Best Tacoma Area Dog-Friendly Parks & Summer Activities
Summer is here! The precious season for spending time outside with friends and family, including your dog! Before you can get out there and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous views the PNW has to offer, you need the scoop on the best dog-friendly parks for bringing your pup this summer.
There may not be many off-leash dog parks here in Graham, WA, but thankfully, there are many dog-friendly parks, hikes, and activities within the surrounding Pierce County area. Pet Ponderosa is here with a spectacular list of 8 ideas for great activities you can enjoy with your dog this summer!
1. Frontier Park
Located between Graham and Puyallup, “This majestic complex is 71 acres filled with large wooded and turf areas,” explains the Pierce County website. This park complex features gorgeous paved and non-paved walking trails and is home to many exciting community events. Bonus: it’s pet friendly!
Bring the whole family (including the four-legged members) for a relaxing day of fun and exercise at the park. Don’t miss the Pierce County Fair coming up August 8-11! Access to the park will be limited during days surrounding the Fair (July 29-August 15) due to set up and takedown.
2. Orting Dog Park
As one of the most nearly located dog parks to Graham, Orting Dog Park is a smaller, but very nicely maintained place to bring your pooch to play. Dog bags are even provided! It has a grassy area, trees, water, and is a great spot for dogs to run and get exercise, as well as socialize with other furry friends. There is a nice little trail along the river as well as plentiful parking and a play area for children.
3. Wapato Lake Park
This one-acre public park is a picturesque pet-friendly destination for a summer afternoon hangout. BringFido informs dog owners that “Leashed dogs [are] welcome on its short trail that leads to a tiny sand beach. The park also features three fully-fenced areas for pets to romp leash-free with their owners (including one reserved just for small dogs).” BringFido reviewers give this park 4 out of 5 bones (stars)! This lovely location is just a short half hour drive from Graham.
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4. Sequalitchew Creek
The Sequalitchew Creek trailhead is found smack dab in the DuPont City Hall Parking Lot. The stunning trail features wooded area with potential for spotting wildlife. It guides you through green forest, leading you down to the Puget Sound waterfront. This 3 mile round trip is great for dogs, though they must be leashed. Your whole family (and camera!) will fall in love with the gorgeous coastal and mountain views.
Washington Trails Association provides directions on how to navigate to this refreshing pet-friendly reprieve from urban life; “From I-5, take exit 118 and turn right onto Center Drive (signed for DuPont). Proceed on Center Drive for 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Civic Drive. At the first opportunity to do so, turn right and drive to the end of the road. The trail departs from the right-hand side of the road.”
5. Fort Steilacoom Park
As Lakewood’s largest park (and dog-friendly park!), and just a half hour jaunt from Graham, Fort Steilacoom Park features an expansive trail system and countless recreation opportunities. Included in the park is a designated off-leash dog park as well, so whether you plan to hit the trails or just toss a ball, you and Spot are all set to go. The area is well maintained and has plenty of wide open spaces for everyone to enjoy. Totally paw-some!
6. Point Defiance Park
If you’re heading for the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this summer, be sure to stop in at the Point Defiance Park. There’s a designated, fenced-in area for dogs to roam leash-free and even has separate sections for large and small dogs to keep everyone safe and happy.
The park also features a large non-fenced area where dogs are permitted to roam off-leash. Just be sure that your dog will respond to your call so he doesn’t get lost on one of the trails! Owen Beach is also part of the park, so you can enjoy some beachside time with your favorite furry companion. Remember that no dogs are allowed inside the zoo or aquarium grounds.
7. Mount Rainier Gondola (it's dog-friendly!)
The scenic Mount Rainier Gondola ride boasts views of meadows, the Cascade Mountain Range, trees, wildlife, and more!
The Travel Tacoma Blog reveals that “One of the lesser-known secrets about the gondola is that it’s pet-friendly and pets ride free.” They add “During the summer, the gondola provides access to all kinds of hiking trails at the summit and down the sides of Crystal Mountain.”
The gondola is even wheelchair accessible and also great fun for kids, so be sure to pack along all generations of the family!
8. Pet Ponderosa Resort & Spa
Want your dog to have a fun-filled summer day even though you can’t join him for play? No worries! Bring your pup to Pet Ponderosa Resort and Spa to enjoy our doggy daycare service while you’re at the office or on vacation.
Our doggy daycare is jam packed with fun activities and opportunities to socialize with furry friends. During his visit, your pup can even enjoy a professional grooming appointment and get sent home squeaky clean!
Located here in Graham, WA, Pet Ponderosa Resort & Spa offers luxury pet boarding, grooming, daycare, and transportation services WITHOUT the luxury price tag. Give us a call to book your pup (or kitty’s) stay with us!