Dog-friendly restaurants along Adams Avenue include Lestat’s Coffee House, Dimille’s and the Triple Crown Pub where your pup can join you in outdoor seating areas. Pet owners will also find the Kensington Veterinary Hospital and the Pet Me Please pet supply shop which specializes in natural products and is a highly rated pet store in the area.
When walking with your dog in Normal Heights, you and your pup will enjoy sunny, clear weather most of the time. Rain occasionally occurs and overcast weather is more common in the springtime.
The Mission Valley canyons and hills are situated on the north border of Normal Heights and provide a natural area right on the community's doorstep. There are steep elevation changes in the canyon area, however, the bulk of the community is built on a mesa and is relatively level, so dogs and people can walk around easily. There are sidewalks along streets in the area that provide safe, separate walkways for you and your pooch.
Most residential dwellings in the area are single-family detached homes on well landscaped private properties. Trees are prevalent in the area, however, they are often drought tolerant plantings as opposed to traditional shade trees.
Normal Heights canines will enjoy the Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park on the east side of the community. This park has open recreational spaces with a playground, basketball courts, and picnic tables. Outdoor movies are sometimes shown in the greenway. There is even an enclosed off-leash dog park that has separate areas for large and small dogs and is surfaced with shredded bark. If your dog has delicate paws, this may not be ideal terrain for them. Bring your own water and waste bag supplies as these are not provided in the park.
A little further north and on the east side of the district is the secluded Normal Heights Open Park which provides access to the canyon trails. This park has rough natural terrain and can be accessed at the east end of Eugene Place. The natural trails in the canyons can be muddy during wet weather, so use caution. Keep your dog leashed on the canyon trails and be prepared to clean up after them!