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.

Harry Griffen Park

While Harry Griffen park offers both playgrounds for kids and three separate dog runs for dogs of different height and sizes, the real strong point of this park is the other resources the park offers for families and their pets. Besides the usual playgrounds and leash free dog runs, Harry Griffen Park is a great resource for lots of family activities that are dog friendly as well! The park's amphitheater offers free concerts throughout June and July, at 6 p.m. on Sundays. Families and their dogs are welcome to bring blankets and dinner while enjoying the music together. Keep in mind that although the entire park itself is very dog friendly, dogs are allowed off leash only in the designated off leash areas.

Hours: The dog park is open from 7:00 pm to one hour after dusk.

Harry Griffen Park
9550 Milden St.
La Mesa, Ca 91942
Online: cityoflamesa.com

Photo credit: Randen Pederson 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