For Labor Day weekend this year, we decided to take a roadtrip to The Sunshine State!
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Florida, and this was the first time going with both dogs. It was a 13 hour drive from New Jersey to Jacksonville, where we rented an Airbnb for a few days.
While we were there, I realized how many more dog friendly places there are in Florida compared to where we live! There are dozens of different parks, trails, beaches, and restaurants that all welcome your four legged friends.
So instead of getting overwhelmed when looking for things to do with your dog, I’ve made you the ultimate list of dog friendly places in Florida!
If you’re looking for a fun day trip with your dog and the kids, you can check out Dinosaur World in Plant City, FL.
This park has over 150 different life size dinosaur statues that really take you back in time.
Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they’re leashed.
Some dogs believe the statues are real, so make sure to take tons of pics and videos of your pups reaction to these giant lifelike creatures.
Treasure Coast Cruises
Do you like boat cruises?
If so, then you have to check out the dog friendly Treasure Coast Cruises in Vero Beach, FL.
Grab your dog, some snacks, and a bottle of wine for your sunset sightseeing trip along the Indian River.
Each tour is private and lasts around 1 ½ hours.
I know I’ll be doing this with Cali the next time we’re in Florida!
Lazy Dog Adventures
Does your dog love the water?
If the answer is yes, then you have to spend a day at Lazy Dog Adventures in Key West, FL.
This place is all about being on the water with your dog, whether it’s a kayak, paddleboard, or a boat adventure!
Show your water lover the best day of their life with the new experience of exploring Florida’s clear waters.
One of the best trends that developed in the past few years are dog friendly bars.
Dog Bar, in St. Pete’s FL, is quite literally a dog park with a bar inside!
This 4500 ft space allows dogs to run off leash while their owners sip a beer at the bar.
Each dog requires a Dog Bar Membership to ensure safety for the other dogs.
In addition, a “wooferee” is assigned to watch the dogs during peak hours to make sure no trouble is made!
Best Friends Pet Care
Planning a trip to Disney?
Don’t leave your dog at home with a pet sitter, take them to the Best Friends Pet Care Center in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
This luxury pet hotel offers comfortable boarding facilities, along with professional grooming, vet, and training services.
Additionally, your dogs can play with their new four legged friends at doggy day camp, where they can play in sprinklers and run through obstacle courses.
You can even see their live camera feed from their website so you can check on your fur baby whenever you want!
The last special adventure of dog friendly places in Florida is Kanine Social in Jacksonville FL.
This enormous 4000 sqft indoor dog park features a craft beer and coffee bar so you can sit back and relax as your dog plays.
The air conditioning pumps all summer long, making this one of the best places to take your dog on a hot day.
In addition to the 7000 sqft inside, there is also another 10,000sqft of playspace outside for the dogs as well!
Of course, there are separate sections for smaller dogs, and each dog must pass an aggression test before gaining membership.
If you follow Cali and Archie on Instagram, you’ll know they’re a major fan of the outdoors.
Since we live in New Jersey, we usually do hiking trails in Upstate New York.
However, Florida also has beautiful nature trails for every walk of life.
All of the trails below are dog friendly. Just make sure your dog is leashed at all times!
There are a lot of different animals that live in the Florida woods, so you want to make sure your dog doesn’t run off.
If you currently live in Florida, this alone is a great bucket list to do with your dog!
- Alderman’s Ford Preserve
- Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St. Lucie
- Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
- Big Oak Trail
- Big Shoals Trail
- Bulow Woods Trail
- Croom River Trail Loop
- Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park
- Chuluota Wilderness To Joshua Creek
- Eglin East
- Jackson Red Ground Trail
- Lake Delancy To Rodman
- Prairie Lakes Loop
- Pruitt To Ross Prairie
- Fort Cooper State Park
- Fort George Island Cultural State Park
- Johnson Pond Trail
- Lake Louisa Hiking Trail
- Leon Sinks Geological Area
- Mill Creek Preserve
- Ochlockonee River State Park Trails
- Olustee Battlefield Trail
- Princess Place Preserve
- Rainbow Springs Sandhills Trail
- Salt Springs Loop
- Silver Springs Conservation Area
- Smyrna Dunes Park
- Theodore Roosevelt Area
- Wakulla Springs Trail
- William Bartram St. Johns River Loop
One of the major differences between New Jersey and Florida is their beaches.
I probably wouldn’t swim in Jersey water if you paid me.
For dog moms of the Sunshine State, beaches are some of the best dog friendly places in Florida.
Many of these beaches still request that every dog is on a 6 ft leash for the safety of everyone, but you and your dog can still dig in the sand and swim in the ocean!
- Rickenbacker Causeway Beach, Miami FL
- Courtney Campbell Causeway, Clearwater FL
- Dog Beach at Bayview Park, Pensacola, FL
- Dog Beach at Key West, FL
- St. George Island, FL
- Jupiter Dog Beach, Jupiter FL
- St. Sebastian River State Park, Vero Beach, FL
- Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, FL
- Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL
Restaurants & Bars
Another major difference that I see in Florida is there is an overwhelming amount of dog friendly restaurants.
The majority of these restaurants only allow outdoor seating if you have your dog.
But with all these new social distancing measures, who wants to eat inside anyway?
St Petersburg/ Tampa
- Bella Brava
- Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
- Gaspar’s Grotto
- Hyde Park Village (indoor & outdoor seating with dogs)
- Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery
- Lucky Dill Deli
- Macdinton’s Irish Pub
- The Green Iguana
- Timpano Italian Chophouse
- Wine Exchange
- K Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Orlando Cat Cafe (Cat’s for adoption but everyone welcome)
- Teak Neighborhood Grill
- Bayside Marketplace
- GreenStreet Café
- Meat Market Steakhouse and Lounge
- Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Aloft Hotels, Miami, FL
Aloft hotels welcome four legged guests with open arms.
Upon arrival, your dog will receive a complementary luxury bed, food bowl, and a doggie bag of delicious treats and toys.
If your dog is larger than 40 pounds, please make sure to contact the hotel directly to see about a waiver.
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Vero Beach, FL
If you’re looking for an oceanfront view that’s also dog friendly, this is the hotel for you!
Have breakfast with an ocean view on the dog friendly bamboo patio.
Once you’re done you can either hit the sand with your fur baby or take them to the spacious dog park alongside the beautiful Indian River.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Planning a trip to Disney? If you want your dog to stay with you instead of being boarded, then this is the perfect spot for your needs.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a magical reality filled with natural elements any dog would love.
In order to book, dog owners must provide proof of vaccinations.
You will receive a “Pluto’s Welcome Kit’” upon check-in. This includes goodies like a pet ID tag, mat, bowls, and a dog walking map.
Epic Hotel, Miami, FL
Owned by Kimpton Hotels, the Epic Hotel is one of the best dog friendly places to stay in Florida.
Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee, and cats are permitted as well.
Well-behaved pets may be left unattended in guest rooms.
Treats, bowls, toys and waste bags are available at the front desk and there are waste stations around the property and dog park.
Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Vero Beach, FL
Kimpton Hotels are known and loved for being pet friendly luxury hotels.
Located in Vero Beach, this hotel and spa greets your dog with treats upon arrival.
Your dog is also given complementary food and water bowls and a plush dog bed so they can relax just as much as you will.
As usual with the Kimpton, there are no pet fees or restrictions.
As you can see, there are so many dog friendly places in Florida.
From hiking, to hotels, to hitting the beach, you and your dog can have endless adventures in the Sunshine State.
Which of these places are you going to go first? Let us know in the comments!