Hawthorne, California isn’t necessarily the most dog-friendly place in California, save for some hotels that allow dogs and three veterinary clinics. Fortunately, many of the towns and cities surrounding Hawthorne are super pet-friendly and they only take minutes to drive to!
Manhattan Beach is just about a 10-minute drive from Hawthorne and is one of the paw-friendliest places you’ll find in the area. Manhattan Beach sits along the west coast and has several dog-friendly beaches and spots along the beach, like the Manhattan Beach Pier. This gorgeous spot not only is the perfect place to watch the sunset, but it also has nearby shops, events, and beaches – many of which allow leashed dogs to join their owners for some fun in the sun.
Hermosa Beach, CA is just a hop, skip, and a bark away from Manhattan Beach and offers dogs and their owners The Strand. This long strand of sandy beach is a favorite for dog owners; many love to walk or jog with their pooches along the water’s edge or join them for a fun game of volleyball. Dog lovers who live in beach homes along The Strand sometimes even set out some doggie treats for visitors! If you're looking to get away from Hawthorne for the day, the nearby towns have so many barktastic adventures to offer you and your dog!
The Tree Section of Manhattan Beach, CA is about four miles from Hawthorne. This paw-friendly neighborhood offers you and your pooch the Polliwog Dog Run, located inside Polliwog Park. The small, quiet run is tucked away in the park to give your pooch some privacy away from the crowds. Your leashed dog is also welcome on the playground area or walking trails if he's cleaned up after. You can also check out the Veteran’s Parkway, a Rails-to-Trails pathway that stretches over three miles through Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, and is the perfect spot for an adventurous outdoor excursion with your pooch.
Downtown Manhattan Beach is just about a mile or so further than Tree Section of the same city, and this neighborhood sits right on the west coast by the Manhattan Beach Pier. You’ll find several pup-friendly restaurants here, where you may even be able to get some pawsome views of the water! Fusion Sushi is one of the pup-ular places you should consider visiting if you like traditional Japanese cuisine. The nearby Petros has Greek and Mediterranean food galore, and The Rockefeller has a variety of favorites, from American burgers to Mexican queso. All three options allow doggies to join owners at their outdoor seating areas!
At South Hermosa in Hermosa Beach, which is a little over six miles from Hawthorne, you’ll be able to get your active dog exercised with active humans (if exercise isn’t your thing, of course!). Let Rover Run offers professional exercising for your dog, including some of his favorite activities, like swimming! Or, if eating is more his style, head to Boardwalk Burgers, which sits near the Hermosa Beach Pier and allows dogs to join their owners for a meal on the outdoor patio. Another pupular spot is Paciugo Gelato Caffe, which features authentic Italian gelato and even gives your dog a complimentary water when he visits with you.
If you’re looking for some fun outdoor activities for your dog near Hawthorne, you won’t want to pass up Alsace in Playa Vista. This neighborhood is about a 15-minute drive from Hawthorne and has two dog parks that your pooch is sure to go mutts for! Oberrieder Dog Park is one of them, featuring two separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains for pooches, and a clean, well-maintained area for your dog to play in. Fountain Park at Playa Vista is another option, which gives your dog a chance to play off his leash near the Fountain Park Apartments Complex.
Fox Hills in Culver City, CA is just a bit over seven miles from Hawthorne and will take you about 15 minutes to drive to. This is the home of Chubby’s Cruisers, a popular local bike shop. The dog-friendly owners allow your dog to come into the shop to check out your next new bike! Paws Down Training is also in this neighborhood, offering professional obedience and training classes for dogs of all levels. Head to Sorrento Italian Market if you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood, produce, and other local goodies, with your dog – the Market has some dog-friendly seating out back!