Dog Friendly Activities in Monterey, CA

There are 36 dog friendly activities in Monterey, CA. Use the links below to get an overview of each attraction, 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 Monterey, CA, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Monterey State Beach

Your pet will jump for joy at the chance to play at this dog-friendly beach. Dogs are supposed to be leashed, but many regulars will let their dogs play off leash. Dogs are not at all permitted on Monterey State Beach north of the Monterey Beach Hotel resort.

Del Monte Beach

Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this laid back, family-friendly Monterey beach.

El Estero Dog Park

This off-leash Monterey dog park has all the trimmings -- shade, benches, mulched ground, separate small dog area, and even a fire hydrant.

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

The Monterey Peninsula Recreational 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 Monterey! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Monterey Peninsula Recreational 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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6015269">TrailLink.com</a>.

McAbee Beach

Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this Monterey Beach. Restrooms are available nearby.

Jacks Peak County Park

Your pet will love this beautiful park with miles of forest trails and picnic areas. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Monterey Bay Sailing

In addition to sailing lessons and bareboat rentals, Monterey Bay Sailing offers one, two and three hour guided cruises on Monterey Bay. Prices range from $39/person for a one hour bay cruise to $700 for a full day private bay cruise for up to six passengers. Dogs are welcome for no additional fee, and tours are available seven days a week throughout the year.

Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Share a one-of-a-kind whale watching experience with your canine companion aboard one of the Monterey Bay Whale Watch boats. Open year-round, Monterey Bay Whale Watch has the area's highest success rate for whale and dolphin sightings. Piloted by captains with over 20 years of experience, each boat trip is led by knowledgeable and experienced marine biologists. Sightings are dependent on the season but include Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Killer Whale, Sea Otters, Seals, and Sea Lions.

Ghost Tour of Old Monterey

Dogs under 40 lbs are welcome aboard the Ghost Trolley for the Ghost Tour of Old Monterey! Visit the oldest church in California, Monterey's historic cemetery, and historic and recent sighting locations on this guided tour. Well-behaved, leashed pets under the weight limit are welcome on the tour as long as other tour-goers are not afraid of dogs and the dog is not disruptive.

Monterey's Free Walking Tours

Our free walking tour will guide you through the history of Cannery Row to the present day during an hour-long tour, approximately one mile in length. The tour is great for adults and children of all ages and will enrich you with a greater appreciation for this historic area. The free tour meets daily across the street from the Monterey Bay Aquarium at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There are no tours on Mondays or Tuesdays. Look out for your tour guide holding a red and yellow flag.

Monterey Boat Charter

Monterey Boat Charter Service We Organize The Perfect Cruise For Individuals , Large and Small Groups, and Corporate Teams To Explore The Beautiful Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary: We Offer A Variety Of Sailing Cruises. In addition, we are dog friendly!! Please let us know how many dogs will be boarding, and how big they are. We take a maximum of eight people aboard and each larger dog will be counted as a one person space. Yet, DOGS GO FREE ON ANY OF OUR CRUISES!! Also, wine is included for adults on any of the sailing trips we book.

The Original Monterey Walking Tours

Think you’ve been there and done that in Monterey? Why not get away from the crowds and enjoy Monterey up close and on foot, with the Original Monterey Walking Tours? These guided tours of Monterey are entertaining, highly rated, fun for all ages and have earned us the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row! Our Historic Monterey walking tours take you on your personal Path of History as we explore the Cradle of California – from the Spanish explorers to California statehood to the 21st century. Hear the stories of the old adobes, the buildings of Monterey State Historic Park, and the lives of the early residents. The Original Monterey Walking Tours will send you home with a new appreciation of life in old California. Cannery Row walking tours will return us to the days along the Monterey waterfront and Cannery Row when we were “the Sardine Capital of the World”. See Ocean View Boulevard in the heyday of the 1930’s, watch the sea otters and visit the places and meet the people made famous by John Steinbeck.

Carmel Beach

This is a beautiful beach with the happiest dogs on the planet -- you'll see every shape, size, and age, running in the sugar sand and splashing in the aquamarine surf. There is no leash law for dogs and fires are permitted on the beach south of 10th Avenue. Public restrooms and a public telephone are available at the Ocean Avenue end of Carmel Beach. Open 6am to 10pm.

Seventeen Mile Drive

When Fido is ready for a tail wagging, tongue hanging stroll through coastal California, take him for a drive along this picturesque stretch of highway through the communities of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, CA. Pick up a map when you pay the toll required for entry and make several stops along the way for photos of the scenic views.

Carmel Plaza

Carmel Plaza is a pet-friendly shopping area located along Ocean Avenue in Carmel. Many of the plaza's boutiques, studios, and restaurants cater to dogs and their humans. In the courtyard of the plaza, you and your pup will find the famous Fountain of Woof. You and Fido can relax by the fountain before he takes a sip from the fountain for good luck. As an added bonus, Carmel Plaza is just a half-mile from the pet-friendly Carmel Beach.

Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park is a gorgeous park with the Carmel River running through it. Dogs are allowed off-leash in certain areas, including in the river and on selected trails (not the horse trails). Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral.

Rip Van Winkle Open Space

Rip Van Winkle Open Space is a dog friendly area between Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. Above Asilomar State Beach, the park is open at all times. Dog poop bags are available and free in the parking lot.

Asilomar Beach

Although Fido is not allowed to be off-leash at Asilomar State Beach, you both will still enjoy the beauty of coastal California at this popular destination. Explore the forest, the coast, or the Dune Boardwalk with your pup and enjoy the day spent surrounded by the delights of nature. Dogs and humans must stay on trails or boardwalks at all time. Leashes must be six feet long or less.

Carmel River State Beach

Soak up the serenity at this quiet, gorgeous Carmel beach which ends at a protected bird sanctuary. Leashed pets are welcome.

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room welcomes you and your pet to enjoy some of the finest wines in Carmel! They are passionate and knowledgable about wine and provide treats to visiting pooches.

Marina (Schoonover) Dog Park

Ex-ball field. Now a great off-leash dog park. The chain link fence encloses two sides: one for small dogs, the other for all dogs. There are trash cans and pooper-scoopers at the park for you to use. Water bowls are also provided (bring water to share).

Mission Trail Park

Mission Trail Park offers 35 acres of trails in southeast Carmel. If you enter the trail system via Mountain View Avenue (where it turns into Forest Road), you can take a nice little walk down to the Carmel Mission Basilica. You can also enter the park from Rio Road, across from the mission.

Moss Landing Beach

Located behind Phil's Fish Market and the Monterey Aquarium Research facility. Uncrowded beach and offleash dog area, the state beach aerea just to the south is not dog okay.

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

The Monterey Peninsula Recreational 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 Pacific Grove! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Monterey Peninsula Recreational 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 <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6015269">TrailLink.com</a>.

Sunset State Beach

Pets are welcome on-leash at this Watsonville beach with soft sands, dunes, restrooms and an outdoor shower.

Garrapata State Park

Leashed dogs are welcome in the park on Garrapata Beach only. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.

Signature Paw Spa

We are a full service grooming and cage free boarding facility located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. We have designer dog clothing! Taking your pups for a dip in the ocean? Come on in to get all tidied up and check out some of our beach bummin' accessories! Combined with over 10 years in the grooming industry, we specialize in chemical-free dog grooming to keep your pup feeling good and smelling great!

Toro County Park

Dogs allowed on leash. Many miles of great hiking trails varying from flat to very steep. A 2200 foot climb to Simas Peak is rewarded with a fantastic view of the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. Toro Park is Salinas' top location for horseback riding, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. 20+ miles of trails over 4756 acres. Over 100 geocache sites are located at Toro Park. It is also a popular spot for birding, and is a stop on the Central Coast Birding Trail. Park for free just outside the main gate or inside for a per vehicle fee.

Carmel Walks

Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join their humans on these two-hour historical walking tours through the secret paths of Carmel.

17-Mile Drive

Bring your canine companion along for the ride on the 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. 17-Mile Drive is a popular coastal landmark, providing opportunities to visit legendary sites while enjoying breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Some of California's most well-known landmarks can be found on this toll road including The Lone Cypress, Cypress Point Lookout, Spanish Bay and Carmel Bay.

Diggidy Dog

Diggidy Dog is a dog and cat boutique with a huge assortment of collars, specialty leashes, beds, toys and treats.

California Legacy Tours

Monica will guide you through the best art studios, restaurants and homes in Carmel. Pets are welcome to join you on your tour.

Del Rey Oaks Dog Park

Spacious dog park with fresh water station. Residents must pay $20 per pet, per year, non-residents $30 per pet, per year. Day passes are also available. Call (831) 394-8511 for details.

Dawn's Dream Winery

Wine Tasting, Dog Treats, Water. Bring your friendly companions and enjoy a flight of amazing Pinot Noir sourced from Monterey County.

Dog Park at Natividad Creek Park

The off-leash park is located on an acre at Natividad Creek Park and includes watering stations, benches and separate green space for big dogs and small dogs.