Jacksonville is a center for culture and arts in Florida, and it plays host for many events, including one of the country’s largest jazz festivals. With so many things to see and do, it’s no surprise that the city is a popular destination for visitors and their canine friends.
The largest urban park system in the United States can be found in Jacksonville. With more than 335 parks covering over 80,000 acres, the city has an array of options in terms of recreational activities. If you're a trail runner, marathoner, ultramarathoner, or just love a nice walk, Jacksonville has plenty of options for you. The oldest of these is Hemming Park, where you can find a monthly night market and bingo night. Take a walk through the park with your dog, and steep yourself in history.
You’ll be doing your pup a disservice if you don’t stop by Dog Wood Park. This 42-acre park has more than 25-acres of fenced-in area, which leaves plenty of space for even the most energetic dog to run to his heart’s content. People and dogs alike are welcome to take part in a variety of activities, from swimming and jogging to playing Frisbee. There’s a doggy shower available for use as you exit, ensuring that your pup is clean – and tired – after a day at the park.