In Florida, the dog days of summer never end. And Pinellas county is quite dog friendly, with a variety of dog park options that allow you to bring your companion outside to play off and on leash in parks, in bars, and at beaches.
Fort DeSoto Dog Park, St Pete
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., St. Petersburg, FL
Located on the beautiful Fort DeSoto Park, the Paw Playground is the only place in Pinellas county where dogs are allowed to play off-leash on the beach. If your furry companion doesn’t enjoy water, there are also two large fenced in areas for small and large dogs, complete with fountains and showers. Dogs are welcome in all areas of the park on leash, including the old Spanish fort. Entrance into the park is $5.
Enterprise Dog Park, Clearwater
2671 Enterprise Rd E., Clearwater, FL
This free dog park has a large field for playing, a separate fenced in area for agility training, and a one-of-a-kind off-leash dog trail. About ⅓ mile long, this loop is like a dog’s walking trail in a forest preserve. Clean and well-maintained, this dog park has lots of water bowls and fountains for the dogs, as well as shade, benches, and beautiful views for their humans to enjoy.
The Dog Bar, St Pete
2300 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
The Dog Bar is a place for both humans and their furry friends to play, relax, and enjoy the company of others. Outdoor off-leash activities include swimming pools, as well as agility ramps and tunnels. Indoor on-leash entertainment includes seating, televisions, corn hole, and board games. Staff monitors all dog activities to ensure the safety of everyone and the bar offers over 20 beers on taps (for humans only). Membership is required; the cost is $40 per year, pets must be neutered or spayed, and be current on all vaccinations.
Crest Lake Dog Park, Clearwater
210 South Glenwood Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
This off-leash dog haven features not one, not two, but four separate fenced in areas. One for small dogs (20 pounds or less), one for medium dogs (up to 45 pounds), another for large dogs (anything over 35 pounds), and a general area for any size dog. The grass, plants, and trees are well maintained, and there is plenty of shade and seating for non-canines. Don’t miss the beautiful St. Bernard topiary, art work, and retired fire hydrants in this 1.75 acre dog park.
Lake Vista Dog Park, St Pete
1401 62nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
This dog park is part of the much larger recreational center complete with a playground, a lake, a rubber running trail, and more. The Lake Vista Dog Park is roughly 1.5 grassy acres with a dog wash station, fountains, dog pools, and we’ve been told they are soon adding a cell phone charging station. Benches and shaded areas make sure the humans are comfortable while their furry friends play.
Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Park
1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698
Located on the southernmost tip of Honeymoon Island, this dog park features breathtaking gulf views and crystal clear water. Take your companion for a walk along the nature trail, walk along the shoreline, or play and explore in the water. Six-foot handheld leashes are required. There is a fee of $8 per vehicle for park access, and includes access to the dog park, nature trails, views of Caladesi Island, picnic areas, and restrooms.
Florida is home to truly unique and beautiful natural scenery. Enjoy the sights and keep your companion happy, healthy, and socialized at one of these amazing local dog parks.