Port Charlotte was one of the “25 Best Places to Retire” in 2015 according to Forbes, one of the top ten favorite retirement States in U.S. News, and number one out of 25 retirement places according to CNNMoney.com in 2009. That explains why there are over 6,000 dogs in Port Charlotte, which means there are plenty of fun for Fido when you visit.
Ready to let Fido run? Pace Park on Bayshore Drive is such an amazing park that many people there do not even have a dog. The view is exquisite, grass and trees are lush and well cared-for, and it is huge. The really unique thing (and local favorite) about this park is the exercise equipment for humans. There are over a dozen weight training machines in the park with trainers if needed. The dogs will also enjoy doggy gyms, play equipment, toys, water play, and beachfront.
Another park on Bayshore Drive is Edgewater with about three acres of fenced-in greenery, separate small/mature dog area, benches, a pavilion, water hoses, poop bags, and even a playground right outside the fence for the kids to play on. It is also well-lit for nighttime play. There is no limit to the fun Fido can have in Port Charlotte.
This scenic neighborhood is located directly overlooking the Peace River and in close proximity to Tamiami Trail. This town also loves pups! Edgewater Dog Park gives your dog the opportunity to run, play and socialize off-leash at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area, water hoses, water bowls and waste bags. Restrooms and playground nearby. Wanting to chow down with your hound? Pioneer Pizza, Morgan’s Café, and Cozie Café allow pooches to accompany owners while they dine. For visitors, Tropical Bay Inn Motel, Banana Bay Waterfront Motel, and Airbnb offer lodging options for those traveling with doggies!
Central Port Charlotte is near the coast overlooking the Peace River and is surrounded by waterways and offers plenty of dining and entertainment activities. Sunrise Park is 40 acres of open space that offers plenty of amenities such as fishing piers, kayaking, canoeing, picnic areas, picnic pavilions, and miles of trail access that you and your leashed dog can explore together! Is your Fido feeling a little rowdy or mischievous lately? Head over to Advanced Canine Development, which offers canine training for both basic and advanced levels. Cats n Dogs sells all-natural products/treats for cats & dogs and unique toys that are sure to put a smile on your fur-iend’s face!
This family-friendly neighborhood offers quick and easy access to the Lower Peace River Corridor that is comprised of vast northern forest, river systems, sandy ridges, and the everglades. Dogs and other friendly pets are welcome on the Peace River, Canoe Outpost, Peace River buses, canoes, kayaks, and property. Peace River is one of the few pet-friendly rivers in Florida! Nav-A-Gator Grill, located on the grounds of the Peace River, is a dock front, fish camp style restaurant that is happy to cater to your pup! They even have a special menu for dogs that features items like red snapper and alligator!
This quaint neighborhood is very close to the spacious and breathtaking Mayakka River State Park that is one of the oldest and largest state parks that spans 58 square miles. Visitors and leashed pups can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches over the lake. North Port hosts an annual Pug Parade that was started and ran by a local resident in memory of her late pug, Lilith. All breeds are welcomed to enjoy the kissing booth, costume contest, auction, face painters, cake and refreshments for dogs and humans! First Watch, Bema J’s Bistro, and Buffalo Wings and Rings cater to customers of the canine variety.
Adventure awaits you and Fido in this small community of Port Charlotte. If you have an RV, head on over to Harbor Lakes RV Park. There’s plenty of grassy fields here for Fido to run around and stretch his legs. You can also enjoy relaxing in the on-site heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi! Have some fun playing games such as shuffleboard, or take advantage of the numerous athletic courts. Keep in mind that Fido is only allowed to enjoy certain amenities with you, and they must always be on a leash no longer than 6 feet any time they’re outside of your RV.