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Dog Areas in Alaqua Lakes

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Alaqua Lakes is a small gated community in central Florida, just a half-hour drive north from Orlando. The winding streets are lined with well-maintained sidewalks, perfect for a little walk with your pal. There are some incredible houses in Alaqua Lakes to admire and the streets are green and well-kept, making for a very pleasant stroll. 

There is a seven-acre Community Park in the centre of town, however you will need to stick to the sidewalks with your pet and keep him on a leash at all times. For a family day out, enjoy the picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts and basketball courts at the park.

If you are longing to take Fido out into the wilderness, there are many hiking trails in the Wekiva River Preserve which borders Alaqua Lakes. The Sand Hill Nature Trail showcases some of the incredible flora, especially wildflowers in spring. There is an abundance of wildlife to spot along the way too, but some are dangerous, such as black bears, alligators and snakes – so admire, but don’t get too close! Keep your pup on a lead and bring your water and clean up bags. You many also need your insect repellent when out here, as some of the area is swampy.

So relax, unwind and enjoy your time in this lovely little community. You are sure to leave refreshed, and ready for your next adventure with your furry travel buddy!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Alaqua Lakes

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,355/sq mi

    #1 Robinwood

    In neighboring Longwood, to the south of Alaqua Lakes, is the Long Pond Trailhead for the The Seminole Wekiva Trail. This popular 14-mile paved, multi-use rail trail runs from the Wekiva River Protection Area south to Altamonte Springs. There are varied landscapes to enjoy along the way, including woodland, light industrial areas and community parks. At Long Pond Trailhead, there is a shaded parking area and drinking water available. There are also benches along this section to stop for a rest or light lunch. Your dog needs to stay leashed along the trail and remember to bring your clean up bags and a drinking bowl for when he’s walked up a thirst.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 3,985/sq mi

    #2 Greenwood at Lake Mary

    To the east of Alaqua Lakes is Lake Mary, which has a small Bark Park where you can let your pup off the lead for a good run. There is some equipment in the park and the boundaries are fenced to keep your excitable pet safe. Water is available, but bring a drinking bowl for Fido. Once your pup has worn himself out, check out some of the nearby pet-friendly places to eat, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. and Pappa Joe’s Pizza. Your your dog is welcome to sit by your side at one of the outdoor tables at any of these restaurants.
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  3. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,549/sq mi

    #3 Heathrow


    Sawyer Lake Park in Heathrow, to the northeast of Alaqua Springs is a lovely community park to bring your pet for a walk and a play. Your dog will love a game of Frisbee or catch on the open grassed area, or a jog with you around the playing fields. For a little on-lead walk, take the paved walkways around the park and down to the lookout at the lake. For a fun family day out, pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch together overlooking the water. There is a great playground for the kids to enjoy, so everyone is sure to have a fantastic time here!

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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,355/sq mi

    #4 Longwood

    Directly north of Alaqua Lakes is the Markham Woods Trail in Longwood, a popular place for a nature walk and some of the best trails in the area. Dogs are permitted to enjoy the trails with their humans, but need to stay leashed. Trail lengths vary from around 0.2 miles to 2.5 miles along fairly easy terrain, and all of the trails are well signposted and maintained. At the trailhead, there is ample parking and restrooms available, but you will need to bring your own water and a drinking bowl for your pup. From here, you can also explore a section of the 14-mile Seminole Wekiva Trail, another popular multi-use rail trail that runs through this area.
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    Population Density 598/sq mi

    #5 Wekiva Spring Rd/ Riverbend Blvd

    Sable Point Sanctuary in Longwood is another lovely place to bring your leashed dog out for a walk. The 3.5 mile out-and-back walking trail follows an old logging tramway through beautiful wooded areas and up to the Wekiva River, where you can spot all sorts of local wildlife, including deer if you are lucky! Take the time to read some of the interpretive signs along the trail that have a wealth of information about local flora and fauna, as well as history of the area. The Sanctuary is free to visit and parking is available at the trailhead. Bring your own water and clean up bags, and insect repellent is also advised here.
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