Mercer Island is a scenic islet in the southern tip of Lake Washington. This quaint community is home to an affluent bunch and has the fifth highest per-capita income in Washington. This island provides a natural escape for furry locals to flee the hustle and bustle of Seattle life. With over 50 miles of trails, there is no wonder owners and pups alike adore this beautiful slice of paradise! Six vets within 10 miles keep resident pups in top-shape and feeling their best.
Luther Burbank Park is a favorite with humans and canines from near and far. This park is home to 77 acres of pristine wetlands and 135 species of birds! There is an off-leash area toward the northern tip of the island, as well as a dog-friendly swimming beach. The park boasts an impressive number of features for the whole family, including a zip line, playground, tennis courts, boat ramps, and public fishing piers. Dogs are not allowed in the public swimming areas from the first of May to the end of September. Pups are welcome all other times of the year, but must be leashed when outside the off-leash areas.
Wildwood Park is located at the south end of the island and is home to another popular off-leash area. This no-frills park is a great place for a leash-free romp and a picnic with your pooch. This spot provides dogs with lots of stimulation and opportunities for socialization.
Feeling hungry from all the off-leash time? Sit down at one of The Islander’s seven pet-friendly outdoor tables for a swanky, Fido-approved dinner. This chic eatery has something for everyone and provides both gluten-free and vegetarian options. The Dungeness crab dip is a favorite, made with goat cheese and artichokes. This restaurant also features a full-service bar and a huge selection of micro-brews. You will love unwinding with a small-batch craft beer and your favorite fur baby.
Sand Point is home to the only bark park with beach access in Washington state! The Warren G. Magnuson Park boasts a 6-acre off-leash area, which is both the largest and most popular leash-free zone in Seattle! This picturesque park is located on beautiful Lake Washington, and offers city pups the rare opportunity for a nice swim. The leash-free zone is divided into several sections, including a small/timid section for more fragile pups. There is also wheelchair and stroller accessible nature trail, so no one is forced to miss out! Your pup will love splashing in beautiful Lake Washington with all his new friends!
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is considered by many to be
the best beach in Washington. This park is open to pups from November to
March and boasts an off-leash area along the shoreline. Visitors love the breathtaking views and variety
of wildlife this park has to offer. This beach is home to a seal rookery, as
well as many species of birds, so don’t forget your camera! There are doggie bags and restroom facilities located throughout the park, for owners’ convenience.
Owners are advised to keep a close eye on their companion when in the leash-free
zone, because the area is not fenced.
The city of Redmond is a dog’s paradise, boasting activities for pups and owners of every interest. The town center is home to a plethora of shops and restaurants that love furry visitors. Marymoor Park, located just a few blocks south, is known as “Doggie Disneyland” to local pups and owners. This 640-acre park is truly exceptional and offers a 40-acre off-leash area! Other park amenities include walking trails, a sports complex, and a 35-foot-tall climbing structure. To keep them safe, pups must remain leashed when outside of the designated off leash area. Your pup will never want to leave!
Looking for something different to do on a Sunday afternoon? Treat your mutt to a Sunday Ice Cream Cruise offered by the Seattle Ferry Service! Well-behaved leashed pups are welcome on this 45-minute tour of Seattle’s coastline. Here, you can learn the history behind the city’s landmarks and see popular sites, such as the houseboat from the movie Sleepless in Seattle. The cruise offers refreshments and ice cream, and even has a senior discount! After your cruise, enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal at the pet-friendly Re:public restaurant. This eatery is conveniently located and offers brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. Feeling adventurous? Try the sampler plate with selections such as Blackened Ahi Tuna, Filet Skewers, and Garlic Chili Prawns!
South Park is home to the West Crest Dog Park, a quaint 4-acre bark park with a lot to offer. Local pups love running through the open spaces and lounging in the shade of the park’s many trees. There are several sections, including a small dog/timid area for the shyer guests. The park even offers access to leashed rail trails that are part of the Duwamish Green Belt. When Fido has had his fill of fetch, cool down with a local craft beer at the Tin Dog Brewing Company. This spot is truly a dog favorite and even hosts dog birthday parties! Enjoy a Belgian-inspired artisanal ale at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables. This joint loves their pets, and your furry fellow will be no exception!