Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Orange County, California

December 21, 2010
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Orange County, California, is blessed not only with many famous tourist attractions for humans, but also many dog-friendly spots and facilities. The towns of Long Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Anaheim are all packed with wonderful places to take canine companions, whether their human buddies are there for the beaches or Disneyland. As the weather is nice in Orange County almost year-round, there are many times to go enjoy the outdoor dining and recreational activities in this area.


Boat Rentals of America

The branches of this boat rental company (located in Newport Beach and Long Beach) welcome dogs to ride on their boats, so long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.


Central Park

Central Park is in Huntington Beach, and it contains a nice dog park with separate areas for big and little dogs. The remainder of this park takes up 350 acres, and is full of picnic facilities, an exercise course, horseshoes, lakes, paved paths and other facilities. Dogs must be leashed to roam the rest of the park.

Alta Laguna Park

Alta Laguna Park is located in Laguna Beach, and they allow dogs with a leash. It is a beautiful park that features nature trails, historic sites, nature viewing and more.

William R Mason Regional Park

The William R Mason Regional Park of Irvine is over 340 acres big, complete with a large lake, volleyball courts, picnic areas and hiking trails. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Outdoor Restaurants

Avila’s Mexican Restaurant

Avila’s Mexican Restaurant is an authentic restaurant with a few locations around Orange County and Los Angeles. Leashed dogs may sit in the outdoor seating area.

Madison Square

Madison Square is an American-style restaurant in Laguna Beach that serves breakfast and lunch. They have a pretty, landscaped backyard and sell some gifts for home and garden, and welcome dogs at the outdoor tables.

Clancy’s Clubhouse

Located in Anaheim, Clancy’s Clubhouse is a sports bar that also serves American-style comfort foods, and they have a dog-friendly patio.

Veggie Grill

The Veggie Grill is located in Irvine, and they are a vegetarian restaurant that serves healthy soups, salads, greens, sandwiches and children’s food. They allow dogs at a separate patio.

Spark Woodfire Grill

Spark Woodfire Grill has a restaurant in Huntington Beach, and they prepare quality meats and seafood dishes. They allow dogs at the outer tables, unless there is an event going on.


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