Sandwiched between two major bodies of water - Puget Sound and Lake Washington - the Meridian Park neighborhood is just a ten-minute drive away from beach views.
Day excursions are a snap, as well. Find yourself in Seattle within 20 minutes, a common destination thanks to its vibrant nightlife, food scene, and sightseeing. In the winter, head north to Snohomish for some coveted playtime in the snow. When it isn't time for play, local businesses and offices are just as easy to get to thanks to the small-scale territory Shoreline finds itself in.
Little to no scaling will be requested of your legs while walking through Meridian Park. However, if the daily walking routine gets monotonous, there are plenty of more challenging hiking trails, even mountain trails, that you and your four-legged adventurer can get to by car. Even just ten minutes away are both Richmond Beach and Innis Arden areas, which have some cliffs along their water's edge. This could be a good alternative if you own a dog that needs more exertion than just a stroll through a neighborhood.
At a popular neighborhood spot, Cromwell Park, Meridian Park residents can rent a covered patio for special occasions. But you don't need to be celebrating something in order to enjoy Cromwell; wide, open grassy areas give you and Fido plenty of space to run and play. There's a walking trail which isn't demanding, making it perfect for whiling away some time on a lazy day.
Less than five minutes in the car can take you to Twin Ponds Park in the Parkwood neighborhood. This park has parking, making the short jaunt there easy on foot or in your car. Meridian Creek runs through this lush, green area and a walking loop will take you and your pup along its chirping waters, with a pit-stops at two ponds and a mini cedar forest.
There's also James Keough and Darnell parks, but both are small and not always well-maintained. For walking a dog, these parks will work just fine if they need a quick potty break, but the Meridian Park and surrounding neighborhoods have better options to offer if you're looking for a fun, outdoor expedition.