Uncrowded.. and expensive.Sand Key Dog Park
Visited the park after lunch on an overcast December weekday. Plenty of paid parking available, and I'll tell you why. Unlike Clearwater metered parking, where you pay for the amount of time you want, in Sand Key you pay $5 for all day. Now, if you are staying all day, that is better value than Clearwater. But if you're only going to spend an hour or less at the dog park, it isn't. The big dogs section of the park was almost empty, just one (friendly) guy with two dogs. He was cleaning up other dogs' messes. As has been noted elsewhere, there is a water station. Not much shade.
Lovely, shady spot.Enterprise Dog Park
Not a lot of negatives here. Lots of shade, large in size, winding trails, and friendly, responsible owners from what I can see from our two visits. Easy to get to (right off the US-19 highway). Multiple water stations. I think we have sampled seven dog parks in Pinellas County (excluding dog beaches, they are a different animal) and this one is the best of the lot.
Nice space.Shiloh Road Bark Park
Two large, open parks side by side. We went there at 11:30 am on a Saturday morning and no one else was there!
Not really off -leash.De Soto National Memorial Beach
This is a Federal Park with signs that read, "Dogs must be on leash at all times." The beach is covered with bags of shells; not really romp-able. The trails are nice, but the figurines along the trail frightened my puppy and she barked at them.
I think many of the positive reviewers confused this place with Fort De Soto across the bay in Pinellas County.
Excellent beachMinnesota Point
Drive to the end of the road and park by the airport. Don't enter the beach there; there will be other people there and you will be expected to keep your dog on-leash. Rather, walk a mile or so along the service road running along the airport fence, then head to the beach. You will be alone and your dog can frolic off-leash.
One bad experience, one good.Coquina Key Dog Park
Weekday morning, visited and there was only one other dog in the park, a Pit Mix who did not heed its owner's commands and ran straight to the gate, snarling and barking. We left.
It is a public park, not "resident's (sic) only."
One year later, another weekday morning, we decided to give it another chance. Sill only one other human, with two dogs, but all were friendly and we had a nice romp.
Long beachNorth Beach Access
This is the rare Lake Michigan dog beach that is not crowded or tiny, and leashes are optional. Like a lot of Lake Michigan beaches in Michigan, there is not much actual beach, but there is enough to walk on, and you can walk a long way, as it is a long beach.
Dogs banned in the summerGrand Haven City Beach
Dogs are not permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Aggressive dogs and chumbelone ownersHappy Tails Dog Park at G.T. Bray Park
Walked in and my 40-pound puppy was immediately set upon by two larger aggressive dogs. One owner could not control her pet and the other owner was MIA. We left. A nice venue spoiled by idiots.
Mind the mud puddles.Northshore Dog Park
I visited some 4-5 hours after a rain storm, and there were multiple large mud puddles where the pups were getting filthy.
I did not encounter any owners with attitude. Not the best park, but not the worst, either. Handy if you live downtown or intend to visit the Dalí museum after.
Decent little beach.Davis Island Dog Park
About half a dozen big dogs racing around on a weekday afternoon. There is no surf, which suited my ridgeback. She will fetch until dinner in calm water, but she hates waves.
DisappointedRobert C. Porter Family Park
N.b. you can't get into this park without becoming a member. I stopped by on my way from Minnesota to Florida to find a combination lock on the gate and a phone number to call to inquire about membership. When you're travelling, you don't have time for that.