There is so much to do in the Tampa Bay area; it’s one of the main reasons that brings residents and visitors to the area. We have playgrounds, state and national parks, beaches, shopping, restaurants, and concerts. Many of our families aren’t made up of just people though. Four-legged friends are also family members and they deserve a space to call their own as well. There are numerous areas in the Tampa Bay region that cater to dogs or allow owners to bring their dogs to public areas. We’ve rounded up a list of the best dog parks in Tampa Bay to help you plan a day outside with your favorite canine.
- Logan Gate Dog Park. 7374 Monterrey Blvd., Tampa. This park is five acres with six-foot high chain link fences featuring double-gated entry. To help ensure a safe time for all, there are two separate areas: one for large dogs and one for small dog. The park also features water fountains for dogs and their owners, picnic areas, shelters, and dog washes.
- Davis Island Park and Beach. 1002 Stern Ave., Tampa. In designated areas, dogs are allowed off-leash to run in the sand and water. There is also a grassy area. The park features water fountains for drinking and rinsing and benches.
- Fort De Soto Park. 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. Within the park is an area called the Paw Playground specifically for dogs. Dogs are allowed to run unleashed in this area and in the 3 acre fenced in area. Water fountains for both dogs and owners, doggie showers, and plastic waste bags are available to owners. The park is opened from 7:00 a.m. until sunset.
- Honeymoon Island Pet Beach. 1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin. At the southern tip of the island is a beach set aside specifically for pets to romp in the sand and water. In addition to the beach, pets are welcomed along the nature trails. Pets must be leashed at all times. Park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset and fees are $8/car (2-8 occupants) or $4 for single entry.
- Al Lopez Dog Park. 4810 North Himes Ave., Tampa. Located in the heart of Tampa, this park is an urban oasis for both dogs and owners alike. Owners are encouraged to explore the massive park with their dog on-leash and let their dogs enjoy some unleashed time in one of the shaded fenced-in dog runs. There are separate areas for small and large dogs.
While you’re out enjoying what the Tampa Bay has to offer you and your pet, remember to keep your pet leashed unless in an area that allows for dogs to run free. Also, be mindful of the weather and your dog’s needs. Bring along a bottle of water for both you and your pet and protect your dog’s feet from hot surfaces lot asphalt and concrete.