Lynnwood, Washington sits north of Seattle. Although dwarfed in size by the bigger city, Lynnwood stands out as a dog-friendly city.
A half dozen motels in Lynnwood can be considered pet-friendly: La Quinta Inn, Extended Stay America, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Embassy Suites and Rodeo Inn. Most charge fees for pets ranging from $20 to $50 per night. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites allows only dogs in their rooms. Two motels – La Quinta Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites – allow pets to stay for free. Be sure to check with each establishment for their up-to-date pet policies.
Lake Stickney Community Park has a small area for dogs. Dogs can run freely through the shady, grassy area. Although they don’t have specific areas just for dogs, two other parks in Lynnwood – Lynndale Park and Scriber Lake Park - have walking trails where dogs on leashes can accompany their owners. The Scriber Creek Trail connects Scriber Lake Park, Scriber Creek Park, and Sprague’s Pond Mini Park with the Interurban Trail.
Do you like to shop? Does you dog like to go with you? Then you’re in luck. There are several stores in Lynnwood that welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs inside their businesses. Your dog can help you pick out his favorite toys and treats at either Pet Pros or PetSmart Pet Store. Or your pet can tag along with you while you shop for sporting goods at Urban Outfitters.
Unfortunately, the city of Lynnwood does not have many restaurants that welcome dogs. One exception to this is Chipotle, on 196th Street. They have an outside patio where dogs are welcome to be with their owners. However, the dogs must remain outside while their humans order their food.
It may not be a big city, but you can tell the residents of Lynnwood have a big heart when it comes to taking care of their pets.
For a pawsome good time, head over to Four Paws Sports Center, where your pup can get trained into a sports dog. Not only does this center offer obedience training, but your dog can also take classes in agility, rally, and even flyball! Several teams of flyball dogs practice here, and are sometimes part of classes that can show your energetic dog the ropes. If all that agility equipment has made you hungry, head over to Ellersick Brewing Company's Big E. Ales, where pups are encouraged to use their huge, outdoor patio.
Martha Lake Park, located right on Martha Lake in the northeast area of Lynnwood, is 6 acres of pure outdoor fun! Those who want to enjoy the water have their pick of the swimming area and three fishing docks. If your pup is more of a sniffing adventurer, take a stroll along the wetlands boardwalks, or just throughout the natural area of the park. The park also offer a playground, restrooms, and picnic areas and shelters. Due to issues with the local wildlife, most trash cans have been eliminated from the area, so be sure to take any clean up bags or other garbage out when you leave.
Scriber Lake Park, located in this central Lynnwood neighborhood, is 22 acres of natural space that is perfect for an afternoon adventure. Picnic and play areas, along with restrooms, make this a people friendly spot, however your pup will be much more interested in all the snifferific trails. You can access the Scribner Creek Trail here, or the other walking trails that equal under a mile of terrain. The wetlands and floating boardwalk offer a look at the various wildlife that calls this place home. Though your dog needs to stay on leash throughout the park, there are clean up bags and trash cans available.
Though the Meadowdale Neighborhood Park offers typical park amenities, like playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms, there is still much to be discovered by your adventurous pup. For fun romping, there are open grassy areas and a sand pit. For those serious sniffers, head down one of the many trails in the forested areas, or take a stroll on the 0.42 mile walking trails. Pack a lunch and water, and stop by a picnic shelter for an outdoor meal, and then get back to nature in its finest here. Be sure to keep your pup leashed in this public park, and always clean up after him.