South Lake Union is so named due to its location on the south side of Union Lake. Seattle's downtown core is just a five-minute commute by vehicle to the south or a little over 30 minutes on foot. The neighborhood is packed with shops, services, and restaurants so residents walking their dog can reach a variety of locations on foot.
The Lake Union Veterinary Center is situated in the area and a local pet-friendly restaurant, Nollie's Cafe, allows pets in their outdoor seating. The eatery even serves up natural treats for your pooch.
Dog walkers in Seattle rarely have to contend with severe cold in winter, although cool, sustained and sub-freezing temperatures are rare, so a warm jacket is usually sufficient. Summers are ideal for walking with few thunderstorms or rainy days and relatively temperate conditions. Rain during spring, winter, and fall is a common occurrence and, if you want to walk daily with your pet, you will need some rain gear.
South Lake Union is located south of Lake Union, north of Denny Way, west of Interstate 5, and east of the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. A section of the neighborhood, known as Cascade, contains some historic buildings and beautiful architecture.
The South Lake Union area is s a developed urban area with multi-story apartments and commercial buildings. There is lots of traffic and activity in the area, so your dog will need to be acclimatized to pedestrian and vehicular traffic and should be leashed and under control to safely enjoy walks. There are separate sidewalks in the area providing safe walkways and, because this is a busy area, you should only cross streets at crosswalks. Teach your dog to sit and wait patiently at street corners and not to step off curbs into traffic.
The terrain is relatively flat and you and your pup will not have to hike up any steep slopes when traveling on foot in the area.
Lake Union Park juts out into the lake on the north side of the South Lake Union neighborhood. This unique waterfront park is 12 acres in size with 1.6 acres along the lakefront. A walkway along the shore provides a great place for a stroll with your pup with cool breezes off the water. There is a Maritime Heritage Center here and historic ships are moored at the wharves on the waterfront.
On the south side of the community is Denny Park. This park has beautiful garden plantings with winding walking paths to enjoy with your leashed dog. There is also am off-leash dog park with double gates to prevent escapees. You should be prepared to clean up after your pet and provide supervision while your pup is in the off-leash area.
Two smaller off-leash dog parks are located to the south in Denny Triangle. The Regrade Dog Park and Amazon Day One Dog Park are small, but fun dog parks within walking distance.