Located just northwest of the downtown area, Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in Los Angeles that is popular among families who are looking for suburban comforts. With six veterinarians in the immediate area and several others spread thoughout the neighboring communities, keeping your canine companions healthy is easy. It’s also easy to keep your four-legged friends entertained thanks to several pet-friendly destinations, including parks, restaurants and hotels.
When you are in the mood for a hike, check out Deervale-Stone Canyon Park. This 80-acre park is one of the area’s best-kept secrets that features a 1.6-mile trail. The park’s entrance is located at the top, which makes for an interesting “backward” hike, and dogs are always welcome to accompany their owners.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating, including Maria’s Italian Kitchen and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Need a place to stay? Check out Best Western Plus Carriage Inn. This affordable hotel allows both large and small dogs for a nominal fee, and guests are welcome to bring more than one furry travel companion.
Whether you are a LA-area resident or you are just passing through Sherman Oaks with your favorite travel buddy, you’re sure to find plenty to do in this popular neighborhood.
On Sherman Oaks’ southside lies a unique destination known as Fossil Ridge Park. If you are looking for a unique place to visit with your canine companion, this park is a must-see. Spanning 110 acres, the park features hiking trails and breathtaking scenic views. What makes this park unique is the presence of countless fossils. Abundant fish fossils are present in the diatomaceous sandstone throughout the area. While you’re in the area, grab a bite to eat at Jinky’s Café, Poquito Mas, or Islands, all of which offer Fido-friendly outdoor seating.
If you are looking for a great place to grab lunch or dinner with your canine companion, Sherman Oaks’ North of the Village Neighborhood is the place to be. Indulge in a hearty meal or your favorite sweet treat at Marie Callendar’s, or dine on your favorite drive-in fare at Mel’s Drive-In. Other area favorites include Midici, Baja Fresh, Juice Crafters, Panera Bread, Starbucks and Asakuma Rice. Crave Café is another great choice, but you must order inside while your dog remains in the patio seating area. No matter what you are in the mood for, you will likely find it in Sherman Oaks’ North of the Village neighborhood.
Located just a short drive southeast of Sherman Oaks, Beverly Park’s North Beverly Park neighborhood is a pup-tastic destination for pooches and their parents. Spend the afternoon exploring Franklin Canyon. Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, this park is home to the Hastain Trail, which contains two separate loops: an easy 1.8-mile loop and a moderate 2.2-mile loop. A picnic area is available, and leashed dogs are welcome to explore this beautiful park with their parents. Laurel Canyon Off-Leash Dog Park is another popular destination with separate areas for large and small dogs. There are also cleanup supplies and places to sit.
Los Angeles’ Lake Balboa neighborhood is located just 6 miles northwest of Sherman Oaks and is home to a few must-see places, including Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. This 6.5-acre park features tables and benches for pet parents and dog water bowls for doggy visitors. There are also restrooms and parking. With three separate areas for dogs of varying sizes, this park is perfect for any pet. For on-leash play, check out the nearby Woodley Park. After a long day of play, grab a bite to eat at The Lake House, which features plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Southwest of Sherman Oaks lies the community of Tarzana. Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park is located in this area, and it is the perfect place to go when you want to spend some time in the wilderness away from the chaos of city living. This dog-friendly park offers plentiful hiking opportunities on both paved trails and rocky ridges. Enjoy stunning views of the ocean and downtown LA while your canine companion gets some much-needed exercise. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to explore off-leash, and there are “mutt mitts” along many of the trails for easy cleanup. There is no running water, so remember to bring drinks.