Florida’s Best Off-Leash Dog Parks and Beaches
Vacationing with your pet is easy these days with hotels, restaurants, bakeries, bars, and parks all jumping in to accommodate our four-legged family members. Vacationers from all over the world head to Florida each summer and why not? It’s surrounded on three sides by turquoise blue water with peaceful winding rivers and natural fresh-water springs and lakes in-between. Not to mention the year-round Florida sunshine. With 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida has some of the best beaches in the world and several of them cater just to dogs. We’ve found some great dog parks where you’ll find amenities such as water fountains, beaches, doggie shower stations, acres of grassy play areas, free doggie bags, nature trails, shady picnic spaces with tables, exercise and agility training areas, doggie pools, tennis balls, and nearby dog friendly restaurants and bars. Each park has different amenities but we’re sure your pooch will be tickled pink with any of our choices. Upon arrival check the park’s policies and hours of operation. Some have free parking and entrance while others may charge a nominal fee. Before letting your dog off-leash, determine which areas are considered off-leash and check to see if it is fenced. Dogs are required to be current on all vaccinations with proof. For your pet’s sake, always be aware of your dog’s playmates—you want him to have a fun but safe experience. You’ll find a common thread in any negative dog park comments which all have to do with the owners…pick up after your dog and police their behavior toward other dogs in order to make the experience a good one for everybody. Many of these dog parks offer something for the whole family so enjoy your summer vacation with your pet this year.
Fort De Soto Park Dog Beach and Paw Playground
3500 Pinellas Bayway S
This 3-acre park has 300 yards of beach for swimming and off-leash play. Doggie water fountains, water hoses, and a concession stand. Parking is $5.
Bonita Springs Dog Park
11071 E. Terry Street
Bonita Springs, FL
There are fenced areas for 3 sizes of dogs: under 25 lbs., 25-50 lbs., and over 50 lbs. with shade and grassy areas. Water and benches are on site and parking is free.
West Orange Dog Park
12400 Marshall Farms Road
Winter Garden, FL
There are lots of shade trees, doggie pools, and toys for your dogs to enjoy. Wide sidewalks with benches and picnic tables run throughout the park.
Snyder Park's Bark Park
3299 SW 4th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
You’ll find an agility course, drinking water, maze, and a dog only swimming area at this 2 acre dog park. $1 per person charge on weekends but weekdays are free.
Higgs Beach Dog Park
White Street and Atlantic Blvd.
Key West, FL
This only off-leash dog park in Key West is fully fenced with separate areas for small and large pups. Shade and water fountains are available for cooling off.
Miami Beach's Bark Beach
8232 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL
After playing in the ocean at Bark Beach, take your dog to one of the many outdoor pet-friendly restaurants adjacent to North Shore Open Space Park. Admission is $5 for Miami Beach residents and $25 for non-residents.
Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter Beach
2188 Marcinski Road
Located on A1A in Palm Beach County, dogs are welcome off-leash on this 2.5 mile stretch of coastline. Admission, parking, and doggie bags (which are provided by the Friends of Jupiter Beach) are free.
Bayview Dog Beach
2001 E Lloyd St
This fenced dog park is an acre of fun and surf for your fur-friend. It is tree shaded, has a wash-off platform, water station, and benches.
Greenwood Urban Wetlands
1411 Greenwood St
This beautiful nature park has special dog area which includes an agility course, lots of green space, doggie bags, water fountains, hoses, and benches.
Walton Rocks Dog Beach, Hutchinson Island
6700 South Ocean Drive
Jensen Beach, FL
24 acres of where dogs can swim and run till their heart’s content. Look for the small sign on the beach side of A1A. Parking and beach access are free.
Hollywood Dog Beach
State Road A1A; Custer Street and Surf Road
This secluded dog beach is only open Friday-Sunday. 4-8 pm. Permits can be purchased at Dog Beach for $5 per dog for residents and $10 per dog for non-residents.
Overseas Highway Mile Marker 73
The water along Anne’s Beach is shallow which makes for a fun frolic in the surf. The parking is free, restrooms available.
Picnic Island Dog Park
7404 Picnic Island Blvd
This off-leash beach is located in Port Tampa. There are picnic areas with water for both dogs and their human companions.
Brohard Paw Park
1999 Harbor Dr. S
Beach access, doggie showers, drinking fountains, and fire hydrants! There are fenced areas for large and small dogs. Parking is free, as is access to the park and beach.
Tropical Dog Park
7900 SW 40th St.
You and your pup will enjoy the shady areas with benches, fun obstacle courses, and water fountains. Plenty of parking and entrance is free.