Olympia, Washington is an exceptionally pet-friendly city. Located on the picturesque Puget Sound, the area has everything from waterfalls, beaches, a rain forest, walkable parks and trails, and a bustling downtown area. There's something to enjoy for every pet, no matter the species or size!
One of the best doggie-day adventures in the area is Ruby Beach. This is a National Park trail that provides wonderful scenic views, as well as many different spots for your dog to explore, like tide pools and moss beds in the forest. For a walk closer to town, try the Capitol Lake trail, which ranges from just under a mile to over four miles, depending on which direction you take.
Many restaurants in town are happy to accommodate four-legged friends. Several even keep dog treats on hand, such as Eagan's Westside Drive-In and Vic's Pizzeria. Dino's Coffee Bar is even named for a dog, who often pops by to visit with customers.
Olympia even hosts an annual pet parade, open to the public to participate in or watch. This fun and free tradition has been happening for almost ninety years. Participants are welcome to bring their dogs, of course, and past parades have even included llamas, chickens, goats, and a goldfish!
If your dog likes to ruff it, he will love the Olympia Woodland Trail! With 2.5 miles of trail and grass, as well as sniff-tastic trees and shrubs, your pup will love the oppawtunity to hike and explore this former rail line. Along the nature route, you will find plenty of picnic shelters and benches to chill out with your dog and enjoy some refreshments. The Olympia Woodland Trail connects Olympia and Lacey, if you would like to venture somewhere new. As bicycles are allowed on the Olympia Woodland Trail, it is best to keep your dog on the leash to ensure a safe and pawsome day for everybody!
To get back to nature, check out the Garfield Natural Trail Park in Northwest Olympia. Your dog will love this pawsome hidden gem, with one mile of sniff-tastic woodland, streams and bridges to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can also find Woodruff Park in this muttropolitan area, which is dog-friendly with its open green spaces that are perfect for playing with a ball or Frisbee. There are plenty of picnic areas and benches where you can relax and rest after a fun game of fetch. All dogs are welcome, as long as they remain on leash.
In Downtown Olympia, you and your furry friend are spoilt for choice when it comes to dog-friendly parks. At Heritage Park, you can enjoy beautiful views and walk around the Capitol Lake, with 24 acres of grass and open spaces for your dog. There is the Heritage Park Trail, with 1.5 miles of gentle switchbacks to satisfy your active pup’s sense of adventure. For a leisurely stroll, Percival Landing Park is perfect, with its waterfront boardwalk. If you get hungry and fancy some delicious food and craft beer, the Fish Tale Brewery has outdoor seating to enjoy with your dog and the Three Magnets Brewing Co is also dog friendly.
In Cain Road, you will find Watershed Park, which is a great place to bring your dog for some fun and exercise. There is a one mile sniff-tastic trail loop through the woodlands that is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging. You can even see the Moxlie Creek Spring Basin, one of the largest spring basins in the region! The McGrath Woods Park is also dog-friendly, with an open grass meadow to play with a ball, as well as a pawsome trail loop to explore. Your dog is sure to make furry friends along the way!
Bring your pup to Mission Creek Nature Park to explore the sniff-tastic wood trails. This is a 37 acre park with natural charm that will entertain your dog for hours, with its exciting smells and sounds of nature. It is best to keep your furry friend on leash in this park, as it’s been known for having deer and other wildlife venturing through the woods during the day. To tire out your pup, you can also visit Friendly Grove Park. Just as its name suggests, this pawsome park is furiendly and welcomes dogs, with open grassy meadows for playing and having fun in the sun.