Dog Parks in San Diego

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July 15, 2009
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dog-beachSan Diego, California, has excellent weather most of the year for outdoor lovers. There are many locations for people traveling with their dogs to enjoy the city and still see a lot of different neighborhoods.

It is easy to find places that do not require leashes, and there are also many 24-hour parks. You can choose from the different terrains of the city, some of which are developed with bathrooms, fountains and lights while others are rougher sites with nature’s elements.

Dog Beach, Ocean Beach:

This section of Ocean Beach is a perfect place for you and your dog to run around in the sand and watch the surfers. Dogs come here of all breeds and sizes, so it is a good place for them to socialize. It’s a great spot for bigger dogs who like to play fetch out of the ocean. It gets crowded, so it’s best for social dogs and owners. You can use the beach’s public restrooms and picnic tables, and walk into town nearby if you need to get anything.

nates-pointNate’s Point, Balboa Park:

A closed off, grassy lawn in the West Mesa section of Balboa Park, a famous park near downtown San Diego. Full of frisbee and fetch players, but also good for dogs who just like to roll around or hang out in the grass. It gets crowded, especially on the weekends. It is pretty comfortable for humans, with a drinking fountain and picnic tables.

Wells Park, El Cajon:

Wells Park has the option of separating little dogs from big dogs. It is a drive outside of San Diego, located in El Cajon, for those who want to see some local spots. It is known for being clean and comes well-stocked for humans, with picnic areas and water fountains. It closes at 9:00, but it does have night lighting for when the sun goes down!

Fiesta Island, Mission Bay:

Fiesta Island is a little island situated on the bay, and is meant for more rugged dogs to run around. There are rocky roads and tons of sand dunes, and you’re also right on the bay if your dog likes to swim. It gets less crowded than many of the fenced-off parks. Good for the adventurous types, but beware there are no facilities. It is open 24 hours, so you can go late at night and experience getting engulfed by giant fog around midnight!

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