Florida is known for its one-of-a-kind scenery and of course, tropical island-like qualities. This provides a set up for a wonderful place to explore with your pet. Fort Pierce has many nature trails for you to explore; everything from marshy swamps to secluded lakesides and beachy strolls.
One recommended location is the Woodpecker Trail. It is known for its wildlife sightings and dense forest areas. A bit more challenging of a trail, your pet will love the exciting smells and sights. Just keep an eye on him at all time, so he doesn’t wander into the jaws of a hungry alligator!
For a more tame adventure, your dog will probably enjoy Maravilla Park. With separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, shady benches, and even pick-up bags, this is a great area to take your pet to socialize. Reviews have ranked it as a very friendly and fun place to take dogs.
For a truly unique stay in Florida, book in at the SeaHorse Beach Bungalow. This adorable little cottage is privately owned and offers a lovely spot right on a private beach. You and Mr. Fido will love being able to bounce out of bed onto the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Nearby restaurant choices are Cobbs Landing and Archie’s Seabreeze. They both offer grill and seafood entrees, tasty cocktails, and patios with views of the ocean where you and your pet can enjoy each other’s company. Archie’s Seabreeze even has live music during the weekends.
Fort Pierce is a great summer location with truly unique scenery and wildlife to enjoy with your family and pets. Whether it is lounging on the seaside or peering through the murky swamps on a hike, your pet will enjoy keeping you company in this Floridian city.
This Fort Pierce neighborhood offers scenic views, shopping, dining and entertainment. Take your pooch to Maravilla Park, a dedicated dog park that is fenced in that allows them to play off-leash! There is a small dog area and a large dog area joined by a common area, complete with ramps and drinking fountains for people and pups. The nearby Heathcote Botanical Gardens has the largest public tropical bonsai collection in the U.S., themed garden rooms, an herb garden, and a reflection garden that can be enjoyed by both you and your leashed pup!
Fort Pierce North is a family friendly neighborhood that overlooks the Fort Pierce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. Across the inlet, the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is completely surrounded by water, offering gorgeous coastal views. Wildcat Cove Preserve & Dog Park is a scenic dog park that allows leashed dogs to enjoy the trails along the Indian River Lagoon with their human companions. Indian River Lagoon Waterfront Cottages, Seashore Beach Bungalows, and a privately-owned townhome are dog friendly lodging options with scenic views in the Fort Pierce North Neighborhood.
Downtown Fort Pierce is located overlooking the water, offering breathtaking views for residents and their guests as well as fun events and dog friendly services. Veterans Park and Riverwalk Center hosts dog-friendly events like their Treasure Coast BBQ Championship where you can enjoy eating some great food, listening to music, and strolling with a cold brew along the beautiful Indian River with your pooch! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Cobb’s Landing, and Seaway Smokehouse are the local restaurants that accommodate pups, and All Star Grooming & Pet Supplies and Treasure Coast Kennel Clue are a couple of local pet services in the area.
Port St. Lucie is 14 miles south of Fort Pierce and offers quite a few dog friendly accommodations and activities. Lyngate Dog Park is a ¾ acre doggie park that features three fenced compounds for small, medium and large dogs, shade structures and benches, drinking fountains for people and pets, dog agility structures, mulched paths with shade trees, and grassed open space areas! Oak Hammock Park offers a number of amenities including on-leash dog walking in designated areas along C-24 canal that provides a beautiful stream and open spaces. The PetSmart located in the Landing at Tradition shopping center hosts a lot of events, including adoption drives and a fun Puppy Love event!
Indian River Estates is a family friendly neighborhood located 7 miles down the coast from Fort Pierce, and offers easy access to some local dog-friendly fun! Walton Rocks Dog Beach is an off-leash dog park with covered picnic tables, restrooms, and plenty of room to roam and the freedom to walk the beach or play in the waves with your pup! For those of you who are lucky enough to own a Doberman, there is a seasonal Bring Your Doberman to the Beach Day. This event is for all Doberman owners of any color, age or size.