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Dog Areas in Winter Haven

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Winter Haven, Florida is nicknamed the "Chain of Lakes" city for a reason - it's home to over fifty lakes, as well as beautiful historic neighborhoods and gardens. With so many outdoor spaces, it's a great place to explore alongside your four-legged companion!

Looking for a dog park? Winter Haven's got you covered. The Simmers-Young Dog Park is a local favorite. Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm, this 200-acre park offers separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, as well as a lake and picnic area. Locals love the access to wildlife - in fact, if you get there early enough (around 7-9am) you can see eagles diving into the lake for fish.

If you're interested in hiking the area, try the Fort Fraser Trail. At almost eight miles long, this former railway line offers a paved trail and access to wooded areas. Want something a little longer? The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is almost thirty miles long. Winding through swamps, citrus groves, and cattle land, this gentle loop is well worth the time. The Carter Road Trail offers less mileage but more elevation, making it a moderate route for the energetic pooch.

As far as fun, community favorite, events go, the Simmers-Young Dog Park is the best option. In February, there's a "Scales & Tails" Pet Festival featuring vendors and entertainment. In September, there's a Hispanic Heritage Festival which allows on-leash dogs.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Winter Haven

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    Population Density 680/sq mi

    #1 Downtown

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    If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat in downtown Winter Haven and want your dog to join you, head over to The Fire Restaurant. This bar and grill features American classics such as steak and burgers alongside all the beer you could want. The best part? Your best four-legged pal can join you on the spacious outdoor patio. As a bonus, The Fire Restaurant occasionally has live entertainment, so pull out your dancing shoes! A leash is required, and it’s recommended you call ahead if your dog is sensitive to loud noises.
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    Population Density 680/sq mi

    #2 Jan Phyl Village

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    Located in Winter Haven’s Jan Phyl Village is Simmers-Young Park, and while the park boasts many fun things to do, you can’t miss the bark park! This dog park has separate, fenced areas for big dogs and small dogs, so no matter what size your dog is, he can have the chance to socialize with dogs he feels comfortable around. This is an off-leash dog park, but make sure you bring a leash to take your dog for one last walk around the lake that is housed within the park. Your dog is sure to have a pawesome time exploring!
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    Population Density 826/sq mi

    #3 John Cox

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    If you head 15 miles west of Winter Haven, you’ll land in Lakeland, and your pup is sure to bark your praises! Lakeland’s John Cox neighborhood is home to Crago Dog Park. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs, so your pet is sure to make some friends of his own! There’s plenty of shaded seating, and if you or your pet get thirsty, there are water fountains. Your dog got dirty while playing? No problem! Crago Dog Park also has a washing station for you to clean your pet off.
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    Population Density 1,613/sq mi

    #4 East Lake Morton

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    Located about 30 minutes west of Winter Haven is Lakeland’s East Lake Morton neighborhood, and if you’re looking for somewhere to eat while your pup tags along, give East Lake Morton a try! Garden Bistro is a dog-friendly restaurant where your dog can join you on the patio while you chow down on salads, sandwiches, and more. If you’re in search of something a bit heavier, try Texas Cattle Company. This restaurant serves delicious steaks and seafood, and you just have to try their famous desserts. Their covered outdoor seating is dog friendly. A leash is required at both establishments.
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    Population Density 178/sq mi

    #5 Downtown

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    Located about 12 miles southwest of Winter Haven is Bartow, and if you’re looking to have get in some exercise with your pup, this is the place to be. Bartow has an access point to Fort Fraser Trail, which is an old railway converted into a walking trail. Your dog is welcome to join you while you explore, so long as he’s wearing a leash. If you build up an appetite after all that walking, head over to Pizza Palace, where your dog can join you at their outdoor seating. You might even be tempted to share a slice!
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    Population Density 178/sq mi

    #6 Downtown

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    Located about 12 miles southwest of Winter Haven is Bartow, and if you’re looking to have get in some exercise with your pup, this is the place to be. Bartow has an access point to Fort Fraser Trail, which is an old railway converted into a walking trail. Your dog is welcome to join you while you explore, so long as he’s wearing a leash. If you build up an appetite after all that walking, head over to Pizza Palace, where your dog can join you at their outdoor seating. You might even be tempted to share a slice!

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