Founder's Park Dog Park
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- NicoleJan. 16, 2020Perfect spot!
I am visiting and staying in Islamorada for the week. I learned a GREAT TIP from the gentleman at the visitor center. If you are STAYING in Islamorada you can get into the park for FREE. Get your hotel to print off the dates you are staying - show it to the front gate person and they will send you to the pool office to get a pass. You now have access to the entire park including the dog park, Olympic size pool, kids playground, beach etc.
The dog park is nice. Shady spots, mostly covered in grass and there was an area with small kiddy/doggie pools and a rinse station. A lot of local of people who stay in the marina - everyone was very pleasant and friendly. There is a separate area for small dogs.
Obviously if you come here on vacation, your pup might not be used to the heat/humidity...so just take it easy and maybe go in the early morning or late afternoon :)
- ChaseOct. 6, 2019Beautiful, But Beware Of Mosquitos
We drove down to Islamorada with the pups to eat lunch and play at the dog park. We had to pay $8 pp to gain access to the park, which was no big deal as it is beautiful. Another reviewer wrote to park behind the visitor’s center for free, but a police officer stopped us and had us go pay. Once we got into the dog park we had it all to ourselves, but had to leave within minutes due to mosquitoes. I counted over 25 bites and we were there for less than 10 minutes. We didn’t want to waste our entry fee so we walked our dogs along a trail next to the beach where they were able to swim for a little bit. Overall, the location is beautiful and the tails are dog friendly. However, bring your bug spray if you plan on enjoying the the dog park.
- DonnaJan. 30, 2019I’m A Local, Here’s A Couple Tips
Founders is our local park, so we love it because it’s close and has a great view of Florida Bay (dogs not allowed on beach, but can take a beautiful walk all around the park and marina.) But definitely be aware of the $8 per person charge if you visit between 8:45am - 5pm ish. However, you can park directly behind the visitor center, cross the road leading into the park, and walk up the path next to the baseball fields for free. The dog park is just behind the baseball fields. Visitors can have residents obtain a park pass for them in the pool office.
About the dog park: separate area for small dogs, both sides have shade, picnic tables and some chairs, hoses and kiddy pools. Large dog side has dog washing station and some agility obstacles. Bad owners sometimes let big dogs use small dog side as a litter box and don’t pick up after their pets so be aware of “land mines”.
- DAug. 4, 2018Dogs enjoyed it
We brought our 2 dogs while on vacation and they enjoyed this park. Plenty of space - and some trees to find shade. If you are staying at a hotel or rental house in Islamorada ask if they have a "code word" for Founders Park. We had one from our rental house - but no one was at the entrance the two times we visited - so just drove in. If you do not have a code word then it is $8 per person. Just a note: there is a Publix a few miles south of the park and they had a nice amount of grass (on opposite site of the building (far from road)). So i was able to walk around with the dogs (on leash) while spouse shopped. That was nice.
- DeniseMore than a year agoNice park
My husband and I didn't mind paying the $8 per person. There's a dog park and there's the bigger park with a path all around it. Our dogs were exhausted after playing and walking for a few hours.
- DawnMore than a year agoUnfriendly...a waste
Didn't even get to see it! They wanted $8 per person just for us to drive on the property! I don't think that's any way to treat a tourist. $16 for an hour of play. Not likely.
This year I've been travelling with my dog from the east coast of Canada to Key west and back to Buffalo. We have visited lots of parks but this one was unfriendly to both dogs and people.
- CoryMore than a year agoWhat a waste
I live in key largo and went to visit the dog park and found out that unless you are a Islamorada resident it will be a charge of 8.00 per person to use the facility. What a joke.