How Dog Friendly is Ventura? 🐶💛
Here’s the thing about being a dog. We get a lot of attention but we’re rarely asked for our opinion. Ventura caters almost as much to dogs as humans.
Coastal Cone, at Ventura Harbor? 🍦
Well, they love us so much it’s almost embarrassing. Pay attention (I know it’s hard for you Labs) … among other things, they offer Pupcreams (ice cream made specifically for pups), a pup-friendly patio, and, contain yourselves, pup community socials where your best friends can bring you pups in for free Pupcreams and pup toys, plus arts and crafts and raffle drawings (their next one is March 1st, in time for Mermaid Month at the Ventura Harbor Village).
Yeessssssssssss. Ventura has tons of them, and we’re welcome on plenty of them on-leash (I’m not pointing paws, but some of us can’t be trusted off-leash).
Yep, reams of them too. Cemetery Park may be the place to cavort — lots of other dogs and a nice ocean view for your owner (just don’t let them wander off without you). Camino Real Park has dog-sized water fountains and — contain yourself, excitable sorts — a dog area where you’re allowed to run freeeeeeeee. Arroyo Verde Park has off-leash hours every day from 6:00-9:00 am, Tuesday through Sunday.
Craft Breweries? 🍻
If your best friend is like mine, they might have a weakness for beer — and Ventura has lots of places to drink great beer. It’s called craft beer, and each place has their own recipes, and people love them. That’s nice for people, but the important thing is you won’t get left out. Beer people are open-minded people, and they love dogs — almost all of Ventura’s breweries are dog-friendly.
Dogs aren’t much for shopping, but, being amenable, we’re happy to tag along. And Ventura makes it worth our while. I mean you’ve never seen so many dog-friendly shops in downtown Ventura, from places where they’ll just scratch your head (which is good) to places where they’ll ruffle your head and hand you a treat. Again, for a full list, the best thing to do is stop by the Visitors Center. And, yep, they start you out with a treat.