Marin and San Francisco get all the dog buzz for the great hiking and beaches, but insiders know the Peninsula’s a dog person’s best kept secret. Let your dog run naked on the Peninsula (sans leash that is). Just head out to these top spots.


City of Belmont Dog Park – 2525 Buena Vista Avenue, Belmont 
Turn him loose in this ¾ acre fenced park complete with poop bags, water, picnic tables, the works. This doggie dream park is just right for pups of all ages with special areas for socialization and others for play. And it’s just as fun for dog people too. With potlucks, canine first aid seminars and a couple of fairs each year, off-leash living is the way to go.


Bayside Park Dog Park – 1125 South Airport Blvd., Burlingame
Run, run and run some more. With over 570 feet to dash around, even Great Danes can wear themselves out at this great dog park.

Foster City Dog Run – Foster City Blvd. at Bounty, Foster City
Sweet and tidy, this little fenced dog park invites big and little dogs to frolic on the artificial grass. Just a half-acre of space, this park packs in a lot of benefits for dogs and their people. With separate sections for big and little dogs, shade structures, water, scoop bags, benches and picnic tables, it’s just right for that quick exercise break your dog craves.

Mountain View Dog Park – Shoreline Blvd. at North Road, Mountain View
A great rainy day choice, this double-gated dog park offers a 12 by 12 foot covered area complete with picnic table and decomposed granite surface. Let your big or small dog loose in a park area just right for him – it’s all here.

Greer Dog Park – 1098 Amarillo Avenue, Palo Alto
Smaller dogs in need of a quick dash are all set at Greer. This tiny run is all little dogs need for a safe and refreshing run and social time with other pups.

Hoover Park – 2901 Cowper St., Palo Alto 
Recently renovated and roomy, Hoover Park offers comfy benches for you and enough room for your companion to dart, fetch and cut loose.

Mitchell Park/Dog Run – 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
A favorite summertime destination it’s undoubtedly one of the best Bay Area dog parks. Decent sized and sectioned for Frisbee, soccer, baseball, BBQs and picnics, it’s a top spot for dog people and their best friends.

Shores Dog Park – Radio Road, Redwood City 
So close to the waters of Redwood Shores, this windy spot keeps ears flapping in its ¾ fenced dog park. Complete with separate areas for big and small dogs, water bowls, and a long path along the water, it offers all the parking, shade, benches and scoop bags a dog and her person could want.

San Bruno Dog Park – Commodore Lane and Cherry Avenue, San Bruno 
A great choice for dogs that don’t mind the sound of the airplanes at SFO, this park offers great views of the bay from its fenced run, loaded with amenities.

Heather Dog Exercise Area – 2757 Melendy Drive, San Carlos 
Positively beautiful with wildflowers, old trees and tweeting birds, this fenced off-leash area looks out on sunny hills with magnificent views through the canyon. After an off-leash run, clip on the leash and head out on the southern part of the park for a gorgeous walk.

Pulgas Ridge Off-Leash Dog Area – Edmonds Road and Crestview Drive, San Carlos

Amazing for dogs off-leash and on, this 16 acre park features grasslands, wildflowers and all the beauty of the great outdoors. It even offers three miles of lovely flat trails for leashed dogs and their people.

Have we missed your favorite spot? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Thank you to Matt Wright for the photo.