Dog Friendly Activities in Santa Cruz, CA

There are 12 dog friendly activities in Santa Cruz. 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 Santa Cruz.

Pet Friendly West Cliff Drive
West Cliff Drive Bring Fido for a hike along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. West Cliff Drive is a three-mile walking and biking path along the Pacific Ocean. The walk starts at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, winds past the iconic Santa Cruz Dream Inn, Steamer Lane, and Lighthouse Point, and ends at Natural Bridges State Beach. West Cliff Drive is wheelchair accessible. See Details
Pet Friendly Twin Lakes State Beach
Twin Lakes State Beach Twin Lakes State Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on-leash. Outdoor showers and restrooms nearby. See Details
Lighthouse Field State Beach Dogs are welcome at Lighthouse Field State Beach, where you and Fido will discover a dog-friendly picturesque beach. The Lighthouse Field State Beach, also known at Its Beach, is located north of the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. You can bring your pooch with you to enjoy the sand and sea, but they must remain on their leash for the duration of their stay. The beach is open from 7am until sunset every day of the week. See Details
Its Beach Its Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Your favorite canine will love a romp on this lovely beach, where they're welcome to join you as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
University Terrace Dog Run Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park near Medar Street and Nobel Drive. See Details
Seabright Beach Leashed dogs are welcome at the dog-friendly Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Free parking is available in the neighborhoods surrounding the beach. Restrooms and outdoor showers can be found at the east end of the beach. See Details
Venture Quest Head out onto Monterey Bay with your favorite furry friend with a kayak rental or tour from Venture Quest. Fido is welcome on kayak rentals and private tours of the wharf. See Details
Natural Bridges State Beach Dogs are welcome at the parking lots and picnic areas of Natural Bridges State Beach, but are not permitted to use any of the trails or the beach itself. The area is home to shore birds, migrating whales, seals, and otters. The park is open from 8am to sunset every day of the week. See Details
Acrylic Pour Painting 'Acrylic Pour Painting' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Anastasiya. In this class, you will explore the fun and very addicting technique of “dirty pours” and “flip cup” acrylic pours. The results look like marble, planets, or even underwater worlds when poured onto a surface. Dogs are welcome on this experience. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 12 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $60 per person. See Details
Hiking the Gem of Santa Cruz 'Hiking the Gem of Santa Cruz' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Dianne. Hike through a forest with a knowledgeable guide and Fido by your side. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as owners clean up any mess left behind. The experience lasts 3 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 10 and up. Please bring your own water bottle and sturdy hiking shoes. Rates start at $25 per person. See Details
Frederick Street Park Frederick Street Park in Santa Cruz, CA, welcomes Fido to enjoy some exercise at this community park that features a fenced dog area. Enjoy a picnic afterwards at tables overlooking the nearby harbor. Pets should be supervised at all times and cleaned up after. Dogs must be leashed when outside of the fenced area. See Details
Pogonip Open Space Leashed dogs are allowed to explore parts of Pogonip Open Space. Pogonip features approximately eleven and a half miles of trails. Dogs are not allowed on all trails, as some are in sensitive habitats. In dog-friendly areas, owners must clean up after their pet and keep them leashed. For information on where Fido is allowed, check out the trail map on Pogonip's official website. Pogonip is open from April through October from sunrise to 7pm and from November through March from sunrise to 4pm. See Details
Roaring Camp Railroads Roaring Camp Railroads offers dog-friendly train rides in Felton, CA, through the California Redwoods. Located just a few miles from Santa Cruz, you and Fido can climb aboard an authentic 19th century steam train for a trip through the magnificent redwood forest. As you travel along the historic, winding narrow-gauge track to the summit of Bear Mountain, the conductor will entertain you with the history of the railroad and its locomotives, which were once used to haul giant redwood logs out of the forest. Tours are offered daily and departure times vary by season. See Details
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Dogs are welcome in the picnic areas and campsites of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Also, unlike many state parks in the area, dogs can also join you on a number of trails, including the Meadow Trail, Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, and Powder Mill Fire Road. The park has been established to preserve forests and the areas next to the watershed of the San Lorenzo River, including a number of huge redwood trees. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day and the Visitor Center is open from 10am to 4pm. See Details
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is dog-friendly. This redwood forest is home to trees that stretch up to 2,600 feet into the sky above. Although logging felled thousands of trees that once stood in the area, many new trees are starting to grow back to cover the land that lay bare for so long. Dogs are only allowed on Aptos Creek Fire Road and the four single-track trails below the steel bridge. Unfortunately, dogs are prohibited beyond the gate at the Porter picnic area parking lot. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Manresa State Beach Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at this Watsonville beach. See Details
Rio Del Mar Beach Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this dog-friendly beach with hardly any traffic. See Details
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park welcomes leashed dogs on the Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, Powder Mill Fire Road, and Meadow Trail. Dogs are also welcome in the picnic area and campground. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and humans must clean up after their canine companions. See Details
Martin J. Franich Park The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department offers 28 beautiful and well-maintained parks totaling 184 acres for the public to enjoy, and that make Watsonville an ideal place to live, work, and play

Franich Park includes a playground, dog park, youth baseball field, sand volleyball court, basketball court, and picnic and BBQ facilities. You don't feel isolated from the rest of the park, and dog-owners can be out with their dog and be part of the Community.

*separate areas for large and small dogs *double door entry *waste bags provided in dog area and around perimeter of entire park *water fountains for dogs and humans *limited bench seating, however, locals donate and leave plastic chairs on a regular basis *plenty of shade *hard pack surface
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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
Los Gatos Creek Trail The Los Gatos Creek 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 Los Gatos! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Los Gatos Creek 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 TrailLink.com. 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
Scotts Valley Bark Park Scotts Valley Bark Park is a wonderful place for you and your dog. There are two large separate areas; one for small or shy dogs, and another large, outgoing dogs. The park has lots of toys, water dishes, and a play pool for the pooches. It is located in the Skypark Complex, next to soccer fields and a playground (for your non-canine family members). See Details
Bargetto Winery Bargetto Winery is dog-friendly. Established in 1933, this Californian winery has a wide selection of red, whites, and reserves for visitors to try. Dogs are welcome to join their owners in the courtyard next to the creek. They also host events, weddings, parties, and give pairing ideas. The tasting room is open every day of the week from 12pm to 5pm. See Details