Chino is a great place to visit and a greater place to live--especially if you’re a dog! This packed urban center has ten vet clinics, including fully functional animal hospitals, within the city limits. Open it up to the county, and your pup has dozens of choices for vet specialties and care. Most people aren’t thinking of vet care when they come to Chino, though: they’re thinking of lunch! Try the classic Chino restaurant Mimi’s Cafe, which serves a wide variety of American classics and European favorites to their outdoor, dog-friendly tables!
Cypress Trails Park is a great place to take your dog to burn off some energy. You can hit the trails for easy walking or jogging. This park is close to the heart of the city, so it’s not long out of your way to reach it.
At the end of a long day, you and your pup can retire to Chino area hotels for a good night’s rest. If you’re going to be in town a while, Extended Stay America Los Angeles Chino Valley offers good deals on long stays, and a low pet fee for your buddy. Another option for any length of visit is the classic Motel 6, where dogs sleep free! Rest up tonight so you can play hard tomorrow.
American Heroes Dog Park in Willowranch is a great place to take your dog forsome off leash fun! This pawsome park is inside of the American Heroes Park, and can be a bit difficult to find. Enter from Hellman Ave to find it faster! There are separate off leash areas for large and small dogs, and each area has its own set of agility equipment. If you find yourself in the park at off peak hours, this equipment can help your dog still get a great workout! If off leash fun doesn’t cut it for your dog, leash up and head into the rest of American Heroes Park. Leashed dogs are allowed on the walking trails.
If you’re in the college-adjacent neighborhood of Madison, stop in at Ruben S. Ayala Park. This public park is 140-acres, and perfect for a long walk! If your dog is a people-watcher, take a stroll through the sports field or take a breather next to the skate park! That’s plenty for a curious dog to take in. If your dog (or just you!) want to get out of the urban crawl for a while and pretend you’re in the woods, you’re going to want to opt for Ruben S. Ayala Park’s multi-use trail instead. This path is a bit more secluded, but will help you and your pup to take in glorious nature.
Dining with a dog is a great way to spend quality time, and the Shady Grove neighborhood of Chino makes it easy! Farmer Boys is a classic American eatery that seeks to elevate dishes through freshness and simplicity. Join them for egg plates, breakfast specialities, and upscale, modern takes on burgers. They maintain a casual atmosphere with limited service outside, so bring a friend to hold your dog while you order. If you want a more leisurely meal experience, opt for the Blue Fire Grill in the same neighborhood. This family-owned BBQ restaurant serves up comfort food favorites. They also have an outdoor patio, water and treats for your canine companion!
If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Chino, this neighborhood has great options within blocks of each other. If you’re in the mood for quick but authentic Mexican, check out Juan Pollo. Unsurprisingly, they specialize in a savory chicken filling for burritos and tacos. They do have something for everyone on the menu, though, as well as pet friendly exterior tables. You will need someone to hold the dog while you order as there is no table service. If you just want classic food, Original Tommy’s is the place to get cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and chili! Eat outside at pet friendly tables, and order at the window if you don’t want to tie your dog outside.
The Chino Hills neighborhood of Vila Borba is a 2 minute drive from Chino itself; at this point, the difference between the two towns is which side of the freeway you’re on. Vila Borba is also home to Chino Hills Dog Park. This park is a large, grassy space with two separate enclosures. The first is for dogs under 25 pounds, while the other is a large dog area for any dog heavier than that. What makes Chino Hills Dog Park so special is its lighting system that allows the park to be open after dark! This is great for short winter days, or when you want to beat the heat and play at night!