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Best 🐶 Dog Parks in San Diego | (2022) List with Map, Guide & Tips

San Diego is a pet-friendly paradise, with lots of wide-open space, year-round gorgeous weather, and dog parks conveniently located throughout the city.The benefits of bringing your dog to the park don’t end with helping your pup run off some of their endless energy so they behave better, either. For those moving to San Diego, visiting the dog park helps you meet new people and make new friends, things that are often challenging for adults after moving to a new place.

In addition to the dog parks, San Diego is also home to the Hornblower Cruises Annual Pet Day on the Bay in May and the Unleashed Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach in the summer. Dogs in San Diego are truly living their best lives and making dogs all over the country jealous!

Our four-legged, furry friends in the San Diego area have access to some of the best dog amenities in the state. Several of the leash-free dog parks are open 24 hours a day to accommodate shift workers (or people with insomnia!) And while most of the area’s oceanfront beaches don’t allow dogs off-leash, there is a dog beach at Mission Bay Park that’s perfect for water-loving labrador retrievers and any other dogs who like to make a splash and jump the waves, and you can even book a private paddle boarding lesson for you and your dog!

As a dog owner, when you bring your dog to any of the state dog friendly parks, you agree to accept full responsibility and liability for your dog’s actions, enter the areas at your own risk, and follow the dog rules of each park. It should go without saying, but just in case – don’t forget to clean up after your dog so everyone can enjoy the dog parks without fear of stepping in a mushy dog waste ‘land mine’! No one wants to walk home or get in the car with that on their shoes! If the parks look a little too crowded or your dog is a bit anti-social, you can also bring your dogs to any other park in the city, but if it’s not a designated “off-leash” park, please keep Fido on a leash at all times.

Kearny Mesa Leash-Free Dog Park – Lights on After Dark

Open daily, the dog park hours are 6:30 am to 10:00 pm, the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center offers a 1-acre leash-free park for dogs, complete with a water station to keep Fido hydrated during his exercise. There’s also a water fountain for you. One of the few lighted parks, Kearny Mesa is great for people who work late and want to take the dog out in the evenings.

3170 Armstrong St, San Diego, CA 92111 – 858-573-1387

Nate’s Point Dog Park – 24 Hour Access Dog Park

Is your pup a night owl? Or maybe you work odd hours? Nate’s Point is a 24 hour, fenced-in dog park on 2.3 acres. Your dog can run and play leash-free and enjoy the shade trees during the day when the sun is heating it up. The park offers drinking fountains so you don’t have to worry about packing water bottles for you or your pup, a double-entry gate to make sure the dogs don’t escape when someone enters or exits, and picnic tables in case you want to pack a lunch.

2500 Balboa Dr, San Diego, CA 92103

Grape Street Off-Leash Area – Largest Dog Park in Balboa Park with Grass

One of Balboa Park’s three dog parks, the Grape and 28th Streets intersection dog park spans 5 acres with open, grassy fields and mature eucalyptus trees. There’s a (human) restroom and two canine water fountains. Your dog can run off-leash between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekends.

1998 28th St, San Diego, CA 92102, 619-239-0512

Capehart (Soledad) Dog Park – Best Park for Small Dogs in San Diego

Capehart is conveniently open 24 hours but there are no lights when it gets dark. The Capehart Dog Park spans 1-acre with two fences that keep small and large dogs separate so you don’t have to worry about your little Jack Russell Terrier or Miniature Schnauzer getting run over by a 200 pound Great Dane. The large dog enclosure is sand rather than grass, which can sometimes get picked up by the dogs paws or thrown about by wind. There are dog water fountains, human drinking fountains, a parking area, picnic tables with umbrellas for human shade, and benches to give you someplace to relax while your dog runs off all that energy. Bring a book and enjoy the happy sounds of barking while you read!

Soledad Mountain Rd & Corner of Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109 – 619-525-8213

Ward Canyon Interim Dog Park – Wood Chip Dog Areas for Less Mud

Ward Canyon off-lease dog park hours are from dawn to dusk. The park is located on 40th Street right next to the Interstate 15 freeway. While your dog plays, you can relax on park benches or under pergolas for shade. There is convenient parking so you don’t have to fight for a space, two separate fenced-in areas, one for small dogs and one for all dogs, and both have tumbled wood chipped ground to reduce mud and dirt. Because of the tumbled wood chips, people in wheelchairs find it difficult to navigate as there are no paved areas within the park.

4634 40th St, San Diego, CA 92116

Nobel Leash-Free Park – Conveniently Located Parking Area

Located in the Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center, just east of the North University Community Branch Library building, the Nobel Leash-Free dog park is open 24 hours. There is convenient parking here and the park offers separate fenced-in areas for small dogs and large dogs.

8820 Judician Dr. San Diego, CA 92122 – 858-552-1626

Dog Beach at Mission Bay Park – Swimming Hole and Park for Dogs

Many San Diego beaches don’t allow dogs off leash, which makes it hard to bring man’s best friend for a refreshing swim. Luckily, you can bring your pup to the Dog Beach located at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway on Fiesta Island. Let your dog cool off and jump in the waves, and then dry off by running leash-free in the fenced-in meadows area on the peninsula. Don’t be surprised if your dog sleeps a little longer and snores a little louder after a few hours at the dog beach!

1750 Fiesta Island Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 – 619-525-8213

Little Italy Dog Park – Easy Clean-up on Synthetic Grass

With over 3,000 dogs living in San Diego’s Little Italy, it only makes sense that the community would also have an area dedicated to their four-legged friends. Little Italy Dog Park features synthetic K9Grass for a cleaner and better smelling environment for pets, a small dog park, and art gallery, and a shade structure to keep the dogs cool on the hottest summer days.

254 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101 – 619-233-3898

Morley Field Dog Park – Access to Hiking Trails for on-Leash Walks

Morley Field is a leash-free dog park in Balboa Park at the west end of the Morley Field Sports Complex. There is free parking at the entrance near the intersection of Morley Field Drive and Alabama Street. For convenience, the park has several litter-bag stations to help you pick up dog waste and keep the park clean. The off-leash area has a large field with trees for shade. You can also put your dog back on a leash and take him on the Florida Canyon Nature Trails, easily accessible from the park.

2225 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104 – 619-239-0512

Civita Dog Park – Dog Park with Human Amenities

A hidden gem, the Civita Dog Park is in the heart of Mission Valley and offers more than just a fenced in yard for the dogs to run. Bring the whole family and enjoy ping pong tables, a splash pad, game area with chess, playground area, clean restrooms, and comfortable seating areas. The park provides litter bags to pick up dog waste and running water. Being in the city, parking can be a challenge at this park.

San Diego, CA 92108, 619-531-1563

Del Mar Dog Friendly Beach –

Del Mar’s beaches are for everyone including your dogs! During the off season between Labor Day and June 15th, you can let your dog run off leash at the beach. From June 16th through Labor Day, dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash 6 feet or less.

3902 29th St, Del Mar, CA 92014, 858-755-1556

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