Dog-Friendly Activities in Seattle, WA

Dog Friendly Activities Seattle

Looking for fun places to bring your dog in Seattle, WA?

Look no further.  In a city that has more dogs than children, the options for an adventure with your pup are endless.  Here is our list of the top rated activities for you and your dog in Seattle, WA.  

Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Dog Area

The largest dog park in Seattle, this fully fenced 8.6 acre oasis provides ample opportunity for you and your dog to get some exercise.  In addition to being Seattles largest off-leash dog park, Magnuson's Dog Park is the only off leash area that offers direct access to Lake Washington within the city limits so that your pup can swim and cool down on a hot day.  

The site has a large, generally flat play area, a winding trail with several open areas and changes of scenery along the way, and it gives dog owners and their dogs of all ages plenty of space to “work out”. Most of the trail is compact gravel and is wheelchair accessible.

Magnuson Park’s off-leash area is by far the largest, most popular and most widely used off-leash area in Seattle.

As a bonus to Magnuson Dog Park, check out Magnuson Brewery.  Offering lake views, and covered seating in the winter.  Magnuson is the perfect place to bring your pups new friend that they met playing at the park!


Take A Ride On the Largest Public Ferry System In the US

Did you know that Washington State Ferries is the largest operating public ferry system in the US? Taking advantage of this public system to any of Seattles neighboring islands via the Ferry is a must do for any local or visitor.  Your pup will love the views from the outdoor deck, and enjoy the wind in their fur! 

Passengers with pets are allowed to board from inside the passenger terminal areas where overhead loading is in place:

  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bremerton
  • Edmonds
  • Kingston
  • Seattle

If headed to Bainbridge island be sure to check out the B.I. Barkery for a treat or souvenir! 

Brunch with your dog at Norm’s Eatery

Norm's loves dogs.  They have their Dog Menu to prove it! Located in Fremont, this Seattle institution has been catering to dogs and their parents for years.  

The speakeasy style bar has indoor and outdoor sections and is decorated entirely with dog memorabilia. Dog paintings, dog figurines, dog statues, dog beers, dog menus….everything dog is found at Norm’s. Even the bathrooms are dog themed.

Bring your Dog to the Seattle Waterfalls or Rattlesnake Ledge

Off Leash Hiking Trails in Seattle are easy to find. If you are willing to travel 45 minutes outside the city, there are plenty of trails to choose from. We chose the off-leash Rattlesnake Ledge trail as a final stop before heading to the airport. The best time to hike Rattlesnake Ledge is at sunrise – we went midday and it was CROWDED all the way up. This 5.1 mile out and back trail is about 1500 ft uphill to the peak but worth the views. Afternoon was the only time that we could fit in this hike but our experience suffered from the crowds on the narrow (and steep) trail. It was impossible to get a peaceful view from the ledge but we got a bit of a view by squeezing ourselves in between the crowds.

Some of the other trails in the area that we didn’t get to try out are the Snow Lake Trail. The 6.4 mile out and back trail leads to a breathtaking lake at the Snoqualmie Pass. Dogs must be kept on leash.

The pet friendly waterfalls near Seattle are also worth checking out:

  • Twin Falls (3.6 miles out and back)
  • Snoqualmie Falls (1.3 miles out and back)
  • Panther Creek Falls (.3 miles out and back)

Grab a Beer At Growlerz

A favorite destination of ours, Growlerz is quickly becoming a go to destination for all those in South Seattle.  Located in between Columbia and Hillman City, Growlerz is a doggy day care by day, dog park by night. Play time is constantly supervised, and they serve cold beer on tap.  Most importantly, they regularly have events like trivia, pop up dog grooming, food trucks, and even movie night.  

Be sure to check the rules because Growlerz is not family friendly, and requires all dogs be fully vaccinated with records on file.


While this list could go on forever, we will continue to provide more neighborhood specific recommendations.  Check back often, and make sure to check out some of our treats! 

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Featured Treats