Tarpon Springs is known as the place “where culture and fun collide.” The city’s 11,000 pet residents sure know about fun! Tarpon Springs is full of great outdoor activities for beloved four-legged friends.
Several dog parks are in the area, and all are used by many locals and visitors. The first is the Anderson Park Paw Playground. It has a separate small dog area, and makes a comfortable location for pet owners. The space is filled with lots of shade from tall trees (perfect for hot Florida days), as well as watering stations and new benches.
There’s also the Tarpon Springs Dog Park, which is open daily from 8am-8pm. Locals love the well-kept grounds and cool watering stations. It’s located off of West Live Oak Street and was incorporated in 2014. The park is free, but proof of vaccination and licensing must be on hand at all times.
A.L. Anderson Park, located right on the water, is a hilly, wooded park that overlooks Salmon Bay and Lake Tarpon. There’s over 130 acres of space! Wildlife sightings are common, especially in regards to birds and reptiles. In addition to the boat launch, the park also features a dog run. There is also a short nature trail, as well as picnic shelters and restrooms.
The Tarpon Springs Dog Park is just perfect for spending the afternoon playing outdoors. It offers wide open spaces to run and play fetch with your dog until you are both ready to cool down. Then you can enjoy the water area that provides fountains for you and your dog, as well a splash pool for Fido! There is one cleaning station by the front gate. You’ll be happy to find that benches are located in just the right places so you can supervise your pawesome pal while he plays with his new fur-iends. The park is very well kept by the city, so be sure to leave it as clean as you found it!
Located conveniently for travelers, the Anderson Paw Park Playground is just the right place to let Fido run and stretch his legs. Both of the fenced areas, which are separated based on dog size, have seating so you can keep a close eye on your fur baby. The gazebo area overlooks the water, and is a nice place to pawse and contemplate the beauty of nature. Don’t worry, there are watering areas for both you and your dog to stay well hydrated. What are you waiting for? Get out there and make some new friends and memories, and enjoy playing in the sand and grass.
If you look a little off the beaten path, you will find Davidson's Dockside. This quiet little restaurant has pawfect country breakfasts and nice little lunches. You can even park your boat at the dock, and the two of you can grab a patio table or an umbrella table in the sand. Fido will be greeted with treats and water, though he’s sure to beg for a bite of your meal! This is a restaurant nestled in a perfect spot, not unlike the one Fido might choose to bury a bone. So, grab your pal’s leash, come get a plate of pancakes, and let your day begin.
Mama’s knows that family is family, no matter how many legs you have. That’s why they invite you to sit out on the deck and enjoy a nice meal with your best furry friend. Mama's Greek Cuisine is authentic and begged for by locals. The deck is large and covered so that you are comfortable in the blazing sun or in the pouring rain. This is one restaurant that definitely knows how to treat their furry guests! So don’t be shy. By the time that you leave, your pup’s tail will be wagging and he’ll be begging to come back!
Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach is just a quick 20-minute drive from Tarpon Springs, but it offers a full day of play for you and your dog. You can follow the beach trails that are wide enough for many people to pass. You could pack a lunch and enjoy it together or eat at the small café on-site. Of course, there is plenty of room for Fido to play in the sand, sniff all the cool stuff, or even splash in the water. Cleaning stations make those necessary cleanups convenient. There is even a rinse station in the parking lot, where you can wash the sand out of Fido’s fur!