Florida’s Seminole County is home to the city of Winter Springs. In 2011, Money Magazine named Winter Springs one of the top 100 places in the United States to live. People and pets alike are sure to enjoy the city, which features a dog park and trail. In case of emergency, Orlando’s Animal Medical Clinic is less than half an hour away.
Winter Springs includes sections of the rail-trail Cross Seminole Trail. You and your furry friend can go for a walk through quiet neighborhoods and a wooded area. The trail passes by several parks at which you and your pup can pause and play.
A half-hour drive will take you to Wekiva Island, a pawesome place for you and your pal to socialize. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, and swimming in the Wekiva River. If you prefer spending time on land, you may want to bring a leash to prevent your pup from taking a dip!
Visit Winter Park’s Park Avenue, which is also half an hour’s drive from Winter Springs, for fur-iendly dining and shopping experiences. Local businesses along the avenue are happy to provide treats and water bowls. The farmers’ market, held every Saturday, also welcomes pets. Man and his best friend are sure to have a furrific time in Winter Springs and surrounding areas!
Central Winter Springs is home to Winter Springs Dog Park, which is sometimes called Hound Ground Dog Park by locals. With separate areas for large and small dogs, this fenced-in, off-leash dog park is sure to provide a safe play-area no matter what size dog you have. There are also water fountains to ensure that your dog stays cool while playing with all of his new friends. Shady seating is available for dog parents. Winter Springs Dog Park is closed every Wednesday for routine maintenance, so make sure to plan your visit around that.
Located just 10 minutes west of Winter Springs is Longwood’s Longdale neighborhood, where you’ll find Longwood Arbor Dog Park. This park is divided into two areas: one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. This off-leash dog park has plenty of room to allow your dog to run around and explore while making new friends. There’s plenty of seating for pup parents, so you’re guaranteed to have an afternoon that doesn’t go to the dogs – or perhaps it does. There are drinking fountains for both you and your dog. Have a ball at Longwood Arbor Dog Park!
Eastern Casselberry, which is less than 10 minutes south of Winter Springs, is home to Pawmosa Dog Park. This dog park is one acre, giving your dog just enough room to run around off his leash and burn off some energy while getting exercise. While there is a separate space for smaller dogs, if your small dog is confident, he can play around larger dogs. There are water fountains for both you and your dog, but you’ll need to bring your own waste disposal bags. There’s even a “time out” area if your dog needs a few minutes away from his new friends.
About 5 miles north of Winter Springs is Lake Mary, where you’ll find some dog-friendly dining options. Want something light? Try Royals English Tea Room, which serves sandwiches, tea, and other finger foods. If you enjoy trying new things, head over to Lonnie’s Fusion Cuisine. This restaurant serves a wide variety of international dishes next to an American classic: half-pound Angus burgers! Both restaurants have outdoor patios that are dog-friendly, as long as your dog is well-behaved and on a leash. The real question is: Can you resist sharing with your pooch? Bone Appetit!
Maitland, located about 15 minutes from Winter Springs, is home to Minnehaha Park, a dog-friendly public park. This park has plenty of space for you and your dog to explore while going for a walk, and locals say the park usually has plenty of dogs around, giving your pooch the chance to make some new fur-iends. Although this isn’t technically a dog park, there is a space where locals play fetch with their dogs off-leash, but that’s up to owner-discretion. There are also water fountains designed for your dog so that he can stay cool in the Florida heat.