Places to Play

Pet Friendly Places to Play with Your Pet in Florida

Including parks, beaches and recreation areas

"If your dog poops, please scoop!"

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

About National Parks in Florida

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.

About National Forests in Florida

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.

About Florida State Parks

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.

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Beaches

  • Altamonte Springs (Seminole County)
  • Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach (Nassau County)
  • Apollo Beach (Hillsborough County)
  • Apopka (Orange County)
  • Auburndale (Polk County)
  • Aventura (Miami-Dade County)
  • Boca Raton (Palm Beach County)
  • Bonita Springs (Lee County)
  • Boynton Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Bradenton (Manatee County)
  • Carrabelle (Franklin County)
  • Cape Canaveral (Brevard County)
  • Cape Coral (Lee County)
  • Cape San Blas (Gulf County)
  • Casselberry (Seminole County)
  • Cedar Key (Levy County)
  • Charlotte Harbor (Charlotte County)
  • Clearwater (Pinellas County)
  • Cocoa Beach (Brevard County)
  • Coconut Creek (Broward County)
  • Coconut Grove (Dade County)
  • Coral Springs (Broward County)
  • Davie (Broward County)
  • Daytona/Holly Hill (Volusia County)
  • DeBary (Volusia County)
  • Deerfield Beach (Broward County)
  • Deland (Volusia County)
  • Delray Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Deltona (Volusia County)
  • Destin (Okaloosa County)
  • Dunedin (Pinellas County)
  • Englewood (Charlotte County)
  • Flagler Beach (Flagler County)
  • Florida Keys (Monroe County)
  • Fort Walton (Okaloosa County)
  • Ft. Lauderdale (Broward County)
  • Ft. Myers (Lee County)
  • Ft. Pierce (St. Lucie County)
  • Gainesville (Alachua County)
  • Grayton Beach (Walton County)
  • Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County)
  • Gulfport (Pinellas)
  • Hallandale Beach (Broward County)
  • Hialeah (Dade County)
  • Holiday (Pasco County)
  • Holly Hill (Volusia County)
  • Hollywood (Broward County)
  • Homestead (Miami-Dade)
  • Indian Harbor Beach (Brevard County)
  • Indian Rocks Beach (Pinellas County)
  • Inverness (Citrus County)
  • Islamorada (Monroe County)
  • Jacksonville/The Beaches (Duval County)
  • Juno Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Jupiter (Palm Beach County)
  • Kissimmee (Osceola County)
  • Lady Lake (Lake County)
  • Lakeland (Polk County)
  • Largo (Pinellas County)
  • Leesburg (Lake County)
  • Lutz (Hillsborough County)
  • Lynn Haven (Bay County)
  • Madeira Beach (Pinellas County)
  • Madison (Madison County)
  • Manatee (Collier County)
  • Mango (Hillsborough County)
  • Marathon (Monroe County)
  • Marco Island (Collier County)
  • Melbourne/Melbourne Beach  
  • (Brevard County)
  • Merritt Island (Brevard County)
  • Miami (Dade County)
  • Miami Beach (Dade County)
  • Miami/Key Biscayne (Dade County)
  • Miami Springs (Dade County)
  • Milton (Santa Rosa County)
  • Mount Dora (Lake County)
  • Mulberry (Polk County)
  • Naples (Collier County)
  • New Port Richey (Pasco County)
  • New Smyrna/New Smyrna Beach (Volusia County)

  • Navarre (Santa Rosa)
  • Niceville (Okaloosa County)
  • Oakland Park (Broward County)
  • Ocala (Marion County)
  • Oldsmar (Pinellas County)
  • Orlando (Orange County)
  • Oxford (Sumter County)
  • Palm Bay (Brevard County)
  • Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach County)
  • Palm Coast (Flagler County)
  • Palmetto (Manatee County)
  • Palmetto Bay (Miami-Dade County)
  • Palm Harbor (Pinellas County)
  • Palm Valley (St. Johns County)
  • Panama City/Panama City Beach  
  • (Bay County)
  • Parkland (Broward County)
  • Parrish (Manatee County)
  • Passe-A-Grille (Pinellas County)
  • Pembroke Pines (Broward County)
  • Pensacola (Escambia County)
  • Plantation (Broward County)
  • Pompano Beach (Broward County)
  • Ponce Inlet (Volusia County)
  • Ponte Vedra Beach (St. Johns County)
  • Port Charlotte (Charlotte County)
  • Port St. John (Brevard County)
  • Port Orange (Volusia County)
  • Punta Gorda (Charlotte County)
  • Rotonda (Charlotte County)
  • Royal Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Ruskin (Hillsborough County)
  • St. Augustine (St. Johns County)
  • St. George Island (Franklin County)
  • St. Petersburg (Pinellas County)
  • Santa Rosa Beach (Walton County)
  • Sanford (Seminole County)
  • Sanibel Island (Lee County)
  • Sarasota (Sarasota County)
  • Satellite Beach (Brevard County)
  • Sebastian (Indian River County)
  • Seminole (Pinellas County)
  • Spring Hill (Hernando County)
  • Stuart (Martin County)
  • Sun Center City (Hillsborough)
  • Sunrise (Broward County)
  • Tallahassee (Leon County)
  • Tamarac (Broward County)
  • Tampa (Hillsborough County)

  • Tampa Bay Area   
  • Web Mistress Note:  The Tampa Bay Area listings include the cities of Clearwater ,  Dunedin ,  Indian Rocks Beach ,  Largo ,  Palm Harbor ,  St. Peterburg ,  Tarpon Springs ,  Tierra Verde  and  Seminole  (All Pinellas County), and  Tampa  (Hillsborough County.) Most Florida residents know these cities as "The Tampa Bay area" and most visitors know the cities by the city names, so we have listed them both ways.

  • Tarpon Springs (Pinellas County)
  • Tavares (Lake County)
  • Tierra Verde (Pinellas County)
  • Titusville (Brevard County)
  • Treasure Island (Pinellas County)
  • Umatilla (Lake County)
  • Venice (Sarasota County)
  • Vero Beach (Indian River County)
  • Viera (Brevard County)
  • Wellington (Palm Beach County)
  • Weston (Broward County)
  • West Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Wilton Manor (Broward County)
  • Winter Garden (Orange County)
  • Winter Park (Orange County)
  • Winter Springs (Seminole County)
  • Zephyrhills (Pasco County)

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