Dog Friendly Activities in Palo Alto, CA

There are 11 dog friendly activities in Palo Alto. 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 Palo Alto.

Pet Friendly Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford Shopping Center Stanford Shopping Center is a dog-friendly upscale shopping center in Palo Alto, CA, featuring stores like Crate & Barrel, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, and Neiman Marcus. Your leashed, supervised dog is welcome to join you at the center. Please note that some shops do not permit dogs inside, so be sure to ask permission first before bringing Fido in. See Details
Pet Friendly Arizona Cactus Garden
Arizona Cactus Garden The Arizona Cactus Garden is a pet-friendly botanical garden located inside Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Fido is welcome to join as you tour the grounds, but please note that there are no boundaries around the cacti. Guests can expect to see a variety of unusual plants, including Cholla, Prickly Pear, several types of Aloes and more. See Details
Baylands Nature Preserve Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Dogs are allowed on-leash unless posted.
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Foothill Park Bring your pet with you to play on-leash at this wonderful Palo Alto public park. Pets are welcome on weekdays only. See Details
Mitchell Park Mitchell Park has an off-leash dog exercise area located at the south side of the park, behind Spangler School. See Details
Pearson Arastradero Preserve Bring your pet with you on-leash as you hit the trails of this beautiful Palo Alto preservation area. See Details
Peers Park Dog Park Peers Park Dog Park is pet-friendly. The larger 4.7 acre park in the Evergreen Park neighborhood is home to a large grassy area welcomes a variety of activities and a fenced dog park to allow your pooch to play off-leash. The park can be accessed every day of the week from 6am to 10pm. See Details
Palo Alto Tech Walking Tour & Sights 'Palo Alto Tech Walking Tour & Sights' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Bryan. Check out the sights of Palo Alto, including the early offices of Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Paypal, Tinder, Palantir and more. Your host can accommodate a dog on the tour by limiting it to outdoor sights only. The experience lasts 3 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 21 and up. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Rates start at $109 per person. See Details
Make Your Own Feather Dream Catcher 'Make Your Own Feather Dream Catcher' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Celine. You will learn about the history, legend, and origins of dream catchers, then jump right into the action of making your own dream catcher to take home. As long as your dog is house trained and can help us keep the space clean, you are more than welcome to bring your dog with you. There’s also a dog run in the complex if you want to come early to let them off leash for a bit. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 12 and up. Rates start at $40 per person. See Details
Secrets of Stunning Photos Palo Alto 'Secrets of Stunning Photos Palo Alto' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Mary. Discover the heart of Stanford University and architectural treasures in Palo Alto, while capturing street photography. Dogs are welcome with prior approval from the host. The experience lasts 3 hours and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 16 and up. No special equipment or knowledge is needed. You don't need to own any fancy software to do this class. Just bring your enthusiasm and your camera or phone. Rates start at $125 per person. See Details
Hoover Dog Park Pets are welcome to play off-leash at this dog park, which includes drinking water, trees, gravel, and a separate area for small dogs. See Details
Poplar Beach Both horses and leashed dogs are welcome at the pet-friendly Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA. The are area is operated by the city and dogs are allowed on the sand, unlike most of the state-run beaches. Admission to the beach is free, but there is a $2/hour fee for parking. See Details
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a dog-friendly park in Redwood City, CA. Take your pet for an on-leash hike throughout this large, lovely nature preserve, or let them run free in the 17.5-acre area located in the center of the preserve, accessible from the Cordilleras Trail, Polly Geraci/Hassler Trails and the Blue Oak Trail. Be careful as the area is fenced and signed at entrances, but there is no fencing around the off-leash area. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the off-leash area. See Details
Bass Pro Shops Dogs are welcome to shop with their humans at Bass Pro Shops in San Jose, CA. You'll find supplies for outdoor recreation, fishing, camping, boating, hunting, dog training and more and this pet-friendly store. See Details
Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline Pets go wild for the chance to play off-leash at this San Leandro park. They're welcome to do so in undeveloped areas. Just be careful as the park is not fenced. See Details
Bean Hollow State Beach Pets are welcome to join you on-leash as you explore the rocky shores of this Pescadero beach. A great spot for for tide-pooling and beachcombing. See Details
McLaren Park McLaren Park is a park in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. The park is less than 10 acres, but is fenced in, allowing dogs to run off leash. The dog run area is at the top of the hill at Shelly Dr. and Mansell St. See Details
Lake Chabot Regional Park This busy dog-friendly park is packed with fun activities, from fishing to running trails. Pets are welcome to join you on-leash in designated areas. There is a $2 fee per dog. Guide dogs and service dogs may enter for free. Swimming is not permitted at the park. See Details
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve except Lost and Razorback Trails. See Details
Cuesta Park Enjoy tennis, volleyball, or a simple walk through nature at this Mountain View park. Pets welcome if they remain on leash. See Details
Quarry Lakes Park welcomes leashed dogs. Walk along the trails surrounding the lakes. See Details
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad is pet-friendly. Committed to providing a great experience to children and adults alike, ride aboard a real steam engine as it goes through beautiful Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks. Dogs & Pets are permitted on the train as long as they are on a leash, and they don’t need a ticket! Humans pay $3 per ticket. Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad is open weekends from 10:30am to 3:00pm. See Details
Newbark Dog Park Newbark Dog Park in Newark, CA, is a dog friendly park that offers agility equipment, double gate portal, drinking fountains, seating area with shade and more. See Details