Dog Parks and Beaches
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”? Dogs are in general not allowed to visit public beaches in Florida. So how on earth can they have fun on the beach? First of all, that rule was not invented only in Sarasota County or Florida. It is a common rule applied to many beaches worldwide.
However, there is an exception to the rule, like always. Not everything is written in stone. The local government in Venice decided to design one beach for dogs. Now there is a place like heaven where you can introduce your dog to the beautifulGulf of Mexico. There he can swim with you and there nobody is yelling at you and your furry friend.
Look out for the “Paw Park and Beach, next to the fishing pier and Sharky’s on the pier. Our blog about the Paw Park.
Besides that dog beach, there are numerous parks for your dog in case your dog is afraid of water or gets sea sick by watching the waves. Those parks are not only for dogs but where you are allowed to take your dog with 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.
Courtesy of Peter Olbinsky, Hamburg, Germany
Dog Parks in Charlotte County
Edgewater Park, 22967 Bayshore Rd,
Oyster Creek Regional Park, San Casa Rd
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
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