Dog's Day Out » San Francisco, CA

Dog's Day Out in San Francisco, CA

Shop, catch a meal or romp with other leash-free pups with the best places to spend your dog's day out in San Francisco, CA.
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Alta Plaza Park

Prepare to have fun with your favorite four-legged friend at the Alta Plaza Park! Although the off-leash area is located at the south side of the park, do not be surprised to see well-behaved dogs without leashes throughout the park. Doggie water bowls are also located at the park for thirsty pups. If you visit during the winter or rainy season, avoid the puddles of stagnant water; dogs tend to get sick when eating this polluted mud. And, be sure that your canine can be controlled off the leash; the dog area is not fenced.

Baker Beach

Complete with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a good chance you will spot a dolphin or two, Baker Beach offers dog-friendly surf and sand for you and your pup. Off-leash play is permitted for you and your dog north of Losbos Creek, but four-legged friends must remain leashed south of Lobos Creek. Families and dogs alike can be seen romping along the clean, calm beach, but you can also head to the beach during the week to have the place virtually to yourself.  Don’t forget to prepare for chilly weather with the fog that is common to this city by the bay.

Bark For Life

Take part in The American Cancer Society's first San Francisco event of its kind, raising money and awareness for the organization's fight against cancer. Participants and their canine companions can walk in this noncompetitive event and then stay to enjoy demos, games, and contests for the best dog tricks, biggest and smallest dog prizes, and award for the most spirited dog. Don't miss out on the chance for you and your pup to show your support for the American Cancer Society at the west end of Crissy Field on May 14, 2011 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Crissy Field

Looking for a local getaway for you and your furry friend? Pack up your pooch and stroll along this dog-friendly beach, explore grassy trails, and take in views of the Golden Gate bridge and city skyline for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Your pup will enjoy chasing balls and Frisbees in the clean, safe water, where dog walkers are known to most frequent during the day during the week. However, the wind picks up by mid-day, so bring a sweatshirt and sunglasses for occasional air-born sand grains. Parking is easy in beachfront lots just west of the Marina gate.

Fort Funston

Numerous trails, bountiful beach areas, and plenty of open space make this pet-friendly beach a real treat for you and Fido. If you explore the Bank Swallow habitat area, your canine has to be on the leash, but the rest of the park is dubbed leash-free, so long as your pup is well-behaved (especially since the park is peppered with horseback riders, hang gliders, and sight seeers as well). Be warned that the water areas can be muddy, and if your dog is not a strong swimmer, then you might want to avoid the strong water currents. Finally, save the flip flops for another outing, because large hills can make it hard to maneuver!