Dogs’ Day Out

If you’re looking for a “pawsome” day with your four-legged friend, Long Beach is ranked as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States!

With a high concentration of pooch-welcoming restaurant patios and nearly a dozen dedicated dog parks – plus, a dog beach – Long Beach is the perfect place for a day out with your furry friend. Read on and plan your “ultimutt” day for the dogs!

Stop 1: Bark on the Beach

No tail-wagging trip to Long Beach is complete without time spent digging in the sand and doggy paddling at Rosie’s Dog Beach, an unfenced four-acre stretch of coast between Granada and Roycroft avenues in Belmont Shore.

Furry friends become salty dogs as they play catch off-leash with their families from dawn until dusk at Los Angeles County’s only legal dog beach, which attracts a crowd on the hottest dog days of summer.

Stop 2: Hightail it to Second Street

A short walk from Rosie’s is Belmont Shore’s Second Street business district, filled with an eclectic mix of independent shops and restaurants that typically have a water bowl sitting by the front door.

You’ll find plenty of people and pets perched on sidewalk patios and parklets, including those at the aptly named Dogz Bar and Grill—a popular locals hangout offering casual pub-grub and gourmet hot dogs for people and dog-eat-dog hungry pups.

Also on Second Street, follow the scent to the perfect place to pamper your pet. The Dog Bakery is a colorful shop that sells all natural “dog tested, puppy approved” baked treats designed to look like doughnuts and cupcakes for people. The traditional baker’s display case houses bone-shaped birthday cakes, “Woof Cream Pie,” a grain-free “Barking Brownie” and other doggy delectables that will give your furry friend something to bark about. The Dog Bakery also has a room that can be reserved for canine birthday parties.

Stop 3: Pooches in the Park

With a doggy bag for later, work off those treats at one of Long Beach’s many dedicated parks for dogs. From North Long Beach down to the Shore, and the Westside to the Eastside, these havens for hounds are found throughout the city’s 50+ square miles.

Stop 4: Doggy Dinner

Feeling dog-tired from all that adventure? Sit back and relax at one of Long Beach’s eateries that feature menu options for your four-legged friend.

Panxa Cocina in Belmont Shore is known for more than its delicious menu of New Mexican fare and crafted cocktails – it’s a favorite among local dog owners for its brown rice and beans for pooches. If your pooch is picky and needs more options, head on over to the East Village Art District’s Berlin Bistro, which in addition to farm-to-table delights for humans offers a Bow Wow Dog Menu with puppuchinos, grilled chicken breast, bacon, and more.

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