The town of Atherton is a very special place for pets. Ranked as the wealthiest city in America, this town’s furry residents definitely live in the lap of luxury. Atherton lies in San Mateo County, and is convenient to both San Francisco and San Jose. This town takes great pride in its natural resources, describing its general development plan as “to preserve the town’s scenic, rural, thickly wooded residential area with abundant open space”.
The community’s pride and joy is the beautiful Holbrook Palmer Park, a 22-acre park which boasts activities for the whole pack. This lovely public park welcomes leashed pets to stroll its lush gardens and scenic walking paths. Human children will be happy to know that there are plenty of activities for them as well, with features such as playgrounds, tennis courts, and a ball field.
You and your furry pal can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner just one street over, at Celia’s Mexican Restaurant. This pawesome eatery has a large enclosed patio which is very pawpular with local pooches. Celia’s serves up Mexican fare daily, with favorites such as tacos, quesadillas, and churros. Go ahead and order a margarita too --when you have a fur-iend as good as yours, who needs a reason to celebrate?
Located on Neptune Drive in San Leandro, Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline is home to 157 acres of pure puppy heaven. This area was originally a landfill, but since has been reclaimed by nature (with a little help from the city). Once a desolate dumping ground, this beautiful bay has been transformed into a gorgeous recreation area that rivals any preserve. Here, your pal can enjoy a leash-free swim in the picturesque bay or romp freely on one of the expansive off-leash dirt paths. Be sure to leash your pal before heading out on the paved trails (or you may end up with a ticket!). With fields pawfect for fetch, landscaped picnic areas, and scenic panorama views, your pup will surely fall head over tail for this park!
Pillar Point Harbor, due north of Half Moon Bay, is considered by many to be the best swimming area around for dogs. Protective puppy parents will be happy to hear that Pillar Point is a protected bay, and has been deemed one of the safest harbors in the US. The marina is always bustling with activity — fishing boats pulling in with the morning’s fresh catch, sea lions playing on the rocks, pelicans overhead searching for fish, and so much more. There are many dogs here (especially on Saturday mornings), so your pup will never have to play alone!
Cipriani Dog Park in Belmont is a fully-fenced off-leash park that caters to dogs of all sizes. This park has separated areas for both big and small breeds, and features double-gated entry to prevent escapes. The park has water fountains and bowls for thirsty doggos and poop-scoops to keep the park clean. Don’t fret if you accidentally leave Fido’s goodies at home -- the park keeps a stockpile of balls and frisbees for frisky puppers to enjoy! You can continue the fun at Waterdog Park, just a stone throw away! This park welcomes leashed pups to blaze its trails, where they even take a swim in the dog-friendly lake!
Local dogs go wild for Shores Dog Park in Redwood City, ruffly 10 miles northeast of Atherton. This quaint park provides a great place for pups to safely play off-leash, and features both small and large dog sections. All the necessities are provided here, including drinking water, bowls, waste bag dispensers and benches for owners. Don’t let the good times end when your pet’s fur-iends head home — there is plenty of leashed fun to be had on the Levee Trails that surround the park as well! Afterwards, you and your pup can dine on delicious Mediterranean selections at nearby Waterfront Pizza. This tasty eatery satisfies vegan and omnivores alike, and features a dog-friendly waterfront patio!
The Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve in Redwood City, is a great place for pets to enjoy both on and off-leash fun. This picturesque 366-acre preserve provides miles of winding trails that will pawsitively captivate any mutt or human. There is a 17.5-acre off-leash area near the park’s center where pups can kick up some dust with no restraints. The off-leash area is not fenced, so owners should use caution before unleashing! Bring a tennis ball and a picnic lunch, and you’ll be set for a pawfect play date with your furry kid!