San Mateo is best-known for the natural areas around Coyote Point Park. Whether it's swimming in the San Francisco Bay, enjoying a picnic in the park, or running the trails with your furry friend, Coyote Point Park is a great place for you and your family pet.
If you're looking for a trail specifically and have a few hours, the Sawyer Camp Trail is a very popular destination within 10 minutes of downtown San Mateo. The trail is around 12 miles in length out-and-back. Beginning in San Mateo and stretching all the way into San Bruno parallel to the 280 highway. Don't worry about your distance as every half mile is marked along the trail and the mix of sunshine and shade will be appreciated by your furry friend.
In the summer, nothing beats Seal Point Dog Park, conveniently located near the end of Third Avenue. The park hosts several hiking trails, individual dog parks for both small and large breeds, as well as an expansive clearing for your dog to run. The best part? Parking is always free and easy.
If you're looking for an easy weekend family outing, Joinville Park is your best bet. Between the tennis courts, fenced off dog area, swing sets, and Joinville Swim Center, Joinville Park makes a great spot for anyone planning to enjoy a day together with their pooch.
Pet owner options in San Mateo are great, between the options above and places like San Mateo Park, the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and downtown San Mateo cityscape, you and your furry friend will not run out of options.
Foster City is a beautiful neighborhood in San Mateo that offers easy access to the San Francisco Bay and other inlets of water. Foster City Dog Park has two areas, one for large dogs, one for small dogs. They have structures in place to offer shade and shelter, and benches and chairs for seating. The Leo J. Ryan Memorial Dog Park is an off-leash park that comes with a grassed lawn, boardwalk and picnic area inside! There are numerous private home owners that have dog-friendly properties on Airbnb, and Towne Place Suites and Oakwood at Bridgepointe allow pups to stay.
This San Mateo neighborhood offers so many outdoor activities and opportunities for you and your pooch to seize! Waterdog Park has scenic trails along the canyon. Dogs on the trail must be leashed, but can be taken off-leash when you reach the lake. Your pup will love that he can run down to the lake to play and swim in with other pups! Cipriani Dog Park is the local off-leash dog park complete with two play areas for large and small pups. It is fully enclosed, has a lot of open space, benches, water, and night lighting for the night owls.
Beresford Park in San Mateo is a family friendly neighborhood that has plenty of shopping at the nearby Hillsdale Shopping Center, Peninsula Golf & Country Club, and several local parks. Beresford Park Recreation Center has a 3-acre, off-leash dog turfed area that includes cleanup bags. Please note this area is only dog-friendly on weekday mornings. Laurelwood Park has serene walking areas and a playground as well as trails leading into Sugarloaf Mountain that permit dogs on leash. Sugarloaf has about 5 trails and 225 acres to be enjoyed by adventurous dogs and their owners!