Just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico, New Port Richey, Florida is a great place for dogs, and pets of all sorts.
The city of Fort Richey maintains four parks that allow dogs. Three of them, Cotee Park, Sims Park and Orange Lake Park are basically for humans, but dogs can tag along if they are kept on leashes. Meadows Dog Park has places for humans to play, but it has a designated area set aside just for dogs.
The Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park Overview, a system of nature trails that cover over 8,000 acres of wilderness, welcomes pets and their owners. Walk, run, or ride your bike with your faithful companion by your side. However, dogs must be kept on leashes at all times, are allowed only in the day-use areas, and owners must pick up after them.
Several restaurants in New Port Richey welcome dogs on their outdoor patios and decks. They include Caposey’s Whole Works Restaurant, Winghouse, Dairy Queen, Estela’s Mexican Restaurant and Fitzgerald’s.
A number of motels in New Port Richey, such as A Frame Resort, River Side Inn, Blue Heron, and Downtown Riverfront Cottage, welcome pets. River Side Inn charges a low, pet-friendly fee of only $6.42 per night for any size pets. Be sure to call ahead to check each business’s current pet policy.
Four city parks, miles and miles of wilderness trails, and pet-friendly businesses are some of the reasons dogs, and their owners, love New Port Richey.
Pack yourself a bag, because at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, you and your dog are destined for adventure. With 8,000 acres of nature trails that you can enjoy, this is for dogs who love the magic of the forest and the thrill of exploration. For the faster Fidos, there are also a bike trails that lead all of the way to Suncoast Parkway. Dogs are allowed only in the day-use area, and are required to be on a leash no more than six feet in length. Take a walk on the wild side at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.
Want to shoot the hoops with man’s best friend? Then Meadows Dog Park has got you covered! Nestled in the quietest area of the neighbourhood, Meadows Dog Park contains benches, picnic tables, restrooms and a quality basketball court for all the family to enjoy. Dog fountains are dotted around the area, providing your pup a hydrating splash while you slam-dunk your way to victory. If that wasn’t enough, the park is also located near a scenic river – one which you, and your furry friend, can stroll along while you watch the sunset after a pawfect day playing in the sun.
Sometimes, you need a place where you can put your feet up and watch your dog do what they do best. Anclote Gulf Dog Park, just 15 minutes away from New Port Richey, provides this for you. The park is designed for both small and large dogs, consisting of over 24,000 square feet. There are secure, fenced areas for every sized pup plus a doggie drinking fountain, fire hydrant, tunnels to run through, and even covered benches for the owners to sit and watch. So sit back and chat with the local dog owners, and you watch your furry friend make some pawsome pals of their own.
Is the heat getting to you? Sending you barking up the wrong tree? Fear not. At Tarpon Springs Dog Park in Tarpon Springs, you can shake of the Florida heat faster than a sniff, bark and a wag. This well-kept, cleanly maintained dog park boasts cooling stations for both big and small dogs, as well as a refreshing pool to dip your paws into in the summer heat. With doggy bag dispensers at all the entrances to the dog park, not only will your dog come out feeling refreshed and hydrated, but you can make sure that your pup is taken care of.
Rotary Centennial Park Dog Park in Spring Hill, just half an hour away from New Port Richey, is Hernando County's first dog park. With 3-acres of land dedicated for dogs only, you and your furry friend will have plenty of room to run, walk, and play. In addition, the park promotes diversity and safety, offering three separate fenced areas -- one for small dogs, one for large dogs and the third for guide, therapy or very shy dogs. Open every day from sunrise to sunset, you can guarantee that a day spent at the Rotary Centennial Park Dog Park is a day that you will simply adore. Or, should we say, Labrador!