There are 3,964 homes with dogs, 3,302 with cats, 337 have birds, and 163 households have horses in the city of Deland, Florida. That adds up to 28,237 homes that have at least one of these beautiful pets in their family. If you're visiting Deland, you're in for some good news, there is no shortage of fun activities for pets and their owners in the city of Deland.
The Barkley Square Dog Park on Ridgewood in Deland has about 14 acres with areas for large dogs, smaller dogs, training, and time-out spaces for the misbehaving dogs. There are a bunch of trees, a pond, restrooms, benches, and water stations. If you're getting tired, or restless, for some personal fun there are plenty of activities for a family to enjoy in Deland. So drop off the pooches at one of the pet-friendly hotels in the area, such as the Holiday Inn - Deland. If you do not want to leave your furry kids home alone, then you can hire a local pet sitter or drop Puggsly off at a pet hotel, such as DogVacay Deland, Rover.com, or Paws-itely Affordable Pet Care.
Once you've dropped off Fido you can catch a play, movie, or musical performance at the Athens Theatre, rent a boat at Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina, get some culture at the African American Museum of the Arts, or have lunch at The Perfect Spot Restaurant at Skydive DeLand while you watch the skydivers land.
Right in between Daytona Beach and Deland lies a huge 14-acre dog park called Barkley Square Dog Park. The entire space is fenced in so that you can let Fido off the leash to run and play. There are separated areas for big dogs and small dogs, as well as a training area. The big pup area has a lined pond for Fido to splash around in. You and your dog can walk the paths throughout the park, too. There are shady sitting spots as well as plenty of watering holes. This is a peaceful getaway for the whole family to come and spend the day.
Right next to the airport and just a few miles from Barkley Square Dog Park is the perfect restaurant for you to grab a bite to eat with your dog. Airport Ginmill has a great selection of burgers, sandwiches, and plates that are served right on the party deck. You can enjoy watching the planes land right from the deck, take in the smells of the city, and just relax. No reservation is needed, so just grab your pup’s leash and stop in after a day of play. Just don’t forget Fido’s water dish; this fur-riendly establishment does not supply them!
If you find yourself in the airport district and smell something simply barktastic, it is probably Bill and Frank's Brickhouse. They specialize in meat, grilled and barbequed. The serving size is nothing to bark at! You can join your dog for a nice sit-down meal on the patio any time of the day. Fido can even have a meal all to himself, and the staff will even bring a water dish right out to him! The fur service is just as excellent as the dogs expect it to be for them. Just be sure that you leave your dog on the leash, please.
This island is only accessible by boat. You can get back to your wild side by pitching a tent at Hontoon Island State Park Campground. You will need to keep your dog on a leash that is no more than 6 feet long, but with all the activities there are to do, he won’t even notice. Talk a walk around the island on the easy to travel hiking trails, bring the kids along to play on the playground, or grab a hotdog from the concession stand. The island even has its very own museum. All the camping spots are shaded and include a hammock!