Springtime With Your Dog In Seattle: Activities, Trips, and Events

One of the best parts of living in Seattle is that you really can never get bored; there’s always something to do! Between all the amazing things the city itself has to offer and all of the surrounding natural beauty, there’s something for everyone. Throw in the fact that Seattle is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. and it’s pretty much perfect… especially in the beautiful springtime. The flowers are blooming, and it’s time to start planning some fun getaways. Even if you and your dog love winter weather, there’s just something refreshing about getting out for some spring activities. Need some inspiration? We have ideas for some fun day trips and quick weekend getaways. Let’s see the fun we can have now that spring has sprung!


Dog-Friendly Spring Activities Near Seattle

Whidbey Island- You could spend most of the spring just exploring everything Whidbey Island offers. It really is perfect for a weekend getaway with your dog. There are historic fishing towns, farmer’s markets, and magnificent hiking trails to explore. If you don’t stop at historic Greenbank Farm for one of their delicious pies, you’ll definitely be missing out. Sneak your dog a teeny tiny piece of pie while you enjoy the spring air at one of their outdoor picnic tables. Bring a friend to watch your dog so you can grab a snack at the wine and cheese store. This 151-acre farm even offers an off-leash area for your dog to enjoy. 

deception pass hike with dog

Deception Pass- Located on Whidbey Island, Deception Pass deserves its own entry.  Great for a day hiking trip or a weekend camping trip, at over 4,000 acres, even if you’re a frequent visitor, Deception Pass always provides something new to see. Wander the shoreline, explore the forests, and marvel at the incredible views. Your dog is welcome in most of the park, just make sure they stay on a leash. Don’t forget your poop bags so we can keep the park clean and make sure it stays dog-friendly. 

Bellingham- Need to get away for a while? Then a weekend in Bellingham might be just what the doctor ordered. This quaint seaside town is filled with dog-friendly things to do. Stop into the popular Village Books, where they will welcome your pup with open arms… and maybe even a treat. Visit Post Point Lagoon, and take in the sea air. Swimming isn’t allowed, but your dog will love the change of scenery. Pop in for lunch or dinner at one of the local breweries, like Aslan or Wander Brewing. You don’t need to worry about where to stay in Bellingham. There are numerous pet-friendly hotels ranging from budget to luxury accommodations. 

dogs on hike near seattle

Leavenworth- This is another destination that would make a fun day trip or a relaxing weekend trip. Modeled after a Bavarian town, Leavenworth is full of things to do with your dog, gorgeous views, and dog-friendly restaurants. You can explore one of the many hiking trails, like Icicle Ridge. Afterward, you can enjoy lunch at a local pub or pop into a local brewery for a refreshing drink. If you decide on an extended stay, you can camp, rent a cabin, or even stay at the picturesque, dog-friendly, Bavarian Ritz Hotel

Gig Harbor-  If you’re looking for an outing that’s just a stone’s throw away, head over to Gig Harbor. You can walk along the beach, take out a boat for a day of fishing in Kopachuck State Park, and pop into one of the many dog-friendly restaurants for lunch. Snag a table on the porch and enjoy a delicious burger at the quaint little Gourmet Burger Shop, grab a slice at the Millville Pizza Co, or sip on a margarita and enjoy a Mexican meal at the Puerto Vallarta Cantina. Be sure to stop in at Lucky Dog Outfitters and let your dog pick out some new toys and treats. 


Dog-Friendly Spring Events Near Seattle

Wanting something a little more… planned? Check out these scheduled events to get some inspiration for a fun day with your dog!

Pet-A-Palooza, Game Farm Park, Auburn, Saturday May 18th- Take a quick trip to Auburn for a day of activities your dog will love. Start early by participating in the Dog Trot 3k/5k fun run. Visit different pet vendors and treat your dog to some tasty treats and maybe even a new collar. If you’ve always thought your pup would be great at agility, take them through the agility area. Enjoy seeing dogs defying gravity during the flying disc demonstrations. Don’t worry humans, they haven’t forgotten us. There’s a beer garden with refreshments and live entertainment.

dog doing agility seattle event

Wag Love Fest 5k, (Date TBD)- This is more than just a pet festival and fun run. The annual Wag Fest is organized by the Canine Cancer Alliance. The money raised is used to fund research into treating canine cancers. If you aren’t a fan of 5ks, you can still visit the vendors, participate in the contests, and watch the demonstrations. You can enjoy a fun-filled day with your dog while supporting a cause that impacts dog lovers everywhere.

Bark at the Park, T-Mobile Park, Multiple Dates- Is there a dog anywhere that isn’t a ball fan? If you haven’t already, then get your tickets for Bark at the Park. You and your dog get to enjoy a Mariners game followed by a trot around the bases after the game. Your dog may not understand the rules of baseball, but they’ll love the chance to get out on the field and sniff all the fun new smells. Plus, $2 from every Bark at the Park ticket sold will go to Pawsitive Alliance, a volunteer-driven nonprofit helping cats and dogs across Washington, so you’ll know that you and your dog are supporting a great cause!


New events pop up daily, so be sure to keep an eye out for local dog-friendly events you won’t want to miss this spring. One thing’s for certain, your dog will thank you!



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