You'll most certainly find paw-adise in the beautiful coastal town of Palmetto, Florida. The city is tucked between the Terra Ceia Bay, a body of water emptying out into the Gulf of Mexico and the Manatee River, which separates Palmetto with Bradenton, the city's neighbor to the south. The cerulean waterways and the lush green of the palm trees keep folks, both canine and human, flocking down to enjoy the tropical climate. There are plenty of waterfront homes, golf courses, and, for the doggos, over 60 acres of green space sprinkled throughout Palmetto. This jewel in the crown of the Sunshine State has been glowing with Old Florida heritage since the late 1800s. Citizen canines have been barking about how great Palmetto is ever since!
Pet owners share their dogs' adoration of Palmetto. Within a five-minute drive, there are 2 veterinarians, 12 city-owned parks, and a pet shop down the road. Doggie parents have everything they need to keep their pups in great shape! Whether you're on vacation or you're a local, there are some delicious tropical digs that have an open-door policy for dogs. Since Palmetto sits in equatorial land, most restaurants have an outdoor wooden patio where you'll hear Jimmy Buffet and see tails wagging!
Dogs do less barking and more basking in the sun in this beautiful city!
Does your dog like his food straight from the sea to his bowl? If you live on the southern side of the city on the Manatee River Coast, you can head down to the Blu Mangrove Restaurant for just that! The menu at Blu Mangrove comprises of tons of fresh seafood but also features pasta, salad, and steak. You can try dishes like the Grassy Key Grouper, Mangrove Atlantic Salmon, or the Pan Seared Crab Cake Sandwich. After a great meal on the patio with your pooch, you two can head down to the coast. You can walk along the Palmetto Estuary, which lets you and Fido crest right up against the seawall. Leashed dogs are welcome, and there are even some sandy beaches where Fido can splash and play!
Does your dog like to fuel up on Mediterranean food before heading to the park to chase his own tail? Living in the center of town off Memphis Road plants you right in the middle of the breezy action! First, you can head down Kostas Family Restaurant, offering three different menus for three different hankerings. You can get breakfast, traditional Greek and American fare, or seafood, depending on what you're craving. Try the Mykonos Chicken Sandwich or a Full Slab of BBQ ribs all at the same place. After filling up, you and Fido can walk down to Hydrant Park. You can stroll around the sidewalk trail or lounge in the grass. Either way, Fido's loving every second!
When does your dog get most excited for his walk? If your Fido is a morning pupper, then the Tamiami Trail neighborhood is probably his favorite place. Here, you can visit Java N' Jive for a gourmet cup of coffee to pep you up for Fido's morning walk! Pop by Java N' Jive for an espresso, iced coffee, or hot chai. The coffee shop also serves pastries and other baked goods. After you get your caffeine fix, it's Fido's turn to play. Just around the corner is Sutton Park. Historic buildings, movies in the park, and seafood festivals are just a few of the attractions at Sutton. If you like fishing, you'll have quick access to the water, and Fido could spend the whole day just rolling around in the grass!
Does your dog like to catch the sunset as it drifts beneath the horizon? If you live in the Riverside neighborhood, you'll find a pawesome place to watch the sunset! At Point Ogden, you and Fido can sit out on a dock that stretches into the water for relaxing views that are sure to cur-tail all the stress right out of your day. If you're feeling hungry, you can head to one of the local favorites — Popi's Place Too. Popi's is family-owned and has been serving up delicious eats since the early '80s! You can enjoy all the classic diner options here. Try the Roast Turkey & Homemade Stuffing, Fried Porkchop Dinner, or the Seafood Platter. Fido's more than welcome at Popi's Place Too!
Does your dog go mutts for fresh seafood? If your pup is as big of a fan of salmon as he is of kibble, then living in the Palmetto Trace neighborhood definitely fits his lifestyle. You two can head down to The Clam House, a fisherman-owned seafood restaurant that has been serving the community for over 38 years. Make your way through the maritime menu with specialties like the Mahi Mahi, Clam House Grouper, or even grab a Maikmano Roll. The bar pours them cold and the wooden porch looks over the marina. If Fido earns it, don't forget to pinch him off some table scraps for a treat!