Menifee is one of the those Californian towns that show just how idyllic SoCal can be. The area was first inhabited by the Luiseno people. In the 18th century, the area was ruled by the Spanish. The United States received the land in 1850, and it took til 2008 for Menifee to become its own town. Though people have lived in the area before then, it was an unincorporated area that voted in 2008 to become a city. It’s fine if your dog’s not a history buff, though: the two of you will still find something great to do in Menifee.
Start with a vigorous outing to Three Peaks Loop! This moderate hike is 3.3 miles long with great views at the price of a moderate elevation gain. It’s great for getting your pup tuckered out!
There are four vets in Menifee, and more in the surrounding areas, so you can rest easy on that count. You can rest even easier with your pup at your side at Luv 2 Camp. This campground offers to let your pet stay with you in the campsite, making this spot perfect for outdoorsy dog lovers and their brave travel companions. Rest under the stars (or, under your tent) and get ready for a new day.
Sun City was developed to be an active retirement community in the mid 19th century. In the 2008 vote, part of Sun City became Menifee. It’s the part that’s right next to the official Sun City addresses, of course. The Sun City neighborhood of Menifee is home to the Menifee Dog Park. This park is small, but covers the basics. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, benches for owners, and some small agility equipment for the pups themselves. It’s a great place for dogs who get more out of playing with each other than they do out of wide open spaces.
The City Center in Menifee is home to Aldergate Dog Park. This park has everything that your dog needs to run free and have a great time doing it. There are separate, fenced areas for large and small dogs. The park is next to an elementary school in the heart of a bustling neighborhood, insuring high traffic for the park. There are doggie drinking fountains in both areas of the park, which is important for those hot Californian days. There are also benches for tired owners! Aldergate Dog Park is a much needed exercise area in a busy suburban environment. Four paws up!
Hamilton is a busy neighborhood that has a good mix of commercial and residential spaces. This is great news if you’re looking for a bite to eat in a walkable, entertaining area. New York’s Upper Crust Pizza is the area’s go-to spot for dog friendly dining. The restaurant is known for its by the slice, but also serves favorites like garlic knots and stromboli. They have a selection of dog-friendly seating outdoors where you can watch the world go by as you dine. Bring a friend to hold your dog while you go in and order, as they’re a DIY kind of place.
If you find yourself in Menifee’s Garbani neighborhood, you owe it to yourself to check out Froyo Heavenly Cafe. Whether you need a bright pick me up to get you through a busy day, or to treat yourself when that day is over, this is the place. They sell a variety of sweet and frozen treats, from coffee drinks to teas to frozen yogurt. They have pet friendly outdoor benches where you and your pup can share a treat. Ask at the counter about dog-friendly specials; some of their treats are dog-friendly, as they don’t contain anything harmful to our furry friends.
Murrieta Hot Springs is this area of Murrieta located just twenty minutes from Menifee. If your dog loves a high energy environment, head down to Torrey Pines Park. There is an off leash area there that will be pawfect for her, whether she’s a large or small dog! The park features separate areas for sizes. There are drinking fountains in each area, which is essential in the heat. Outside of the off leash dog park, Torrey Pines Park has walking trails and playgrounds for kids. If your dog would rather walk by your side than romp at the park, Torrey Pines Park is the best of both worlds.