A Dog’s Guide To Taking San Francisco By Storm

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 14, 2016

If you’re heading to San Francisco and looking for things to do with your dog, you’re in luck. San Francisco happens to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US and has a ton of great places you and your dog will want to check out. With plenty of dog parks, nature trails, and beaches that allow dogs, it’s no wonder it was named one of the best cities in the US for dog lovers by Forbes Magazine. Here are our top dog-friendly places your dog is sure to love in San Francisco!


1. Crissy Fields

This place has it all – wide open fields, a beach for your dog to swim/play with other dogs, and beautiful scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. If you have limited time and are deciding where to take your dog, while also experiencing one of the best views in San Francisco, you’ll definitely want to go here.



2. Alamo Square

This park has great views of the city and is a popular tourist spot due to the expansive views of the city and the Painted Ladies (the Full House houses). Towards the back of the park there is a designated dog area, however, dogs are allowed throughout the park.


3. Dolores Park

A hipster’s dream, this park is a great place to relax and throw a tennis ball with your pup while also offering beautiful views of downtown San Francisco. Grab a sandwich from one of the many nearby deli’s in the Mission and have a picnic in the park with your pup. On a sunny day this place gets crowded with fixed gear bikes and slack-lining twenty-somethings.



4. Fort Funston

If you’re looking for a place that’s completely devoted to dogs, look no further than Fort Funston. With hundreds of dogs at any given time, and an entire beach devoted to chasing down sea-salt soaked tennis balls and frisbees, this place is truly a dog’s paradise. Feel free to let them off the leash to play with other dogs while you walk along the path taking in the breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean.



5.Baker Beach

This beach is easily accessible, dog-friendly, and has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t be alarmed if you see a few nude people towards the end of the beach – it’s San Francisco, everyone here is a bit weird!


6.Lands End Trail

Lands End is a landmark in San Francisco. Located the farthest west you can go on the peninsula, it is literally where the lands ends and is a great spot for hiking with your dog. The Coastal trail is a great place to go on a run with your dog as it takes you through the woods and down to the beach for an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.


7. Marin Headlands

If you’ve got an afternoon to spare, we recommend renting a car and driving over the Golden Gate Bridge into the Marin Headlands. There are some great scenic overlooks and photo opportunities, as well as Rodeo Beach – where lots of dogs play!



8. Golden Gate Park

This legendary park is a favorite among locals. Get a cup of coffee and stroll along the many paths around the park, or have a picnic by the lake located inside the park. There’s no shortage of wide open spaces to play a game of fetch here!


Restaurants/ Shops

1. Pizzeria Delfina

This quaint pizzeria not only has the cities best pizza voted many times over, it also has outdoor sidewalk seating that allows dogs. Don’t be shy, go ahead and ask for a bowl of water for your dog, too! Both Mission and Pacific Heights locations are dog-friendly.


2. Rose’s Cafe

This all-day cafe with outdoor seating and Italian fare is both dog-friendly and delicious. Located in the upper Pacific Heights neighborhood, this spot is sure to be a win-win for both you and your dog.


3. Tartine Bakery

This bakery is the perfect stop if you’re heading to Dolores Park, since it’s in such close proximity. The bakery has great sandwiches and scones and a sidewalk dining area where dogs are commonly seen grabbing a bite to eat with their owners. It’s a local favorite.




4. Blue and Gold Fleet Cruise

There’s no better view of San Francisco than from San Francisco Bay. Blue and Gold Fleet Cruises are a great way to get out on the water and take in the sights with your dog. Make sure your dog is on-leash, as it’s required for coming aboard.


5. Kayaking

Looking to spend some time outdoors with your dog out on the bay? Kayaking in the calm waters of North Bay around Sausalito allows you to rent double-seater kayaks for you and your dog!


6. Walk the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is worth the visit is you have time. Though no locals are here, you can experience the sites and smells of one of the most popular tourist destination, Pier 39, with your pup. There are shops, restaurants, and even live magic shows at the end of the pier some days. Make sure to keep your dog on a tight leash though, it’s a common sight to see 50+ sea lions sunning themselves on the docks.


And there you have it, a dog’s guide to San Francisco – guaranteed to get tails wagging!

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 14, 2016

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