Apopka is home to one dog park, the Doctors’ Dog Park. Open daily from 8 am until dark, the free park is where many locals and visitors come to let their dogs socialize and play off-leash. The park is located behind Edwards’ Field and covers a little over five acres. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as a third area for dogs of different sizes (a great space for families with both large and small dogs). There are multiple trees for shade, as well as benches, water fountains (and the occasional kiddie pool for extra-hot days), a pet shower, and a pet memorial bridge.
On-leash dogs are allowed at the nearby Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. The park is well-known for the abundance of wildlife, including bears, alligators, river otters, and several species of birds. The beautiful Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek can both be seen from the Sand Hill Nature Trail – there is also canoe and kayak access for dogs who might need a little extra adventure on the water.
One of Florida’s most popular trails meanders through Apopka. The West Orange Trail is a combination surface trail (some sections are paved; others are wood-chipped or dirt) that covers 22 miles, linking Oakland to Apopka, through Orlando. Dogs and owners alike will love the sights (and smells!) of citrus groves and farmland.
What better way to spend a day with your dog than at the lake? Instead of going to a park or driving to the beach, head to Alma Lake on N Wekiwa Spring Road. Although this entire area is residential, its welcoming atmosphere will make your walk extremely pleasant. Every road has a sidewalk where you will see many people walking with their children and their dogs. End your day by sitting at the edge of the lake with your dog. Just make sure you take your own doggie poop bags, water, snacks and leash! You are guaranteed to have a pawsome time!
Because there are not a lot of dog parks in the area, pet owners in Tangerine often hold pet meetups so their beloved pooches can socialize with each other. However, if you are not ready to meet new people through a website, you can always head to East Tangerine Park. This park is spread over 3 acres. It has a playground for children, footpath around the park and plenty of open grassy spaces. If you want your dog to run free, try going to the park in the morning when everyone else is sleeping. The park also has plenty of shade so you do not need to worry if it’s a hot summer day!
Because there are so many natural water reserves all over Florida, there is a lack of parks. Who needs parks when you have lakes and the entire ocean? Well, luckily the residents of Plymouth have access to one of the few dog parks in the entire city. Doctor's Dog Park is a large dog park that is separated by dog size. It also has many open, grassy spaces where dogs are free to run and play. Furthermore, because the park is so popular, you and your dog are bound to make plenty of new friends! And don't forget, you can leave the leash at home.
If you are willing to drive a mere 12 miles to Altamonte Springs, you will have access to two new parks. One park, Crane's Roost Park, is a beautiful park with a large, pet-friendly walkway. It also has many doggie poop bags and water fountains. Another park in the area you can check out is Sanlando Park. This park not only has plenty of open grassy areas and shaded areas but also has athletic courts. The trail is always bustling with people so you are bound to make some new friends. You are guaranteed to have a pawsome time!