Dog Parks and Beaches

Dog Parks in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County

Dog parks and beaches are providing an excellent opportunity to socialize with other people and other dogs. These are perfect places where people and their dogs can play together or where dogs can play with other dogs. Although the amenities of the dog parks vary widely, most of them (but not all) offer at least dogs off-leash play areas, shade providing trees, drinking water, parking, and restrooms. Some have special fenced areas to divide the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” Some even provide picnic tables and grills.

About "Beach Boys" and "Beach Dogs."

You have heard about “Beach Boys,” right? Those guys are having fun on the beach. Have you ever heard about “Beach Dogs”? In general, Dogs are not allowed to visit public beaches in Florida. So how and where on earth can they have fun on the beach?

Courtesy of Peter Olbinsky, Hamburg, Germany

Yes, there is an exception to that rule, like always – or sometimes. Not everything is written in stone, therefore, the local government in Venice decided to designate one portion of the beach to dogs. 

Now there is a place like heaven where you can introduce your dog to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. There he can swim with you and nobody is yelling at you and your furry friend. 

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If your dog doesn't like the beach - don't go there

Besides that dog beach, there are numerous parks for your dog in case your dog is afraid of water or feels sea sick by watching the waves. Those parks are not only for dogs but there you are allowed to take your dog with you as well. But, dear dog owners, please be aware that there are rules when entering a dog park or any park where dogs are permitted to enter.

Always be courteous to other dog owners and their furry friends. Make sure that your dog is getting along with other dogs. Aggressive behavior needs immediate attention and picking up after the dog should be an uncontested fact. All other dog owners and non-dog owners want to enjoy the park, too.

Dog Parks in Charlotte County

Port Charlotte:

Edgewater Park, 22967 Bayshore Rd,


Oyster Creek Regional Park, San Casa Rd

Punta Gorda:

Hounds and Henry Street
Eleuthera and West Henry

Dog Parks in Manatee County


DeSoto National Memorial Park, 75th St NW

Happy Tails Dog Park at Bray Park, 51st St and 30th Ave
Palma Sola Causeway Beach, Manatee Ave

Lakewood Ranch:

Paw Park located in Greenbrook Adventure Park
Joan M. Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key
Dog Lake Park of Buffalo Creek, 7550 69th St

Dog Parks in Sarasota County


Brohard Beach Park, 1600 Harbor Dr. S
Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd


17th Street Park North of Softball Fields
A.B. Smith Park, 241 Oak St, Payne Park
Arlington Park, 2650 Waldmere St
Avion Park, 436 N Pompano Ave
Bird Key Park, John Ringling Causeway

Canine Academy (open to the public on Sat till 12:00), 3825 Sarasota Golf Club Blvd.
Centennial Park and Boat Ramp, 1059 N Tamiami Trl
Cohen Park, 1900 Myrtle St
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2523 Coconut Ave
Eastwood Park, 422 W Cornelius Cir

Fairgrounds/Babe Ruth Park, 4185 S Pompano Ave
Firehouse Park, 3830 Old Bradenton Rd
Fruitville Rd Park, 400 N Beneva Rd
Gillespie Park, 710 N Osprey

Hart’s Landing and Tony Saprito Pier, 420 John Ringling Causeway
Indian Beach Park, Southend of Bayshore Rd
Island Park at Marina Jacks, US 41 and Ringling Blvd
Ken Thompson Park/ City Island, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Lakeview Dog Park, 7150 Lago St

Mary Dean Park, 1506 Central Ave
North Water Tower Park, 4700 Rilma Ave
Orange Avenue Park, 1822 N Orange Ave
Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane
Pioneer Park, 1121 Coconut Ave

Red Bug Slough Preserve, 5200 Beneva Rd
Sun Circle Park, Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Neighborhood
Whitaker Gateway Park, 1446 N Tamiami Trl

Shark!!  Courtesy of Peter Olbinsky, Hamburg, Germany


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