Resting on the west coast of Florida, a few miles from St. Petersburg, is Gulfport, a place where Florida travelers like to stop to feel the warm gulf breeze and enjoy delightful food and good company. While Gulfport is mostly known for its historic atmosphere — old, independent shops and brick-paved streets — it also happens to be the home of one of the most dog-welcoming communities in the area! If you’re staying with your pup or just passing through, you’ll find lots of great things to do.
Gulfport and the surrounding area are truly an oasis for dog-owners traveling through Florida. The greater Gulfport area houses ten veterinary clinics, so local and visiting pups can receive the highest-quality care wherever they might venture. And if you’re venturing through Gulfport and need a place to stay, there are eight Fido-approved lodging options in the city and even more in the surrounding area. You’ll have lots to discover in Gulfport — secluded community parks, off-leash dog parks, locally-owned restaurants serving delicious food, and much more! You’ll also find the local community of dog owners to be very welcoming.
Gulfport is truly a hidden gem tucked away in western Florida, and if you’re staying there with your dog, you're bound to have an enriching experience.
Gulfport’s south side is a neighborhood you don’t want to miss if you’re visiting the area with your dog. Experience the beautiful Floridian climate as you walk through the town streets past small ponds and wetlands. Take a stroll along the Boca Ciega Bay — on the east side of the bay, you’ll find Clam Bayou Nature Park, which has some fantastic trails which provide a great opportunity to explore nature with your dog! There are also some restaurants nearby that have dog-friendly outdoor seating. Try Neptune Grill for delicious burgers and fries, or Salty’s for some pub fare and a creative cocktail.
The center of Gulfport is best explored on foot with a furry friend. The scenery is breathtaking, the weather is beautiful, and there are many small community parks and inviting restaurants throughout town. You’ll find Hoyt Park and Clymer Park just a block away from each other — they both make for a great walk with your dog along the trails. For some delicious food that is guaranteed to fill you up, stop by the nearby restaurant Smokin’ J’s BBQ. They offer outdoor seating at their picnic tables so you can bring your dog along and chow down on some of the best barbecue in Florida!
Pasadena is a charming neighborhood that lies a few miles to the northwest of Gulfport. It is a very dog-friendly place: you will find parks and restaurants that can accommodate your canine companion. Circle Park in the center of the neighborhood is a nice setting for a relaxing walk, and the trees along the path provide cool shade. The restaurants with outdoor seating along nearby Central Avenue are a great place to continue your adventure. Central Pizza and Subs is good for a quick and casual meal. Craft Kafé is another pawssibility if you want something a bit lighter, like coffee and a snack.
Historic Kenwood, resting to the northeast of Gulfport, is certainly one of the best neighborhoods in the area for people with dogs. The weather is nice, the food is great, and there are two dog-centered activities that you won’t want to miss! The first is The Dog Bar on Central Avenue. It is a bar with a large indoor space for dogs to play, and there are also games like cornhole and table tennis! Just note that you will have to purchase a $5 per week pass to use the dog park. The second activity in Historic Kenwood is Kenwood Dog Park on 20th Street. It is an off-leash, outdoor dog park that you and your furry friend will definitely enjoy!
The downtown area of St. Petersburg less than five miles from Gulfport, and because it is the largest city in the area, you will find many things to do there with your pooch! Northshore Dog Park is a good location to begin your tour of the city; it is a fenced, off-leash park that is right next to Crescent Lake. While you’re in St. Petersburg, be sure to try some delicious food from one of the many highly-rated restaurants downtown that have dog-friendly seating outside. Kings Street Food Counter is a local favorite for classics like burgers and fries. Bone Appetit!