Every major US city has its share of dog parks – we’ve compiled a list of our favorites! If you’re a newbie to the dog park scene, take a peek at our list of dog park essentials at the end of the page. And since we can’t visit every dog park (although we wish we could!), be sure to share your favorite park with us in the comments below!
Chicago – Montrose Dog Beach
Chicago is a very dog-friendly city – nearly every neighborhood has its own dog park and many small businesses welcome small dogs. Our favorite dog park in Chicago is Montrose Dog Beach. Located along the lakefront just off of Wilson Avenue, Montrose Dog Beach is the perfect place to bring your pup in warmer weather. Don’t forget to bring your Frisbee – the park is off-leash, making it a perfect place to play in the waves with your dog.
New York City – Tompkins Square Dog Run
New York City is filled to the brim with dog runs. Our favorite park is Tompkins Square Dog Run, which is filled with neat amenities (hello, bone-shaped doggie pool!). The park does regular clean-ups and also supplies shovels for those that left their baggies at home. Oh, and larger dogs rejoice – the park does not have a size limit. Hurrah!
San Francisco – Fort Funston Dog Park
Fort Funston is quite possibly one of the most scenic dog parks in the nation. The sand dunes and cliffs overlooking the beach make for a majestic place to let your dog roam free. It’s recommended that you bring comfortable shoes and some water for you and your pup as the hike down to the beach can get a bit intense.
San Diego – Ocean Beach Dog Beach
Take a beautiful beach, throw in a parking lot and mix in a leash-free policy and you’ll get one amazing place to take your pup. Ocean Beach (aka “The Original Dog Beach”) is a great place to spend a few hours with your mutt. Bring a Frisbee, some dog treats and a towel (your dog will get messy!) and prepare to make Fido think that you’re the best parent ever.
Austin – Red Bud Isle
Red Bud Isle Dog Park is the perfect place to take your pup if he fancies a nice swim. This off-leash park is perfect for dogs that love to romp and socialize with other canines. On the downside, this popular park is a bit short on parking spots, so be prepared to do a bit of circling.
Portland – Sandy River Delta
Often referred to as “Doggie Disneyland” by locals, Sandy River Delta (also known as Thousand Acres) is the perfect place to bring your pooch. The one mile path that leads down to the Columbia River is the perfect place for your pup to explore. Dogs are welcome to swim in the river; however, the current can become strong at times so do use caution.
Dog Park Essentials
Planning on spending the day at your local dog park? Here’s a list of must-have items to bring along. Have any other suggestions? Be sure to add them in the comments!
• Plastic bags – Be a good neighbor – clean up after your pup!
• Bottled Water – Not every park has fresh water available. Keep Fido (and yourself!) refreshed and happy by bringing some along.
• A Towel – There’s a good chance your pooch will end up dirty. You don’t want that all over your car, do you?
• Treats – It’s always good to have treats handy in case your pup gets hungry (or needs a bit of bribery).
• Toys – If you’re headed to an off-leash park, take advantage of the wide open space by playing fetch with Fido! He’ll love you for it.
• A Leash – Your pup may be well-behaved at home, but you never know how he’ll react to the environment you’re about to put him in. It’s better to be safe than sorry!