In the last couple of years, the dog population in the greater Seattle area has surpassed the child population. More people are holding off on raising little ones and choosing instead to opt for furry friends to share the city with.
Sure, your best friend loved snuggling by your feet next to a fire all winter, but now that the sun’s out, it’s time to stretch those paws and get outdoors.
Of course, there are Robinswood Community Park, Wilburton Hill Park and Mercer Slough Nature Park if you and your pup are looking for a nice walk, but there are several other places where you can take your partner in crime that you might not know about yet.
Take a Splash
Get out on Lake Union and a little closer to nature with a kayak rental from Northwest Outdoor Center. The guided paddleboard tours or kayak tours are dog-friendly, but be ready to do a little extra work—I don’t think your pup is quite ready to handle a paddle yet.
→ Learn more at nwoc.com.
Hit the Skies
If you and your pup are adventure seekers, Kenmore Air offers pet-friendly flight-seeing tours. Enjoy a water takeoff, an air tour of Seattle and a gentle landing on Lake Union. Lap dogs are permitted with no charge, but a seat must be purchased for dogs more than 25 pounds.
→ Learn more at kenmoreair.com.
Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Dogs are welcome every Sunday on the Fremont Sunday Ice Cream Cruise. Enjoy the sun and a tour of Lake Union alongside your pup and a bowl of ice cream. Well-behaved and leashed pets are welcome on the Seattle ferries every Sunday—don’t worry, your pup doesn’t need to have “sea legs,” the ferries ride smoothly and are easily managed by our four-legged friends.
Become a FlyDog
The Seattle FlyDogs is a local not-for-profit community club open to individuals by membership application. FlyDogs was created to
enrich the relationship between dogs and their handlers by offering participation and training in flyball, a skillful and athletic sport.
→ Learn more at seattleflydogs.com.
Explore Local Markets
The Bellevue Farmers Market stopped allowing pets in the last couple of years, but the Fremont Sunday and West Seattle Farmers Markets both still encourage furry friends to get involved in your weekly fresh-food foraging. The markets can get pretty crowded once the sun comes out, but if your pup loves people, it might just be their new favorite Sunday stop.
→ Learn more at fremontmarket.com.
Fancy a Little Vino?
Covington Cellars in Woodinville is a hospitable and dog-friendly winery that goes all-out. Wine tastings and pairings are their specialty. Make sure to also visit Alexandria Nicole Cellars and Brian Carter Cellars—two other dog-friendly spots—if you’d like to make it a tasting tour.
→ Learn more at covingtoncellars.com.
Bark ’n’ Brew
If you’re a beer drinker, most local breweries are dog-friendly. Postdoc Brewing in Redmond is a great choice. Located at the east entrance to Marymoor Park (one of the best dog parks in the area), Postdoc Brewing is the perfect stop after a day of running around. Well-behaved and leashed pups are welcome into the tasting room with their humans.
→ Learn more at postdocbrewing.com.