Seattle is a city for dog lovers. With more dogs than kids, dog parks so nice they make humans jealous, and its very own canine celebrities, there’s no question that Seattle is welcoming to four-legged companions. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or seeking a new place to call home, here’s what you need to know about dog-friendly Seattle.
Booking a Hotel Stay
With nearly 200 dog-friendly hotels and vacation rentals in Seattle city limits, travelers will have no trouble finding accommodations that welcome pets. Downtown, stay at the trendy Ace Hotel where you and your pup can enjoy hip in-room artwork within walking distance of all the best Seattle has to offer. Visiting the University of Washington? Stay at the Watertown Hotel in the University District for a pet-friendly room just a short walk from campus. In Capitol Hill, the Bacon Mansion is a charming bed and breakfast just two blocks from Volunteer Park. And a stay at Loews Hotel 1000 puts you in walking distance of CenturyLink Field, so you can catch a game without dealing with traffic.
Finding the Right Neighborhood
If you’re moving to Seattle, the neighborhood you choose could make or break your experience. To find a neighborhood that’s as dog-friendly as you are, look for areas with walkable sidewalks, parks, and pet-friendly businesses. Thankfully, in Seattle that leaves you with plenty of options.
In the downtown area, Ballard is the epitome of pet-friendly living. Here, you’ll find Golden Gardens Park and its 1-acre dog park, the famously dog-friendly Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse, and a farmers market you can bring Fido to. Settling down in West Seattle? This neighborhood offers cozy backyards, a coastal walking trail, and green spaces around every corner. If you’re looking for a slower pace than downtown Seattle offers, consider Green Lake. This north-central neighborhood’s focal point is a large manmade lake with a 2.8-mile walking trail and an off-leash dog park at its southern tip, and it has dog-friendly businesses that range from bike shops to coffee shops. Of course, these are only a glimpse of Seattle’s dog-friendly neighborhoods.
Making the most of Seattle’s dog-loving demeanor means getting out and exploring the many attractions the city has to offer — easy to do with Seattle’s pet-friendly public transit.
While dogs are required to be leashed in public spaces, including parks, the City of Seattle’s 14 off-leash dog parks offer plenty of opportunities for your dog to burn some energy. Magnuson Park is the city’s most popular off-leash area, with nearly 9 acres including Lake Washington shoreline, making this the only dog park in the city with waterfront access. Head south to discover Dr. José Rizal Park for breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline from the 4-acre dog park. While less impressive in size, the .3-acre Regrade Park offers a convenient play area in the busy Belltown neighborhood.
After a romp at the park, kick back with a bite and a beverage at one of Seattle’s many dog-friendly establishments. Cloudburst Brewing, Stoup Brewing, and Machine House Brewery are some of the city’s best dog-friendly breweries, while restaurants and cafés like The Fiddler’s Inn, Bark! Espresso, and The Barking Dog Alehouse welcome your pooch with open arms.
With this guide, you’ll have no shortage of things to do and see in Seattle with your dog, and these suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg. As you get to know this great city and its diverse neighborhoods, you’ll discover more and more things to do with your four-legged friend, from dog yoga to a dog film festival!