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Dog Friendly Things to Do in San Luis Obispo

This April, we’re celebrating our furry friends in dog-friendly San Luis Obispo! With sunny skies and endless outdoor activities, San Luis Obispo is the ideal pet-friendly destination. Whether you are a local or just visiting, you and your four-legged sidekick should be here. We have endless options for pet-friendly hotels in San Luis Obispo. Hotelsrestaurants, beaches in San Luis Obispo, and hikes are meant to be enjoyed by all, human or canine.

Dog-Friendly Parks & Beaches

El Chorro Dog Park

Located within El Chorro Regional Park on Highway 1, El Chorro Dog Park was the first dog park in San Luis Obispo. The park is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset and is equipped with two fully fenced areas with wood chips, water stations, mutt mitts, and doggie splash tubs. The large park offers 1.3 acres of play space for big dogs and the small park is .25 acres and designated for small dogs to play. El Chorro Regional Park also offers hiking trails, a botanical garden, as well as, shaded picnic tables.

El Chorro Dog Park Wet Pet
Photo // @hunterp_cockapoo

Laguna Lake Dog Park

Surrounding Laguna Lake, the Laguna Lake Dog Park offers a large open space for frolicking off-leash and endless games of fetch. Bring the whole family out for a fun day of picnicking and hiking with your furry friend. Pro tip: Head by one of our local delis like Piemonte’s Deli or get your chowder fix from Splash Cafe in our also pet-friendly, Historic Downtown District.

Black dog at Laguna Lake Dog Park in the grass
Photo // @roamingrescues


Just two miles south of Cayucos, Morro Strand State Beach presents a 3-mile stretch of sandy shoreline for you and your pup to run off-leash and play in the waves. This breezy beach is a popular place to find locals as well as tourists fishing, surfing, jogging, or flying kites in the wind. Although dogs are no longer allowed on Fisherman’s Beach in Avila Beach, you can play with your furry pal on Olde Port Beach.

Sitting Dog at the avila beach boardwalk.
Photo // @dogsofslo // @arloandgeorgia

Dog-Friendly Hotspots


Out by the train station lies one of SLO’s most popular and trendy spots for brunch, Sally Loo’s Wholesome Café. Sip on coffee and enjoy a plate of Nutella-drizzled waffles while soaking up the sun in the dog-friendly seating area. A few of Downtown SLO’s fine dining restaurants like Giuseppe’s Cucina RusticaNovo, and Luna Red, also allow furry friends to accompany their owners on their outdoor patios. On the outskirts of downtown near the Cal Poly campus, Milestone Tavern serves as a great place to enjoy a draft brew and burger with your pet. High Street Deli and Lincoln Market Deli, two of the town’s iconic sandwich spots allow dogs outside to drool as they watch their owners bite into a mouthwatering masterpiece.

Oliver the goldendoodle with rayban sunglasses at Lincoln Market & Deli
Photo // @dogsofslo // @olivermaverickdoodle


Wine not bring your dog to the vineyard for some tasting? Several wineries, including Edna Valley’s Wolff VineyardsSaucelito Canyon VineyardsClaiborne & Churchill WineryChamisal Vineyards, and Tolosa Winery are hospitable to dogs and humans alike.

Craft Breweries

Over the past few years, San Luis Obispo has continued to gain recognition for the booming craft beer scene. What better combination than a nice cold one, your four-legged bestie, and a scenic backdrop of those bewildering San Luis Obispo hillsides? A few of our pet-friendly favorites are Libertine, SLO Brew Rock, 7 Sisters Brewing, Central Coast Brewing, Tap It, and Bang the Drum.

Boutiques and Shops

Tails Pet Boutique is a mecca for animal lovers and their pets, selling a wide variety of foods, collars, toys, beds, bowls and other care supplies to keep your companion happy and healthy. The owner also owns Doggie Salon and Spa, in case your pet needs a nail trim, bath, or full groom. Lemos, a local pet store, offers special treats and toys for cats and dogs to enjoy.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations in San Luis Obispo

Dog Lodging & Kennels in San Luis Obispo

Australian Shepherd dog in the San Luis Obispo Grass
Photo // @thegoodheartedaussi

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take your Spring getaway to the Central Coast. Grab that leash and head over to one of the most dog-friendly spots around!

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