Dog Friendly Activities in Ocala, FL

There are 10 dog friendly activities in Ocala. 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 Ocala.

Pet Friendly Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Dog-friendly Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is a drag strip and antique car museum in Ocala, FL. Dogs who love life in the fast lane will appreciate being welcomed inside this Ocala gem. Learn the history of one of America's most loved motorsports through the lens of memorabilia, cars and more. See Details
Pet Friendly Letty Towles Dog Park
Letty Towles Dog Park Formerly the Millennium Dog Park, the spacious Letty Towles Dog Park is part of the Jervey Gantt Recreation Center in Ocala. Small and big dogs are welcome. Closed on Wednesday and Thursday. See Details
World Equestrian Center The World Equestrian Center facilities are spectator friendly with many ways to watch the competitions. Experience the excitement of equestrian sports at its finest. Spectators at World Equestrian Center are encouraged to patronize the vendors at World Equestrian Center. Take advantage of on-site dining, retail and more! In addition, leashed dogs are welcome at the World Equestrian Center and are able to travel freely about the facility with their handlers. See Details
Ocala Dog Ranch Ocala Dog Ranch is pet-friendly. Bring your dog along to practice dock diving and swimming in the water. They also offer disc dog training and a variety of other activities that can be enjoyed in a private dog park. Contact them directly to reserve a swimming spot or a run around the dog park area. See Details
The Juniper General Store Fido is welcome to join you inside The Juniper General Store, a dog-friendly store, bar and coffee shop in Ocala, FL. Shop for local products and sip on an espresso drink, wine or craft beer. See Details
Tuscawilla Park Situated just northeast of the Historic Downtown Ocala, Tuscawilla Park is a beautiful secret right in the heart of Marion County set on a calm lake with diverse birds. The trails are dog friendly. A favorite addition to the park is the Art Park, where you can explore larger than life art sculptures while still enjoying the fresh air. Please note that dogs are not permitted on playground area. See Details
Ocala National Forest Ocala National Forest is dog friendly! Leashed dogs are welcome in most areas of the forest. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. For more information on the Ocala National Forest pet policy please call the Lake George Ranger District Office at (352) 625-2520. See Details
Humane Society of Marion County Thrift Store Bring Fido along to shop for great deals and help homeless animals at the same time! The Thrift Store is very pet friendly and it also sells pet supplies. Profits from the sale of your donations go directly to care for animals in need.

They also accept almost any household items that you can think of. Your donations are tax deductible. Drops offs of good quality, gently used items are welcome from until 4 PM during operating hours. You may also call the store and they will pick up donations.

Store hours are Monday - Saturday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
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Fort King National Historic Landmark Leashed dogs are welcome to visit Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala, FL. This pet-friendly landmark features a reconstructed fort, an educational trail, picnic areas and more. See Details
Silver Springs Conservation Area Leashed dogs are welcome at Silver Springs Conservation Area in Ocala, FL. This park offers pet-friendly nature trails to explore and see what wildlife you can spot. Please be sure to clean up after your dog, and to respect the many wild animals that call this area home. See Details
Silver Springs State Park Dogs are welcome on the hiking trails and in the picnic areas at Silver Springs State Park in Florida. One of America's largest springs, the sparkling water is surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic buildings that have stood for generations. There are a number of pet-friendly trails dotted around, including the Sandhill trail, a 1.7 mile loop trail; the Sinkhole trail, traversing up through the uplands; and the Swamp trail, a boardwalk trail that will keep your feet dry while you explore. There is an entrance fee per vehicle and the park is open daily. See Details
Rainbow Springs State Park Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, FL is dog-friendly. You're welcome to bring your leashed dog to enjoy the reserve and the numerous trails in the area. Explore 14 miles of hiking trails through varied scenery, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammocks, swamps and 3 man-made waterfalls. Appreciate the eco-diversity and stunning views by taking Fido along Rainbow Springs Yellow Trail, a short waterfront hike through lush tropical plants which leads to the waterfalls. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the swimming area. See Details
Captain Tom's Custom Charters Captain Tom's Custom Charters is dog-friendly! Captain Tom's offers a variety of custom boat trips, including fishing, sightseeing, photography, picnics, pleasure rides, and nature study. The tour group loves for people to bring their dogs along for the ride. They use a twenty-four-foot pontoon boat, which is enclosed and safe for most pets and makes for a slow and peaceful ride with minimal rocking. Dog owners should bring water, treats, and cleanup supplies that may be necessary. Tours feature an abundance of wildlife. If guests think this will upset their pet or get them overly excited, contact Captain Tom's in advance.

Trips are by reservation only and prices vary by tour. Dog owners can check out Captain Tom's Custom Charter's website for further information on trip length, time, and location. Pets should be mentioned during the booking process.
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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
Clear Kayaking Rainbow Springs 'Clear Kayaking Rainbow Springs' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Mario. The first half of the paddle will be upstream towards Rainbow Springs and the second half will be a gentle coast back to your launch point. Dogs are welcome, as long as they don't mind being on the water and you bring a towel for them to lie on to protect the kayak. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests of all ages. Rates start at $52 per person. See Details
Central Ridge District Park This is an approved Dog Walking Park.

Dog Walking Rules:

1. Dogs must be walked along the walking/jogging trails, and may not enter the fields and other public areas 2. Dogs may be walked during daylight hours 3. Owners must clean-up after their dogs 4. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times 5. Please refrain from walking dogs at sites where special events are taking place
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Spanish Springs Town Square Leashed dogs are welcome at Spanish Springs Town Square, a pet-friendly outdoor space in The Villages, FL. The square features frequent live music, as well as outdoor seating, a stage, a fountain, and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. 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
Johnson Pond Recreational Trailhead Johnson Pond Recreational Trailhead is a dog-friendly hiking area in Dunnellon, FL. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the 2.6 mile loop. The trail is sandy and can make for a difficult walk, but hikers are rewarded with views of a tranquil pond. See Details
Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area Dogs are welcome on this trail located five miles east of Ocala in Marion County, southwest of County Road (CR) 314A and south of the Silver River State Park, southwest of the Ocala National Forest. Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The diversity of natural systems provides habitat and feeding areas for wildlife such as gopher tortoise, gray fox, bobcat, black bear, sandhill crane, heron and egret. See Details
Lowe's Home Improvement Lowe's Home Improvement is a chain of dog-friendly hardware stores with a location in Lady Lake, FL. Leashed dogs are welcome inside but should be kept close by and under your control at all times. Lowe's sells power tools, hardware, lumber, fixtures and fittings, small and large appliances, home decor and furnishings, plants and gardening essentials. See Details
Doggie Doo Run Run Bring Fido to Doggie Doo Run Run, a fenced, off-leash dog park in Oxford, FL. This dog-friendly space features a few trees that provide shade, a dog bath area, and a covered space with chairs. There is a sign in book and a place to leave a donation if you do not have a membership. Use the metal rods with flags to mark where your dog goes to the bathroom, because this park includes waste pick up. See Details
Mulberry Dog Park in the Village of Springdale Mulberry Dog Park in the Village of Springdale offers a fenced area for Fido to play in The Villages, FL. The park is located adjacent to the fitness trail near the Village of Springdale and open daily until dusk. The park features water and waste stations, and benches. Dog park users must be at least 13 years of age and have their Villages Resident ID card, or a guest ID card along with a photo ID. Guests 13-18 years of age must be accompanied by a Village resident of guest 19 years of age or older. See Details
Bed Bath & Beyond Bed Bath & Beyond is a pet-friendly home goods store in Lady Lake, FL. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you throughout the store as you shop for furnishings and home decor. Please note that dogs are not allowed on any of the furniture, pillows or bedding. See Details