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.

Encinitas Viewpoint Park

Ocean views, playground, off leash dog areas … What more could a park need? The Encinitas Viewpoint park truly has it all, even down to separate water fountains for humans and for dogs. The park also provides trash bags to clean up after your dog. The playground is huge, and is located on top of a sand pit, providing a soft landing for kids as they jump off the swings and slides.

The dog area and the kids playground are located at the same edge of the park, along with several benches and ocean views. The dog run is not fenced in, so make sure you are comfortable maintaining control over your dog by voice command alone.

Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun., 6 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 8 p.m.

Cornish Drive and D Street
Encinitas, Ca 92024
Online: encinitas.ca.us

Photo credit: J.M. 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