Surrounded by the city of Los Angeles in the northwestern region of Los Angeles County, California, San Fernando welcomes visitors with a warm and sunny climate and plenty of recreational activities. A former commercial center of oil, farm crops, and fine wine, San Fernando boasts a rich history and a pet-friendly attitude. Its downtown area has public parks for on-leash walks, pet-friendly eateries, and two veterinary clinics to the north and south.
There are plenty of small, nicely shaded and well-kept parks in San Fernando. Pioneer Park and Rudy Ortega Park both feature walking trails and green spots to explore with your pup, as well as running trails for morning jogging. Carey Ranch Park at Laurel Canyon Boulevard is another furrific spot to spend the day with your leashed dog. Prefer hiking to community parks? Feel free to hop on the San Fernando Road Bike Path, cutting through the city and stretching for about 6 miles from Roxford Street in Sylmar to Branford Street in Pacoima.
For the best beverages in the area, feel free to stop by House of Brews in downtown. This friendly coffee shop features pet-friendly tables and a full selection of coffees and beverages. Leashed pooches are welcome to accompany their owners at the outdoor tables.
Woodley is a green oasis in Los Angeles. Here, you'll find Woodley Park, located close to the Los Angeles River and several creeks. The park has plenty of space and outdoor activities for humans, but leashed pups are welcome to explore the walking trails, some of which will lead you to the water. However, if you're looking for an off-leash place that rocks, head further west via Victory Boulevard to find Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. This is a fenced park with three separate sections, drinking water facilities, and an obstacle course for drills.
Mysterious and historic, Chatsworth is a northwestern neighborhood of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region. The caves with Native American drawings are the most popular local attraction, apart from the spacious recreation areas, like Mason Park, where you are welcome to have a relaxing walk with your leashed pup! But if you're also looking for something a little different to do, check out Garden of the Gods, a natural space full of bizarre rock formations! Your mutt should remain on their leash when exploring, and don't forget to bring some drinking water with you. The sand becomes hot really quickly. If adventures make you hungry, pay a visit to Fruzion, a unique eatery in the heart of the neighborhood with outdoor tables and a pet-friendly attitude!
North Hollywood is a great place to soak up the buzzing and pulsing rhythm of Los Angeles. Connected to the NoHo Arts District, this eclectic neighborhood features modern residential blocks and plenty of pet-friendly places! Start your journey at Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park, a fenced area located under the historic Whitnall Highway Utility Corridor. There about 3 acres of doggy joy split into two separate sections, complete with drinking water facilities and seating. Next on your list is the abundance of pet-friendly eateries in the area offering a variety of cuisines. Do you want one of the mouthwatering smoothies or juices at The Juice Parlor? Or you want to dig into authentic Puerto Rican cuisine in Mofongos? The choice is up to your furry baby! All establishments welcome leashed dogs at the outdoor tables.
While exploring northern Los Angeles’s neighborhoods, you'll find a relaxing retreat at La Tuna Canyon Park, a well-shaded spot partly connected to Sun Valley and Verdugo Mountain Park. This is not a dog park per se -- however, the park has a network of walking and hiking trails leading though sycamore-lined canyons with picturesque views of local waterfalls. Make sure to climb to the top for sweeping views of the city! Your pooch should be leashed and supervised at all times. You can also grab a snack or have a picnic at one of the picnic areas complete with tables and drinking water.
Crescenta Highlands is a northern neighborhood of Glendale with a diverse landscape, recreation areas, and a few pet-friendly eateries where you can share a burger with your buddy. Make sure you add Crescenta Valley Dog Park to your itinerary. This fenced dog park has two separated sections for small and large canines. The area is well-shaded and has plenty of oak trees and benches to catch a breath or relax in the shade. Finish your day with a visit to Santos Bakery Café, featuring plenty of pet-friendly tables on the patio, which offers stunning views of the mountains. Choose something for your mutt from the options available on the Mediterranean menu and enjoy your meal together!