Taking Fido With You: Dogs in Public Gardens

If you’re a dog owner like me, you most likely have wondered if you can take your dog to public gardens. On the other hand, if you’ve been a dog owner in Washington State for any length of time, you probably already know dogs are allowed in numerous outdoor spaces in our state, but not everywhere. Many public gardens allow dogs as long as they are with responsible owners and kept on-leash. Please be mindful of the garden’s policies as well as other visitors who might not like dogs as much as you do, or who might have a dog who isn’t as friendly as your’s. Not all gardens provide doggy bags, so don’t forget to bring some with you so you can clean up after your pet.

Some of the gardens that currently allow dogs on leash include:

  • The Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden (at the locks in Ballard, northwest Seattle)
  • The Kubota Garden (Rainier Beach neighborhood near Tukwila, south Seattle)
  • Point Defiance Park (Tacoma)
  • Manito Park (Spokane)
  • The Yakima Area Arboretum (Yakima)
  • The Washington Park Arboretum (Seattle)
  • The Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens (Everett)
  • Meerkerk Gardens (Whidbey Island in Puget Sound)
  • The Lake Wilderness Arboretum (Maple Valley)
  • The South Seattle College Arboretum (West Seattle)
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