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Dog Areas in Fort Walton Beach

2 Parks
1 Shop
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Fort Walton Beach is an extremely welcoming place for all dog lovers, pawticularly those who are just visiting. There are 22 different lodging options in Fort Walton that all provide dog-friendly accommodations. Prices and luxuries are determined by specific accommodations, but the general price is anywhere from $60 to $300 per night with no hidden pet fees.

There are also 25 dog-friendly restaurants to choose from in Fort Walton as well! These restaurants offer a variety of food, from traditional American comfort food with a twist to local cuisines and adult beverages. Three of the most highly recommended restaurants in Fort Walton are Tijuana Flats, Props Craft Brewery, and Fokker’s Pub. These restaurants provide comfortable seating and service to you and your dog.

You'll also find paw-lenty of other dog-friendly activities right here in Fort Walton! 3 Dogs and a Chick is a local shop that sells merchandise for dog lovers and their pets to enjoy. Most of the products are eco-friendly and are relatively cheap. Central Bark is one of the local dog parks that offer plenty of room and friendly pups to play with. The whole park is fenced in, but there are also divided areas for big dogs and small dogs too.

Fort Walton Beach is a furrific getaway for pups and people who need a little R&R!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Fort Walton Beach

  1. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 1,562/sq mi

    #1 Central Fort Walton Beach


    This scenically situated community overlooks the Cinco Bayou, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Santa Rosa Sound and offers plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment. Liza Jackson Dog Park is a fenced, off-leash play area that comes with small and large dog sections, water fountains, and hoses to rinse off! Central Bark is another local off-leash dog park that has separate areas for large and small dogs, water spigot, doggie bowls, agility equipment, and a waste station.  Oak Tree Nature Preserve is a gorgeous space that has walking trails winding throughout it, showing off the beautiful trees, flowers and wildlife; leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the preserve with their owners, just clean up after them by using one of the provided waste bins located on the trails. 

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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,562/sq mi

    #2 Okaloosa Island

    A mile and a half across the Choctawhatchee Bay from Fort Walton, Okaloosa Island has dining, lodging, entertainment, and shopping that is easily accessed via the Miracle Strip Parkway. Wayside Park offers fishing, picnic areas, pavilions, volleyball, and boardwalks scattered along the coast; leashed dogs are cleaned up after are welcome to accompany their owners for a day of fun in the sun! If the hunger pangs have set in, Yogo Mogos, Salvati’s Pizza Factory, Angler’s Beachside Grill, Fudpucker’s On The Island, Helen Back Okaloosa Island, and AJ’s Oyster Shanty allow dogs to relax on their patio areas which offer amazing coastal views.
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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,448/sq mi

    #3 Destin


    Only 7.5 miles from Fort Walton, the coastal town of Destin offers scenic views of Destin Harbor, East Pass, and The North Channel. Destin Dog Park is the community doggie play area that is safely gated, allowing pups to run and play off-leash! The dog park provides separate spaces for big and little pups, water dishes, benches, and shade trees. Looking for more adventure? Dockside Watersports & Parasailing offers a ton of fun activities including dolphin excursions, jet skiing, parasailing and doggie pontoon boats that are available to rent! Destin Vacation Boat Rentals, and Destin Pontoon Boat Rental both offer dog-friendly activity options so you can bring your fur baby to tag along for the ride! 

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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,448/sq mi

    #4 Henderson Beach


    This beautiful coastal neighborhood overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, just a short 11 miles from Fort Walton. Henderson Beach State Park is comprised of over 6,000 feet of coastline that provides walking paths that you and your on-leash fur baby are welcome to enjoy together. Just be aware, dogs are allowed on the trails; however, they are prohibited from going on the actual beach itself. Destin Dog Park is also located nearby where your pooch can play off-leash in a fenced in space that provides separate areas for large and small dogs, benches, water bowls, and shade trees. 

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  5. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,321/sq mi

    #5 Niceville

    As its name suggests, this pleasant locale is conveniently located off East John Sims Parkway, and Partin Drive North, which is only 13 miles north of Fort Walton. Niceville Dog Park is the local area where you can take your pup to socialize in a fenced, off-leash space! It comes with all the fixings like a water fountain, shade trees, and benches. Dockside Oyster Bar & Café, Tucker Dukes, and Thai 101 Cuisine offer dog-friendly dining accommodations where they allow your pooch to hang out while you chow down. If you need somewhere to crash in the Niceville area, Quality Inn and local Airbnb rentals have dog-friendly lodging options.
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