Other Dog Activities in California

Tired of watching Fido run laps in the dog park? We’ve got the scoop on lots of other dog friendly attractions in California too. You’ll find information on all of the dog friendly wineries, boat rentals, botanical gardens, drive-ins, and other offbeat animal attractions in California here.

Pet Friendly Trees of Mystery and SkyTrail
Trees of Mystery and SkyTrail Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA, is a fun, dog-friendly tourist stop with a giant Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue, gift shop, Native American Museum, and trails through the redwoods with redwood "oddities and examples of growing patterns." They also have a SkyTrail - a sky tram that takes you and Fido up through the redwoods to a lookout with views of the ocean from the top. Dogs are welcome in all areas except for The Redwood Canopy Trail. Please note that there is an admission fee to enjoy the park. See Details
Pet Friendly Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Dogs are welcome in the pet-friendly picnic areas and campsites of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA. Also, unlike many state parks in the area, leashed dogs can 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. See Details
Truckee River Rafting Truckee River Rafting in Tahoe City, CA, offers dog-friendly, self-guided rafting trips along a peaceful 5-mile stretch of the Truckee River for you and your pup. The scenic rafting trips are appropriate for nearly all ages and athletic abilities. The rafting trip takes 2-4 hours to complete. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with snacks and beverages to enjoy on your trip. Leashed dogs up to 50 lbs are permitted. See Details
OstrichLand USA OstrichLand USA is a pet-friendly attraction in Solvang, CA. This popular destination is a great first stop when you’re headed to the quaint Danish themed town of Solvang, the Chumash Casino, or Santa Ynez Valley wineries. You and your leashed dog can hang out with 50 ostriches and emus, feed them from a bowl, and watch them go about their days. The ostriches actually feature in the cult classic movie, Sideways. Check out the gift shop before you leave, too. See Details
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Take in the beauty of the pet-friendly Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, CA, where your leashed dog is welcome to join you. Savor the breathtaking botanical bliss of formal gardens, coastal bluffs, pine forests and fern-covered canyons. The mild coastal climate ensures that something is always in bloom. Rhododendrons, magnolias, heritage roses, lilies, and succulents are just some of the flora you will see as you wander along the trails with Fido. Please note that dogs are not permitted during certain events, including Festival of Lights, and checking event dates and guidelines is recommended prior to bringing your pup. See Details
Regusci Winery Regusci Winery is a dog-friendly attraction in Napa, CA. Visit the oldest family ranch in Napa Valley's renowned Stags Leap District. Fido is welcome to join you beside an outdoor picnic table where you may even be greeted by one of four winery pups. Sample the limited production estate wines and explore the vineyards or gardens during your visit to this beautiful establishment. See Details
Windward Vineyard Passionate about Pinot Noir, Windward Vineyard has a family-friendly, dog-friendly atmosphere and delicious wine. The tasting room is open daily. See Details
Jamie Slone Wines At Jamie Slone Wines we are about making wines that are personal, handcrafted, balanced and full of the obsession we want to be known for, the Terroir of Santa Barbara County! We source all of our fruit exclusively from exceptional vineyard sites with characteristics and subtle nuances that tell a particular wine's story. Our focus is exclusively on exceptional vineyard sites in Santa Barbara County featuring Bordeaux, Burgundian, and Italian varietals.

We are located within the new Wine Collection of El Paseo, six ultra-premium wine tasting rooms at the Historic El Paseo in the Presidio Neighborhood of downtown Santa Barbara! The Historic El Paseo is Spanish Colonial and Mission style architecture at it best. Surrounded by fabulous restaurants, high end shopping on State Street, historical museums, old theatres, and a world class wine country just over the hill. Come visit and let us provide you with "An American Riviera Experience."
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Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens You'll love exploring this gorgeous botanical garden, and you're welcome to bring your pet along as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Santa Barbara Winery The Santa Barbara Winery in downtown Santa Barbara is a great place to go and have some wonderful wine with your dogs. Wine tastings are available. See Details
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, located in Borrego Springs, is the largest state park in California. Although it's dog-friendly in some areas, dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under immediate control. Dogs or cats must be in a tent or vehicle during nighttime hours and are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails. Despite not being able to access the trails, you can still enjoy the rugged landscape formed largely by erosion from rain, snow, ice, and wind. The day use area of developed campgrounds at Anza-Borrego are open from dawn until dusk. See Details
Oak Mountain Winery The finest Temecula wines can be sampled at Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula, CA, where visitors can also taste delicious olive oils and vinegars. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at this vineyard and inside the tasting room. They even host doggy date nights and a range of other fun activities for dogs and their owners. See Details
Rincon Park (County of Santa Barbara) Rincon Park (County of Santa Barbara) is a park on top of the bluffs, with picnic ramadas and a hiking trail. There is also another trail, and also a separate set of stairs which lead down to the beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach North of Rincon Creek. Your pet is welcome to join you at this fun park, as long as they remain on-leash. Dogs are not allowed on the beach South of Rincon Creek (Ventura County). See Details
Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola During the summer, travel to the summit on the dog-friendly Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to travel up the mountain on the gondola. Once on top, you can explore the mountain with your leashed pet on one of the many scenic hiking trails. Enjoy a view of the surrounding mountains from over 11,000 feet above sea level. Dogs are only allowed on the Gondola during the summer months. See Details
Grassini Family Vineyards Grassini Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated, boutique winery which specializes in the handcrafted production of wines made exclusively from Bordeaux varietals. They focus on farming their vineyard using renewable and sustainable resources. Visit the tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, next to the Wine Cask Restaurant, Au Bon Climat and Margerum tasting rooms. Final tasting of the day is at 5:30pm. See Details
Calaveras Big Trees State Park Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a dog-friendly destination in Arnold, CA. Although pups are not allowed on the designated trails or in the woods, there are several miles of fire roads that are pet friendly. Fido can also join you in developed areas like picnic sites, campgrounds and paved roads. While someone stays with your pup at the campground, make sure you check out the "Discovery Tree," also known as the "Big Stump," the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. See Details
Bodie State Historic Park Bodie State Historic Park is a dog-friendly ghost town that was once filled with hopeful gold miners, and is now a reminder of the exciting times of the Californian Gold Rush of the mid 19th-century. Fido is welcome to join you in this state park but must be on a leash at all times. You can wander around the old buildings and think about William Bodey, who discovered small amounts of gold in the hills north of Mono Lake, and who the town was named after. Dogs are not allowed on the Stamp Mill tour or in the Museum and you should clean up any mess they make while on site. The park is open in the summer, April 1st to October 31st, from 9am to 6pm; and in the winter, November 1st to March 31st, from 9am to 4pm. See Details
Balboa Island Ferry The dog-friendly Historic Balboa Island Ferry in Newport Beach, CA, provides continuous service for drivers and passengers in vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians and dogs between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. The crossings are approximate 800 feet. Via bridges, an alternate route is possible; but the traveling distance increases up to six miles. Many choose the ferry's direct route and scenic crossing. See Details
St. Clair Brown Winery St. Clair Brown Winery is a dog-friendly winery and tasting room in Napa, CA, producing small lot, hand-crafted wines. The Greenhouse Tasting room is surrounded by lush vegetable gardens and a heated, pet-friendly patio. It's the perfect spot to sip on a glass of wine and nosh on a few small plates from the menu. Favorites include roasted rosemary almonds, local cheeses, marinated olives, and baguettes from Model Bakery. See Details
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, CA, 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. See Details
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is dog-friendly. Pets can explore the tufa towers and rare ecosystem around Mono Lake, as long as they are cleaned up after and leashed. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the Reserve, except for the boardwalks, county park, and the north shore area. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve's hours vary, so guests should call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
China Ranch Date Farm & Bakery China Ranch Date Farm & Bakery is a dog-friendly, working date farm in Tecopa, CA. There are a number of dog-friendly hiking trails on the property and your pooch is welcome to walk through the date groves on a leash. If you are interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants or history of the area, take an interpretive guided nature walk. The shop offers several varieties of California dates as well as their own hybrids, and also date nut bread, muffins, cookies, and unique hand-crafted gifts. China Ranch Date Farm is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas), but you should call ahead to make sure they are open on the day you would like to visit. See Details
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA is pet friendly. Dogs are allowed on trails and in the river, but are not permitted in buildings. James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River; an event which led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere. Shining flecks of gold were uncovered in a tailrace of the sawmill he was building in partnership with John Sutter. Visit this popular attraction to see a replica of the original sawmill. Those exploring the area with Fido can enjoy hikes and a picnic in the oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon is the Marshall Monument, California's first historic monument and the final resting place of James Marshall. The statue looks down on the river and points to the site of the gold discovery. See Details
Lambert Bridge Winery Nestled among the redwood forested hills and rolling vineyards of Healdsburg, CA, Lambert Bridge Winery is a dog-friendly destination offering scenic views and artisanal wines. A water dish and complimentary treats are provided to canine visitors. Dog owners can stop in the tasting room with Fido for a wine flight or enjoy a picnic in the garden at this beautiful vineyard property. See Details