Santa Barbara is home to about 90,412 people, 24,683 of which are families with pets. Many households own multiple pets, which adds up to a whopping 46,389 pets living in Santa Barbara! With all of these furry friends, it is important that the city has plenty of places where owners and visitors alike can bring their four-legged friends to play. With such a beautiful area it only makes sense to visit some of the local dog parks in the area, whether you have a dog or not.
The Douglas Family Preserve on Medcliff Road and Selrose Lane has a variety of hiking trails for your pooches and you, and for the water lovers, there's even a beach to enjoy. Tuckers Grove Park on San Antonio Creek Road has plenty of expansive open areas for you and your pets to roam around. Orcutt Park on Alameda Padre Serra and Moreno is a long and narrow park to wear out you and your furry friend. Elings Park on Las Positas Road has a vast amount of running space that is spread out over grassy fields; this is especially great for the dogs that love to roll around on the green. Hale Park and Knapp’s Castle Trail are both off-leash running areas that have some amazing views of the beautiful coastline.
After selecting from one of the many parks and wearing out you and Fido, you can drop off the pets at one of the pet-friendly hotels and get out and enjoy some of the attractions individually or with the family, more as 'pet parents.' The Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Art, and Lotus Land Arboretum will entertain those who enjoy arts and nature.
Santa Barbara’s East Beach neighborhood is located directly on the beach and has plenty of drinking, eating and shopping close by. The Oceanfront Trail is a beautiful oceanside path that welcomes you to bring your dog on-leash. DeeTours of Santa Barbara offers dog-friendly city and wine tours in either a soft-top Jeep Wrangler or a convertible Jeep Limousine. The wine tour includes stopping at four wineries that are all dog friendly! The Set and Jacks Bistro are local eateries that accommodate the pooches in East Beach, and The Fess Parker by Hilton and Hyatt Santa Barbara are a few pet-friendly hotels.
East Mesa is a beachfront community that offers scenic views and dog friendly activities to enjoy. Shoreline Park is a popular 14.6-acre coastal park that includes a playground, a group picnic area, sidewalks, park benches, beach access stairs and the opportunity for people and pups to view whales! Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from the Shoreline Park Staircase to the eastern edge of the Arroyo Burro Estuary and are allowed on-leash everywhere else in Shoreline Park. If you’re visiting from out of town, there is a private home a couple of blocks from the beach that is dog-friendly.
This gorgeous locale offers stunning views surrounded by Elings Park and the ocean! Elings Park is a 230-acre park that is the largest privately-funded park in America. The park comprises of sports fields, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, special event venues, and landscaped walkways. The park is a hub for mountain biking, youth sports, paragliding, and other outdoor activities, and the best part is dogs are allowed! There’s lots of space to walk the dog on the trails or play fetch in the fields. You must be confident about your dog off-leash because the none of the areas are fenced-in.