Dog Friendly Activities in Gainesville, FL

There are 11 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 Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail The dog-friendly Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail in Florida welcomes Fido on a leash under six feet long. A number of observation spots on the trail offer views of the prairie, home to bison, wild horses, and numerous alligators. See Details
Pet Friendly Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FL, 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
Squirrel Ridge Dog Park Squirrel Ridge Dog Park in Gainesville, FL, is a great place for Fido to run and play off of the leash. There are separate fenced areas for small and large dogs, as well as running water, shade trees and benches for your convenience. 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
Possum Creek Dog Park Possum Creek Dog Park in Gainesville, FL is a pet-friendly area with two separate enclosed spaces for large and small dogs. This large open space has shaded benches for pet owners and water fountains to hydrate thirsty active dogs. See Details
Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops is a pet-friendly store in Gainesville. This chain store is known for its large, wilderness-theme and wide array of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Fido is welcome inside to shop alongside of you. See Details
Lebowski's Pup Pub Lebowski's Pup Pub is a dog-friendly outdoor bar and dog park in Gainesville, FL. Fido is welcome to join you to romp around with their new dog BFFs in one of the two off-leash dog parks, while you get yourself a drink from the fully stocked bar. There is covered seating available and heated, covered seating in the colder months. Annual memberships are available, as well as daily and monthly passes. 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
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 near the Bass Pro Shops. The grassy park is equipped with agility equipment and a gazebo for shade on sunny days. See Details
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park Fido is welcome to join you at Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, a dog-friendly site in Gainesville, FL. This state park is a miniature rainforest with lush vegetation. Your pup can go for a walk on the nature trail, picnic with you, and walk down to the sinkhole. Pets must stay on a six-foot leash during your visit. See Details
Haisley Lynch Dog Park Haisley Lynch Dog Park in Gainesville, FL, is a double-gated, fenced entry park. It features water fountains, benches and large trees for shade. There is also a garden featuring native Florida plantings. See Details
O'Leno State Park Leashed dogs are allowed to join their owners at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, FL. You and Fido can enjoy the park’s picnic area that overlooks the Santa Fe River or hike one of the diverse, pet-friendly 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. See Details
Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is a beautiful, dog-friendly botanical garden in Williston, FL. The park features cascading waterfalls, 50+ garden displays, koi ponds, and countless breathtaking views. Leashed dogs are welcome. 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. See Details
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Dogs are welcome at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy, FL. 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. See Details
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park Dogs are allowed at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park in Alachua, FL, one of the few remaining hardwood forests in the whole 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. 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
Petro Ocala Petro Ocala in Reddick, FL, has a dedicated dog-friendly area for pups that need some exercise or a rest break after a day of driving. Waste bags and trash receptacles are also available for easy cleanup. TA and Petro Travel Stores also carry a variety of pet care products. Fast foods options are available as well. See Details
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Dogs are welcome at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek, FL, 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 pet-friendly 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. See Details
Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area The Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area in Greenville, NC, is a local favorite spot where visitors bring their pups to socialize and play. This fully fenced park features separate large and small dog sections, benches, picnic tables and shade trees. See Details
Dudley Farm Historic State Park Dogs are allowed at the Dudley Farm Historic State Park in Newberry, FL, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the pet-friendly 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. See Details