Located about 30 minutes south of Tampa along Tampa Bay, Ruskin is a surrounded by lakes and beaches and Fido-friendly destinations. Little Manatee River State Park is a great place to take your pup hiking along a 6-mile loop trail. Along the way, you can admire nature and the Little Manatee River and Cypress Creek. You might see people kayaking down the waterways and you will probably see other dog-lovers out getting some fresh air with their pups. You can even plan a picnic lunch at one of the shelters after hiking through the park.
If you are looking for an inexpensive location to purchase dog food and supplies, Overstock Dog Food is located in town and carries food, flea medication, shampoos, and all types of collars and toys. Keeping your pooch healthy and happy is also important, and Ruskin offers two qualified veterinarian clinics where customer service and modern medical care are available seven days a week.
Meeting up with friends and their furry companions on a Friday night is great when visiting Four Stacks Brewing Company. You can enjoy drinks and live music, and your pooch is welcome to sit inside at your table. If you are just looking for a treat on a sunny afternoon, head over to Kimi’s Ice Cream and Sweets where you can order a pup cup for Fido and a rainbow sherbet for yourself. Relaxing at the outdoor tables is a great way to unwind after a busy day. Fido will love spending time in Ruskin with his family and taking advantage of dog-friendly parks and canine-loving neighbors.
Most dogs love to run and romp in wide open spaces, and Dr. Ott’s Dog Park in the Orchard Park neighborhood is perfect when your pooch needs some exercise. There are two separate areas for large and small dogs and a quarter mile track around the big dog side. Fido can frolic in the grass and socialize with other pups while owners sit on shaded benches and chat while watching their dogs play. You will need to bring your own doggie waste bags to clean up after your pooch. If you are looking for a nice place to spend the night in town, check out the Ruskin Inn where two dogs are welcome for an additional fee.
The Ruskin Commongood Park is popular for boaters, fishermen, and dog lovers. Neighbors in the area who own boats are often found taking their pooch for a ride down Ruskin Inlet, or lounging by the bank trying to catch some fish. The wide-open spaces are also a great place to walk Fido and let him chase a ball and stretch his legs. You can watch all the activities from a bench, but you will need to bring your own water bottles. There are trash cans in the park, and be sure to bring doggie waste bags to clean up after your pup.
A unique and popular destination for Fido and his family is Pirates Point Fishing Resort at the mouth of the Little Manatee River. Pets are allowed at the resort, but you will need to keep Fido on his leash and be sure to clean up after taking him for a walk. You can spend time on the water canoeing, or hanging out near the river fishing and enjoying the sun. The kids will have fun with the heated swimming pool, and the units feature all the amenities of home, just bring your pup’s dog bed. People who are looking for a great vacation spot where Fido will have an pawsome time should check out Pirates Point.
Developed from 258-acres of mangrove swamp, the E.G. Simmons Regional Park is a great place to walk your pup. The paved trails through the area make it easy to stroll with Fido and the kids. You can admire the gardens and natural areas or let the kids play in the recreation area. After walking the trails, you can take a break at the picnic area and refill your water bottles before heading home. Or if you are looking for a staycation, consider pitching a tent at one of the camping spots and spend quality time with your pup and family around a cozy campfire.
Spending time at the Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park is fun for the entire family, including Fido. The preserve is located near Little Manatee River, and you can walk through the area and admire the mangrove swamp. You will need to keep your pup on a leash, and there are no water fountains or trash cans available, so be prepared to bring water bottles and bags to dispose of your trash. If you enjoy getting back to nature, exploring through different types of trees and plants, and encountering horseshoe crabs which early explorers called cockroaches - this is the perfect place to spend quality time with your pup.