Dog Friendly Activities in California

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in California, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

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
Pet Friendly Coronado Dog Beach
Coronado Dog Beach Coronado's Dog Beach is a dog-friendly, leash-free on the western part of the beach in Coronado, CA. The area is marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive, to the border of the U.S. Naval Station. Parking is available along Ocean Boulevard, but it is a rather long walk to the beach from there, so be sure to keep your dog leashed until you reach the beach. Coronado Animal Patrol maintains a zero-tolerance policy with fines up to $500 for unleashed dogs. Owners must monitor their dogs at all times and clean up after them. Dogs must have current licenses and be free from contagious diseases. Excessive barking and aggressive behavior are not permitted by dogs or humans. No food or pet treats allowed. There are no restrooms, but there is a foot shower south of the entrance on Ocean Blvd. The city provides free dog litter bags at the entrance to the run. See Details
Rosie's Dog Beach Rosie's Dog Beach is located along Ocean Blvd between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues in Long Beach, CA. This area is not fenced in and is not a dedicated "dog beach." Some bags are provided in dispensers, but users are encouraged to bring their own bags from home. The Dog Zone is in effect from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Rosie's Dog Beach one may be closed occasionally due to a special event or poor beach conditions. Dogs are not permitted at times other than scheduled hours, or any other place than Dog Zone and access paths. Please see the website for more dog beach rules. See Details
Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach) Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach) is a dog-friendly, off-leash beach in City of Santa Barbara is the beach that runs below the Douglas Family Preserve. The area begins east of the slough at Arroyo Burro Beach (the locals call it Hendry's Beach), and stretches almost to the steps at Mesa Lane. The fallen eucalyptus trees are considered the eastern boundary. From the parking lot at Arroyo Burro, walk to the beach, turn left, and cross the slough - this will bring you to the off-leash legal area. Please be sure your dog is leashed in the parking lot and on the beach until you cross the slough. See Details
Huntington Dog Beach Huntington Dog Beach in California is considered doggy-heaven by most visitors. Dogs come from all over the world to play in the sand and splash in the surf. Visitors are asked to abide by good doggy etiquette which includes properly disposing of pet waste and ensuring that your dog is non-aggressive and under control at all times. Dog Beach amenities include public restrooms, grassy area with picnic tables, and drinking fountains for dogs and humans. See Details
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
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
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. Check the Seaworld website to confirm firework schedules if Fido is scared of the loud bangs. See Details
Carmel Beach Carmel Beach in California is a beautiful beach with the happiest dogs on the planet! You'll see every shape, size, and age, running in the dog-friendly sugar sand and splashing in the aquamarine surf. Public restrooms and a public telephone are available at the Ocean Avenue end of Carmel Beach. See Details
Monterey Bay Whale Watch Share a one-of-a-kind whale watching experience with your canine companion aboard one of the dog-friendly Monterey Bay Whale Watch boats. Open year-round, this tour company has the area's highest success rate for whale and dolphin sightings. Piloted by captains with over 20 years of experience, each boat trip is led by knowledgeable and experienced marine biologists. Sightings are dependent on the season but include Gray, Humpback, Killer and Blue Whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. See Details
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria, CA is dog-friendly. This beautiful 440 acre sanctuary features remarkable biological diversity and is home to 150 different native plants and 430 species of birds. The Ranch has dramatic ocean bluffs that run more than a mile along the shoreline and leashed dogs are welcome to explore this scenic preserve with you. Accessed by miles of trails, visitors can admire expansive coastal views along a scenic forested ridge. A popular trail for hikers and their leashed companions is Ridge, Bluff, Arch and Dolphin Trail. This trail has sweeping ocean views, rolling meadows, and is dotted with summer wildflowers. 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
Donner Memorial State Park Donner Memorial State Park is one of the most pet-friendly state parks in California. Located in Sierra Nevada in Truckee, CA, you and Fido will discover camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking at this state park. Although pets aren't allowed on all of the trails, like most state parks in California, they are permitted to join you in the water, on paved roads, and in camping and picnic areas. Keep an eye out for the dog entrance signs for an easy access to the lake for you and Fido. Dogs are allowed on the Lakeside Interpretive Trail, Zig Zag Trail, fire roads, and along the shore of Donner Lake except for China Cove Beach. Dogs are not allowed in the visitor center, on the half-mile Nature Trail, or China Cove Beach, nor can they be on designated ski trails when snow is present. 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
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
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
Eberle Winery Offering complimentary wine tastings and public tours of its production facility and 16,000 square feet of underground wine caves, Eberle Winery is dog-friendly! Dogs must be on a leash during their visit. The Winery features a scenic deck that overlooks the thirty-eight-acre estate vineyard and Santa Lucia Mountains. Fido can look on as their owner plays bocce ball and cornhole. Eberle serves premium white and red wines. See Details
Aqua Adventures Aqua Adventures is a dog-friendly tour and rental company in San Diego, CA. 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
SUP Pups SUP Pups in San Diego, CA, offer you and Fido the ultimate dog-friendly adventure! SUP Pups provide a one-of-a-kind Paddle Board Lesson learning the basics, safety, and technique of the fun sport while giving you tips and tricks to help your dog fall in love too! Meet your Certified SUP Instructor behind the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Liberty Station and head out with your dog in the calm, no-wake channel way. The 1hr Private Lesson includes the paddle board rental (the most stable board you will ever be on), Dog Life-Jacket and human waist PFD. Your instructor will take photos and videos for you to capture the adventure! SUP Pups aim to teach you everything you need to know to help build your confidence and knowledge so you can fall in love with paddle boarding with your dog and obtain a new, fun hobby together! SUP Pups host community SUP Social Events which are a fun, group paddle out together. Please visit the website to book your adventure and view upcoming events. See Details
Fun Zone Boat Company Your pup is welcome to join for a dog-friendly tour of Newport Beach, CA, from the water on a Fun Zone Boat Company harbor cruise. Watch the sea lions frolic and enjoy sights of celebrity homes as you cruise on the 45-minute or 90-minute harbor tours. Just leash up your dog and make sure she is comfortable on the water, and you both will have an unforgettable time. 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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Solstice Canyon Bring your leashed pup out for a bit of exercise on this mild hike, which afford breathtaking views of the ocean. Solstice Canyon in Malibu features several options for easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes through coastal sage scrub and riparian plant communities. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, a shady stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail, or a more challenging climb up the Rising Sun Trail. The perennial waterfall is a popular hiking destination, and along the way you might encounter acorn woodpeckers, alligator lizards, fence lizards, or a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash, not to exceed six feet, at all times. Please pick­ up after your dog. See Details