Ojus may have been downgraded from full city to “census designated place”, but the area is busier and more lively than ever. People have been living in the Ojus area for thousands of years, but the town itself was founded in 1897. Since then, Ojus has served as a rest stop, trading post, and now residential home for people who commute to Miami. You have to leave Ojus for vet care, but with over two dozen vet clinics and animal hospitals within 15 miles of Ojus, that’s not a hardship even for emergency care. The rest of the time, you and your pup can explore the parks and history of Ojus.
Ojus Park is a small but centrally located park. Leashed dogs are welcome to walk the paths or enjoy the open areas throughout the park. The paths are mostly paved and an easy walk, perfect for an early morning ramble or an evening stop to work off some energy before relaxing the evening away at home. Bring your own water bowl, because park fountains are built for human-sized drinkers, not dogs!
Ojus may be an old town, but as more residents encourage development it proves that you can teach an old town new tricks.
The Highland Lakes neighborhood in North Miami Beach is packed to the brim with residents, to the point where some might have a tough time walking their dog. That’s why Highland Oaks Park is such a pleasant surprise, nestled in the corner of the neighborhood, the park is a tranquil oasis with it’s packed trees, beautiful pond, open areas, and even the Oleta River that cuts right through the park. You won't only find peacefulness, but a long walking 1.1 -mile trail that goes around the entire pond that will be sure to give you and your dog some much-needed exercise. Be sure to keep your pup leashed in this public getaway from the city hustle.
Take a five-mile drive south of Ojus, and you’ll find Oleta River State Park in this North Miami Beach neighborhood, a place that is surrounded by nature, covered with trails and allows leashed dogs onto those paths! The 1,043-acre area has multiple pathways, but features a main one, the Oleta River State Park Trail, which is 2 miles long and loops through the small forests and past the beaches. If you and your dog are looking for something instead of walking along the trail, this state park is the only one in Florida that allows kayaking through the river for you and your dog.
Golden Isles is a small neighborhood in Hallandale, FL that’s 5 minutes from Ojus and lies right on the shore with beautiful scenery of the ocean. Although the view alone is worth it to come here, the real beauty is the fenced-in dog park. The Golden Isles Dog Park is open to the public and allows dogs of all sizes to run freely off leash within a fenced in section of the larger Golden Isles Park. Humans have plenty of benches to sit on and relax while their dog plays. There are easily accessible doggy-bag locations, and dog fountains for keeping your dog hydrated.