Pet-Friendly Activities in the Snohomish County Area
As the weather changes, everyone is looking to get outside and soak up the sun, many of us are searching for activities suitable for adults and families. For those of us with four-legged friends, finding pet-friendly activities that can include them can sometimes be a little challenging.
The great news is that areas like Snohomish County have plenty of pet-friendly outdoor activities — you just need to know where to find them.
Here are some ideas for pet-friendly activities in Snohomish County.
Trail walking or biking is not only great exercise, but it’s a great way to experience nature with your dog. The Pacific Northwest has abundant trails, many of which are pet friendly.
Centennial Trail is a popular trail in Snohomish County. Built on the old Burlington-Northern railroad line offers 30 miles of completed trails. With plenty of flora and fauna, along with a wide array of animal life, this trail is sure to offer your pet plenty of interesting smells to explore. Centennial trail also offers shelters, picnic tables, benches and restrooms, so pack a lunch and head off for an afternoon adventure.
Sammamish River Trail is another popular pet-friendly destination for those looking to get outdoors. Also part of the same 1600 rail-trail system as Centennial Trail, it offers 10 miles of paved pathways and river views. With breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade foothills, the trail is shared by walkers, bikers, skaters and even horses. The trail is ADA accessible, making it an ideal spot for those with service pets.
Off-Leash Dog Parks
Off-leash dog parks are a great place to let your pet socialize, meet other pet owners, soak up some great weather and get a nice walk in too.
Willis Tucker Dog Park spans 10 acres within Willis Tucker County Park and offers three fully fenced in areas for your pet to run free. Even better, each of the three areas offers something a little different — an open meadow, a forested trail and an area specifically for dogs that are older, shy or small in stature.
Lake Stickney Park offers the best of both worlds, with 24.5 acres of land that includes a fully fenced off leash dog park Located at the northern headwaters of Swamp Creek, visitors get a to enjoy a beautiful mix of wetlands, forest and open water, which serves as home to fish and wildlife. The park has plenty of parking, trails, a playground and portable restrooms.
Martha Lake Airport Park is most well known for the Big Rock — one of the largest glacial erratic boulders in the area. This park is an ideal location for gathering the whole family, boasting 29 acres that include a one acre off leash dog park, a skate park and sports fields. Take a stroll, let your dog meet some friends, then play games and enjoy a family meal in the picnic shelter.
Dog-Friendly Bars and Restaurants
The PNW is known for being home to amazing breweries, wineries and restaurants. Fortunately, many owners and operators recognize that for many people, going out for a drink or something to eat is an activity they’d like to include their pets in.
Trails End Taps offer pet-friendly outdoor dining, so patrons can enjoy a beer from their vast selection along with a bite to eat. Their menu offers everything from amazing apps to mouth watering pizza and pasta. They also offer gluten-free options and a children’s menu for the wee ones.
Sound to Summit Brewing is ideal for people who love to get a drink right from the source — the brewery. With multiple pet- friendly outdoor tables, you can relax and enjoy some tavern style food. Known for their ales like their Belgian IPA, order up a drink and one of their creative dishes, and sit back and let your pup soak up being out in the sunshine.
Simply Sweet Cupcakes is a dog-friendly bakery where you can indulge your sweet tooth with your furry friend at your side. From cupcakes and cakes to macarons and decorated cookies, you and your pet can enjoy a treat at an outdoor table or grab a box of sweets to take home for later.
Maltby Pizza and Pasta has been serving the community for over 20 years and their wood fired pizzas are known far and wide. With an oversize pet-friendly patio, this is the perfect place to meet up with your human friends and bring your pet companion along for the evening. Or you can grab a quick lunch in the middle of an adventure with your pet.
The World is Becoming More Pet-Friendly
As a pet owner, you may have noticed that slowly but surely, more places are pet-friendly — and with good reason. Offering pet-friendly locations can actually be beneficial to businesses not just for attracting customers, but also in terms of employee engagement and satisfaction.
While you can currently take advantage of the locations we’ve shared above, keep an eye out for more places to open up and be pet-friendly in the future.