Just a short ferry ride from Seattle is a small, charming community with a rich Scandinavian heritage. Known as “Little Norway” and the “Viking City,” Poulsbo is one of the Kitsap Peninsula's most popular destinations. This waterfront city is very pedestrian-, child-, and pet-friendly, so bring your pup along! Travel worry-free knowing that Poulsbo has nine animal hospitals to take care of your best friend if needed.
Head to the Raab Dog Park for some leash-free fun! Located inside the Frank Raab Park, this fenced-in, off-leash area is a puptastic place to let Fido run, play, and meet other canines. The ground is covered with gravel to keep pooches clean and dry, and toys and running water are provided.
If Fido is feeling shy, go for a leashed stroll around the 21-acre Frank Raab Park instead. You and your pooch will discover plenty of open space, a walking trail, picnic areas, a community garden, athletic courts, a playground, and a skate park.
For a walk with a view, check out the American Legion Park, where you and Fido will be able to see Liberty Bay from the wooded trails. There is also access to the beach and the nearby Waterfront Park.
So come visit the Viking City of Poulsbo with your pupper!
Poulsbo's Fish Park is a welcome oasis in the middle of a busy city. Don't let the name fool you; this 40-acre nature park is totally dog-friendly! Just be sure to keep Fido on a leash and pick up after him. Once you've got your leash and waste bags ready, you can start exploring the park with your pooch! Poulsbo's Fish Park features 1.5 miles of looped and compacted gravel trails, a quarter-mile boardwalk, and 5 wooden pedestrian bridges that will take you and your best friend to different parts of the park. You'll pass by viewing platforms that offer views of the Liberty Bay estuary and Dogfish Creek, as well as various wildlife, flora, and interpretive signs.
Situated between Liberty Bay and local shops, the Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park is a woofderful place to take your best friend for a walk on a sunny day. Proceed to the boardwalk to enjoy the best views of the bay, and if the timing is right, you might even see some seals and their young in the water! Feeling hungry? Just a stone's throw away from the park are some pup-friendly eateries with outdoor seating. Your options include, but are not limited to, That's A Some Italian Ristorante, Burrata Bistro, JJ's Fish House, Cups Espresso & Cafe, and Green Light Diner.
Though relatively small, Lions Park has enough space for you and your pooch to get a bit exercise in and blow off some energy. Take Fido for a leashed stroll around the park, or play some fetch on the open grassy areas. This 1.2-acre park also has a playground, tennis courts, and picnic tables. Oyster Plant Park, which is a 5-minute walk away, is another spot in the city that provides excellent views of Liberty Bay. This former oyster processing plant features a viewing deck with benches and picnic tables where you and Fido can dig into a packed lunch, watch wildlife, or just relax.
Located on Hood Canal, Kitsap Memorial State Park comprises tall trees, open grass fields, and nearly 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline. A popular venue for weddings, this 58-acre camping park is also a furrific spot to spend some time in nature with Fido. Explore the 1.5 miles of hiking trails, toss a ball or Frisbee on the open fields, check out the shores of the canal, and enjoy the view of the Olympic Mountains. Note that a Discover Pass is required to enter Kitsap Memorial State Park, but there is an automated pay station where you can purchase your pass on-site.
If your dog has tons of energy to spare, grab your things and head to the Stottlemeyer Trails! This network of non-motorized trails spans 16 miles and will take you and your pup all the way to Port Gamble. Used by hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and four-legged outdoor enthusiasts, the moderate Stottlemeyer Trails are great for letting your furry buddy experience new sights and smells. Just keep Fido leashed at all times while you're exploring the system, and don't forget pack food and water for both of you, especially if you're planning to go on a long hike. Bringing a map is also strongly recommended!