dog-friendly preservation area in San Diego, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails on leashes no longer than 8-feet long. Scenery in the canyon includes waterfalls, streamside forest, sycamore trees, a freshwater marsh, and wildlife like mule deer, bobcat, coyote and, raccoons. All recreational activities within the Preserve are day-use only and camping is prohibited. See Details
Kearny Mesa Leash-Free Dog Park Fido is sure to enjoy Kearny Mesa Leash-Free Dog Park in San Diego, CA. Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced, 1-acre dog park featuring shady trees, chairs, and water stations for pups and people. See Details
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Mikkeller Brewing San Diego is a dog-friendly brewery in San Diego, CA. Fido is welcome to join you at a table inside the taproom. There are 24 beers on tap and food trucks are frequently on site. See Details
North Beach North Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Del Mar, CA. Dogs must be leashed June 16th through Labor Day. Dogs able to run under voice control of owner from the day after Labor Day through June 15th. A dog license must be affixed to the collar and leashes cannot be in excess of six feet. See Details
Westfield UTC Westfield UTC is a fabulous, dog-friendly, open-air shopping (120 boutiques) area in San Diego, CA. Not all shops are dog-friendly so be sure to check with staff first before entering with Fido. Fido is also welcome to visit the Bark Park located behind the Clock Tower in Palm Plaza. Take the hill going down in between Tender Greens and Express to find the lush, fully fenced in dog park for your dog to enjoy. See Details
Mount Woodson Trail The Mt. Woodson trailhead is located on the east side of Lake Poway. Beginning from the Lake Poway Staging area, the hike to the Mt. Woodson Summit is an extremely challenging 2,000 foot climb in elevation. This 8 mile round trip hike may take 3 to 4 hours on average and is only recommended for experienced hikers looking for a strenuous workout. Please note that some popular trails are dangerous to hike in the heat. See Details
Alga Norte Community Park Dog-friendly Alga Norte Community Park in Carlsbad, CA, features an off-leash dog park divided into areas for larger and smaller dogs, and includes obstacle course-type play equipment on a mix of turf and decomposed granite surfaces. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Rios (East) Trail The Rios (East) Trail is a dog-friendly, easy, 1.2-miles hike in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach, CA, that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail runs close by the lagoon and provides the opportunity to enjoy wetland plants and birds. This beautiful area is still close by the highway and parts of it can be muddy. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Find the trailhead at the end of Rios Ave, where you also find on-street parking. Look for a kiosk with information about the lagoon. See Details
Mast Park Off-Leash Dog Park Mast Park Off-Leash Dog Park is a dog-friendly park in Santee, CA, set on the banks of the San Diego river. Pets are permitted on-leash in designated areas. The park also features 2-miles of lighted trails, walk-in access from the Mission Creek Trail and Wintercreek Place, and has restrooms on site. See Details
South Buena Vista Park South Buena Vista Park in Vista, CA, is a large park that offers an off-leash hours for dogs. The park has shaded areas for wandering in and out of the trees as well as open areas for running. There is a doggie drinking fountain and several waste bag stations. For the humans, there are many benches, a basketball court, and a fenced-in playground. The park offers some off-leash hours; please check their website for current hours when dogs are welcome off-leash. See Details
Iron Mountain Trail Iron Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 5.75 mile hike in Poway, CA, that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This is a very popular trail that is clearly marked. If your dog is used to trails it should be okay on his paws, if not you may want to work him up to it. There is a shorter trip to the Ramona overlook on the same trail. See Details
Woodglen Vista Dog Park Woodglen Vista Dog Park is a dog-friendly, fully-fenced, off-leash dog park in Santee, CA. The park has shade and water available. Woodglen Vista Park also has restrooms and an open grass field. Please ensure Fido is leashed when outside of the dog park area. See Details
Montiel Park Montiel Park is a dog-friendly park in San Marcos, CA. There is a dog park inside the park for Fido to run and play. The park also has restrooms and a picnic area. See Details