Downtown Seattle is a busy commercial area and business hub that is very walkable. The area is home to numerous restaurants, bars, eateries, cafes, indie shops, and retail outlets. Tourist attractions like the Central Waterfront and an aquarium, the Seattle Art Museum, and the old Paramount Theatre, as well as the Pike Place Market which is the oldest farmers market in the US, are also located here.
Dog walkers can stop for a bite to eat at one of many dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating in the area that include Contour, Fado Irish Pub, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Ivar’s Pier 54 Fish Bar, and Merchants Cafe and Saloon.
Seattle enjoys warm, sunny summers ideal for dog walking or an outdoor meal, however, winters are cool and wet and require warm, waterproof outdoor wear to continue regular outings with your pup. Daytime temperatures are usually above freezing, however, when there is a cold snap coupled with precipitation, icy conditions can exist.
Unlike many central business districts, Seattle's downtown is hilly and slopes fairly sharply down to the water. When walking with your dog in the district, you will need to hike up and down some inclines to get around. Traffic in the area is heavy and there's lots of noise and activity in the area. Your dog will need to be securely leashed and accustomed to the hustle and bustle to walk safely in the region.
Sideways are present in the area and there are some trees along sidewalks, even in this developed area. The waterfront is the main landscape feature and marinas and piers line the bay.
Regrade Park and Amazon Day 1 Dog Park provide small, urban off-leash parks in the downtown area where your dog can socialize and play. Regarde Park is gravel and pavement surfaced and has double gates to prevent escapees while the Amazon Day 1 Dog Park is located next to some unique spherical sculptures which add interest to the greenway.
Westlake Park is a small plaza with plenty of activity and shopping nearby where you can go for a break in the shade with seating and large trees. Victor Steinbrueck Park is near the waterfront and has seating, walkways, grassy areas, and trees to enjoy with your pooch.
The Waterfront Park and Pier 62 and 63 are located along the water and, while these greenways are paved and not particularly “green,” they do provide walkways with views of the water and spectacular sunsets where you can walk with your leashed pet. Enjoy some cool ocean breezes and the sights and sounds of the water!