Dog Friendly Activities in Gainesville, FL

There are 8 dog friendly activities in Gainesville. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Gainesville, FL, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Pet Friendly Squirrel Ridge Park in Gainesville, FL
Enjoy this fun public park with your leashed pet, or let them run free in the fenced, off-leash dog runs, which include running water, shade trees, and chairs for owners to rest in.
Pet Friendly Dogwood Park in Gainesville, FL
Pets go wild for the off-leash fun at this dog park, which is fully fenced with two swimming ponds, open spaces, and agility equipment. Admission fee applies.
Pet Friendly Possum Creek Dog Park in Gainesville, FL
There are two separate dog parks, one for large dogs and one for small. It's a very large open space with benches and shade for owners. There are also some great water fountains for dogs that are low to the ground that continuously refresh the water.
Pet Friendly Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FL
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. The months offering the most color are June through September. Excluding special events like our Spring Garden Festival and Moonlight Walk, dogs are permitted on leashes. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 62 acre facility founded, developed, funded and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society, a non-profit educational organization. In 1978, the Society signed a lease agreement with Alachua County whereby it gained access to a 33 acre tract of land for the development of a public botanical garden; in 1982, an additional 29 acre parcel was added to the lease, bringing Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to its present size. The Gardens' name is derived from its proximity to 250 acre Lake Kanapaha. The word Kanapaha is derived from the Timucua Indian words for "palmetto leaf" and "house." Taken together, they refer to the thatched dwellings that were home to the original residents of a small Timucua village on the western shore of Lake Kanapaha. Between 1978 and 1987, the infrastructure and initial plantings were completed and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens was formally opened to the public on October 16, 1987. Kanapaha's walkways are largely wheelchair accessible and benches, gazebos and other rest stations are liberally spaced throughout the facility. Dogs are permitted. An exceptional gift shop offers a varied and unusual array of items including original art and treasures from the natural world.
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