Dog Friendly Spots in Orange County

Posted By Heather Rusick on 3/17/15 10:27 AM


You love living in Orange County because of the fantastic weather, friendly people and beautiful locations; guess what? Your dog loves it for the same reasons, and there's certainly no shortage of places where both you and your pooch can have some fun. Whether you want to romp on the beach, play in the park or dine in style, there's something on this list for everyone.

Beautiful Beaches

  1. Huntington Dog Beach - well, the clue is in the name. A non-profit society works hard to keep this beach dog-safe, clean and fun. Dogs are welcome both on and off the leash, from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., 365 days a year. The only thing you pay for at the beach is for parking, and there's even a Doggie Bus, offering free transportation to and from Tustin.
  2. Laguna Beach - packed with rock pools, coves and beautiful-natural elements, and open to leashed dogs from September 17th - May 31st every year. There's plenty here to keep you both exploring for many hours.

Parks for Picnics

  1. Dana Point Heritage Park - featuring beautiful views of the marina and only 2 miles from Seabrook at Bear Brand Apartments, the Dana Point Heritage Park is the perfect outdoor adventure to share with your leashed dog. There's also a fenced off dog fun zone where your best friend can run wild and free.
  2. William R. Mason Regional Park, Irvine - 345 acres of woods and parkland, with a boating lake, equestrian trails and lots of picnic areas. There are ducks for your pooch to make friends with and plenty of wide open spaces to sniff and to explore.
  3. O'Neill Regional Park, Trabuco Canyon - now here's a wilderness! You and your dog will love exploring over 1700 acres, including dog-friendly camping spots. On these hiking trails, Orange County will seem like a world away.


There are numerous restaurants across Orange County that welcomes leashed dogs, especially for outdoor dining. Many will offer water and perhaps some dog treats too - Aliso Viejo, Irvine and Dana Point in particular stand out for the number of dog-friendly restaurants - why not take Fido somewhere new today?

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