Destin, Florida is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country! As you walk through the city and enjoy Florida’s Emerald Coast, you’ll spot dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoying the city’s amenities and attractions.
In the heart of the city is the Destin Bark Park. Dogs over 35 pounds are kept on one side of the park while smaller dogs are kept on the other. This park is free to use and heavily enjoyed by both residents and visitors to Destin. There are wide-open spaces for running, beautiful shade trees for hot days, water fountains for both pets and their humans, park benches, and a friendly crowd of regulars! What’s not to love?
Nearby Henderson Beach State Park allows on-leash dogs. No additional fee is required for well-behaved pooches. Note that the dogs are not allowed on beaches in the park, but are welcome to use the campground and nature trails with their owners. Due to a city-wide ordinance, dogs are not allowed on beaches unless their resident owners file for a special permit. If your dog is a water lover, pet-friendly pontoon boat rentals are available at some of Destin’s local businesses.
Looking for a place to walk Fido? Try the Harborwalk Village, a busy dock that has restaurants, shopping, and fresh seafood pulled in daily. Or, check out the Crystal Beach community – wide sidewalks and gorgeous beach houses make this the perfect Destin stroll.
Right in the middle of the city of Destin, you will find Destin Dog Park. This is a 1.5-acre park that has just about anything you could need. There is two separate area to play in, which is separated based on dog size. Of course, there are water fountains and doggy cleaning stations for your convenience. Your dog has plenty of room to roam, and you can sit and watch him play. It is open daily for you to meet your new friends for a game of fetch with your favorite ball.
It is time to grab your dog and go to Crab Island. Here, there are many trails to walk, beaches to explore, and tide pools to bark at. While you are on Crab Island, visit Crab Island Cruises. You and your dog can rent a pontoon boat and tour the island. Everything is included for both of you. Toys, meals, and water floats are all inclusive. You’ll love spending a mutts-needed day enjoying the ocean, and your pup will love all the things to see, chase, and bark at. It is the perfect way to spend the day together.
If you’re looking to have a nice dinner out with Fido, you should go visit Hammerhead's Bar & Grille. Work up an appetite by taking a quick walk down the wharf. The patio at Hammerhead’s is set up just for furry diners. When you are ready to order, there is special menu just for your dog! Now that’s pretty doggone classy. When the waitress brings your drinks, they’ll bring Fido one too! Water is provided at this fur-iendly establishment. Be sure to make reservations in advance because fur accommodations are limited. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a leash.
Destin Harbor is the place to be for barktastic adventure. Here, you can rent a pontoon, which your dog is allowed to accompany you on! The harbor also holds cruises, parasailing, and even dolphin adventures. Enjoy dinner by the water while the sky explodes in colors all around you. Just be sure to keep your dog on their leash because everyone knows loud sounds can scare them. While he’s on his leash, check out the marina shop to pick up everything you could need for a fun day on the water. Come on -- let’s go get this pawesome day started!
While you are out and about you may want to go check out the Doggy Bag. You will find a completely furrific bakery that specializes in organic pupcakes and snacks. Grab a table and hang out for a while! You can check the selection of fur apparel and accessories. You may even find your new favorite collar is just sitting and waiting on you. From squeak toys to t-shirts, they have it all. Your dog will love that all pets are always welcome, but that means he must be on his best behavior around his new fur-iends -- yes, even the felines.