Located in Alameda County, San Leandro is a cute suburban town that is on the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay. San Leandro was inducted into Alameda county in 1856, but lost an abundance of their town after the 1868 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Filled with great dog friendly activities you and your pup can enjoy, San Leandro is a perfect town for the canine minded.
San Leandro is home to eleven great veterinarians that your dog can visit for a healthy checkup. The town also has numerous big beautiful parks that your dog can wander and explore. Take a nice walk in Memorial Park which has a great open grass area for fetch, or Thrasher Park which has a nice walking trail. If you would rather skip exercising, but still spend time with your pooch, then grab a bite to eat over at 21st Amendment. This dog-friendly establishment has an outdoor patio where you and your dog can enjoy some tasty American cuisine together.
Right above San Leandro is Anthony Chabot Regional Park, which has a great trail just pawfect for you and your dog to explore. Be sure to bring water, since it does get hot out there.
The Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline is a great place to take your dog to run around off-leash. Oyster Bay is not fenced in, so be mindful if your dog tends to run off. Your dog will love running around all the grass that Oyster Bay offers, plus there is a trail that leads to the waterfront that you two can explore. If you’re looking for another park to visit, then head over to the San Leandro Marina. Your dog needs to stay on leash while visiting the park, but it is a great place for a walk and to get a view of the bay.
The Downtown area is home to three great restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat together. Café Sorriso offers both Asian and American cuisine. Locals love the simple menu and relaxing atmosphere. The Habit Burger Grill makes juicy handcrafted burgers and sandwiches that your dog will be drooling over. They also have numerous different fry options to pair with your tasty burger. If the two of you are looking to just relax with a nice cup of coffee and a bagel, then head over to Peet’s Coffee and Tea. All three of these restaurants have dog-friendly patios that you both can relax on.
Hayward is about ten minutes away from San Leandro and home to the Hayward Regional Shoreline. Your dog is welcome to join you at this park so long as he remains on leash while visiting. There are certain areas of the shoreline that your dog is not allowed in to protect the wildlife, so pay attention to the posted signs in the area. Your dog will love all the smells on their hike, as well as the beautiful shore that will be right in front of you. Make sure to bring water since it gets hot here, and your own clean-up bags.
Oakland is right down the road from San Leandro and is a great spot to take Fido for a nice hike. The Lenoa Canyon Trail is an easy trail to walk with your dog that allows pups to be off-leash. The trail entrance can be hard to find, but the best place to access it is at Mills College. The trail is about 3-miles long with a slight elevation at the end of the hike. While walking along the trail, you will see a small creek alongside your path that your dog can splash in. Be cautious on this trail since there are posted signs about mountain lions.
The Joaquin Miller Dog Park is only about ten minutes from San Leandro in this Oakland neighborhood, and a great spot to take Fido out to socialize with other dogs. The park is separated by dog size and has benches, waste bags, and bathrooms for owners to use. The park does not have any grass, but instead, the ground is covered by wood chips. If your dog would rather hike, then check out the Redwood Regional Park which has numerous trails running through it that the two of you can explore. Try out the Redwood Glen Trailhead which will surround you with beautiful redwood trees.