Balboa Park has so much to offer that most people don’t realize there is a playland especially designed for dogs.
We're going to start with a tour of Balboa Park starting with Trail #5 then heading to Hillicrest, back to Downtown, then through the Florida Canyon, ending at the dog park in Balboa. This will be about an 8 mile loop, but I can give you short cuts for those not wanting to go that far. This will be a great way to work off all the Thanksgiving cooking and give the dogs some exercise and playtime! After the tour will cut the dogs loose at the dog park so they can cut loose! If you just want to meet at the dog park we should be back around 9:30ish. You can just come for dog park fun!
At Nate's Point Dog Park—a 2.3-acre (Yes, it's huge!), fully fenced-in romping zone—man’s best friend has the opportunity to bond with, or chase, his own kind. There’s even a doggy water fountain with a foot pedal.
Warning: don’t wear your finest garments, because somehow every happy, muddy paw has a natural targeting mechanism for anything “dry-clean only.” Another great danger is the fierce wagging tail that this kind of freedom elicits; it can clean the park picnic table in a single swoop. Head down to where the Laurel Street Bridge meets 5th Ave and join in on all the frolicking fun.
Directions: The best way to get to Nate's Point is to take Laurel Street eastward from Sixth Avenue. Laurel turns into El Prado once inside the park. You can park your vehicle on Sixth Avenue or along Balboa Drive.