Northridge is a neighborhood of the grand city of Los Angeles. Known mainly for being home to California State University Northridge, the neighborhood was originally named Zelzah. The community then thought it would be a good idea to rename the neighborhood “North Los Angeles” in 1929 to help bring more hype to the booming area. The name was finally changed for a third time after people became confused and Northridge became its permanent name.
This lovely community offers delicious restaurants that you and your pup can enjoy together, like Shredded Tacos. Northridge is home to six veterinary clinics that you can take your pup to for a healthy checkup. Since Northridge is in Los Angeles, you don’t have to worry about finding a pet-friendly hotel to stay at. Hotels like Extended Stay American Los Angeles Northridge welcomes your dog to spend an evening with them.
Northridge is filled with six beautiful parks that your dog can explore. Be sure to take Fido to Zelzah Park which has so much open green space he will want to run around forever. If hiking is more of your style, then there is a great hiking trail ten minutes out of Northridge.
Located on California State University Northridge campus, Orange Grove Park is a great spot to take Fido for fruit picking and a fun walk. The park has a pond that is filled with ducks and plenty of trees that are overflowing with fruit. You can even pick some and take it home. The park has restrooms for dog parents and plenty of shade from the trees. If it is a super hot day, your dog can relax under a gazebo before continuing his adventure. If you decide to get food, check out Emles. Emles is a family and dog-friendly environment that serves Mediterranean style food.
Dearborn Park in Northridge offers so many great amenities that your dog will be dying to go here. The park has a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and workout equipment. If you and your pup want to have a picnic, they have BBQ pits, tables you can sit at, and a lot of open green grass that you can throw a blanket down on and relax. Locals say that it is one of the best towns in park and that it is always clean. Make sure to bring water for your dog when you visit and clean-bags!
The Northridge Etiwanda Baird neighborhood has three great eateries you can stop at and grab a bite to eat, and they don’t mind if Fido comes with you. Outback Steakhouse offers tasty Australian-themed food and has a beautiful outdoor patio that welcomes your dog. If the two of you are craving something sweet, then head to Ninong’s Pastries and Café. Ninong’s offers amazing pancakes and welcomes your dog to enjoy them with you on their patio. If you have a hankering for Italian, be sure to check out Presto Pasta which welcomes your dog to enjoy dinner with you on their outdoor patio.
Lake Balboa in Encino is ten minutes out of Northridge and home to the Sepulveda Basil Off-Leash Dog Park. This 6.5-acre park offers tables and benches to sit at, water bowls for the dogs, drinking fountains, and restrooms. The park has two separate areas, but instead of being separated by large and small, it is separated by how social your dog is. So, if you have a shy or timid dog, there is a section just for them! After a fun day at the park you and your pup can grab some food at The Lake House. This awesome eatery serves a variety of American food and has an outdoor seating section that is dog-friendly.
Chatsworth is ten minutes from Northridge and is home to the Garden of the Gods. This pawesome park welcomes your dog to join you on-leash and explore the unusual rock formations that the park has to offer. The park has a hiking trail that your dog can enjoy. Locals love the park because it takes you out of the busyness of LA. After adventuring, be sure to grab some food at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. Sharky’s offers a full menu of Mexican inspired food and has an outdoor patio that is dog-friendly.