Love to exercise your dog but the yard's not big enough? On vacation and don't know where your dog is allowed to be pawloose and fancy free? Want a roomy, safe, no-hassle place to spend some time with your canine pal?
Here's a list of pet friendly places to play in Florida, including beaches and dog parks, where your dog is welcome to romp. Some locations require leashes, other don't. Because we can't visit each one of these on a regular basis, we'd appreciate your help in keeping this list up to date. If you know of a pet friendly place to play in Florida not listed here, or know that one listed is now closed or restricted, please email FloridaPets.net.
Dry Tortugas National Park
This park is in the Key West area and is 1 of only 14 national parks across the country - and the only Florida National Park - that allows leashed dogs. This is a very environmentally-sensitive area and there are many rules and regulations about where dogs are permitted. For example, they are permitted on Garden Key, but not inside Fort Jefferson, or on any other key in the park. All pets must be leashed and controlled at all times and it is expected that people visiting with pets will clean up after their pet - and themselves - as they progress around this most beautiful location. Go here for specific park regulations.
This pertains to Apalachicola National Forest in Wakulla County, Ocala National Forest, mostly in Marion County, and Osceola National Forest, spread across both Baker and Columbia Counties:
According to the USDA Forest Service, dogs are permitted in national forests, but must be under physical restraint at all times when you are hiking. In campgrounds, dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and under control. Pets are not permitted in swimming/picnicking or day-use areas.
Pets are permitted in "designated areas" of Florida State Parks, including campgrounds.
Special Note: September is State Park Literacy Month during which time visitors can enjoy free entry into any state park except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
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