As one of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles County, pet-friendliness comes in "fur-st" in Santa Fe Springs, California. The Gateway Cities are a group of cities in southern California known for an urban style of living centered around families. The muttropolis of Santa Fe Springs is typical of this kind of family atmosphere. The community gets together for city events like Art Fest and Fiestas Patrias — a culture and arts festival that celebrates the heritage of Mexico City. With a rich history in Latin America culture, you can find the community getting together at the many parks in town — both four-legged and two-legged guests included.
Pet parents love Santa Fe Springs! The city has five on-leash parks, six local veterinarians, and a few local restaurants that open their doors to doggos. Of course, no California city is complete without the pet-friendly In-N-Out Burger or Five Guys greasy burger joints. After filling up on burgers, you can head down to the San Gabriel River trail for a hike through the Little Lake neighborhood. In the same neighborhood, there's an on-leash dog park called Downey where tails are always wagging! There's plenty more to explore in Santa Fe Springs — just grab the leash!
Does your dog like to jump in puddles during his walks after it just rained? If your little water stallion loves to splash, then he'll love Lakeview Park, tucked into the Santa Fe neighborhood. The park has wading pools where kids of both species can splash and play. Also in Lakeview are baseball fields, basketball courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. You can walk your pup around the perimeter of the park or play a game of fetch in one the playing fields. After all the playing is done, you can fire up one of the grills and have a picnic with your pup!
Is your dog a loyal shopping partner? Whether you're going for some retail therapy or just getting the daily groceries, if your pup is by your side, then the Cresson neighborhood caters to your lifestyle. The Northgate Gonzalez Markets is your answer to getting anything you need to make an authentic Spanish meal. After shopping, you can take your pup down to Little Lake Park. Little Lake has all the human and "doge" amenities that you'll need, like restrooms, a walking trail, and playing fields. Daily arts and crafts and sports games take place at the park beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Does your dog love when the friends and family get together for a cookout? We'll bet! He probably gets scraps of food snuck to him under the table. In the Pioneer neighborhood is the Los Nietos Park which is an amazing park for a "fur" of the moment "Bark-B-Q." Los Nietos, which translates to the Little Grandsons, has tons of coal grills and picnic areas for everyone to get together for a cookout. There are also wide-open fields for a soccer game with the two-legged kids and a game of fetch with the four-legged kids.
Does your dog love the trailblazing outdoors and exploring the wilderness? If so, then he'll be right in the dog house in the Little Lake Park neighborhood. The trailhead to the San Gabriel River Trail starts in Wilderness Park. The San Gabriel extends throughout 28 miles of southern California, starting in El Monte and ending at the Pacific Ocean. If your dog isn't much of a hiker, and likes to play with other dogs instead, then head to Downey Dog Park, where he can have some off-leash fun with the local pups.
Does your pupper want to spend the whole day in the sunshine? If your dog loves the sun after taking a walk on the "bark" side of California, then he'll love the Pico Vista neighborhood. Pico Vista is home to the Santa Fe Springs Park. Another amazing park in the city, Santa Fe Springs has it all for Fido! The recreation department will lend out balls, equipment, and supplies for arts and crafts. There is also a wading pool for your precious pooches to cool off when the weather is hot! If you visit the park, you'll find the whole community coming together to enjoy themselves — canines included!