Dog Friendly Activities in Southern California this Spring 2023 - Jona Shares

Dog Friendly Activities in Southern California this Spring 2023

Springtime in Southern California is one of the best times of year to experience all of the great nature that the state has to offer. Not only that, but you can share the experience with your furry family members, too. This is particularly great news for dog lovers because SoCal is home to many dog-friendly places where you can enjoy quality time with your four-legged friend while enjoying the outdoors. 

Dog Friendly Activities in Southern California this Spring 2023

Dog-Friendly Boating

Have you ever taken your dog on a boat? If not, now could be the perfect time to try it. Whether you want to try dog-friendly whale watching or you just want to hang out in the sunshine with your pooch sitting next to you while you sit back and relax, there are plenty of activities that both you and your furry family member can enjoy while on the water. If you enjoy fishing and your dog is calm, he or she could make a good companion while you are waiting for a bite. 

Whale-Watching Experience With Dogs

If you do opt for whale watching in San Diego, you have several experiences to choose from. You can even bring your dog along if you want to! If your pet has never been aboard a boat before, it can be a good idea to acquaint him or her with a similar experience before the trip, if possible. Whale watching is not for every dog, but many canines peacefully enjoy the activity while riding alongside their owners on the boat.

Beach Walking

If you want to take things off the water and put them back on land, another dog-friendly activity to try in SoCal is beach walking. With so many different locations to choose from, you will never run out of options. Each beach has its own unique personality to appreciate as well. Keep in mind, not all beaches are dog-friendly, but many are. Be sure to check posted signs and follow any applicable pet cleanliness or safety rules. 

Trail and Forest Hiking

In addition to countless beaches, Southern California is also home to some of the most breathtaking trail and forest systems in the western United States. If you and your dog want to escape the water and city for a while, trail and forest hiking is another fun and healthy activity to add to your list. Before you go, make sure your leash is in solid condition.


With so many opportunities to appreciate nature and being outdoors such as whale watching in San Diego December, another great dog-friendly activity to try alongside others is photography. Depending on what else you are doing, you can easily incorporate a camera and capture some interesting shots into your plans. Plus, dogs make great models. If the whales and birds will not pose for your next best shot, there is a good chance your dog will be happy too.

Living in Southern California offers many activities for enjoying the area. With a dog, however, there are even more ideas to try. Spend some quality time with your pooch while enjoying SoCal by trying some of these suggestions. 

Or in case you have some activities to suggest too, feel free to share them in the comment section.

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