Visitors to Mulberry, Florida are in for a treat in this slow-paced city known as the Phosphate Capital of the World. Mulberry and the surrounding cities offer many parks and trails for locals and travelers, and their pets, to enjoy.
There are a few pet-friendly AirBnBs to choose from in Mulberry, or you can head outside about ten miles to Lakeland to find multiple hotels with reasonable rates for pets. Between Mulberry and Lakeland, you also have your choice of over ten different animal clinics if an emergency arises for Fido.
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner the locals recommend the pet-friendly restaurant Joshua's Kitchen. This homestyle local diner offers two pet-friendly outside tables where you and Fido can enjoy a menu full of favorites like pancakes, French toast, burgers, and even homemade meatloaf and country fried steak. They are open Monday through Thursday from 6 am to 3 pm, Friday from 6 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 6 am to 3 pm, and Sunday from 7 am to 3 pm.
On Carter Road, you will find the local dog park, Diogo Dog Park, where there is no limit to how many dogs you can bring to run free and play. The park is separated into two fenced-in areas: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Both areas have doggy bags for clean-up and water fountains to keep you and Fido hydrated.
Holloway Park and Nature Preserve in Lakeland is 362 acres of donated land set aside for a nature preserve, cross-country trails, and a public park. The trails are often in use for races, but you can also explore the nature preserve, where you and Fido can hike along their self-guided tours. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and owners must clean up after their pets. Holloway Park's hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm from March to October (but they are closed on Mondays) and 7:00 am to 5:30 pm from November to February (closed on Mondays also). However, they do recommend calling ahead to verify that they are open in the event of inclement weather.
While you are exploring the outskirts of Mulberry, slide over to Morgan Combee Road and visit Saddle Creek Park and Campground, part of Polk County Parks and Recreation. Saddle Creek Park is a 740-acre park that has a playground, nature trails, and campgrounds. There are also boat ramps available and fishing opportunities. You and Fido can stroll through the nature trails, making sure to stay hydrated in the scrub heat, and then share a picnic at one of their many picnic areas. Many amenities are available, including wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. Please note that there is a nearby gun range that is open during certain hours, so if your furry friends are nervous around loud noises, you may want to call ahead and make sure no one is scheduled to use the range that day.