Rising atop the sandy area of the Lake Wales Ridge, the city of Lake Wales is a mix of county natural lands, state forests and wildlife management areas. This fragile region is an amazing place to bring Fido to enjoy outdoor activities and recreation opportunities and explore new places. Whether you live in the area or a frequent visitor, it's not hard to find a new place to spend a weekend or a day off with your pooch at your side. You'll find five veterinary clinics that take good care of four-legged friends in the city.
You can start your adventure in Lake Wales by reserving an Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tour to have an up-close adventure along the Everglades headwaters. A thrilling and unforgettable experience for you and your mutt is guaranteed! Think that this activity is for kids and puppies? Then visit Lake Kissimmee State Park, which offers 13 miles of hiking joy. The place is a challenge for every adventurer and a natural habitat for many wild species in the area. Keep your mutt on their leash and head into the wild forest towards adventure!
You can also visit Bok Tower Gardens. Pooches are not allowed inside the area, but there is a special pet pen with other furry friends waiting loyally for their masters to come back. Planning to stay for a while? Prince of Wales Motel at South Scenic Highway is happy to provide a comfortable, safe place for you and your pooch to stay with no additional fee for pets.
In comparison with the commercial historic district of Lake Wales, which is buzzing with cultural places and amenities, the southeastern part is a quiet spot including the Lake Wales itself. The area has several recreation options, but only one dedicated entirely to four-legged visitors: John C. “Doc” Haromy Dog Park. It is a simple dog park with two separate areas for large and small breeds, drinking water, and benches. Let your pooch play and frisk in the fenced area and socialize with other frequent visitors. But, in case there is nobody in the area, bring some toys with you and don't forget about water!
Part of the Lakeland-Winter-Heaven Metropolitan Area, Jan Phyl Village is a quiet and lovely place to visit with Fido. The significant part of the village is occupied by Simmers-Young Park and the on-site Auburndale Softball Complex. This is a public park, but your mutt is welcome to stay on-leash and spend some quality time walking with you. The joy starts at the off-leash dog park where your pooch can run and romp on the fenced grassy field,. The area is also divided in two for large and small (or timid) pups. The choice is up to your pup: run, exercise and play fetch at the dog park, or spend a quiet weekend fishing and picnicking in the area.
Allegheny Road is located to the south of Poinciana and stretches along Poinciana Parkway. The area is located between two lakes offers a nice recreational facility, which offers a community park and a dog park. Poinciana Community Park provides visitors with plenty of room to explore and enjoy the outdoor activities. Want some off-leash fun? The dog park is at your service with two separated areas for small and large dogs, doggy water fountains, shades and sheltered areas for humans. If you have a sporty mutt with lots of energy, then you'll want to direct him to the agility equipment here. Train your mutt and let him show his abilities off to other mischievous tail-waggers!
John Cox is a small neighborhood near Lake Parker, set not far from the city center of Lakeland. This is a nice and quiet spot with amenities spread along East Memorial Boulevard, including shops and eateries. But even though the area is small, it doesn't mean that you can't find a place for your pooch here. Cargo Dog Park is a new addition to Adair Park, with two separate spots for small and large breeds, drinking doggy fountains, lots of grass and room to run and have a blast. The place is extremely clean and well-maintained, but finding good shade to hide under on a sunny day may be a bit difficult.
The winter strawberry capital of the world, Plant City is happy to welcome tourists and four-legged visitors in the downtown area promising hot summers and warm winters. Have a short walk around the center, exploring cultural places and spotting museums until you come to the favorite spot of all canines in the city – Plant City Dog Park. This off-leash, fully fenced and well-maintained park is a local pride for every dog-owner. Let your mutt choose from one of two separate areas for active (big) and timid (small) pooches and finally let some energy off chasing tails and socializing. No need to take water with you; doggy fountains and shade are provided in both areas of the park!