Incorporated in 1995, Shoreline is Seattle’s closest neighbor to the north, and a haven for dogs and dog owners. There are city-organized hikes along Shoreline’s many trails, as well as lots of dog friendly parks, including many off-leash dog areas. And with eight animal hospitals throughout the twelve square miles of the city, Shoreline is without a doubt paw-friendly.
For a great way to start off a Saturday morning, take your four-legged friend and check out the Shoreview Park and Boeing Creek Park that surround the Shoreline Community College. The wooded parts around campus provide a beautiful path for a walk and there is even an off leash area. You can end your hike at the Shoreline Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday in Aurora Square. Pick up some breakfast for yourself and your dog before heading home!
Schools really are some of the most pet-friendly places in Shoreline. If you’re looking for an open space to let your dog roam free, the Fircrest Residential Habilitation and School is simply paw-fect. To complete the trip, you can take a stroll through the memory garden, a peaceful sanctuary.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore Shoreline with your furry friend!
Richmond Beach is one of the most highly sought after neighborhoods in Shoreline, and a beautiful home for pets and pet owners alike. A neighborhood along the western coast of Washington, it is best known for its Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. This natural beach with open water access is the largest off-leash dog area in the city. What’s more, it includes picnic areas, a playground, public art, hiking trails, and a public restroom. Bring the entire family for a pawsitively incredible day at the beach! This neighborhood also offers the Richmond Beach Community Park with plenty of on leash hiking options and a play area for kids.
Briarcreast North, a neighborhood on the east side of Shoreline, is one of the largest regions in the city and provides a variety of activities for the human and canine members of your family. It is home to three different parks offering areas for dogs as well as activities for kids, Hamlin Park, South Woods Park, and the Eastside Off Leash Area. If you’re looking for a large bustling park with wide-open spaces, sports fields, and hiking trails, Hamlin Park, on the west side of Briarcrest North, is where you should go next, although you will have to keep your pup on his leash. South Woods Park, on the south side of the neighborhood, is a smaller park and peaceful place to walk your dog. Most importantly, the Eastside Dog Park on the Fircrest Campus is a spacious off-leash area where your furry friend can run through lush green grass.
If you’re in search of the best parks for the whole family, including the four-legged members, Ridgecrest is the neighborhood to be in. This region in the southeast sector of Shoreline is a pawsome place for a picnic or hike. The Ridgecrest Park and Paramount School Park both feature playgrounds and baseball fields, making these parks great locations for family outings. The Paramount Open Space and Northcrest Parks both offer hiking trails for dogs and small off-leash areas in the open grassy areas. Whether you’re heading out for a quick morning jog or a long evening stroll, these parks have everything you need to get some exercise with your furry friend. Dogs can also often be seen off leash, playing a game of fetch or Frisbee with their families.
Feeling hungry? Parkwood is the neighborhood you need to visit. Located in the northwest region of town, Aquaria El Sabor is a great pet-friendly restaurant along Aurora Avenue. An authentic Mexican restaurant, it has plenty of options for both you and your pup. You can eat a delicious burrito right alongside your dog at the convenient outdoor seating. Follow up your meal with a walk in Twin Ponds Park, also in Parkwood. In this community park, you’ll find plenty of dogs and dog owners on the hiking trails. You can also find soccer fields, a playground, and a garden. For more adventure, take a walk along Meridian Creek, which also runs through this neighborhood.
Access to six different parks is what sets Echo Lake apart from other neighborhoods. At the largest, Ronald Bog Park, dogs are welcome and will be seen roaming the trails surrounding the small pond with their owners. Pets must stay on-leash, but are free to go as close to the water as they desire. This neighborhood is also home to Cromwell Park, which features various amenities including several sports courts, a playground for children, picnic areas for the humans in your family, and wide-open spaces for the canine member. Darnell Park and James Keough Park are also located in the neighborhood, while Ridgecrest Park borders the area. Finally, Meridian Park offers a small off-leash grass clearing in addition to hiking trails and a picnic area. Whether you are looking for activities for your dog or for the entire family, Meridian Park has you covered.