If you find yourself in Clearwater, you must be doing something right. This magical beach destination is a calm, quiet departure from some of Florida’s rowdier cities. Clearwater isn’t just a great place to bring the kids, be sure to bring your pup along too!
To get a taste for some of Clearwater’s beautiful views and mild climate, take a long stroll on the sandy beach along Fort De Soto Park. This 1,136-acre pet-friendly beach offers a fenced “Paw Playground” that has a separate area for small dogs, cooling stations, showers, and even dog-level water fountains! After your walk along the gorgeous Florida coastline, stop by the Island Way Grill for incredible fresh seafood served with an exquisite view of the ocean. Waterside seating means your furry friend can join you at the table and share the view.
When your beach adventure comes to a conclusion, stretch your legs out and relax at La Quinta Inn Clearwater. Located just minutes from the beach, Tampa International Airport, and many local attractions, this hotel is the perfect choice if you’re traveling with your pooch. Up to two dogs under 50 lbs. are permitted to stay in your room, usually without any additional fee. Your Clearwater trip is one that you and your canine friend will wish had never come to an end.
Located in the northwest area of Clearwater is Shady Oak Farms. Located in the neighborhood is Lake Chautauqua Park. The park seems like it came straight out of a storybook. Often called a hidden gem by Clearwater residents, it has paved and unpaved paths where you will see many runners and dog owners. There is no better place to run, bike or walk with your dog. However, the park does require all dogs to be on a leash, so make sure you have one with you at all times. Furthermore, you may even see some horses on the trail, which could help in exposing your dog to other animals!
Although there aren’t any dog parks in the area, Clearwater Beach is nothing short of amazing. It has been called the most beautiful beach in the country multiple years in a row. Its white sand beaches and bright, clear blue water make it the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Just make sure you take a leash as the beach is not a dog beach or an off-leash park. Later in the day, the beach can get pretty crowded. You and your dog will be shocked at how beautiful the beach is. Trust us, you will not regret your trip to Clearwater Beach.
Located in Central Clearwater, the neighborhood of Cyprus Bend is home to one of the best dog parks in the area, Enterprise Dog Park. This park has a special trail dedicated to dogs only. This walking tail is located within the natural trail. The park is also completely gated and fenced in with plenty of shade for dog owners. Feel free to leave the leash at home. Furthermore, the park is extremely popular so you are bound to meet some new human and canine friends! If you want to avoid the rush, go to the park early in the morning.
If you drive a mere 23 miles to St. Petersburg, you will get to go to one of the best dog parks you will ever set foot in. The Crescent Lake Dog Park is nothing short of spectacular. It has everything you could ever ask for. It has an obstacle training course for dogs and a coffee bar for dog owners! There are also 4 areas for dogs so they are not confined to only one location. In addition, the park is off-leash so feel free to leave the leash behind and let your dog run wild and free!
Since Clearwater has so much going on in terms of community parks and beaches, many people forget that if they leave the area, they can go to many dog parks dedicated to making their pooch’s day pawsome! If you drive 5 miles to Dunedin you can take your dog to two wonderfur dog parks. First, the Achieva Dog Park is amazing. It is separated by size, and has plenty of amenities including water and benches for pet owners. The second park, Happy Trails Dog Park is just that: a beautiful dog park with fun trails. You cannot go wrong with either park. And hey, you could even visit them both in the same day if you really want your dog to love you forever!