Top 5 dog parks to visit in Los Angeles

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Dog parks are a great place to exercise and socialize—for both you and your pup! Los Angeles has no shortage of great places to take your pooch; here are our top five picks.

  1. Laurel Canyon. This huge dog park is great for your four-legged companion, no matter his or her size. With designated areas for both small and large dogs, you can feel at ease letting your dog off-leash here. The grass is a little patchy, with large dirt areas, so you may not want to bring Rover here if he’s freshly washed. Open from sunrise to sunset, this park accommodates all kinds of schedules—just take note that they are closed until 10 a.m. on Friday mornings for maintenance.
  1. Rosie’s Dog Beach. As the only off-leash dog beach in the county, Rosie’s is one of a kind. This local favorite offers ample parking in the surrounding area, and many say that the waves of this spacious beach are gentler than those of other California beaches. Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, Rosie’s is another dog park that can help you fit quality time in with your dog no matter how busy your schedule.
  1. Lake Hollywood Dog Park. With views of the Hollywood sign and tons of green grass, Lake Hollywood Dog Park has developed a reputation as one of the best dog parks in the area. This verdant enclave offers ample shade and plenty of room for all your favorite dog-related activities. Friendly dogs and responsible owners are common here, making this a great place to socialize Fido and make new friends yourself. Although it is technically not an off-leash park, an off-leash culture has developed there, so assess the situation and your dog’s own behavior before letting him or her go free. This park is open from 5 a.m. until sunset daily—great for early birds.
  1. Sepulveda Basin Dog Park. This 6.5 acre, off-leash dog park caters to virtually all dogs, with three dedicated sections: one for small breeds, one for large breeds, and one for those with timid demeanors. A nice mixture of dirt and grass patches keeps things interesting. Trash cans are easily found throughout the park, making cleaning up after your dog simple. What’s more, there are plenty of seating options for when you need a break. Like Laurel Canyon, this dog park is open from sunrise to sunset every day, but closes from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays for maintenance.
  1. Runyon Canyon. The claim to fame of this 160-acre park is its network of dog-friendly trails, as well as its penchant for offering some of the best people watching in Los Angeles. This park does get crowded and parking can be a bit of a hassle, but could be worth it for the amazing views offered on the trails. Runyon Canyon is open from sunrise to sunset every day.

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