The Best Places to Sit, Stay + Play with Your Pooch

Five Dog-friendly SoCal Activities We Think You Will Love

When it comes to experiencing San Diego with your canine, the choices are seemingly endless. To get you and Fido out and about, we’ve narrowed it down to our five favorites here — but come back often to find more places to sit, stay and play with your pooch!


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AQUA ADVENTURES Interested in learning how to kayak or SUP with your pup? Then, Aqua Adventures has the class for you. This clinic helps you introduce your pup to kayaks and SUPs in a way that will ensure enjoyment and success for all! Already a pro? Day rentals will get you and Fido out on the water.

The Original Dog Beach is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers celebrate the spirit of Ocean Beach, one of Southern California’s last true beach towns.

Seaforth Boat Rental is the longest established boat rental, charter, and tour company in San Diego. This family-owned business has four locations covering both bays, and all experience levels are welcome! Best of all, they are dog-friendly on their powerboats ranging from 19′-25′ and sailboats under 27′.

TACO TUESDAY AT BEACH + TACO SHACK Dig your paws in the sand and relax with tropical cocktails, beer, wine and Coronado Island’s best fish tacos,  just steps from the crashing waves. Along with your taco, enjoy live music daily from 3 to 6 p.m. You and your dog will dig it!

Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park Discover San Diego’s coveted secret for art lovers at Spanish Village Art Center. Located between the Zoo and theNAT these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard were originally built in 1935. Then enjoy one of the park’s three dog parks: Grape Street, Nate’s Point and Morley Field for some off-leash fun.

SUNSET CLIFFS NATURAL PARK Dedicated in 1983, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a 68-acre resource-based park stretching along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma. While dogs must remain on leash, the park is worth it with topography that includes intricately carved coastal bluffs, arches, sea caves, and panoramic ocean views. From the cliffs, California gray whales often can be seen migrating annually from the Bering Sea to Baja California and back.

So, hit the road with your hound — with these activities, you can’t go wrong!


about the author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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