Dog Friendly Activities in San Diego, CA

There are 106 dog friendly activities in San Diego. 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 San Diego.

Pet Friendly The Original Dog Beach
The Original Dog Beach Perhaps the most popular canine hotspot in San Diego, CA 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Fiesta Island Park
Fiesta Island Park Most of Fiesta Island Park, a large sandy island in San Diego, CA is designated leash-free for dogs. It has lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters allow the more adventurous dogs to take a quick dip. There's a designated off-leash location on the backside of the island. Bring water for your dogs. 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
SUP Pups SUP Pups in San Diego, CA, offers you and Fido the ultimate dog-friendly adventure. You and your dog can learn the basics and techniques of stand-up paddleboarding together with a certified instructor. Private lessons are one hour and include board rental, plus doggie and human life jackets. See Details
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a dog-friendly park in San Diego, CA. This network of trails and cliffs made for climbing is one of the country's most beautiful sunset spots. The park is free and welcomes pups on a leash. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess left behind and to make sure their pet is under control during the visit. See Details
Spanish Village Art Center Stroll with Fido through the dog-friendly studios of incredibly talented artists, metalsmiths, photographers, painters, sculptors, and designers at the Spanish Village Art Studios in Balboa Park located in San Diego, CA. Converse with each artist, browse through beautiful galleries, and shop for your new must-have pieces you support the San Diego art community. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you as you experience this unique environment. See Details
Eco Boat Rentals Eco Boat Rentals is a dog-friendly activity in San Diego, CA. They offer hydro-cycle boats and pedal kayaks in San Diego Bay. They also provide different sizes of life vests for dogs. Leashed pups are welcome. See Details
La Jolla Cove Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach at La Jolla Cove, in San Diego, CA before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from April 1 to October 31, and before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November 1 to March 31. The beach is located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Take Fido for a walk above the bluffs on the La Jolla Coast Walk Trail, explore tide pools, or find a spot on the beach to relax. Always keep dogs away from wildlife. See Details
Next Level Sailing Whale Watching Watch the magnificent marine mammals with your pup on Next Level Sailing Whale Watching in San Diego, CA. They offer pet-friendly private charters and public individual opportunities to sail on the historic 139-foot schooner America, the magnificent replica of the famous vessel. Upon booking your ticket through their website, a button will appear to select the number of dogs joining you. Please note they limit the number of four-legged members per trip. See Details
Seaport Village Seaport Village in San Diego, CA, is a 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harborside setting of a century ago. This vast property includes one-of-a-kind shops, casual dining eateries, and fine dining waterfront restaurants. If you need a bite to eat, there are numerous pet-friendly restaurants with harbor views! There's also a large park with lots of grass and room for dogs to run if Fido needs to stretch his legs. See Details
Balboa Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the pet-friendly Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. This park is one of the largest urban parks in the country with over 1,000 acres. There are plenty of open spaces, gardens, and walking paths to explore, in addition to the San Diego Zoo, museums, and theaters. There are also two designated off-leash areas for dogs to explore at Balboa Dr at El Prado on the south side of Cabrillo Bridge and Morley Field located northwest of the tennis courts. When not in a designated off-leash area, dogs must be leashed at all times, and humans must clean up after their dogs throughout the park and off-leash areas. See Details
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on a stroll through history and learn about life in the 1820s-1870s at the pet-friendly Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in San Diego, CA. 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
Tuna Harbor Park Tuna Harbor Park is a dog-friendly park in San Diego, CA. Located a 1-min walk from the USS Midway Museum, this bayside park features shaded grassy areas, a promenade and the Unconditional Surrender sculpture, which is the iconic image of a sailor kissing a nurse. Dogs are allowed on leash in all Port of San Diego parks. The park can be accessed every day of the week from 6:00am to 10:30pm. See Details
Grape Street Dog Park Grape Street Dog Park is the largest dog park in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. The park features five acres of open fields that are surrounded by groves of mature eucalyptus trees. Other amenities include two dog water fountains and a restroom for people. See Details
Civita Park Civita Park is a dog-friendly, multi-level, 14-acre park and dog park in San Diego, CA. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you at the dog park, outdoor amphitheater, picnic grove, and interpretive gardens. Dogs are not allowed in the interactive water feature, bocce court, basketball court, or historic mining terrace. The dog park on site has two separate areas for play, where dogs are separated based upon weight. Please check with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department for requirements regarding vaccinations and age for use of the dog park. 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 Dog Park Fido is sure to enjoy the Kearny Mesa dog park in San Diego, CA. This 1-acre park is fenced, allowing your pup to play off-leash. The park area has shady trees, chairs and a water station for pups and people. See Details
Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail in San Diego is an easy, dog-friendly, 0.5 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Although some people along the trail may tell you that your dog is not allowed, this trail is in fact the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where dogs are allowed. Fido will have to remain on a leash on the trail to the tide pools. Dogs are not allowed in the tide pools. Don't forget to clean up after your pup. See Details
Westfield UTC Westfield UTC is a fabulous open-air shopping area in San Diego, CA. Not all shops are dog-friendly so be sure to check with staff first before entering with Fido. Dogs are also welcome to visit the Bark Park located behind the Clock Tower in Palm Plaza. Take the hill going down between Tender Greens and Express to find the lush, fully fenced-in dog park for your dog to enjoy. See Details
Nate's Point Off-Leash Dog Park Nate's Point Off-Leash Dog Park in San Diego, CA is considered to be one of the best dog parks in the area! Located within Balboa Park, Nate's Point is completely fenced to allow for Fido to have maximum fun! Park amenities include a double-entry gate, drinking fountain, and picnic tables. See Details