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Dog Areas in Santa Barbara

4 Parks
5 Trails
44 Eateries
6 Groomers

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.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Santa Barbara

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 20,009/sq mi

    #1 Santa Barbara Downtown

    This fun urban neighborhood offers a lot of fun dining, entertainment and dog friendly accommodations nearby. Grassini Family Vineyards is a local, family owned and operated winery that loves dogs! The vineyard allows them to wander and also provides water and treats. Jamie Slone Wines is another local winery that loves pups. For some outside time, the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens is a gorgeous local park that provides walking paths that leashed dogs can enjoy! There are countless restaurants that allow dogs, including Arigato Sushi, Savoy Café, and Tupelo Junction, to name a few.
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 2,536/sq mi

    #2 East Beach


    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.

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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 10,009/sq mi

    #3 East Mesa


    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.

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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 5,616/sq mi

    #4 Elings Park


    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.

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  5. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 13,925/sq mi

    #5 Samarkand

    Samarkand is located off Mission Creek and has so many dog friendly establishments and activities to enjoy! Mission Creek is running directly through the park and features a wading pool, barbeque and picnic areas, restrooms, a raised dance floor, tennis courts, and lighted horseshoe pits. They welcome leashed dogs to accompany you in the sun and enjoy the waters of Mission Creek. Golden Limo Santa Barbara offers dog-friendly wine tasting tours in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley. HydroPaws is a business that offers cutting edge physical therapy techniques for pups to help improve quality of life.
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