Dog Friendly in Seattle, Washington

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The Emerald City Beckons to people traveling with dogs. In many ways, Seattle is among the most dog-friendly cities in America. Many places in Seattle are so pet-friendly that nobody blinks an eye when dogs are in places you rarely find them in other cities. Seattle has a spectacular location with Mount Rainier towering above the city on a clear day. The Puget Sound and the various waterways around the city also provide a scenic background for views in every direction. Although Seattle, like any major city, can be hard to get around, especially by car, it is still relatively accessible to dogs. Seattle, like Boston, allows small and larger dogs on the buses and trains. The King County Metro allows dogs you can carry for free and for dogs that are on a leash you need to pay the same fare as a person. One dog per bus is allowed. Since dogs are allowed on the public transit and the ferries you can avoid driving in Seattle even with a dog. For information on dog-friendly places in the suburbs see's guide to the Seattle Area.

Dog-Friendly hotels abound in Seattle. The Alexis Seattle at 1007 First Avenue is extremely dog-friendly with pets being given treats, a leash and bed and dinnerware (bowls) for their stay. Pet sitting services and pet walking can also be arranged. The Pan Pacific at 2125 Terry Avenue is also very pet-friendly with a pet amenity program and a patio outdoor restaurant where your dog can join you during the summer. The Vintage Park also offers similar pet services. Also dog-friendly are the Seattle Pacific, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, and a wide collection of hotels from all major hotel chains. In Kirkland the Woodmark Hotel has pet-friendly lodging with no pet fees for visiting canines and the Hilton Bellevue is also dog-friendly. If you are visiting Seattle by RV try the Seattle/Tacoma KOA just south of Sea-Tac Airport.

Tourists with dogs have a number of attractions to enjoy while visiting Seattle. You can enjoy the view from the Puget Sound from one of the assorted ferries and tour boats. The Seattle Ferry Service offers scheduled service, sightseeing and individual charters. Leashed dogs are allowed on many of the cruises. Dogs are also allowed on Argoys Cruises Water Taxi Service. and the Blake Island Adventure Cruise from Pier 55 to Blake Island State Park. Dogs are allowed in the Village and the State Park on Blake Island. Seattle is a maritime town (hence the baseball team is the Mariners). Many people and dogs go to the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks to hike the towpath, see the locks and watch boats or stroll the 7 acre botanical garden. Dogs are also welcome visitors to the 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum. Downtown visitor hotspots include Pioneer Square which is Seattle's oldest neighborhood. Here there are carriage rides that you can take your pup on. They are not allowed on the famous Underground Tour that walks the basements of buildings at the lower level where Seattle was originally built. If you want to take those tours in Pioneer Square someone will need to watch your dog. Also downtown is the Seattle Center which is a 74 acre urban park which housed the 1962 World's Fair and houses the Seattle Space Needle to provide a good photo opportunity. You and your dog can stroll the Sculpture Garden here as well. The world famous Pike Place Market is a nine acre historic area which gets 9 million visitors annually. It has shops and seafood markets, vegetables, flowers, patio restaurants and artists. Your dog is allowed on the sidewalks and alleys of the market. They may be allowed in stores but you need to check with each one. University Village Shopping Center is a dog-friendly open air mall.

Dog-friendly restaurants are widespread in Seattle but you will need to check with them as policies change. Often, at the fancier outdoor restaurants in Seattle, dogs may be allowed but would have to be tied to the outside of a railing surrounding the eating area. In many cases this is not a problem and in many restaurants dogs can sit next to your table directly. Doggie menus are available at the Cedarbrook Lodge Restaurant at 18525 36th Avenue South and at Norm's Eatery and Ale House at 460 N 36th Street which has a nightly food special called the "Doggie Bowl". The Belltown Pub at 2322 1st Avenue is an extremely dog-friendly bar. They have craft beers, wines and signature drinks. They also serve food and have TVs for events as well as musical instruments. Bark! Espresso is a new idea for a dog-friendly cafe in North Seattle. They offer an area called the "Hound Hang Out" for dogs and their people. This is an indoor dog-friendly cafe that is set up by offering the lounge in the Great Dog next door and accessed by a window. There are also dog-friendly patios in various parts of town including the Pike Place Market area and Ballard near the locks.

For dog-friendly hiking you can visit Blake Island State Park by the ferry, Discovery Park and Green Lake Park in Seattle and Sand Point Magnuson Park also in Seattle. There are a number of off-leash parks in Seattle and the suburbs. One, Marymoor Park and Off-leash Area in Redmond offers 40 acres of off-leash play area.

Trips to take with your dog from Seattle to are the San Juan Islands, Victoria and Vancouver Canada, and Portland Oregon.

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