Open until the break of dawn until the fall of dusk, the Chambers Bay Off Leash Dog Park & Beach is an admission-free, seven-acre park with one acre specifically for dogs to run off-leash. This beautiful park stays eye-pleasing and functional thanks to SUN Dogs – Safe, Unleashed, Natural – a non-profit group in University Place.
Perched on the edge of the 285-acre Wapato Lake is the one-acre park of Wapato Lake Park. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the short trail that entices visitors to a small sand beach, or Fido can frolic about in one of the three completely fenced-in leash-free zones. Benches, shelters, and water are available, and there is no cost to get in. If you want to make Fido's day, plan on spending the entire day at the park, in order to do this simply find out what time sunrise is and then show up a half-hour before then, and stay until the sun goes back to bed.
Experience a piece of Tacoma’s history at Browns Point Lighthouse. Browns Point is home to Tacoma’s historic lighthouse and has plenty of places for picnics, so travel back in time during your lunch hour. Your pooch is welcome to tag along too, as long as she’s on her leash at all times.
Sunset Beach is one of the premiere neighborhoods in Tacoma, featuring beautiful views of the water and plenty of space to walk Fido. Whether you are taking a stroll through the neighborhood or heading over to the Chambers Bay Off Leash Park, your pup will thank you for spending quality time together. This 1-acre off-leash area is adjacent to the golf course, and provides amazing views while you stroll. A separate area for small, shy or senior pups creates a peaceful atmosphere for your dog and his friends.
Water views and long sidewalks to take Fido for a stroll make the North End neighborhood a great place to raise your four-legged family. Point Defiance Park is one of the most well known in the area, and features 700 acres of trails through the woods in addition to an aquarium and zoo. After spending time at this park, you and your pooch can traipse over to Wright Park and enjoy the 27-acre arboretum. Pup friendly activities are often scheduled in the park, so be sure to check announcements for these putastic opportunities! Nearby, Standing Stones Photography & Design is a premier pet photographer and will take unique photos of your pooch. For a bite to eat, Odd Otter Brewing welcomes your pup on the patio tasting room so you can socialize with friends without leaving Fido at home.
Located below the city center of Tacoma, the South End neighborhood features parks and sidewalks perfect for taking Fido for a stroll. Making friends with your dog loving neighbors is simple if you hang out at Wapato Lake Park. Covering 1-acre, the park is on the edge of a 285-acre lake where your pooch can dip his feet in the water or chase after a ball. With three different fenced areas, pups of all sizes can romp and play with the freedom of being off leash. Shelters and benches keep puppy parents comfortable while socializing with friends.
Finding other furry friends in the West End neighborhood is easy while walking along the sidewalks. With some of the most spectacular views in the city, neighbors tend to spend hours outside with Fido and family. Planning a trip to Owen Beach is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Picnic shelters along the waterfront offer grills and a restroom close by. After expelling all your energy at the park, head over to Defiant Goldfish Tavern, where you can enjoy pizza and craft beer with your pooch on the gated patio. You may also want to visit Two Town Pub for drink or evening meal where you and Fido can sit outside and enjoy the breeze.