Located on Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor exudes the infamous charm and beauty of the Northwest. The lush greenery and sea air from the Puget Sound make this an ideal spot for enjoying the outdoors with your canine sidekick.
Pups living in Oak Harbor are lucky dogs to be near Joseph Whidbey State Park. For a day of adventure, pack up your pooch and head over to explore dozens of acres of natural territory. Leashed dogs are welcome to use the hiking trails. They even have access to designated sections of the beach. People and pets come from all over to enjoy the magnificent views from this park. If the skies are clear, you can see all the way to Victoria, British Columbia.
Whether you are a local or just travelling through Oak Harbor, be sure to stop by one of the pet friendly restaurants to sample some of the local cuisine. Not only does Flyers Restaurant and Brewery serve hearty pub food, their menu is also full of seafood delights. Your four legged friend can relax by your side at one of the outdoor patio tables. Rustica is a farm to table establishment that offers Italian and Mediterranean inspired creations. During nice weather, dogs can sit in the outside table area.
Spend some quality time with your fur baby in Fort Nugent Park. Nestled in Penn Cove Park, this 40 acre space provides ample room for a stroll with your pup. If there aren’t soccer games in play, take a stroll in the large field and let your pooch sniff around. Follow the walking trails to give your pup his daily dose of doggy cardio, or head out into the wetland area. If your four legged friend is in the mood for a shorter walk, Fireside Park is just a bone’s throw away. Circle the perimeter of the grass in this subdivision playground. Your pal is sure to have a fetching time!
The Route 20 and Pioneer Way neighborhoods is just waiting for you and your furry friend to come and explore the natural beauty it has to offer. The Freund Marsh and Scenic Heights Trailhead wanders through open wetlands and native shrubbery. You can also take your pup over to Hal Ramaley Memorial Park to check out the seasonal gardens, or relax on one of the benches. Also be sure to visit Windjammer Park. Playgrounds, sport courts and fields, a boat launch and much more make this park one of Oak Harbor’s main community gathering places. Your canine pal will love to walk down the Waterfront Trail, or just cruise through the park’s open space.
Is your pooch itching to get out and run? Then Head over to the Clover Valley Dog Park, let him ditch his leash and embrace the life of freedom. Located in Whidbey Island Station, this wooded dog park provides two acres of new terrain for your pup to explore. He can scamper around on his own, or mix and mingle with new friends. There is plenty of space for a game of fetch, so bring a favorite ball or toy. A small dog area allows petite pooches to enjoy the park at their own pace. A shaded picnic area and drinking water available. When it’s time to go, you’ll have one tuckered out dog on your hands.
If you and your four legged BFF need a place to stay, head over to Swantown for some pet friendly options. For a small fee, Candlewood Suites Oak Harbor and Best Western Oak Harbor welcome up to two pets totaling 80 pounds in weight. Both of these hotels provide cozy rooms for your pooch to lay her head for the night. If you have a large dog, check out Coachman Inn. This hotel knows dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Two pups of any size can stay for a small fee, so tuck your pal in and drift away to dreamland.
The Pioneer Way and Regatta Drive neighborhood is home to Oak Harbor’s very own Flinstone Park. Leash up your pooch and come admire a full size replica of Fred Flinstone’s prehistoric car. Then wander along the Oak Harbor Waterfront Trail and let your pup bask in the sea breeze. Just across the bay is Oak Harbor Marina. With boat facilities, picnic areas and shoreline, it’s no wonder this is a local hotspot. The Marina also has Catalina Park, a pawsome spot for an afternoon walk with your canine companion. No bones about it, your pooch will love exploring this area.