One of the best parts about living in Santa Cruz is having access to all its scenic parks and trails that are peppered throughout the city. But people aren’t the only ones who are allowed to enjoy them.
There are plenty of Santa Cruz dog-parks where your dogs can play off-leash while you enjoy the natural landscape and park amenities.
DeLaveaga Park is a local favorite for its natural beauty and dog-friendly atmosphere.
You can take your dog for a walk on pathways that wind around soaring redwoods and lazy streams. The best part about these pathways is that they’re shaded so you don’t have to worry about you and your dog getting too hot on summer days.
In addition to the gorgeous pathways through the forest, DeLaveaga Park also has a designated off-leash area where your dogs can run around and play with other dogs from around the area.
Ocean View Park
Although this park is called Ocean View, the view is more so of the San Lorenzo River. Even so, it has amazing vistas and even better amenities.
This is a popular area for many Santa Cruz residents and families because of its incredible playground and picnic areas.
But what makes this park so great is its off-leash parks where dogs can play. This park is open from dusk till dawn so you and your dog can enjoy the park’s beauty anytime of the day.
University Terrace Park
University Terrace Park is a phenomenal place for the whole family. It has a great playground, as well as a sports field, basketball court, and paved pathways.
While the children play on the monkey bars, your puppies can run around in one of the two fenced-in dog parks.
One dog area is for all types of dogs while the other is for small dogs only. So, if you have a tiny dog, you never have to worry about it getting stepped on by large dogs.
Since so many Santa Cruz residents bring their dogs out and about for the day, many restaurants welcome furry friends. Restaurants around the city have opened up their patios for puppies of all kinds so they too can have a great afternoon out.
West End Tap & Kitchen
This top-rated restaurant is a phenomenal place to visit for lunch and dinner. They serve delicious American cuisine that is sure to impress ever palate.
In addition to their incredible food is their wide selection of beers that rotate on tap.
This Santa Cruz pet-friendly restaurant allows dogs of all sizes onto the patio where they too can enjoy the trendy atmosphere.