The city of Merced attracts a lot of attention in the state of California. Students, families, and nature lovers visit and move to the city regularly, thanks to the large university and research center, loving community, and becoming the known as the "Gateway to Yosemite", thanks to its close location outside Yosemite National Park. What will attract most dog-lovers attention is the dog-friendly atmosphere surrounding the city, including the number of outdoor adventures that allow dogs.
In town, the city offers residents and their pups the Merced Dog Park, an 8-acre fenced-in park that boasts plenty of space with separate areas for small and large dogs, dog-sized water fountains, bocce ball courts, restrooms, paved walking paths, picnic tables, and clean-up stations.
Another popular spot for humans and their pups is the 47-acre park known as Fahrens Park. The area is known as an unofficial dog park, thanks to the numerous visits from dog-lovers and dog-friendly opportunities. The park is not an actual dog park, and dogs must remain on a leash inside the park, but can still enjoy plenty of running area, walking trails, water fountains, benches, and clean-up stations.
Residents will also love the 5 animal hospitals in the area, and come to love of Merced thanks to its love for dogs.