Portland, OR

You don't have to leave your dog at home when the weather is warm

Rose Bak

You're not the only one who wants to enjoy a beautiful summer. Here's where to find some fun in the sun with your pooch.

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Even before the pandemic brought a flurry of dog adoptions, Portland was a top city for dog lovers. The Rose City has a great variety of amenities for you to enjoy with your canine companion, and with summer in full swing here in Portland, it's a great time to plan an activity that you and your dog can do together.

Here are three fun outdoor ideas for you and your pup:

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Visit a dog-friendly park.

Let's face it: pretty much every park in Portland is dog friendly, but some parks offer more dog recreation than others. Grab your leash, your dog's favorite ball or frisbee, and of course a supply of poop bags and explore these great locations.

Forest Park: This leafy neighbor to Washington Park includes over 80 miles of trails for you and your dog to explore. Go for a run or just hike along the trails to ensure that both you and your pooch get some exercise. The Wildwood and Leif Erickson trails are great options for beginners or more experienced hikers. Just be sure to bring your leash: forest rangers strictly enforce leash laws within the park.

Council Crest: In addition to stunning views of the city, this 43-acre park includes a large 2-acre off-leash dog park where your pup can play chase with other dogs or chase after their favorite toy.

Mt. Tabor Dog Park: Southeast Portland's dormant volcano not only offers miles of great trails but a fun off-leash dog park on the SE 68th side of the park. This park tends to be crowded but lots of fun for humans and dogs alike.

Other great options include Fields Park, Delta Park, Gabriel Park, Wallace Park, and Brentwood Park.

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Grab a bite and a beer.

Restaurants are reopening and many of them added patio and outdoor seating during the pandemic. Here are some places you can get some grub and a beverage where your well-behaved dog is welcome to join you:

  • Lucky Labrador: The locations in southeast, southwest, and northwest Portland all offer dog-friendly patios.
  • Tin Shed: This northeast Portland location not only has a dog-friendly patio but also offers a dog menu so your buddy can grab a bite as well.
  • Off the Griddle: This vegan restaurant in southeast Portland loves your dog as much as they love faux meat.

For a list of other great dog-friendly restaurants and bars, check out this article by Eater Portland.

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Head to the river -- or the coast.

Dogs love to visit the water. There are so many great things to smell! And it's a great way for both you and your pup to beat the heat.

But be careful: just like humans, dogs have varying levels of swimming skills and can easily get pulled under by sneaker waves and undertows. Keep your dog in shallow water and monitor them carefully to avoid a tragic end to your day of fun. You may even consider investing in a doggie life jacket, especially if you are going out in a boat or kayak.

Although coastal beaches are generally leash-free, wherever you go you will need to have a leash with you and your dog under your control at all times. Some great places to visit the water include:

  • South Beach State Park
  • Molalla River State Park
  • Stub Stewart State Park
  • Oswald West State Park
  • Yachats
  • Pacific City
  • Manzanita

What are your favorite places to take your dog in the summertime? Share your ideas in the comments, and happy travels!

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Rose Bak is a freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon with her family and special needs dogs. She writes on a variety of topics including local news, homelessness, poverty, relationships, yoga, and aging. She is also a published author of romantic fiction. For more of Rose's work, visit her website at rosebakenterprises.com or follow her on social media @AuthorRoseBak.

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