Just five miles from the coast, Laguna Woods is a popular city located in Orange County, California. While Laguna Woods welcomes everyone, it's built up quite the reputation for being a community for retirees or those over the age of 55. Although the city is composed of several smaller communities, residents pride themselves on how neighborly and friendly the city truly is.
Unfortunately, Laguna Woods isn’t a very dog-friendly city. There’s one dog park located within Laguna Woods. There’s also one dog-friendly restaurant, which is a Jersey Mikes. If you’re hoping to go out and have an adventure with your dog, you’ll do better to go to a nearby larger city, such as Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, or Aliso Viejo. These cities have many different dog-friendly restaurants to choose from. There are more dog parks located within a twenty-minute drive of Laguna Woods. While Laguna Woods doesn’t have a veterinarian clinic, there are quite a few in the nearby city of Laguna Hills.
Although you might have a tough time finding dog-friendly activities within the city, don’t let it scare you off; there’s something just a hop, skip, and jump – or short drive – down the road.
Although it was nearly closed in late 2016, A Place for Paws Dog Park, has remained open and ready for your pooch to have a ball! This dog park is located within Ridge Route Linear Park. A Place for Paws is completely fenced in, allowing your dog to safely and securely run around while making plenty of pawesome new friends. Bring along a ball for a game of fetch or a rope toy to play tug-o-war with. Whatever you do, remember to bring along water and waste disposal bags. Those aren’t provided for you.
Seven miles south of Laguna Woods, you and Fido can visit Niguel Botanical Preserve, in Laguna Niguel. Located in the Crown Valley Park neighborhood, this preserve gives you the chance to see beautiful flowers you might not otherwise get the chance to see. Make sure to bring along your phone to take pictures, but you can also bring your dog! He’ll need to remain on his leash for the duration of your visit, and you’ll need to make sure to bring along waste disposal bags in case he has any accidents. Please keep your dog out of the plants.
Located about ten minutes from Laguna Woods is Laguna Beach’s Willow Staging Area neighborhood, and if you’re looking for another fun dog park, make sure to check out Laguna Beach Dog Park. This popular bark park has plenty of room for even the most energetic pups to run around and tire themselves out. Be aware that this park is closed on Wednesday for routine upkeep; it’s open the other six days of the week. Bring along water and waste disposal bags. You can even bring along your dog’s favorite toy, but make sure he’s willing to share!
Less than fifteen minutes east of Laguna Woods is Mission Viejo’s Tijeras Canyon neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to La Paws Park, which – you guessed it – is a dog park! There are separate areas for large and small dogs, allowing your pet to play it safe. Fresh water is provided by the park so that your dog can stay cool under the hot sun, but you’ll need to bring along waste disposal bags to clean up after your dog. This is an off-leash dog park, so enjoy letting your pup run wild!
Just under ten miles north of Laguna Woods is Irvine’s Central Bark, another dog park for you and your pooch to explore. Locals love Central Bark; they rave about how friendly everyone is and how well the park is kept up. There’s plenty of room for your dog to run around and burn off any pent-up energy. Central Bark also has plenty of water fountains, so you can be sure your dog won’t get too thirsty. There are also shaded seats for pup parents to take a breather on. Make sure to bring waste disposal bags, though, as none are provided.