Sometimes a dog just needs to get outside and run with its own kind. Just ask the black Labrador that takes the D-Line to the dog park. When your dog is sitting by the door and begging for a game of fetch, visit one of these seven highly-rated dog parks in Seattle for some fun and exercise.
Sand Point, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
This is the crème de la crème of dog parks. At nine acres, Magnuson is the largest off-leash dog park in Seattle, offering a little of everything for pooches and humans alike.
The off-leash area has a large, flat area that provides ample room for fetching and sprinting, a trail that leads dog owners and their pups through Magnuson Park, as well as the only city-sanctioned dog-friendly beach. The off-leash area also has a small and shy dog area located just south of the main entrance kiosk.
Heavy use by dog walkers in the late mornings and early afternoons can sometimes cause dog logjams along the trails. Restrooms, parking and water nearby.
Ballard, 8498 Seaview Pl NW
Towering trees, a rugged coastline, and forest hiking trails surround this one-acre park located in the upper northern portion of Golden Gardens Park. Dog owners will enjoy the views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Their dogs will enjoy the wide-open space covered in wood chips, perfect for running, fetching, and sunbathing. A separate area for small and shy dogs offers a spot for the little guys to run around. Tables, benches, and a shelter provide protection from sun and rain. The meandering trail that leads from the off-leash area to the beach is an added bonus. Restrooms, parking, and water nearby.
Fremont, 1000 N 50th St
Ready for a game of “King of the Hill”? The main feature of this one-acre dog park is a large slope, which offers plenty of exercise for dogs that love stairs. For the more sedentary pooch, the top of the slope offers a nice view of Woodland Park, benches, and a water spigot. This park can get a bit muddy after a heavy rain.
For a nice post-play cool down, explore the 90.9-acre Woodland Park, which features trails, picnic areas, ballfields, a miniature golf range, horseshoe pits, BMX bike course, and lawn bowling. Parking and restrooms nearby.
Beacon Hill, 1008 12th Ave S
Named after Filipino patriot Dr. Jose Rizal, this park offers views of the Seattle skyline and Elliot Bay. The 4-acre off-leash area is located on the north end of the park and has plenty of open space for fetch, as well as a gravel walking path. No bathroom or water.
Magnolia, 3430 27th Avenue W
Opened in 2012, Magnolia Manor is one of Seattle’s newest off-leash parks. This half-acre park has a doggy drinking fountain and ample space for ball throwing. Maintained by a group of Magnolia neighborhood volunteers, this park is very clean and (usually) mud-free. Parking and running water available.
Queen Anne, 899 W
Olympic Place For the dog owner seeking a lush, green respite from the concrete jungle, head to Kinnear Park. This two-tiered park is perched on a hill just outside the heart of Lower Queen Anne. Dogs are required to be on-leash in the park’s upper portion, which overlooks Elliot Bay. Walk down the steep, winding steps to the off-leash area in the lower section of the park. The park is on the small side at 5,400 square-feet but is surrounded by towering trees and (on-leash) trails.
On weekends and after business hours, there is a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street.
West Seattle, 9000 8th Ave SW
Shhh…Westcrest Park is the secret, hidden gem among Seattle dog parks. The four-acre park is situated on a hill and offers a wood chipped dog run, shaded picnic area, doggie drinking fountain, and lots of room to romp. There’s also a separate area for shy and small dogs. From Westcrest Park, dog owners can connect with the West Duwamish Greenbelt, a series of (on-leash) trails through the woods. Parking, running water, and restrooms nearby.
For more information on off-leash dog parks in Seattle, including park rules, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.