Dog owners should note that there are several restaurants in the area that permit dogs in their outdoor seating areas, including Rose’s Tasting Room, Rockin Baja Lobster, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, and Los Locos Bar and Grill. A nearby VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center is easily accessible and the HOWLISTIC pet supply store can also be reached on foot.
San Diego has beautiful, sunny, warm weather throughout the year and cold temperatures don't stop you and your dog from venturing out regularly.
There are plenty of local businesses and tourist attractions in the commercial area near the parks, including trolley tour buses. There are also sidewalks throughout Old Town, providing separate pedestrian ways for you and your pup to use.
The terrain has some hills which tend to slope up towards the Mission Hills community, so you may need to do some hiking on inclines to get around the region. Homes in the area consist of apartments, condos, and detached houses, many with beautiful flowering gardens, especially near the commercial and historic area.
The Old Town San Diego State Park is a unique park with museums, historic structures, and interpretive sites that demonstrate what life in the area was like in the 1800s. Demonstrations of Early American and Mexican cultures are displayed which make a popular tourist destination. Dogs are permitted on the grounds but must be leashed and are not permitted in the buildings in the park. Because this is a heavy pedestrian area, your dog should be used to noise, activity, and pedestrians.
Adjacent to the Old Town State Park is another historic park, Presidio Park. This park occupies 50 acres of natural canyon and recreational space with historic sites thrown in for good measure! There is a two-mile hiking trail through the canyons that is appropriate for people and pups of all ability levels, providing shade in the treed canyons and views of the surrounding areas. This is an excellent place to hike with your furry friend!