Doggone Fun Things to Do in SLO

With sunny skies year-round and endless outdoor activities, San Luis Obispo is the ideal city to explore with your furry friend. Whether you are a local or a visitor in town for the weekend, San Luis Obispo welcomes you and your four-legged sidekick with open arms and dog-friendly accommodations. Hotels, restaurants, beaches, and hikes are meant to be enjoyed by all, human or canine.

Pet-Friendly Parks & Beaches

El Chorro Dog Park

Located within El Chorro Regional Park on Highway 1, El Chorro Dog Park was the first dog park in San Luis Obispo. The park is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset and is equipped with two fully fenced areas with wood chips, water stations, mutt mitts, and doggie splash tubs. The large park offers 1.3 acres of play space for big dogs and the small park is .25 acres and designated for small dogs to play. El Chorro Regional Park also offers hiking trails, a botanical garden, as well as, shaded picnic tables.

El Chorro Dog Park Wet Pet
Photo // @hunterp_cockapoo

Laguna Lake Dog Park

Surrounding Laguna Lake, Laguna Lake Dog Park offers a large open space for frolicking off-leash and endless games of fetch. Bring the whole family out for a fun day of picnicking and hiking with your furry friend.

Black dog at Laguna Lake Dog Park in the grass
Photo // @roamingrescues


Just two miles south of Cayucos, Morro Strand State Beach presents a 3-mile stretch of sandy shoreline for you and your pup to run off-leash and play in the waves. This breezy beach is a popular place to find locals as well as tourists fishing, surfing, jogging, or flying kites in the wind. Although dogs are no longer allowed on Fisherman’s Beach in Avila Beach, you can play with your furry pal on Olde Port Beach.

Sitting Dog at the avila beach boardwalk.
Photo // @dogsofslo // @arloandgeorgia

Pet-Friendly Hotspots


Out by the train station lies one of SLO’s most popular and trendy spots for brunch, Sally Loo’s Wholesome Café. Sip on coffee and enjoy a plate of Nutella-drizzled waffles while soaking up the sun in the dog-friendly seating area. Two of Downtown SLO’s fine dining restaurants, Novo and Luna Red, also allow furry friends to accompany their owners on their outdoor patios. On the outskirts of downtown near the Cal Poly campus, Milestone Tavern serves as a great place to enjoy a draft brew and burger with your pet. High Street Deli and Lincoln Market Deli, two of the town’s iconic sandwich spots allow dogs outside to drool as they watch their owners bite into a mouthwatering masterpiece.

Oliver the goldendoodle with rayban sunglasses at Lincoln Market & Deli
Photo // @dogsofslo // @olivermaverickdoodle


Wine not bring your dog to the vineyard for some tasting? Several wineries, including Edna Valley’s Wolff Vineyards, Saucelito Canyon Vineyards, Claiborne & Churchill Winery, Chamisal Vineyards and Tolosa Winery are hospitable to dogs and humans alike.

Boutiques and Shops

Tails Pet Boutique is a mecca for animal lovers and their pets, selling a wide variety of foods, collars, toys, beds, bowls and other care supplies to keep your companion happy and healthy. The owner also owns Doggie Salon and Spa, in case your pet needs a nail trim, bath, or full groom. Lemos, a local pet store, offers special treats and toys for cats and dogs to enjoy.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations in San Luis Obispo

Pet Lodging & Kennels in San Luis Obispo

Australian Shepherd dog in the San Luis Obispo Grass
Photo // @thegoodheartedaussi


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