Florida is a great place for families – including the furry kind. The Sunshine State features a number of dog parks and beaches where you can take your four- legged friends for some quality time together.
Many of these canine-friendly places can be found in South Florida. Here’s a look at some of them.
Miami Beach’s Bark Beach
Between 80 & 81 Street Beach, Miami Beach
The City of Miami Beach’s only dog beach allows your pet to run and play off leash in the water at designated areas. On the other parts of the beach, dogs have to be kept on leash at all times, and must wear a collar and a rabies tag. Permits are needed to get into the beach. Open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays to Sundays, this dog beach is located next to the North Shore Open Space Park, another facility you can take your canine friend to for a stroll after an afternoon of romping on the sand and the water.
Tropical Park Dog Park
7900 S.W. 40th Street, Miami
Tropical Park is visited by around 1.5 million people a year, including dog lovers who take their animal friends to the 2-acre dog park found within the facility. The dog park has separate areas for big and small canines, with delightful features that include a tire jump, a window jump, and a king-of-the-hill ramp, as well as doggy drinking fountains and water spray areas. Set amid stunning natural surroundings, pet owners will also enjoy the park.
Flamingo Bark Park
13th Street and Michigan Avenue, Miami
This 39,900-square-foot, off-leash dog park has two dog runs rotated between small and big dogs. The park features a holding area where the dogs are unleashed before they’re set free onto the dog run, as well as plenty of shaded benches on which their humans can chill.
Dog Beach of Hollywood
4901-4999 North Surf Road, Hollywood
Have fun on the shore and in the water with your canine family in this secluded beach. Open Friday to Sunday, this weekend family favorite is not as crowded as other South Florida beaches, giving you and your pooch plenty of space to bond under the warm Florida sun. Only dogs with current vaccines are allowed, and an entrance fee is required.
Snyder Park Bark Park
3299 S.W. 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
This 2-acre park features a dogs-only swimming area at the East Lake, as well as an agility course, a maze, and drinking fountains. The park is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the swimming area is closed for regular water treatment on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month.
Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach
1399 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
This popular bark beach features 100 yards of sandy shores for your pooch to play on along with other dogs of all sizes. Pets must be leashed and permits must be obtained from the city with proof of current vaccines. The beach is open from Fridays to Saturdays starting at 3 p.m.
If you want to live close to dog-friendly parks in Aventura, Sunny Isles, or Miami Beach, FL, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sigal Realty Group today. Call 786-797-9088. You can also send an email to sigaldagan(at)gmail(dotted)com or ydagan(at)onesothebysrealty(dotted)com.