There are around 155,000 people and close to 76,000 pets in Salinas, California. With an additional half of the total population being pets, you know the city has to be very pet-friendly. There are a slew of great attractions in Salinas; we'll do our best to cover the local favorites.
Natividad Creek Park on Nogal Drive has 64-acres of absolute fun, on one of the many hiking trails you're likely to see deer, beavers, hawks, owls, and even coyotes, so keep Fido close. Rossi Rico Linear Parkway on Victor Street has ten whole acres just for Fido to run and play, Highway 68 has Toro County Park, which has 20 miles of trails, and the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, which is a campground and picnic area.
If you get hungry after the park, you can make a pit stop at In-N-Out Burger on Kern Street, you should be able to order a burger just for your pup. Tell them you want the protein style burger and they will bring you a hamburger without the bun. You won’t see it on the menu because it is a secret menu just for dog lovers. Portobello’s on South Main Street has an outdoor seating area for you and the furbabies. They serve a variety of food for everyone including vegetarians. Their dessert selection is amazing, including the cookies, which are absolutely spectacular.
When it is time to rest, the Residence Inn by Marriott on El Rancho Way loves birds, cats, fish, and dogs. Both Motel 6 South on De La Torre Blvd and the Motel 6 North on Kern Street allow pets at no additional cost, which is a no-brainer.
Nine miles west of Salinas, the coastal town of Marina offers dog owners access to the Marina (Schoonover) Dog Park. This dedicated dog park is off-leash and completely fenced in with two sides: one for small dogs, the other for all dogs. Trash cans, pooper-scoopers and water are provided at the park for you to use. If you and your pup are the active and adventurous type, Fort Ord Dunes State Park offers 4 miles of coastline, a boardwalk, and a 4-mile path for walking and biking that you and your leashed pooch to enjoy!
Directly off Veterans Memorial Highway and 2.5 miles north west of Central Salinas is Boronda, which offers plenty of retail options such as Costco, DICKS Sporting Goods, and Walmart. There is a local PetSmart of Salinas that hosts occasional dog friendly events like their Puppy Love event. The event teaches dog owners the five secrets to puppy love and happiness, as well as letting you create your own Valentine’s Day paw print keepsake! The Courtyard by Marriott offers dog-friendly lodging options and is conveniently located near a small lake that can be strolled around with your pup!