Being the third largest city in California, and tenth largest in the United States, San Jose is a vibrant city full of fun things to do and sites to see. It is also a very pet-friendly city, where you can go on all kinds of adventures with your favorite four-legged critter. With a mild year-round climate, going to San Jose's many dog parks and pet-friendly hiking trails can be a regular source of entertainment. Many restaurants now accept leashed pups in their outdoor dining areas, or you can enjoy some open air shopping with your dog.
Due to San Jose's "urban sprawl" design, there are tons of well-maintained parks and hiking trails sprinkled amidst the bustling city. San Jose is clearly a dog lover's paradise, as a good chunk of these community grass areas is off-leash dog parks. Butcher Dog Park is a favorite among San Jose dog owners, for the vast space and numerous drinking fountains for any thirsty pups. If you're more interested in taking your dog for a nice, long walk or hike, try Almaden Quicksilver County Park or Coyote Creek Trail.
Quicksilver offers a slice of history, as the trails weave through the old mining sites from the 19th century. You might catch a glimpse of the remains of mining family homes and the techniques used by miners back in the day. Springtime along the trail also boasts colorful wildflowers, a beautiful site for you and your dog to appreciate along with your trek. Coyote Creek is an easier walk, as it is a member of the Rails-to-Trails initiative. It is a paved, smooth path that may gentler on smaller dog legs and elders.
Living the High Life
If you and your pup prefer a more leisurely set of activities, you'll be pleased to know that there are several dining and shopping options that welcome pets--so long as they're on a leash. San Jose's balmy weather means patio-style dining is available at most restaurants, which provides a beautiful, safe place for you and your pet to relax and have a delightful meal. La Fondue is especially enjoyable, as they welcome your dog with a piece of steak. For shopping, Santana Row is a popular place for people and pups alike. You can browse the outdoor kiosks, and some shops allow you to bring your dog right in with you. Just be sure you ask, first!
Bark in the Park is the biggest celebration of canines in the United States. With a record 15,000 human attendees, over 4,900 dogs, and 75 dog-specific goods and service vendors, a lot is going on. Contests take place all day, ranging from a dog costume contest to agility demonstrations. There’s also plenty of food and drink vendors for dog owners, dog training demos, and shows like Rockin’ Ray and Skyy Dogs USA, an amazing display of canine acrobatics and high-jumps that have been featured on sports stations like ESPN. Best of all, the festival proceeds go to local charities.
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