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, as well as Yelp, can help you find dog-friendly activities, parks, beaches, even restaurants in the Naples, Sarasota, and Venice area. Meantime, check out these ten cool places in Southwest Florida to bring your pet;
1. BROUHARD BEACH AND PAW PARK
This is the only spot where your dog can join you at the beach. In this pet-friendly park located in Venice, Florida, amenities include picnic tables, benches, doggy showers, 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 the crack of 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 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.
This is the newest dog park in the heart of Sarasota, where you will find you will find all kinds of playground equipment in the fenced areas including, dog fountains and leash-free, fenced areas for big and small dogs to socialize.
5. CITY OF NAPLES DOG PARK
Located in Downtown Naples this park is nicknamed "Central Bark" for good reasons. You 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, even a supply of doggy bags.
You also have a choice between the DELNOR-WIGGINS PARK in Naples, where your pup must remain on the leash or an off-leash beach called BONITA BEACH DOG PARK near Naples that you and your dog can enjoy!
6. KEEYWADIN ISLAND
This is an 8-mile-long sanctuary for wildlife and recreation barrier island in southwest Florida, allowing leashed dogs on the beach. You are permitted to bring your pup along for a day of running around and exploring Keewaydin Island.
7. VENICE MUNICIPAL BEACH
Many parks, hiking trails, and camping grounds in Venice are open to dogs, including the area's white sandy beaches like Venice Municipal Beach and Caspersen Beach. Of course, there are special regulations; for example, you can be fined if you are caught not cleaning up after your dog or not using leashes.
8. 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.
9. KEN THOMPSON PARK
If you are looking for fun activities to do outside your apartment in Sarasota, you can take Fido on a leash on a walk and explore this beachfront park.
10. BAYSIDE PET RESORT
Alternatively, you can skip the beachfront park and take Fido to this high-class pet spa for some much-needed personalized grooming time and relaxation.
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. Contact us for expert advice about the pet-friendly places to stay and visit in Southwest Florida when traveling with your pet.