Looking to build healthy habits for you and your four-legged friend in the new year? That’ll be easy, thanks to San Diego’s abundance of dog-friendly outdoor recreational opportunities. Whether you want to run, hike, or just take a relaxing stroll, you and your pup will love these local hotspots.
Fiesta Island Park
Water, great views, dunes, and long trails – these are the perfect ingredients for a good walk (or run) with your canine companion. Leashes are not required here, allowing your pup to roam free and get a good workout. They might even take a dip in the calm water of the bay. Meanwhile, you can stroll the trails along the dunes, taking in the ocean views. It’s a win-win.
Nate’s Point at Balboa Park
This location, just east of Balboa Drive, is the city’s most popular off-leash dog park – and with good reason. Its 2.3 acres is studded with shady trees and features all the basic amenities you and your pup need – water fountains, benches, and more. This is a great place to take your pup for a serious game of fetch and when you’re done, you can leash up and exercise your own legs by taking a long hike through stunning Balboa Park.
Dusty Rhodes Park
You’ll find this beautiful stretch of land between Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Nimitz Boulevard. It’s the perfect place to run, walk, and play – for your pup and for you. The expansive, fenced off-leash area features canine water fountains and plenty of space in which to play a great game of fetch.
This mile-long stretch of beach is the city’s most dog-friendly beach – and best of all, pooch playtime isn’t limited. Dogs are welcome without leashes in the designated area 24/7. This is the perfect place to get in a good workout for both of you. When you’re done tossing around a Frisbee, leash up your pup and take a long walk along the beach – walking on sand is great for your legs. Soak up the negative ions and take in the view. It doesn’t get better than this.
Don’t forget to bark in the New Year with us. Drop by the office on Jan. 22 with your pup on your way to explore one of these great locations and pick up a free dog treat!
To find more great places to explore in the San Diego area, check out the Olympus Corsair blog.