Dog Friendly Activities in Gainesville, FL

There are 12 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.

Pet Friendly Squirrel Ridge Park
Squirrel Ridge Park 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Possum Creek Dog Park
Possum Creek Dog Park 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. See Details
Dogwood Park 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. See Details
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is pet-friendly. Comprised of 24 major collections that you and your pooch can see from a paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Forest Park Your dog will love to run and play free in the fenced, off-leash area of this Gainesville park. See Details
Haisley Lynch Park Double gate fence entry and water fountains The block surrounded by Main Street, SW 5th Ave and SW 1st St Big trees/shady See Details
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park Dogs are allowed at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, one of the few remaining hardwood forests in the wholes state of Florida. The trails at this park are dog-friendly, including three that you can access from the San Felasco hiking trailhead. These are ideal for nature viewing and dog walking. The fee for entry into this park is $4 per vehicle. San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is dog-friendly. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to enjoy this paved trail as long as they are on a leash under six-feet. A number of observation spots on the trail offer views of the prairie, home to bison, wild horses, and numerous alligators. The trail can be accessed every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Loblolly Woods Nature Park Loblolly Woods Nature Park is pet-friendly. This 159-acre forested open space features pet-friendly paths and boardwalks for you to explore with your pooch. Don't forget to bring your binoculars along with you to spot one of the rare birds that lives in the nature park. Loblolly Woods Nature Park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Depot Park Depot Park is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome to wander along the paved trails of this park in Gainesville. The Depot Park open air fields, trails, and play area are open daily. The splash pad located inside the play area, is on when the temperature is above 70 degrees. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. The park is open every day of the week from 7:00am to 11:30pm. See Details
Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops is pet-friendly. Bring your dog along to this popular outdoor store in Gainesville. This chain store is known for its large, wilderness-theme and wide array of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. See Details
Celebration Pointe Dog Park Celebration Pointe Dog Park is Bass Pro Shops' very own dog park in Gainesville. Bring your pooch along to play off-leash at this Gainesville recreation spot located behind Bass Pro Shops. The grassy park is equipped with agility equipment and a gazebo for shade on sunny days. Celebration Pointe Dog Park can be accessed every day of the week from 6am to 10pm. See Details
O'Leno State Park Pretty trails to walk on, good if you have a well behaved dog. Must be kept on leash, and dogs have a 5 bark policy. If your dog doesn't bark, great beautiful place. See Details
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Dogs are welcome at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Due to potential conflict with alligators, snakes, and bison, pets are not allowed on some of the trails in the park, but this won't stop you and Fido having an awesome time. You can still wander the Wacahoota Trail, leading to an observation trail; Chacala Trail, a series of loop trails; and a number of other trails. The trails that are not pet-friendly are Cone's Dike Trail, Bolen Bluff Trail, and La Chua Trail. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset and the entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. See Details
Petro Ocala This location has a dedicated area for pets that need some exercise or a rest break. Waste bags and trash receptacles are also available for easy cleanup. TA and Petro Travel Stores also carry a variety of pet care products. There are restaurants on site, too. See Details
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Dogs are welcome at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, where you can time travel back to a 1930's Florida homestead. As well as being home to a classic Florida cracker-style home from back in the day, there are two fifteen minute hiking trails around the area that can be enjoyed by dogs and their owners. Small dogs can even go inside with you on a tour of the house, as long as they can be carried the whole time. The fee for entrance into the park is $3 per group and it's open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Dudley Farm Historic State Park Dogs are allowed at the Dudley Farm Historic State Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the nature trail and picnic areas that are dotted around this farmstead that began operation in the 1850s. Unfortunately, your pooch isn't allowed on the farmstead itself due to the livestock and for the preservation of the old buildings. The fee for entrance is $5 and the park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9am until 5pm See Details
Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail Dogs are allowed on the Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail. This multi-use trail weaves through one of the prettiest areas in Florida, through pine forests and vast open spaces. There are four miles for walking at the Lake Butler Trailhead (Union County), and 19 miles that start at the Twin Lakes Park Trailhead. Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail can be walked every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
O'Leno State Park Dogs are allowed to join their owners at O'Leno State Park. You and Fido can enjoy the park’s picnic area that overlooks the Santa Fe River or hike one of the diverse hiking trails, including the River Trail, the Limestone Trail, and Parener’s Branch. The varied scenery switches between hardwood hammock, limestone outcrop, and pine forest. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the youth areas, primitive campsite, group camp, swimming area, or buildings. The fee for entrance into O'Leno State Park is $5 per vehicle and it is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
DJ's Kayak Rentals DJ's Kayak Rentals is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome to join you on a paddling adventure on Lake Santa Fe in Alachua County, Florida. Make sure there's enough space for you and your furry first mate by renting one of the tandem kayaks for $45. Along the way, you'll spot natural vegetation, fish and abundant wildlife. DJ's Kayak Rentals is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 6pm. See Details
AutoZone Auto Parts AutoZone Auto Parts in Williston is pet-friendly. The largest retailer of automotive parts and accessories offers everything you need to refresh your car, including tires, batteries, and more. Leashed dogs are welcome inside the store, as long as they are well-behaved. AutoZone Auto Parts is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00pm. See Details
Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is pet-friendly. This beautiful botanical garden with cascading waterfalls, 50+ garden displays, koi ponds, and countless breathtaking views welcomes leashed dogs to join their owners. If you plan on bringing your pooch, call ahead as they have a dog who lives on the property named April who can be territorial with other dogs. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is open Thursday through Tuesday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. See Details
AutoZone Auto Parts AutoZone Auto Parts in Williston is pet-friendly. The largest retailer of automotive parts and accessories offers everything you need to refresh your car, including tires, batteries, and more. Leashed dogs are welcome inside the store, as long as they are well-behaved. AutoZone Auto Parts is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm. See Details