It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing people driving with dogs in their cars, eating outside at restaurants with their dogs, or out walking with their dogs. Dog friendly hotels and specialty pet stores are everywhere.
A an internet search of Seattle will reveal many places to go and things to do with your dog. I know because I have been researching dog friendly activities and places in Seattle for a long time.
Eventually, I found the websites were all talking about the same things. I thought I would share 5 unique things you can do with your dog in Seattle for locals and travelers looking to do something a little different.
1) Ride a Bus with Your Dog to a Hiking Trail
Visiting Seattle and want to go hiking but don’t have a car? No problem. Well-behaved dogs are allowed to ride the King County Metro Buses. You and your pooch can board a bus in downtown Seattle and ride to several Seattle area trails.
If you are ready for a moderate climb, hike Little Mount Si for a view of the Snoqualmie Valley or travel farther North to visit the beautiful Wallace Falls. If you want an easier hike close to the City that includes urban forest, beach views (dogs are not allowed ON the beach but there is a short path that walks along it), and a lighthouse, head to Discovery Park. (Click one of the links to get bus directions).
2) See the Biggest Cowboy Boots and Hat in America
The 22-foot high boots and 44-foot wide cowboy hat were once restrooms at a 1950’s gas station. During it’s heyday, the gas station was the biggest selling station in the state. Rumor has it that Elvis stopped there when he was in town for the 1962 World’s Fair. If that didn’t make them famous enough, the giant cowboy boots and hat also appeared in the opening credits of the movie National Lampoons Vacation. They have been restored and are currently located in Seattle’s Oxbow Park at 6430 Corson Ave S, Seattle, 98108.
3) Take Your Dog Paddleboarding or Kayaking
Both Green Lake Boat Rentals and Ballard Kayak Rentals allow you bring your dog along on your watery adventures. You can rent kayaks or paddleboards at either place. If you rent from Green Lake Boat Rentals, you will find yourself paddling a 259 freshwater lake surrounded by one of the most popular walking/jogging paths in the City of Seattle. Ballard Kayak Rentals is on Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and they offer a 30-minute one-on-one lesson for newbie paddleboarders.
4) Browse the Ballard Farmer’s Market
A lot of farmers markets don’t allow dogs but the Ballard Farmer’s Market is dog friendly. Here you’ll find fruits and veggies straight from the garden, beautiful, inexpensive bouquets, and artisan products such as hand made soap, freezer jam, and jewelry. The farmers market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round.
5) Ride the S.L.U.T
This is something you do just to say you did it. In 2007, the City of Seattle launched a development plan to revitalize the South Lake Union neighborhood. During this revitalization, the South Lake Union Trolley was born. The trolley is part of the King County Metro transit System so, like the buses, well-behaved dogs are allowed on board. The 1.3 mile stretch that connects downtown Seattle to the South Lake Union neighborhood is short but it has a funny story.
Politicians were so proud of the new trolley that they failed to realize that the acronym for it spelled SLUT. Seattleites jumped on this, taking every opportunity to poke fun at the name, and some genius printed “Ride the S.L.U.T” t-shirts. Politicians, probably embarrassed, switched the name to “streetcar”. While, technically, it’s no longer the S.L.U.T many Seattlites still remember it as such and your friends from out of state won’t know any better when you tell them the funny story. I can’t vouch for the looks you will get when you proudly exclaim “my dog rode the S.L.U.T while we were in Seattle” though.
Seattle is a great City for dog lovers. If you are traveling here with your pooch I think you will be pleased. If you live here and own a dog, I encourage you to get out and explore your City.
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