Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park's name might be a bit of a mouthful, but don't let that put you off visiting this paw-some, dog-friendly location. Commonly referred to as Hanna Park, this 450-acre park is packed with activities and attractions that you and your dog can explore together.
However, the biggest highlight is the 1.5-mile stretch of sand where dogs are more than welcome to walk, run, sniff, play, and get wet to their heart's content. Abbey Park is an on-leash park, so your pet will need to be on a leash no longer than eight feet and under your control at all times.
Found just to the north of Atlantic Beach, another of Jacksonville's dog-friendly sites, Abbey Park's beautiful beach is wide and spacious. It's also relatively quiet, so you and your pet can escape the crowds and enjoy some quality time together. The park is even home to one of Jacksonville's best surfing spots, The Poles, which is well worth a look if you want to sit back and watch local surfers tackling the Atlantic Ocean swells.
Once you're done exploring the beach, you and your dog can then set off to investigate the rest that Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park has to offer. Highlights include more than 20 miles of hiking trails, a 60-acre freshwater lake open to a host of water sports, a kids' splash park, picnic areas and facilities for cookouts. Throw in a great kids' playground and zip line and you've got a park that offers plenty of fun for the whole family.
If you're an early riser, early bird entry to the park (between 6 am and 8 am) costs just $1, but early bird tickets can be purchased in $50 sets. After 8 am, entry fees are $3 for pedestrians and cyclists and $5 per car.
Best of all, the park is open from sunrise until sunset all year round.