If you are planning on visiting Southwest Florida, but are concerned about leaving your furry friend behind, don't. Online sites like BringFido and DogFriendly can help you find dog-friendly activities, parks, beaches, and even restaurants in the Naples, Sarasota, and Venice areas. However, we've pulled together some of our favorite places in Southwest Florida to bring your pet:
1. BROHARD BEACH AND PAW PARK
If you and your furry friend love the beach then be sure to check out Brohard Beach and Paw Park. This is the only spot where your dog can join you at the beach. Located in Venice, Florida, amenities include picnic tables, benches, doggy showers, and even drinking fountains.
2. WOODMERE PARK
This family and pet-friendly park in Venice features a dedicated 2.5-acre "Paw Park" where you and your four-legged friend are welcome to walk, run, play, and enjoy from dawn to dusk.
3. FORT DE SOTO DOG BEACH
Located near St. Petersburg, Florida, Fort De Soto has a whole "paw playground" dedicated to dogs. The fenced-in area next to the beach has dog showers and fresh drinking water making it one of the coolest dog-friendly beaches where you can hang out with your pup.
4. 17TH STREET PAW PARK
Sarasota is a dog-friendly County because it has about 70 known pet-friendly parks where your dog can have fun. Arlington Park, Lakeview Paw Park, Bayfront, and Gillespie Park are examples of pet-friendly areas you can take your furry friend.
5. CITY OF NAPLES DOG PARK
Located in Downtown Naples this park is nicknamed "Central Bark" for good reasons. You'll have to register your dog for starters and ensure it's up to date with its shots. Secondly, this park has just about everything you need for your pup in terms of amenities. So, if you have a Collier County dog license, your dog will have access to water fountains, washing stations, and even a supply of doggy bags.
6. KEEWADIN ISLAND
This is an 8-mile-long sanctuary for wildlife and recreation barrier island in Southwest Florida, allowing leashed dogs on the beach. This hidden gem will become you and your pup's favorite place after a day of running around together.
7. NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN
You and your dog can take a stroll in this lush tropical garden on Sundays to Tuesdays from 8 am to 11 am, provided your furry friend is up to date with his/ her vaccinations.
8. KEN THOMPSON PARK
Ken Thompson Park is a great place for your and your dog to enjoy the salt air and pretty mangroves. It's also a great place to kayak or canoe if you want a little exercise!
9. Bonita Beach Dog park
This dog beach is located along the edge of Lover's Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach. This off-leash beach allows dogs to run around and play in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a very popular option so your dog may even meet some new friends!
These are a few examples of some of the best pet-friendly places available in Southwest Florida. It's important to familiarize yourself with the leashing laws and vaccination requirements before bringing your pup to the beach, and most importantly, be sure to clean up after your pet!