Other Dog Activities in Gainesville, FL

There are 3 other dog friendly attractions 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 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.
Pet Friendly San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park in Gainesville, FL
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.
Pet Friendly Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail in Gainesville, FL
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.
Pet Friendly Petro Ocala in Reddick, FL
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.
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