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Dog Areas in Salinas

1 Park
1 Trail
2 Eateries
12 Groomers

There are around 155,000 people and close to 76,000 pets in Salinas, California. With an additional half of the total population being pets, you know the city has to be very pet-friendly. There are a slew of great attractions in Salinas; we'll do our best to cover the local favorites.

Natividad Creek Park on Nogal Drive has 64-acres of absolute fun, on one of the many hiking trails you're likely to see deer, beavers, hawks, owls, and even coyotes, so keep Fido close. Rossi Rico Linear Parkway on Victor Street has ten whole acres just for Fido to run and play, Highway 68 has Toro County Park, which has 20 miles of trails, and the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, which is a campground and picnic area.

If you get hungry after the park, you can make a pit stop at In-N-Out Burger on Kern Street, you should be able to order a burger just for your pup. Tell them you want the protein style burger and they will bring you a hamburger without the bun. You won’t see it on the menu because it is a secret menu just for dog lovers. Portobello’s on South Main Street has an outdoor seating area for you and the furbabies. They serve a variety of food for everyone including vegetarians. Their dessert selection is amazing, including the cookies, which are absolutely spectacular.

When it is time to rest, the Residence Inn by Marriott on El Rancho Way loves birds, cats, fish, and dogs. Both Motel 6 South on De La Torre Blvd and the Motel 6 North on Kern Street allow pets at no additional cost, which is a no-brainer.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Salinas

  1. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 157,218/sq mi

    #1 Salinas

    Salinas provides visitors and locals plenty of shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment options, as well as some fun outdoor activities perfect for you and your pooch. Natividad Creek Park is Salinas’ largest park, with 64 acres of open spaces and cemented walking paths. The off-leash Natividad Creek Dog Park is an acre of fenced in space for pups to play, socialize and get some vitamin D! The park has doggie watering stations, benches and separate green space for big dogs and small dogs. Burrito King and In-N-Out Burger are some local food options that cater to the puppy population, and Motel 6 offers dog-friendly accommodations.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 21,688/sq mi

    #2 Marina


    Nine miles west of Salinas, the coastal town of Marina offers dog owners access to the Marina (Schoonover) Dog Park. This dedicated dog park is off-leash and completely fenced in with two sides: one for small dogs, the other for all dogs. Trash cans, pooper-scoopers and water are provided at the park for you to use. If you and your pup are the active and adventurous type, Fort Ord Dunes State Park offers 4 miles of coastline, a boardwalk, and a 4-mile path for walking and biking that you and your leashed pooch to enjoy!

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    Population Density 6,481/sq mi

    #3 Castroville

    Eight miles northwest of Salinas lies the small town of Castroville. It isn't far from the coast and the gorgeous Salinas River State Beach Park, which is a beach located at the junction of the Salinas River and is frequented for photography, walking and enjoying nature. Dogs on leashes are welcome to enjoy the park, but it is recommended that visitors refrain from swimming because water conditions are often rough and there are no lifeguards on duty. The Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is 367 acres of scenic wildlife views and several trails that can be enjoyed by you and your on-leash doggie.
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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 204/sq mi

    #4 Moss Landing

    Moss Landing is a tiny town 11 miles north west of Salinas, located on the water. Phil’s Fish Market is dog-friendly, and allows you to eat outside with your pup to soak up some sun! Directly behind the Monterey Aquarium Research Facility and Phil's Fish Market is a nice, unpopulated section of beach that is not fenced-in, but allows dogs to be off-leash. The south part of the beach does not allow dogs, so please be aware of your location. Moss Landing KOA offers several pet-friendly beaches in the area, and you can even bring Fido on a whale watching tour at the harbor.
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    Population Density 1,710/sq mi

    #5 Boronda


    Directly off Veterans Memorial Highway and 2.5 miles north west of Central Salinas is Boronda, which offers plenty of retail options such as Costco, DICKS Sporting Goods, and Walmart. There is a local PetSmart of Salinas that hosts occasional dog friendly events like their Puppy Love event. The event teaches dog owners the five secrets to puppy love and happiness, as well as letting you create your own Valentine’s Day paw print keepsake! The Courtyard by Marriott offers dog-friendly lodging options and is conveniently located near a small lake that can be strolled around with your pup!

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