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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, gift shop, Native American Museum, trails through the redwoods with redwood "oddities and examples of growing patterns" and lastly, their SkyTrail - a sky tram that takes you up through the redwoods to a lookout. Enjoy views of the ocean from up top as well as redwoods and wilderness. Fido is welcome (they'll even lend you a leash) on the tram, as well as the trails and into the buildings. There is an admission fee. See Details
Pet Friendly Truckee River Rafting
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
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 beauty of the 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. 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
Calaveras Big Trees State Park Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a dog-friendly destination. Although they are not allowed on the designated trails or in the woods, there are several miles of fire roads for people to walk on with their pups, but unfortunately you won't be able to see the giant sequoias from these. Fido can also join you in developed areas like picnic sites, campgrounds, and paved roads. While somebody stays with your dog 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. The park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Temecula Olive Oil Company Temecula Olive Oil Company is a dog-friendly retail shop and tasting room is located in the heart of historic Old Town Temecula, at the corner of Old Town Front Street and Main Street. You’ll find olives, hand-blended flavored oils, spreads, sea salts, balsamic vinegar, herbs, rubs and much more, including products like soaps, lotions, and candles made with extra virgin Temecula Olive Oil. See Details
Bartholomew Estate Winery Bartholomew Estate Winery is a dog-friendly establishment in Sonoma, CA. They offer the perfect day in wine country. You and your pooch can arrange a tasting on the oak knoll, purchase a glass or bottle of wine while picnicking in the wine garden and explore one of the many dog-friendly, scenic trails on the Bartholomew property. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners to taste some delicious wine from the vineyard located on the premises. 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
Lambert Bridge Winery Nestled among redwood forested hills and rolling vineyards, Lambert Bridge Winery is dog-friendly! The Winery provides a water dish and complimentary treats to canine visitors. Dog owners can stop in for a wine flight or make an appointment for a more lavish experience. Lambert Bridge Winery is open daily from 10:30am to 5:00pm. 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