Crestview has a popular nickname: Hub City. As one of the fastest growing cities in Florida, particularly on the northern side of the state, it’s no surprise that people are flocking to it! Ride the Crestview wave while it still has the charms of a small town with the conveniences of a larger one--and bring your dog!
Canine is king in Crestview, as evidenced by the eight vets and veterinary clinics in town. That’s quite a lot for a town under 25,000 residents! The nickname is well evidenced in the classic Crestview restaurant, Hub City Smokehouse and Grill. Dine outside on Florida BBQ, slow smoked meats, and a variety of classic American favorites with your dog by your side!
Work off your lunch at Durrell Lee Park in Crestview! This park is packed with sports fields, so you can watch a game from the stands or walk laps around the outside. It’s also great for picnicking, so bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun.
Crestview gives you and your dogs options at bedtime. For a small pet fee you can stay at Quality Inn Crestview, Super 8 Crestview, and other establishments. Wherever you sleep, you’re going to wake up to another great Florida morning!
Despite the name, Old Spanish Trail is actually a park! It’s a popular destination in Crestview because it offers a little something for everyone. This 26-acre complex has enough going on to please a whole gaggle of people--and dogs--with various interests! Leashed pets are welcome in the park, but not inside the senior center on site. Enjoy the walking paths, picnic areas, and open green spaces instead! There are several walking and biking paths through Old Spanish Trail for you to enjoy. Relax after your walk by watching a softball game, or taking in the other sports available in the park!
Walking through the heart of Downtown Crestview is a fun way to spend some time. You can soak in the local flavor and window shop (with someone to hold your dog outside if you happen to fall in love with anything). The best thing to do in Downtown Crestview, however, is eat! The Wild Olive is a local cafe that serves all three meals. Your pet can join you outside for the perfect end to a relaxing walk. Enjoy their homey Southern classics, cooked whenever possible with local ingredients! Residents of Crestview favor their Shrimp and Grits, while your dog may enjoy their finest bowl of water.
Twin Hills Park in East Crestview has it all. There’s a gym and a splashpad, for humans only, sadly, but pups can enjoy the amazing views of the water thanks to its placement around a lake. The playground is great for kids, and the picnic area is great for everyone! It comes complete with grills so you can keep your party hot with fresh food! If you’re just looking for a place to work off some energy from your pup, walking the paths around the lake should do the trick. Leashed dogs are welcome in Twin Hills Park, but you have to bring a doggie bowl so they can drink the fountain water.
Countryview Park has a view that can’t be beat. This park’s tree-lined paths make for relaxing walks! This park is down in a more residential area of Crestview. This results in a packed park after school or on the weekends, but a great, quiet location the rest of the time! If you just want to walk on your own, take your dog to Countryview Park. Skip the playground and the sports fields and just hit the trail. Take a break on the benches or rest in the shade of a tree to let the bustle of busy Crestview fall away.
Niceville Dog Park is a short 15 minute drive from the heart of downtown Crestview in the town of Niceville. It’s also the only dog park in the area, making it a great destination for pups who love to romp off leash! This park is very pupular, so shy dogs may not enjoy it as much as their outgoing peers. Your dog can make friends and run to his heart’s content! This dog park is entirely fenced for off leash play. Bring a toy to chase, as the park is mainly open space! Also bring your own water and doggie bowl to be sure your pup stays hydrated during a long play session!