St. Augustine in Florida got its nickname of Ancient City because it was established in 1565, which makes it (prepare for this fun fact: you never know when you may need it on Jeopardy!) the single oldest European settlement in the United States. The actual name of St. Augustine was given to the town because the settlers first saw the land on the feast day of St. Augustine. With just over three thousand dogs in town, there are tons of fun for you and Fido to get into when you visit.
The best dog park according to the locals is Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park on Wildwood Drive. Let them play the way dogs are supposed to play, leash-free and happy. There are small and large dog sections, activity equipment, watering holes, shade, benches, and even a fake fire hydrant. There is another Paws Dog Park at Ron Parker Park on Old Beach Road that has mulch ground cover so you do not have to worry about the mud. It also has shade, water, benches, and lots of friendly dogs.
Veterans Dog Park on Veterans Parkway is a 3-acre playground with fountains, shelters, muff mitten poles, and plenty of space to run. North Shore Park on Meadow Avenue is 10 acres of fun things to do and Fido is welcome to join in. There are playgrounds, ball fields, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and much more.
Pomar Park on Masters Drive is another great dog park where Fido can have fun off-leash. There are about two acres of grassy area and agility equipment for the furbabies and a pavilion and benches for the humans. Lots of trees and some shade trees and they have water available.
Come drink from the fountain of youth! Yes, we’re being serious! This the very first settlement dated back to 1565 and it’s completely open for you and Fido to explore! Take in the shows. Walk the 15 acres and explore history. The whole park is fur-friendly. You can even do the tours, both inside and out. Please keep your dog on a leash because the cannon and gun demonstrations may terrify them. The views are beautiful. The history is real. The water is within reach. Is there really anything else you or your dog could ask for?
Are you looking for somewhere that will allow you to join your dog on the beach? Look no fur-ther! Voted as one of the top beaches in the area, Vilano Beach will allow Fido to run, play, and smell all the things that wash up on the beach. As long as you keep your dog on the leash, he can run and splash for as long as he wants. There is almost always lots of other dogs to play with, as well as new dogs to meet. When you are all finished, use the shower to wash all the sand off you and Fido.
Bone Appetite is the pawfect way to treat your dog to all kinds of new foods while getting them their daily exercise. You can hire a licensed tour guide to weave you in and out of historic Saint Augustine while pointing out all that you need to see and hear of this iconic city. Along the way, there are pet stops, where Fido will be treated with plenty of treats and fresh water. Of course, you’ll get some scraps along the way also. This is a great way to bond with your dog will trying all the local fare. So, grab Fido’s leash and go!
Are you ready for a little adventure? Do you want to see the other side of Saint Augustine? Then it is time to go to A Ghostly Encounter. You will encounter the smells and stories of the cemeteries and haunted houses throughout Saint Augustine. You will even visit an Indian village and burial ground. Spooky! Make sure you keep your dog on a leash because the lights are dimmed, which may be a little scary for him. You don’t have to wait for Halloween for this barktastic adventure. The staff at A Ghostly Encounter run from ghosts seven days week, all year long!
For a nice, normal and relaxing day, you should go visit Joe Pomar Park. Within this city park, you will find a nice little dog park. It isn’t an as big as it could be, but you will find two fenced in areas where Fido can meet some new fur buddies. There are lots of things to do, bury, and play with. Water stations are provided in case you forget to bring some water with you. There’s also a well-placed splash pool that is pawfectly doggie sized! Don’t forget to stop by the shower area to give Fido a quick rinse after he’s finished playing in the mud.