Located in the Central Valley of California, Manteca may seem small, but it is filled with wonderful dog friendly activities and places that your pup would love to see. Founded in 1861, Manteca was mainly known for its railroad tracks and train stations. Originally the town was called “Monteca,” but it was misprinted as Manteca by the railroad, and that spelling is the one that stuck for the town. Locals still laugh about this simple mistake that gave the town its identity.
Now Manteco is known as a “family city,” and is chalk full of great parks, big and small, that your dog can visit, like the Woodward Community Park. This park is so big, your dog won’t know where to sniff first! There are five different veterinarians that you can take your pup to for check-ups in right here in town.
If you’re coming in from out of town, then you’re in luck with three pawsome hotels you and your dog can stay at. America’s Best Value Inn Manteca, Best Western Plus Executive Inn and Suites, and Motel 6 Manteca all welcome your furry friend to join you for a relaxing night in before heading off onto your adventure.
The Manteca Dog Park is a dogstatic space to let your pups run around and get out some of their energy. The park is separated by large and small breeds, plus both parks have agility equipment for your dogs to play on. The Manteca Dog Park also provides clean-up bags and benches to sit on, but there isn’t a water fountain inside of the park, so make sure you bring your own. Both parks have plenty of shade from the enormous trees that are inside the park, plus locals leave tennis balls around for other dogs to play with. Occasionally the park is closed for maintenance, but the city leaves a huge sign in front so you know before you even pull up. If your dog needs a little training, be sure to contact Bone-a-Fide dog training, which holds their classes right next to the Manteca Dog Park.
Woodward Community Park is a great spot to take your dog exploring. The park features huge soccer fields, a walking/jogging path with mile markers, basketball courts, and a playground. There are also bathrooms, lots of benches, and a pavilion with picnic tables. Although the Woodward Community Park lists a fenced in dog park, the fenced in area is usually being used for soccer games, so be prepared that the fenced in area may be occupied by humans. There are water fountains located throughout the park to keep pups hydrated, and make sure when visiting to keep your dog on a leash. Woodward Community Park is popular and usually has parties, sport events, or even community events, so if your dog isn’t social, you may want to head to a different park.
If you’re visiting from out of town and need a place to stay, then you’re in luck. Motel 6 Manteca is pet friendly and welcomes any dog of any size to stay free with you while you’re visiting. Motel 6 is in walking distance of many great restaurants and near the movie theater. Best Western Plus Executive Inn and Suites welcomes up to two dogs that are 80 pounds or below for an additional fee per night. There is only a limited number of pet friendly rooms at Best Western, so be sure to call ahead. The Best Western offers free WIFI, free breakfast and has dry cleaning and a laundry room. When dinnertime rolls around, head to Panera. This restaurant is in walking distance from these hotels and has a dog-friendly patio where both of you can eat a hearty meal together.
Library Park is a great park to take your dog to for a fun day out. The park has an asphalt walking path that surrounds it, and in the middle of the path is a bunch of grass that your dog can roll in. The park is covered by trees which help shade it, and there is also a covered pavilion. The park offers both picnic tables and benches to relax on, water fountains, and bathrooms. Library Park also features paintings on the park wall that helps explain the history of Manteca and how it came to be. If you and your dog are looking for a quieter park to visit, then check out Bobette and Charlie Giles Park. Named after a couple from Manteca, the park offers lush green grass throughout that your dog will love, and is covered by trees to help shade it. There is also an asphalt walking path around it for an easy afternoon stroll. Once you’re done at the park, be sure to check out Carter’s Pet Store right down the street. Carters offers everything your dog needs, including dog food, treats, toys, and even accessories.
The Manteca Tidewater Bikeway is a great multiuse trail to take your pup on. The trail is 3.4 miles long and has an asphalt ground making it perfect for walking or biking. The bikeway runs through the better part of Manteca, and passes by some quiet neighborhoods and great parks. If you and your pup want to stop and enjoy a park, look no further then Northgate Park. This lovely space features a grass field, playground, bathrooms, and tennis courts. The bikeway runs right through this park, and your dog will love the mini break to roll on the grass and get some water.