Is your corgi’s belly so low to the ground that you can’t see daylight between his fur and the grass? Does your spayed boxer look like a soon-to-be mother of seven squirmy pups? Perhaps your show dog is in perfect health, but he could use a bit of a tune-up on the agility course? Then wander down to 17th Street to 17th Street Paw Park. This dog park allows dogs to run off-leash and has plenty of water and shade to help keep cool while your dog scampers about Paw Park’s agility course.
Agility courses not for you and your dog? If your dog’s hips and joints just aren’t up for the high-impact activity required for agility courses, take him to Arlington Park Dog Park on Waldemere Street. Arlington Park Dog Park is an off-leash dog park with wide-open spaces perfect for leisurely strolls and games for dogs of all ages and active abilities. Dogs must be on their leashes while entering and while leaving the park.
Who’s up for a swim? Red Bug Slough Reserve has a great pond in the middle of its greenery so people and canines can splash about to cool down on a hot day. Red Bug Slough Reserve has many trails of varying lengths – all of which are nicely shaded – winding through its lush, natural landscaping. This park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. April through October and from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. November through March.
Everyone needs some time to get out of the city. So grab a leash and explore the whole world! Well, at least it’ll feel that way at Red Bug Slough Reserve. This is a huge reserve that gives you so much to smell and explore. There are lots of trails that weave throughout tree-lined paths, water courses, and wide open areas. It is a great place to spend the whole day or just a few hours. You and your dog are in control of everything. Make sure you bring water for your dog because the goal is to keep this area as natural as possible.
Whether you are just visiting the area or are a long-time resident, you know how awesome the Old Salty Dog is. They’ll greet Fido with a water bowl (with ice!) and seat you in a place where you can watch the boats float by. The sea birds may even stop in to share your meal! This eatery is somewhat famous, having been featured on Man vs. Food, so you know you’ll get some good food here! This is a great place to stop for brunch after a long hike, enjoy a quick lunch, or even relax with friends after a long day. Come often and find your favorite spot on the deck.
Bayfront is more than just a place to go -- it is THE place to go. Grab Fido’s leash and go for a walk down the trails through the nature areas. View the "Unconditional Surrender" statue at the heart of the park. Take your kids to play on the playground. When you’re all ready to eat, join your dog at the fur-friendly O'Leary's Tiki Bar. There is also a designated dog park in this neighborhood with cleaning stations and watering fountains just for Fido! You will definitely want to check the events board for any pet-friendly events to make your time in Sarasota even more memorable!
Arlington Park offers you a great place to take your dog on a long walk. The views are beautifully scenic. There is so much to bark at that Fido will have a hard time getting bored here. When you come to the end of the trail, which loops around, you will find the Arlington Dog Park. This dog park used to be a baseball field. It is now a very spacious dog park divided into two areas. You will find all of the conveniences that you and your dog may need. Balls are provided, so don’t worry if you forgot to bring Fido’s -- he’ll still get to play fetch with you at this pawesome dog park.
Myakka River State Park offers fur-friendly accommodations for you and your dogs. There are tent sites, RV sites, and bunk houses for camping parties. The park runs through marshland, beaches, and pine forests. Fido is sure to find a new animal that he’s never smelled before; just don’t let him get too curious! The entire park is open to Fido as long as you keep him on a leash. The relaxation and escape from busy city lights is sure to be welcoming to you as well as your dog. Please remember that each family can only have one pet with them.