Stuart serves as the county seat within the Marin County in Florida on the Treasure Coastline and has about 16,000 inhabitants. Being on the coast, the scenery is gorgeous at any time of the year, and you will never need a coat because the average temperature is about 70 degrees. If you live here, you can just throw that coat away!
There are some great museums in Stuart. On NE Ocean Blvd. you can see the Elliott Museum, which is right by the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. The Stuart Heritage Museum is on NW Flagler Avenue, and the House of Refuge Museum on Southeast MacArthur Blvd also has the Bathtub Reef; an extremely popular place to swim, and a local favorite. If you go over on SW St. Lucie Avenue you can walk the huge Riverwalk, and the Sailfish Splash Waterpark over on SE Ruhnke Street is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy. You can also try snorkeling, boat tours, or a fishing charter if you enjoy fishing.
Some of the dog-friendly places in Stuart are Mulligan’s Beach House on SW Osceola Street or the Pelican Café on SW Flagler Avenue, which has the best key lime pie in Florida. And the Poppleton Creek Dog Park on SE Central Pkwy is a great place to let Fido run free before you head back to the hotel.
You have got to check out the Poppleton Creek Dog Park. This dog park is unique because of the pond that is right next to it! This little creek like area is beautiful and full of wildlife. You may even find a gator or two lounging in the sun here. The fenced in area is off-leash, but you will need a leash to walk Fido on the trails. There are water stations, cleaning stations, and benches for your convenience as well. Come spend an hour here -- we’re pawsitive that you’ll make lots of new friends, run free, and play for as long as you want!
This is an on-leash beach that has lifeguards on duty where Fido can run and play in the sand as long as his little canine heart desires! In order to swim, you’ll need to go over to the unguarded area. This quiet beach is a great place to meet lots of dogs that are excited to play with your own canine companion. Cleaning areas and waste stations aren’t supplied at this beach, so be sure to bring your own water and doggie waste bags. This is a natural beach area that allows you to focus on enjoying the beauty of nature. You will love the family friendly atmosphere that welcomes you and your pup.
Come enjoy the wind blowing in your hair (and Fido’s fur), the view of the sun setting over the river, and delicious food at Pelican Café! There is live music playing on most evenings. You have the choice of enjoying your food on the beach or sitting on the deck. You’ll love the diverse menu featuring classic Florida flair, from lobster rolls to clam chowder and everything in between. Don’t worry; there are lots of other dogs for Fido to meet and bond with. So grab a leash and come to Pelican Café, where your pup can enjoy gulping from a water bowl while you sip a cocktail or soft drink.
Alice’s Restaurant is a family restaurant that invites you to join your dog on their large outside deck. The area is shaded so that it always a cool spot in the heat. The staff will bring Fido a fresh bowl of ice water while you browse the menu and contemplate what to drink. The fare is classic with a down-home Florida feel. Locals say that they have the best breakfast that can be found anywhere! So, why wait? Come on down, take in the great smells wafting your way from the kitchen, and enjoy some close bonding time with your best furry friend.
The Sneaki Tiki is a Caribbean-themed restaurant that welcomes you to sit on the deck with your dog. Certain menu items can be customized so that they’re Fido-friendly, but other pups visiting this area often beg for the chicken and rice. You will love the semi-secluded deck that is tucked away so that you don’t feel like you are in the hustle and bustle of the city as people go by. The shaded patio is a cool spot to escape the hot Florida days. And Fido won’t have to lift a paw to get good dinner service -- his water will come at the same time you receive your own drink!