A small community of just 2,000, Washington Park doesn’t have many dog-friendly amenities. However, thanks to its close proximity to Fort Lauderdale, there are countless pup-and-parent activities nearby and nearly forty veterinarians within a five-mile radius.
If you have a water-loving pup on your hands, there are lots of boat and kayak rental facilities in the community. For example, bring your best friend down to Intimate Waterway Tours in Ft. Lauderdale. For a fee, you can take a two-hour long cruise throughout the Florida waterways. There are several cruise options, and each captain is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. The boat is very pet-friendly, so well-behaved pooches are more than welcome!
There are also countless dog parks. If you’re up for a thirty-minute drive south along the coast, you’ll find yourself at Haulover Beach Park. Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, this park is top-rated for its cleanliness. Complete with picnic tables, water fountains, and plenty of shade, the attached bark park is open every day
There are also food options available for you and Fido: a quick ten-minute drive toward the coast will bring you to Pizza Craft Artisan Pizzeria. Known for their craft beers and brick-oven pizza, the outdoor patio is very dog-friendly.
This cute residential Florida city is very close to Interstate 95, restaurants, schools, and golf courses. Oakland Bark Park gives your pup the chance to play and socialize in a secure, fenced environment. The park has two separate areas for large and small dogs, agility courses, and water to keep your pooch healthy and hydrated! The annual Barktoberfest is held every October where they have food, fun, and beverages to help raise funds that benefit local rescue and adoption efforts. If you’re feeling hungry, Stout Irish Pub, Tatts & Tacos, Big Dog Station, and the Rendez Vous Baker & Bistro are the local eateries that permit pooches!
This easily-accessible, family-oriented city has a lot of local restaurants, schools, and shopping. The Colohatchee Bark Park is a secured, off-leash dog park that does require you to register in order to use it. The park includes two areas for big and little pups, agility equipment, a pool and drinking water! For a fun local event, make sure to check out the annual Spooktacular Pet Parade held in October where you and your pup can participate in a pet/human costume contest and win raffles and prizes! If you just want to grab a quick bite to eat, Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar, and Shawn & Nick’s Courtyard Café allow doggies to dine on their patios.
This large city is just a short 3.5 miles from Washington Park and provides residents and guests with endless choices of restaurants, entertainment and recreation! Canine Beach allows dogs to play in the ocean Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-9 PM (April-October) and from 3-7 PM (November-March). Riverwalk Linear Park allows dogs that are on-leash to walk and enjoy the park. However, a permit is required for your pup for safety and insurance purposes. The Bark Park, located in Snyder Park, has two areas for big and small pooches and an agility course to keep your dog in tip top shape!