Sun-drenched, historically rich, and chock full of charm, it’s easy to see why the nearly 17,000 residents of Safety Harbor, FL are happy to call it home! According to legend, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto believed that the springs he discovered in the area were actually the fabled fountain of youth. Generations of snowbirds might have disproved this theory, but the Old Florida downtown full of mom and pop shops, the regular festivals, and strong community spirit still make Safety Harbor feel pretty magical!
Safety Harbor got its name because it was known as a refuge from pirates, but you and your salty sea dog are still very welcome here! The city is known as a great place for families, and that includes four-legged family members. Safety Harbor has its own dog park and several community parks that are just furrific for leashed walks. You won’t lack for doggy dining options, either -- no fewer than eight restaurants in town cater to canines.
If you and your pooch are looking for a pretty place to stretch your legs, then you’re in luck -- you’re close to some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options. No matter how long or short your stay, you’re sure to sniff out something to do in Safety Harbor!
Phillipe Park is a real mutts-visit! Named after Count Odet Phillipe, the man credited with bringing the grapefruit to Florida, this beautiful bayside park is one of the most scenic spots in Tampa Bay. Almost all of the walking trails in the park are shaded by gorgeous, mature oak trees, so you and your buddy can enjoy your exercise without worrying about overheating in the Florida sun. Not only that, but many paths have beautiful views of the waterfront! Non-furry family members may also appreciate the park’s two well-maintained playgrounds. Just remember to bring your own waste bags and water!
If you and your pup are looking for a little variety in your off-leash activities, you’d need to be barking mad not to bring them to the Enterprise Dog Park in Clearwater! The off-leash area is huge -- there’s plenty of space for even the most energetic fur babies to leap about to their hearts' content. There’s a couple of walking trails for your pooch to sniff and explore, and as an added bonus, the park has its own agility course, so fitter furry friends are guaranteed a thorough and entertaining workout! Bags and water are provided, but there’s no separate small dog area, so be mindful of your dog’s temperament.