If the kiddos need some outdoor space to stretch their legs, how do you think your furry kids feel? Even the pups need a place to kick back and run around in the outdoors. From sunny beaches to ocean view playgrounds and desert mountains, San Diego offers some of the best leash free dog parks in the area. And we love that these spots are also kid-friendly! Click through the slideshow to find the best areas where kids and dogs can play together.

Cadman Park

Cadman Park is one of the most popular dog parks for families with kiddos in tow as well. Instead of the typical caged dog run, dogs can run free in a fence free, designated dog area. Meanwhile, kids can play to their heart's content at the nearby playground and swing set area, which is separated by a small half wall.

The easy proximity and breathtaking views of Mission Bay make this park an excellent choice for a late afternoon family outing. There are plenty of trees, benches, and scenic overlooks to enjoy the views while the whole family can play. Keep in mind the dog area is not fenced, so dogs need to be able to listen and respond well to cues.

Hours: 7 - 9:30 a.m. and 5 - 7:30 p.m. (summer); 7:30 -10 a.m. and 4:30 - 7 p.m. (winter)

4280 Avati Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92117
Online: sandiego.gov/cadman

Photo credit: John Samuel via Flickr Creative Commons

What are some other great off-leash dog parks that we missed? Do you have a favorite spot in San Diego?

— Bryn Wied