The Most Unexpected Places To Bring Your Dog In The Bay Area

Susan Blick

With beaches and parks galore, San Francisco can be dog heaven – as long as you know where to go. While a trip to the park is an obvious choice for your day out with your four-legged best friend, here are a few unexpected places to add to your dog’s San Francisco bucket list.

A festive pup shows off his costume

Pet Pride Day

Although pets are allowed at San Francisco’s annual LGBT celebration, Pride, San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s Pet Pride Day allows your pets to take center stage. This annual event includes a costume contest, a trick contest, and pet adoptions.
Pet Pride Day, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 320 Bowling Green Dr, San Francisco, CA, USA

Annie and Madison at Doga

Doga at YogaForce

Since your furry friend is already a master at downward dog, he will love practicing his technique at Doga, a dog-friendly yoga program offered through YogaForce. Annie Appleby has been teaching classes for nearly 20 years and started teaching Doga two years ago as a way for owners to relax and bond with their dogs. Annie offers private classes in Hillsborough, CA and group classes at the Burlingame Rec Center alongside her adorable dog Madison.
YogaForce, 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA, USA, 323-309-8808

Good Dog! Wine Tours

Napa is filled with dog-friendly wineries, including Flora Springs, Hess Collection, and Alpha Omega Winery that don’t require you to leave your dog at home to enjoy their ambiance. Wine Tours creates customized wine tours that allow you to bring your dog along to join in on the fun. With 35 years of profession animal training experience, the Good Dog! team will also make sure your dog learns a thing or two while on the tour. This private tour costs $65 per hour and has a 4-hour minimum with a $10 charge for each additional human. (707)260-4828

El Rio’s tropical and spacious venue

Happy Hour at El Rio Bar and Restaurant

The motto at El Rio is, ‘Be Kind, Be Fabulous, Adopt a Rescue, Be Generous, Be Lovely and Feel Loved!!!’ and we couldn’t agree more. Located in The Mission, El Rio is always a party with live music nearly every night of the week. With dog-friendly facilities and daily Happy Hours, El Rio’s fun and inclusive environment is a must-visit.
El Rio Bar and Restaurant, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, 415-282-3325

A dog frolicking on Ocean Beach

Taco Tuesdays at Park Chalet

Park Chalet’s patio and expansive grass lawn makes this restaurant one of the ultimate places to bring your dog for great food and an equally great atmosphere. Park Chalet is located just a few steps from Ocean Beach, making it the perfect place to end your day after a long walk on the beach with your furry friend.
Park Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA, USA, 415-386-8439

Cable cars at night

The Cable Car

Let your dog embrace his inner tourist with a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars, a bucket list item for people and dogs alike. In order to ensure their safety and the safety of other passengers, dogs must be on a leash and muzzled or in a closed container in order to ride. They must also pay the same admission price as their owners and are only allowed to ride during off-peak hours.
Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse, 1201 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108

This dog is all smiles as he cheers on his favorite team

Hot Dogs at the Game

In honor of the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball teams across the country — including the Bay’s very own A’s and Giants — host Bark at the Park, an annual event where fans can bring their dog into the park to enjoy the game. The event often includes a walk around the field, a doggie bag filled with treats, and a costume parade for the dogs. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until next season for another Bark at the Park. Check out the adorable pup parade from this year’s event at the A’s Stadium.
Giant’s Stadium, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA, USA
Athletic’s Stadium, Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, USA

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