Dog Friendly Activities in San Marcos, CA

There are 11 dog friendly activities in San Marcos. 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 Marcos.

Pet Friendly Montiel Park
Montiel Park Bring Fido for fun at Montiel Park, a dog-friendly community space in San Marcos, CA. The amenities include a basketball court, disc golf course and picnic tables. Fido must stay leashed on the grounds, but an off-leash dog park is on-site. See Details
Pet Friendly Hollandia Park
Hollandia Park Hollandia Park is a dog-friendly park in San Marcos, CA. The amenities of the park include an amphitheater, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and walking trails. Please keep Fido leashed while you enjoy the outdoors together. A fenced dog park is also on site. See Details
Venetian Gondola Ride, North County 'Venetian Gondola Ride, North County' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Black Swan. Enjoy a gondola ride through the inlets of Lake San Marcos with your pooch. Dogs are welcome, but must remain in the boat at all times. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 2 and up. Rates start at $70 per person. See Details
Lakeview Park Park is out away from main highway in a newer neighborhood. Had a walking trail around a duck pond. Nice morning walk. Only negative is small parking lot. Ended up parking a few blocks away but was a nice find. See Details
Hike San Marcos Parks and Trails 'Hike San Marcos Parks and Trails' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Claudia. Meet at Hollandia Park, where Fido can have a quick run around in the dog park. From there, start on the ascent up the trail. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 5 guests ages 6 and up. Guest should be able to walk for at least an hour. Rates start at $15 per person. See Details
Sunset Park Fido is welcome to join you at Sunset Park, a dog-friendly outdoor space in San Marcos, CA. This large city park has amenities like a sand volleyball court, picnic areas, walking trails and disc golf. There is also a dog park on the property. See Details
Dog Park at Hollandia Park The dog park at Hollandia Park in San Marcos, CA has two fully-fenced play areas, one specifically for shy, senior, or small breeds, ensuring every pup has an opportunity for fun! Make sure to leash Fido back up when exiting back out to the larger Hollandia Park. See Details
Dog Park at Montiel Park There is a dog park at Montiel Park in San Marcos, CA, for your pup to play at! This fenced dog park is all grass, so Fido will be sure to have fun running around. Be aware this is a co-mingled dog park, which means there is no separate section for small dogs. When exiting, be sure to leash your dog back up, as the larger Montiel Park requires pups to be leashed. See Details
San Elijo Park San Elijo Park in San Marcos, CA is dog friendly. Bring Fido along for some exercise and fun, with amenities like picnic tables, grass fields, horseshoe pits and a splash pad. Fido must stay leashed unless you're entering the fenced dog park on-site. See Details
Dog Park at San Elijo Park There is a dog park for Fido to play at within the San Elijo Park in San Marcos, CA. This fenced, off-leash dog park features a separate small dog area. Remember to leash your pup back up before exiting the dog park. See Details
Dog Park at Sunset Park Bring Fido to play at the dog park located within Sunset Park in San Marcos, CA. This park is fenced to allow pups to romp around off leash! There are separate play areas for small and large breeds. There are trees for shade and benches for rest. Remember to leash your dog back up when exiting back into the larger Sunset Park. See Details
Poinsettia Dog Park Bring your pooch to play at Poinsettia Dog Park located at Poinsettia Community Park in Carlsbad, CA. The park features a 27,700-square-foot off-leash and fenced area with a natural grass surface. The park has separate areas for large dogs small dogs, and each section has agility equipment, drinking fountains, bag dispensers and picnic tables.Additional shaded picnic tables are located outside the dog park’s two sets of double-entry gates. 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
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your leashed pup is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails through the reserve. 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. Dogs must remain on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet. See Details
Live Oak County Park Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook, CA is the city's first off-leash dog park. The area offers more than 3000 square feet of fenced in grassy areas for Fido to run, play and make new friends. The dog park at Live Oak County Park has plenty of shade from mature oak trees, benches, waste stations, water fountains and more. There is a fee for parking. 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
North Beach North Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Del Mar, CA. Dogs are allowed off-leash during the off-season, between the day after Labor Day through June 15th. June 16th through Labor Day, during the summer, pups are only allowed off-leash from dawn to 8:00 AM. Otherwise, dogs are still welcome on the beach but must remain leashed. A dog license must be affixed to the collar, and leashes cannot exceed six feet. See Details
Mount Woodson Trail The Mount Woodson trail is a dog-friendly hike in Poway, CA. The trailhead is located on the east side of Lake Poway. The hike to the summit is considered extremely challenging as it contains a 2,000-foot climb in elevation. This eight-mile round-trip hike takes about 3 to 4 hours on average, so be sure to plan and pack accordingly. Fido must stay leashed while hiking. See Details
Dog Park at Alga Norte Community Park Alga Norte Community Park in Carlsbad, CA, features an off-leash dog park divided into areas for larger and smaller dogs. Fido can play with his furry friends here while enjoying the obstacle course-type equipment on a mix of turf and decomposed granite surfaces. Ensure Fido is leashed in the community recreation area until the designated dog park. See Details
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Rios (East) Trail The Rios (East) Trail is an easy 1.2-mile hike in the San Elijo Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach, CA. This dog-friendly trail runs close to the lagoon and allows one to enjoy wetland plants and birds. This beautiful area is still close to 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. See Details