5 Fun Places Near Pleasanton To Walk Your Dog

If you want to enjoy a gorgeous day in Pleasanton with your pet, we have good news for you: This is a great place for dog owners to get some outside activity. There are or so many park and trails to explore, you’ll spend an entire summer doing it.

Here are our 5 suggestions for places to walk to your dog in Pleasanton.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Located off Foothill Road, this sprawling park boasts over 5,000 acres of beautiful natural land. It has a number of great trails for hiking with your dog, and if you’re really ambitious, the park is connected with the Interpark Regional Trails system.

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That means over 150 miles of interconnected trails are waiting for you and your furry friend. We bet they’ll enjoying getting back to nature as much as you will!

Pleasanton Sports Park

The Pleasanton Sports Park, aka the Ken Mercer Sports Park, offers wide expanses of open flat land that is perfect for power walking, catching some fresh air, and meeting other dog lovers.

Located at 5800 Parkside Drive, the full walk around the park is about two miles, with lots of open grassy fields to explore. There are also plenty of sports fields, which are a perfect place to take a quick break and relax while watching people get their game on.

It’s easily accessible, too, making it a great place to get some activity with your dog without having to take a lot of time out of your day.

Del Valle Regional Park

Does your dog like the water? If so, they may enjoy Del Valle Regional Park, a gorgeous 4,400-acre park that boasts a lake five miles long, a resort, walking trails, and much more.

The park has an area especially made for dogs to go swimming, plus picnic grounds, horse riding, and loads more.

If you want to spend an afternoon out with your dog in nature, or even make a weekend excursion of it, you can’t go wrong here.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area

Located at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, this is a haven for fishing, swimming and boating.

Your dog will enjoy seeing the abundant wildlife here even more than you will, but he or she will likely most enjoy a chance to romp around in the water.

There is plenty of it here for them, too, with great swimming beaches they will love. If you want to get some activity, there are good walking trails to explore as well.


Sunol Regional Wilderness

If you like to get fully immersed in Mother Nature when you and your dog go for a hike, this is the place for you.

Located off Geary Road, the nearly 7,000 acres of this park features rolling hills, grazing cattle, and beautiful vistas.

Make sure you bring water with you – there is none available in the park – but otherwise enjoy one of the most robust nature experiences in the area. Your dog (and your health) will thank you for it!

5 Outdoor Places to Explore this Spring Near Pleasanton

There is something special about the spring, when the weather warms and the outdoors beckon.

It’s a great time to get outdoors and discover what our region has to offer – and if you love escaping to Mother Nature, the area around Pleasanton has a LOT to offer.

Here are our five suggestions for places near Pleasanton where you can get a great taste of the outdoors:

1) Cull Canyon Regional Park

If you like to escape to the outdoors now and then, it’s hard to beat Cull Canyon Regional Park. Located in Castro Valley, this park has great trails and a fantastic swim lagoon that your kids will love – and it is staffed with lifeguards for their safety!

Many locals consider this an overlooked gem, so keep this secret between us, okay?

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2) Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

You can’t escape to the outdoors in Pleasanton without keeping the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in mind! You’ll find it off Foothill Road, and you’ll be quickly taken in by the massive 5,000-plus acres of gorgeous natural land in this sprawling park.

There is lots of room to roam thanks to the extensive hiking trails, and if you’re really want to go on an adventure, the park links to 150 miles of interconnected trails in the Interpark Regional Trails system that winds through the region.

3) Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Think you have to take a long journey to experience some lovely Mother Nature? Think again. You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this outdoor experience.

Found at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, if you love fishing, boating, trails, or just relaxing on a beach, you’ll enjoy Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. It’s most popular during the summer months, but is just as fun to visit in the autumn.

4) Sunol Regional Wilderness

There are parks and then there is Sunol. This place is BIG. If you like to get completely immersed in Mother Nature when you go for a hike, look no further than this massive, expansive park. Located off Geary Road, this park is close to 7,000 acres of pastoral hills, herds of grazing cattle, and stunning vistas. It’s enough to take your breath away.


5) Del Valle Regional Park

Del Valle Regional Park is great because it packs a lot into its 4,400 acres, so no matter what you’re into when it comes to the outdoors, you’ll find it here.

This park features a five-mile long lake and many miles worth of hiking paths, plus a resort area, swimming lakes, picnic grounds, horseback riding, and lots more. It’s easy to spend a whole day here (and then some).

10 Places in Pleasanton to Eat With the Family this Spring

You want to know the real reason why Pleasanton is such a pleasant place to be? Because we have so many amazing places to eat!

When you want to get out with the family or some friends this autumn, here are 10 of our favorites that should make your list of places to go for a bite:

Jim’s Country Style Restaurant
5400 Sunol Blvd #1

This is one of the best breakfast spots in town. You’ll get big portions of food done like grandma used to make. The French toast is fantastic, and the omelets are a local favorite. The great service is just a bonus.

Hap’s Original Steak’s & Seafood
122 Neal St

Save Hap’s for when you’re looking for a classy night out. You’ll get amazing steak, a fantastic atmosphere, top shelf seafood, a good wine selection, and much more. Come here to treat the family or impress your date!


Sweet Tomatoes
4501 Hopyard Rd.

Sweet Tomatoes is ideal if you tend to eat vegetarian or mostly vegetarian. At this salad buffet restaurant you can find just about anything you can imagine, and it’s very affordable. Feel free to indulge here without guilt!

Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
288 Main St

You don’t need to go to Chicago or New York to get good pizza. This is the best pie in the Tri-Valley. You can get traditional pizza, specialty pies, extra-thick crust upon request, and more. This place is a pizza lover’s paradise!

Alberto’s Cantina
435 Main Street

Everyone loves Mexican night! Alberto’s has great drinks, good outdoor seating for when the weather is nice, and tasty authentic food that the entire family will enjoy.

Erik's Deli
4247 Rosewood Dr.

Nothing like a good sandwich. Here you’ll get classic deli food and classic deli atmosphere. That’s it. Nothing fancy. Fresh sliced meat, checkerboard tablecloths, big portions. You don’t find places like this anymore!

De La Torre’s Trattoria
6025 W Las Positas Blvd

Getting great Italian at an affordable price is always a treat. Enjoy a glass of wine and a calm atmosphere here. From calamari to their many excellent pasta dishes, all with hand-crafted sauces, this is the place to go when you want a taste of the classics.

Barone’s Restaurant
475 St John St

Mixing together great American style food with live entertainment always makes for a good night. Young and old alike enjoy the festive, social atmosphere here. They have a great wine list and good food, too. Great place for a night out with friends!

Sato Japanese Cuisine
3015 Hopyard Rd

Maybe the freshest seafood in Pleasanton, with sushi so good you won’t believe you’re in the suburbs.  They easily stack up to the best places in the city. Even better? The service is great!

Know someplace worth going to? Tell us about them in the comments!

14 Things You Didn’t Know About Pleasanton, CA

You already know that Pleasanton, CA is a fantastic place to live. You know that it’s a great place to shop and work (and to see your dentist). You know it’s a fantastic town in which to have a good time.

But we bet at least a few of these quirky facts are things you DIDN’T know about our amazing community.


1) The town was meant to be named after Union army cavalry Major General Alfred Pleasonton, with two O’s, but a U.S. Postal Service employee made a typo and Pleasanton was born!

2) Pleasanton was preceded by a town called Alisal, known as "The Most Desperate Town in the West." In 1894, it became part of Pleasanton.

3) The town was once home to Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst, the media magnate who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ film classic “Citizen Kane.”

4) The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton history was an astounding 115 degrees, recorded in September of 1950.

5) The space occupied by Comerica Bank at 600 Main Street had previously been a hardware store for over 100 years. It closed its doors in 2004.

6) George Hearst, U.S. Senator and father of William Randolph Hearst, once planned to locate a race horse farm here.

7) In 2009, Newsmax named Pleasanton one of the Top 25 “Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns” in the United States.

8) The top employer in Pleasanton is Kaiser Permanente, a managed care consortium that employs nearly 4,000 people in the region.

9) The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack at Alameda County Fairgrounds is the oldest horse racing track in the United States.

10) Registered voters in town are almost evenly split, 32.1% registered as Republicans, 38.4% as Democrats. The remaining are Decline to State.

11) The crossroads of I-580 and I-680 actually mirror the crossroads of Native American trade routes in the region, but this was not discovered until the 20th Century.

12) Both of Pleasanton’s two high schools have been ranked among the top 400 high schools in the nation by Newsweek.

13) Pleasanton has three sister cities: Blairgowrie and Rattray, Scotland, UK; Canada Fergus, Canada; and Mexico Tulancingo, Mexico. And yes, “sister cities” is an actual political and diplomatic designation.

14) The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department has the Centennial Light, the world’s longest lasting light bulb, at 4550 East Avenue in Livermore. It has been lit for an astonishing 113 years.

We’ve always enjoyed being located here, but knowing this facts makes us even happier to call Pleasanton home.