Dog Friendly Activities in Florida

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Florida, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Jupiter Dog Beach
Jupiter Dog Beach Jupiter Dog Beach is home to one of Florida's best off-leash beach areas. Dogs are free to roam a designated section of the beach running along A1A near Ocean Cay Park. This 2.5 mile stretch of beach is located from beach marker #26 at Marcinski Road, going north to beach marker #57 (at the Carlin Park property line) and welcomes well-behaved, obedient dogs. Since dogs are not required to be on-leash on the beach, only non-aggressive dogs that respond to voice commands from their owners are permitted. Friends of Jupiter Beach provides dog waste bags at every crossover along the dog-friendly beach areas. Visitors can park their cars for free in the lot at the intersection of Ocean Blvd and Marcinski Rd or in one of the spaces along A1A. Dogs are not allowed in lifeguard areas or Town of Jupiter parks (Carlin Park). See Details
Pet Friendly Vilano Beach
Vilano Beach Dogs are welcome at Vilano Beach which is northeast of St. Augustine, FL on the A1A Scenic and historical byway. Dogs should be on a leash at all times. Owners are required to properly dispose of all pet waste immediately. See Details
Crab Island Cruises Head out to Crab Island for a day of fun in the sand and surf with your furry best friend aboard a dog-friendly pontoon rental from Crab Island Cruises in Destin, FL. What makes Crab Island Cruises unique is the fact that a driver is included in your boat rental, meaning that you can focus on having fun while someone else does the driving. Crab Island Cruises provides nearly everything you need for an unforgettable day including: boat and captain, PFDs, fuel, beach towels, float and water toys, bottled water, a case of your favorite beverage, plates, napkins, utensils, cooler with ice, beach towels, a photo book of your excursion, and more. Crab Island Cruises welcomes friendly, well-behaved dogs on all their cruises. See Details
Clearwater North Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on the north section of Clearwater North Beach only, which starts at Somerset Street in Clearwater, FL. Bring your pooch for a stroll along the sand and in the surf, as long as they are well-behaved and cleaned up after. Although there's no parking north of Somerset, public meter parking can be found on Mandalay Ave, south of Somerset. See Details
Beach Buddy Tours Beach Buddy Tours is dog-friendly, offering sightseeing tours of the habitats of a vast variety of local wildlife in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Pets are welcome with prior approval, and Beach Buddy Tours even offers a special four hour, Four Legged Friends Cruise, with a stop to swim and play on the Bonita Dog Beach. Beach Buddy Tours provides Frisbees, water toys, a water dish, clean-up baggies, and sailor bandannas for your pooch on this tour. Guests can bring a small cooler with the beverage of their choice and a sack lunch. For more information, check out Beach Buddy Tours' official website. See Details
Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on tours at Scenic Cruise of St. Augustine. Relax and enjoy a 75-minute cruise aboard the Victory III. The Captain-narrated tours offer a wonderful, dog-friendly way to view Saint Augustine’s historical landmarks and points of interest. Open seasonally. See Details
Gulfside City Park One of the many pet-friendly beaches of Sanibel Island, Gulfside City Park is located near a City of Sanibel and Federal nature preserve. The beach is also home to threatened and endangered nesting shorebirds and sea turtles during much of the year. Dogs must be kept on a leash (maximum 8 feet) at all times, and owners are required by law to clean up after their pets. There are picnic tables, wash stations, and restrooms available, and an hourly parking fee is charged between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm (free after 7 pm). See Details
Lazy Dog Adventures Lazy Dog Adventures offers a few different pet-friendly excursions in Key West, FL. The first is a regular rental, which includes a kayak with your pooch across the channel and down the canal. There are plenty of birds and coconuts floating by along the way to keep your dog entertained. Option two is the doggie paddle. Several people take their dogs in the kayaks to a sandbar together. It's like a private island dog park, so your dog will be tuckered out for the rest of the day by the time you make it back to the marina. Lazy Dog is located on Stock Island, the first island north of Key West, at mile marker 4. The two-hour guided tour runs daily and starts at $50 per person. Dogs paddle for free. Half day kayak rentals are also available. See Details
Lake Eola Park Although technically not a dog park, the nearly 1-mile walking path around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, Florida is very pet-friendly. There are several dog-related events that take place at Lake Eola each year, and almost any time of the day you'll find pet owners taking their four-legged friends for a walk around the lake. Poop bag dispensers are conveniently located on the lake path so that you can clean up after your pet. In addition to the lake path, visitors can also rent swan boats to enjoy with pets up to 5 lbs. There is also an amphitheater where concerts and other events are regularly held, as well as a couple of pet-friendly restaurants next to the lake, which will allow you to dine outdoors with your pooch. See Details
Bowman's Beach Bowman's Beach is a beautiful, dog-friendly, secluded beach in Sanibel, FL, with hiking trails. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, pay phone, bathrooms and bike racks. Dogs are allowed on leash. See Details
Captain Sheri's Wild About Dolphins Captain Sheri's Wild About Dolphins in Key West, FL, offers dog-friendly eco-charter tours to the dolphin playground in the waters by Key West for snorkeling and dolphin-viewing. This four-hour trip is extremely pet friendly, and the captain's Golden Retriever joins most trips. See Details
Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat Book a two-hour, dog-friendly tour of the Florida West Keys on a glass bottom boat with Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat Tours. Dogs are welcome, and will be greeted with a water bowl! The Key Largo Princess goes out every day (weather permitting) to the underwater world of the John Pennecamp state park, where you can get up close encounter with the reef systems without getting wet. See Details
Theater of the Sea Bring Fido for a day of fun with your favorite aquatic friends! Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, FL, offers a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to the dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, guided marine life tour, lagoon-side beach, and bottomless boat ride. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside the park as long as they are cleaned up after. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Bird Show tent. See Details
Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is pet-friendly. This 120-acre urban woodland is full of trails for you to explore and enjoy with your pooch. In addition, over three miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Chill out on one of the benches around the park, have a picnic and enjoy a day outside with your pup. The park is open every day of the week from 8am to 5pm. See Details
Dolphin Safari Charters Watch dolphins romp and play, and snorkel alongside them as they glide through crystal blue waters on a dog-friendly tour with Dolphin Safari Charters in Key West, FL. Hundreds of dolphins call the waters off Key West home, so you'll get the experience of seeing these beautiful marine mammals in their natural habitat. Six passengers are allowed per tour and trips depart daily from Banana Bay Resort Marina. Dogs are welcome when you book the entire boat, so don't hesitate to bring your furry friend along for the ride. See Details
Dinosaur World Dinosaur World in Plant City, FL, is a dog-friendly attraction featuring over 150 life size dinosaurs in an outdoor museum. Allow Fido to join the family fun as you navigate your way along the dinosaur walk, cross into Deinonychus Island to see the raptors, enter the Skeleton Garden, or venture down Carnivore Boardwalk if you dare! Dogs are permitted throughout the park with the exception of the museum building with animatronics. Children can partake in a fossil dig and sift through sand in search of fossils to take home. Dinosaur World has a picnic area, playground and gift shop. See Details
Lake Baldwin Park Lake Baldwin Park in Winter Park, FL, offers an off-leash dog area (during designated hours) near the water with picnic tables, two pavilions, and doggie showers. The park is closed every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month until 12pm for maintenance. See Details
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park Visit the site where St. Augustine began in 1565 with your pooch at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. With more than 15 dog-friendly waterfront acres to explore, you and your pup will find plenty of activities to enjoy. You can visit the planetarium, visit the Timucua Indian village, look out from the 600-foot observation deck, and make friends with the peacocks that roam the property. Just keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him in the park. See Details
Cape San Blas Beaches Enjoy the beautiful dog-friendly beaches of Cape San Blas with your favorite furry friend! Play in the sand and surf, go scalloping (in season), or enjoy a cozy beach campfire with your dog by your side. Dogs must remain on leash at all times and are not allowed to dig near marked turtle nests. Doggie waste disposal stations are located at many beach access points. See Details
Key West Aquarium You and your well-behaved, leashed pup are sure to enjoy a trip to the dog-friendly Key West Aquarium in Florida. Originally built by the WPA, this historic attraction includes a touch tank, jellyfish exhibit, alligator exhibit, shark feedings, tours and more. Dogs are welcome throughout the aquarium, but must be leashed at all times. Unruly or disruptive pets may be asked to leave. See Details
Three Brothers Boards Three Brothers Boards offers dog-friendly stand up paddleboard tours in the Halifax River and Daytona Beach area. Bring Fido to enjoy a fun Dolphin and Manatee SUP Adventure Tour for $55 per person and he'll ride for free! The guides start every tour with a short lesson showing you all the key points and then let everyone practice in the bay. Once everyone gives the tour guide a thumbs up, he will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. On almost every dolphin and manatee adventure tour, you can expect to see dolphins and manatees up close and personal. Three Brothers Boards offers tours and lessons seven days a week with one-day advance notice. See Details
St. Augustine Eco Tours Choose from a wide variety of on-the-water adventures with your furry best friend and St. Augustine Eco Tours. You and Fido can enjoy dog-friendly kayak and sailing excursions as well as guided boat tours. Just make sure your pup is friendly and well-behaved. See Details
O'Leno State Park O'Leno State Park in High Springs, FL, features dog-friendly trails and picnic areas. Fido must be kept on leash. There is a small admission fee to use the park. See Details
Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park, located in Destin, FL, is a dog-friendly, 1.5-acre, secure area for Fido to play. Originally known as Destin Dog Park, it was renamed Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park in 2017 to honor the memory of its founder. Open from sunrise until sunset, Fido is welcome to run off leash at this popular neighborhood gathering spot. There is a separate area for small dogs to play. All dogs must be secured on a leash when entering and leaving the dog park. Benches and water stations are available. See Details