In the greater Seattle area there are a lot of beautiful green spaces, and plenty of great neighborhoods to live in. But in a city with limited surface area due to the flanking mountains, hills, and water, those two things don’t always come in the same package. But never fear, Seattleites! We’ve compiled a list of the best Seattle dog parks—places where your dog can go to play, run around, meet other dogs, and just enjoy being outside.
Top 5 Dog Parks in the Seattle Area
- Magnuson Dog Park
- Marymoor Dog Park
- Grandview Dog Park
- Dr. Jose Rizal Dog Park
- Genesee Off-Leash Area
This is my favorite park to bring my dog, Lilly! At 9 acres, the off-leash area at Magnuson Park is the largest dog park within Seattle, and also the only park in the city with waterfront access. You and your dogs can roam around mostly flat areas and also make your way down a nice trail to Lake Washington. Plus, Magnuson Park has a little something for everyone, with a small and shy dog area.
This massive park in Redmond encompasses 40 acres and serves dog owners from all over the eastside of Seattle. S.O.D.A. (Serve Our Dog Areas) is the volunteer organization that maintains this park, and according to their website, Marymoor “includes fields, woods and a river, with well maintained access beaches, paths, walkways and bridges.” Your dog can even go down to the west side of the park and dip their paws in the river!
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Grandview is a 37 acre off-leash dog park in South King County. The park includes large open areas for your dog to run and play, along with a large open air shelter for shade.
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In Beacon Hill
This park is located just south of Seattle’s downtown on Beacon Hill. While your furry friend plays, you can see beautiful views of both Puget Sound towards the west and Seattle to the north.
This popular spot near south Seattle’s booming Columbia City neighborhood is a dog’s dream. The main area is covered in gravel, which can get dusty, but helps prevent mud in the rainy season. Shade trees line the space, and there’s easy proximity to trails through the larger Genesee Park area, including access to the Lake Washington loop.
Have too many plans to exercise your dog properly while you’re in Seattle? Not to worry – hire a local dog walker who will be happy to show them around. Your dog will be happy you did!