Dog Friendly Activities in San Diego, CA

There are 91 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 Fiesta Island Park
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. See Details
Pet Friendly The Original Dog Beach
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
Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail Cabrillo Tide Pools Coastal Trail is pet-friendly. This easy, 0.5 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument 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
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
Cowles Mountain Cowles Mountain Trail is a dog-friendly, moderately easy, 3-mile hike in Mission Trails Regional Park that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Cowles Mountain is the highest point you can get to within the city limits of San Diego. Plans are being made to add more trails to the area. See Details
Nate's Point Off-Leash Dog Park Located in Balboa Park, Nate's Point Off-Leash Dog Park is considered to be one of the best dog parks in the San Diego area. The park is completely fenced. Park amenities include a double-entry gate, drinking fountain, and picnic tables. Open daily. Closed Wednesday mornings for maintenance. 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
Kate Sessions Park Kate Sessions Park is a dog-friendly, San Diego hidden gem and a wonderful place to take your leashed dog for a stroll. The park has two different areas. The first is a grassy slope area that features picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, drinking fountains, and a 0.75-mile paved walking path. The other is a section of natural habitat ideal for hiking. See Details
Authentic SD: Drink & Dine! 'Authentic SD: Drink & Dine!' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Phoenix. Although your host offers a number of different hike options, the pet-friendly option is the Country Hike. This trip will take you up Iron Mountain or Mt. Woodson, which are both great for sunset picnics. Afterwards, enjoy a happy hour at a local brewery or cocktail. The experience lasts 4 hours and can accommodate up to 6 guests ages 21 and up. Experience does not include cost of food and drinks, fee is for guided experience. Rates start at $27 per person. See Details
Rescue Dog Walk by the Bay 'Rescue Dog Walk by the Bay' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Ryan. Meet the pack of rescue dogs of all sizes and origins, and help your host exercise, socialize and publicize them! It helps these neglected dogs learn to trust people again, and socializes them for public adoption events! The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 20 guests ages 10 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $40 per person. See Details
Seaport Village Seaport Village in San Diego, CA, is a dog-friendly, 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants, and located in close proximity to local hotels. Numerous pet-friendly restaurants with harbor views. There is also a large park with lots of grass and room for dogs to run. See Details
Original Paw Pleasers Dog Bakery The Original Paw Pleasers is San Diego's first dog bakery, featuring a full line of fresh baked, preservative-free treats, including a grain-free line. Having a birthday? They bake all cakes and ice cream to order in their on site bakery. They are also a boutique with lots of fun toys, leashes and collars. Stop in for a visit with Fido! See Details
Aqua Adventures 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
Chollas Lake Recreation Area Take your pet for some on-leash exercise at Chollas Lake Recreation Area in San Diego, CA. This beautiful, dog-friendly, lakeside recreation area offers views of the peaceful water and local wildlife while you exercise. See Details
Marian Bear Memorial Park San Diego's dog-friendly Marian Bear Memorial Park offers plenty of wide open spaces for Fido to play on-leash. The park is located in San Clemente Canyon and provides a natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban area. Enjoy over three miles of mostly flat trails along the length of the canyon. More challenging hiking is available on the trails in several of the finger canyons leading up to the mesa tops. Major entries to the park are off Genesee Avenue and Regents Road where parking and picnic areas with restroom facilities are available. See Details
Tour & Hidden Secrets of Balboa Park 'Tour & Hidden Secrets of Balboa Park' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Deborah. This 90 minute tour will share with guests the beauty, history, and hidden gems around Balboa Park. Dogs are welcome on a leash in this Park. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests of all ages. All ages and abilities welcome. Rates start at $25 per person. See Details
Balboa Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy many of the offerings of Balboa Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country with over 1000 acres. Located in San Diego, the park has plenty of open spaces, gardens, and walking paths 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 time, and humans must clean up after their dogs throughout the park and off-leash areas. See Details
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center is a dog-friendly activity in San Diego, CA. Fido is welcome on-leash for some exercise along the 6.5 miles of scenic trails in this lovely canyon. See Details
Capehart Dog Park Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road, this one acre park offers two fenced pens on turfed areas. One is for small dogs and the other is for large dogs. Both areas provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area. See Details
Dusty Rhodes Dog Park Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is a dog-friendly park in San Diego, CA. This huge off-leash dog park is fully fenced with doggie water fountains and a wide open space for dogs of all sizes to play. See Details
Cadman Leash Free Dog Area Cadman is a dog-friendly community park in San Diego, CA, with a designated off-leash area. The best part of this park is the playground area for kids right next to the doggy play area. Bring your own water and clean up after your pet. No leash free hours on Fourth of July, and on Saturday mornings during Little League season. See Details
Mission Bay Park Some areas in Mission Bay Park in San Diego, CA, allow dogs to be on leashes, other areas such as Fiesta Island are leash free, and other areas do not allow dogs. Please pay attention to posted signs. 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
Timeless Day on San Diego's Coastline 'Timeless Day on San Diego's Coastline' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Charles. Start the adventure with a classic beach picnic, followed by a cruise, fish tacos and milkshakes. Dogs are welcome on daytime experiences, as long as other guests approve it. The experience lasts 7 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 5 and up. Rates start at $150 per person. See Details