Early morning walk at the park.  Had the place to ourself for a good hour before others started to slowly show up
Hanging at the beach on a hot Saturday.
N to S view from entrance
Just inside the entrance, several areas available
Just past tree on the water
View from far southern end, facing north
View of dog area entrance from parking lot
Enjoying the beach!
First time to Picnic Island dog beach. Loved it!
This was our dog's 1st trip to the ocean and they had a blast!!!
Rubie's 1st trip to the ocean, she had a lot of fun!!!
Dexters first time at the beach!
Worn out after chasing the frisbee over and over and over again!
Brought our three buddies from Atlanta. The LOVE the beach!
Beautiful day today!
Beautiful day today!
My dog love there
Playing ball with other dogs
Early morning walk at the park.  Had the place to ourself for a good hour before others started to slowly show up
Hanging at the beach on a hot Saturday.


Dogs are welcome to play off-leash at the beach here. Just be careful as the area is not fully fenced.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park has received a rating of 3.4 out of 5 bones by 28 dog owners on BringFido.

  • May. 01, 2019
    FAVORITE Dog Beach

    Out of the dog beaches in the area, this is by far my favorite. Very laid back, next to a boat ramp in a park area so not much surrounding traffic. Very large fenced in area so loads of room for running. Full access to beach sand, the ocean water and grassy area! Has shady tree areas and a hose off spot at the gate! You can’t knock a park for the other pet owners, they’re at all the parks! Just know how to keep an eye on your pooch and make the right decisions based on the other pups there :)

  • Jun. 22, 2018
    Not what I expected

    We have been testing out dog beaches in Tampa for our puppy. The beach and water smelled like dead fish. Filled with seaweed and right next to an industrial park. Filled with bugs that’s chased us. Our dog also found a dead fish head. Will not be returning.

  • More than one year ago.
    Sharp rocks among beach

    There are really SHARP rocks along the beach during low tide. My dog cut open his paws pretty badly. :( I don't recommend bringing energetic dogs that like running. We are on day 4 after the beach and his wounds are still healing.

  • More than one year ago.
    Disappointed July 2016

    Drove to this beach while in the area and came out disappointed. It is not located in the best area, we passed many factories on the way in. We were worried about what might be in the water for our dog but decided to still check it out. When we arrived we saw people fishing off a long metal pier next to the dog area. We were excited about the fenced in part of the beach but once we saw the shoreline and realized the smell we were let down. Black gunk and algae all along the shoreline. Best thing this park offered were some palm trees for shade and picnic tables to sit down. Stayed for a little bit to play some frisbee and left.

  • More than one year ago.
    Fantastic Fun

    We have a 1 year old white german shepard that we adopted from the pound. This was her first and will not be her last swimming experience. We traveled an hour after reading previous reviews and we were so pleased. Princess had a blast playing with other dogs and children fetching her ball and other toys with the dogs. This was a great way to spend Memorial Day

  • More than one year ago.
    Update on park 1/2016

    I used to love this park, the only off leash dog friendly beach I could find in Tampa. It's like the county forgot about this park; its rocky, trash everywhere, and the fence is hideous that dogs can crawl under. If they would put some time into it, it would be fantastic. A small dog area would be nice, but I can't see where they could make an available area fenced off for them. This is a dog park, not a leashed dog beach, so honestly children are not welcome here (IMO). I will most likely not return unfortunately.

  • More than one year ago.
    Hang Out for Homeless Crowd!!

    Forgot the best part!! I was confronted by a homeless crazy guy who didn't like my large dog..all while being alone at the park! Since there were 5 of them hanging out there, I left!! I won't be back to this very unsafe park!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Not very safe!!!

    this park needs to have separate areas for large dogs and small dogs so everyone's dogs can enjoy the beach I have a large dog and naturally she's curious about small dogs running around her only problem the small dogs like to nip at her and being a dog she will react to someone biting her face. And the other reviewers were right this beach is filthy there was dog crap everywhere and no one seem to want to pick up after their own dog!

  • More than one year ago.
    Rocky Water

    Nice beach for a picnic but there are a ton of rocks in the water that make it almost impossible to go in it without shoes on. Would not go back.

  • More than one year ago.
    1st time

    Brought my two pups here today to tire them out and it did just the trick; they are exhausted. Just be weary of the awkward tourists with their high socks and sneakers.

  • More than one year ago.
    beautiful and fun.

    hubby and i visited picnic island on july 5 2015, i absolutely loved the park.they had a water shower area for dogs and it was fenced in. dogs were roaming off leashes which made me a lil nervous but i loved how all the dogs were very friendly and social with each other and plenty of room foe our 4 legged babies to run around.. bad part was ... the beach was dirty, lots of sea weed and it was rocky so i would invest in water shoes for the beach area.. the otherside of beach was pretty nice too.. i dont think your supposed to be on that side but i saw other dogs so i went to the other side with my dog and she loved it just as much. i love how this park has benches with shade areas .. so perfect for dogs.. i forgot my dogs cooling pad and the shade was perfect.. be careful walking on grass some owners did not pick up after theyre dogs but other than that great place to take your baby (pooch)

  • More than one year ago.
    Had so much fun!

    We visited both Davis Island and Picnic Island today. We enjoyed both but preferred Picnic Island. We visited Ft. DeSoto yesterday. Our favorite was Ft. DeSoto, second was Picnic Island and third was Davis Island, mostly based on the Iroom for the dogs to run and play but certainly liked all. It's really nice to have so many good choices. This area seems very dog friendly almost everywhere and we are very happy we came with our three four legged buddies.

  • More than one year ago.
    Loved It!

    First time to the beach with the dog - had a great time. Picnic tables and a few covered benches available. Dog poo bags and disposal available. Would advise to wear swim shoes as it is a bit rocky. A bit busy but everyone seemed super nice.

  • More than one year ago.
    not a family friendly destination

    I was on vacation with my dogs plus my family and wanted to go to a beach where dogs were allowed and saw this destination. First of all the the view isn't that great the sand is more like rockish, dogs are everywhere unleashed, I got a splinter in my toe (really can't be barefoot here) and owners don't really care where they are and poop is around... Other than that I think it would be a great park for singles with dogs only.. No children beach!

  • More than one year ago.

    Loveedddd this dog park . Pretty far from my house in Tampa. But I didn't mind the commute since it was for my beagle. My dog is still a puppy so it was a great way for him to release his energy. Plenty of space to sit and enjoy the nice sunset. 5 bones all the way :)

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Dog Park

    Picnic Island is a great place to take your dog. We live right down the street and enjoy spending the day at this beach park. It has been clean every time I have been there, all the other dog owners are very friendly, and we have not encountered a bad experience with another dog. Picnic island has a lot to offer besides the dog park. I highly recommend it. For first timers- the drive to Picnic Island is very... interesting, you will get to a point where you think you may be going in the wrong direction, you are not! Keep driving and you'll end up at your destination.

  • More than one year ago.
    Hit or miss

    Sometimes the park is great sometimes it's terrible... Obviously the summer is their busiest time of year + weekends and many people bring their wild animals there and it can get out of hand sometimes. Also at low tide parts of the fence are exposed and dogs can escape!!! But, I do LOVE that this is a fenced in, off leash, dog beach! It really just depends on the day... It's a hit or miss.

  • More than one year ago.

    I thought this was a hideous beach...Will never go back. I will drive the 20 min to a Clearwater dog beach. The water and beach here at Picnic were dirty. I didn't want my dog even swimming in it, much less my family. Worth a drive to Honeymoon Beach in Dunedin!!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    First visit review

    Took my dogs to the beach today - first time at Picnic Island dog beach. Nice size area for dogs and people to relax and splash. All dogs were very well behaved. Several waste clean up stations available as well as a hose to rinse off at the entrance/exit. Only 30 mins from my home, so this will be our preferred dog beach.

  • More than one year ago.
    Picnic Island Dog Beach has it all!

    Great dog beach! I have to drive an hour to get there, but I will definitely go again. Because I had to drive so far, and have some disabilities, I looked online for videos of the place to see if I could get some questions answered. I couldn't find enough detail, so I went anyway and made my own. I'm not a very good videographer but in these videos you can see everything that's there. The first one is about the dog beach, and the second one is of my own dog whooping it up. But here are some details: The dog beach is fullly fenced on 3 sides, with the bay on the 4th, of course. Parking is just on the other side of the fence, very close. There are bathrooms at the entrance to the parking lot before the dog beach, and also over at the main park. As for how safe it really is to take your dog off leash, I suppose they COULD swim around the fencing in the water and get loose, so make sure your dog is one that stays around you, or comes when called. Be careful of other people's dogs. Some lady's huge lab charged my dog and grabbed him a couple of times growling, and I had to be the one to tell him NO! His owner didn't even bother saying anything to him. But all in all, it's a GREAT dog beach I absolutely love it that it's fenced. It has alot of shade and picnic tables inside the dog beach part. Dont expect to put out a big picnic though, without all the dogs coming up, obviously. It's for the dogs!!

    Part One - The Dog Beach

    Part Two - My dog there

  • More than one year ago.
    Toby loved it

    Coming from 8" 10" of snow I didn,t know what to except here in Fl. After driving the St Pet beaches with no dogs allowed I really was feeling bad for Toby, but PicIslBeachDog Park came right up on Google. 15min. later my 18 lb.Cockapoo was swiming in the water above the reaach of his paws and loving it. Great Place

  • More than one year ago.
    Murder is the case that they gave me

    I went to the park an early Saturday morning, only to be turned away because there was a body found and the police were investigating. An early morning dog walker happened to stumble upon it. I haven't been back since, but the body doesn't keep me back, just that it is out of the way and a long drive. If I am going to drive an hour, then I'll drive to Fort De Soto.

  • More than one year ago.
    Nice park

    A little hard to find. There was a lot of room for the dogs to run and play. It seems to be clean and pretty well gated. Nice park.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Beach

    The beach is really nice and the dogs seem to get a long nicely. The view is awesome. The negative is there aren't a lot of places to sit or picnic when there are more than four families out there. Owner's need to be more responsible and pick up after their pets. Nothing like stepping in Dog droppings!! This needs to be inforced....

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Beach

    The beach is really nice and the dogs seem to get a long nicely. The view is awesome. The negative is there aren't a lot of places to sit or picnic when there are more than four families out there. Owner's need to be more responsible and pick up after their pets. Nothing like stepping in Dog droppings!! This needs to be inforced....

  • More than one year ago.
    Fun Beach

    We drove all the way from Georgia just to go swimming. The Beach was nice, but there was lots of seaweed floating in the water. Not much shade, but there are picnic tables to sit at. All the dogs were well behaved and had fun playing in the water. It is a little rocky for the first few feet out, but the pup didn't seem to mind. Fun beach, worth the trip!

  • More than one year ago.
    My dog love's it

    Even though my dog only goes up to his knees in the water, he loves this beach and has a ball every time I take him out there!! The beach is clean and offers plenty of other stuff to keep the other family members occupied (fishing pier, people beach and playground area). We have never had any trouble with any other dogs and the other parents are always friendly. The only real negative about the dog beach is that there are a lot of rocks and broken shells, so make sure you wear water shoes or sandals.

  • More than one year ago.
    Nice Beach.

    The drive to the beach makes you question how nice of beach it is since it's set back between an industrial area. It's a very nice beach that is gated off for the off-leash dog beach. There is one area of the fencing where dogs could sneak out over to the non-dog area. The beach area is rocky the first few yards out.

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