Tomales is a small village in Marin County, California located northeast of Tomales Bay and above Keys Creek. Foggy and rainy, Tomales stretches along the east side of the bay overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore -- a pure pleasure for hikers and kayakers! Although Tomales doesn't have any dog parks, you'll have lots of fun on the hiking trails and beaches in the surrounding areas. San Fran is also two hours away and makes the pawfect place for a doggie day trip. The closest veterinary hospital is located in Bodega Bay, about 20 minutes out of town.
Dillon Beach is the closest dog-friendly beach to the village where your mutt can finally run, swim, and splash off-leash! Enjoy the warm and comfortable California weather as you stroll with your pup along the shoreline and collect shells, or let your buddy splash around in the gentle waves with other canine companions.
Tomales Bay State Park is another wonderful place to visit with Fido! Even though only leashed dogs are allowed here, there are so many fun activities to enjoy that your dog won't mind one bit! Apart from picnicking and wildlife watching, you can conquer the magnificent Tomales Point Trail. Be sure to bring water and waste bags along with you.
Crown is a neighborhood in northern Petaluma with an abundance of pet-friendly places! Start your adventures at Prince Park, a 22-acre area with a snack bar and a designated area for pooches to play off-leash near the soccer field. If it's early in the morning or late evening, you and Fido can catch up with the locals at Lucchesi Park, a public spot which welcomes dogs to play off-leash during designated times. No time to wait? Deer Creek Village Dog Park is a pawesome fenced area for active hounds and their parents who also love shopping! The park is set right next to the major shopping center in town and features benches and a shaded walking path with wood chips.
Mcnear is a neighborhood in eastern Petaluma not far from Haystack and separated from the city center by Lakeville Highway and Redwood Highway. Featuring a number of pet-friendly restaurants at the very western end of the borough, this neighborhood is home to the expansive Shollenberger Park and Rocky Memorial Dog Park. The dog park is nestled in the heart of the park and is very pawpular during the afternoon. The roomy area can easily accommodate both big and small pooches. The park has a secure fence but no seating or drinking water. It is a good spot to go over some drills or play fetch with a Frisbee!
Petaluma’s downtown area is centered on Petaluma Boulevard, which is home to museums and entertainment venues as well as cinemas and shops. There are also several recreation areas, and one of them is a fantastic public park with a dog-friendly extension! McNear Park occupies about 8 acres of the main park, which features a recreation center with pools, sports fields. During the designated hours, your buddy is also welcome to run off-leash in the sports playgrounds. Top off your adventure with some exotic cuisine at Quinua Restaurant Cocina Peruana in the city center. You and Fido can share some grub at the outdoor tables.
Redwood Highway outlines the eastern border of the South Santa Rosa neighborhood in Santa Rosa and is home to a quiet residential area as well as shopping districts and eateries. Your first stop here should be Southwest Community Park, which is a nice pit stop where you can stretch your legs and catch a breath before hitting the road again or just relax in the shade with your best furry friend. This public park features a roomy area with walking trails, or you can play here off-leash during designated hours -- early in the morning and in the evening. The locals are usually very friendly to newcomers!
Wilfred is a northern neighborhood of Rohnert Park. Located a 30-minute ride northeast of Tomales, this neighborhood is a well-developed community centered on Redwood Highway and Roberts Lake. The western part of the community is dedicated to shopping and commercial venues, whereas the eastern side offers fun outdoor activities! Robert Lake Park is an expansive green area with a designated (but huge!) dog park securely enclosed with a fence. Located near Robert Lakes Drive, the park is split into two separate sections for active and shy pups and provides seating and drinking water, but you'll need to bring your own bowl and waste bags.