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FLORIDA DOG PARKS

The creation of the first dog park is not well-documented but is generally attributed to the founders of Ohlone Dog Park in Berkeley, California. The formation of this leash-free park stemmed from the implementation of laws in the early 70’s that restricted dog owners’ ability to walk their dogs without leashes. Since the park’s construction in 1979, the list of dog parks nationwide has grown to include over 700 entries. The dog is the favorite domestic animal for residents of the United States, with 60% of Americans owning at least one dog, and many owners visit their local dog park on a regular basis. Amenities at the parks may include dog drinking fountains, benches for owners, complementary waste-collection apparatuses, or even dog-washing facilities.

The phrase "dog park" usually refers to an area in which dogs may roam without a leash, while "dog friendly park" describes an area in which leashes are required. The list of dog parks in South Florida includes both types, though the following compilation highlights only the parks and beaches where dogs may remain leash-free. Regardless of which South Florida dog park you choose to visit, your dog will undoubtedly enjoy the freedom of being leashless and the opportunity to spend time with other dogs.


Palm Beach County Dog Parks

Boca Raton Dog Parks

Canine Cove at South County Regional Park

Featuring dog rinse stations, canine drinking fountains, and separate areas for large and small dogs, Canine Cove is open from sunrise to sunset on all days except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, the park is closed from noon until 3 pm, as the grounds are sprayed for fleas during this time. The park is located at 12551 Glades Road, and its phone number and website are 561-966-6600 and PBCGov.com/Parks/DogParks/CanineCove/.

Mizner Bark: The Boca Raton Dog Park

Arguably the most popular dog park in Boca Raton, the 2-acre Mizner Bark offers drinking fountains, dog-wash areas, bag stations, and separate areas for large and small dogs. Visitors to the park must obtain a permit at one of the city’s community centers. While residents of Boca Raton may access the park for free, non-residents will be charged $25 per month or $265 per year. The park opens at 7:30 am and closes at sunset on all days except Wednesday, when it opens at noon. It is located at 751 Banyan Trail, and more information may be obtained by calling 561-393-7821 or visiting http://www.ci.Boca-Raton.FL.US/rec/dogpark/.


Delray Beach Dog Parks

Lake Ida Dog Park

With benches, dog fountains, a dog-washing area, and free admission, Lake Ida is the ideal Delray Beach dog park. It’s open from sunrise to sunset except on Wednesdays, when it is closed from noon to 3 pm. The address is 2929 Lake Ida Road, and you may call 561-966-6600 or go to PBCGov.com/Parks/DogParks/LakeIda for additional information.


Jupiter Dog Parks

Jupiter Beach

Jupiter is known as a dog-friendly city, and its dog beaches have no fees, regulations, or permit requirements. From Jupiter to Juno Beach, dogs may swim and play on the non-guarded beaches. For more information, call 561-741-2100 or visit Jupiter.FL.US/ParksRecreation/Beaches/Dogs-on-the-Beach.cfm.


West Palm Beach Dog Parks

Pooch Pines at Okeeheelee Park

The 5-acre Pooch Pines is situated in a hilly area of Okeeheelee Park and includes separate areas for large and small breeds. Admission is free, and amenities include human and canine drinking fountains, benches, a wash station, bags, and a gazebo. This West Palm Beach dog park is open from dawn to dusk except on Wednesdays, when it is closed from noon to 3 pm. It may be found at 7715 Forest Hills Blvd. Call 561-966-6600 or visit PBCGov.com/Parks/DogParks/PoochPines for additional information.



Broward County Dog Parks

Fort Lauderdale Dog Parks

Bark Park at Snyder Park

The Bark Park at Snyder Park is arguably the most amenable dog park in South Florida, with canine drinking fountains, exercise equipment, leash and hose stations, waste cleanup depots, a swimming lake, and also rest areas for humans. The entrance fee is $1 on weekends and holidays; admission is free on other days. It is open from 7 am to 6:30 pm November to March and from 7 am to 7:30 pm April through October. A weekend swim program is offered for dogs and owners for $1. The park is located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue, and more information may be obtained by calling 954-828-DOGS or visiting FortLauderdale.gov/CityParks/Snyder/BarkPark.

Canine Beach

From 5 pm to 9 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, dogs swim and play without a leash along a 100-yard segment of beach in Fort Lauderdale. Waste collection bags are provided by security personnel, and owners may purchase a weekend pass for $7, a $30 annual resident pass, or a $45 annual nonresident pass. This Fort Lauderdale dog park may be found on the beach between Sunrise Boulevard and Lifeguard Station #14. Call 954-828-7275 or go to ci.FtLaud.FL.US/CityParks/Canine_Beach/Index.htm for additional information.

Barkham at Markham Dog Park

Featuring soft Bermuda grass, Barkham is a 5-acre park with separate areas for large and small dogs, in addition to cold-water drinking fountains, a dog wash area, bags, and walking paths. Training classes are available for dogs that are 4 months or older but require current vaccination documentation. Admission costs $1.50 on weekends and holidays. This ADA-accessible park is open from 8 am to sunset on all days except Tuesdays, when it is open from 10 am to sunset. The park is located at 16001 W. State Road 84 in Sunrise, and its phone number and website are 954-389-2000 and http://broward.org/parks/dogpark.htm.


Plantation Dog Parks

Happy Tails Dog Park

With 5 acres of land devoted to dogs, Happy Tails is the premier South Florida dog park. The park consists of areas for large dogs and for small dogs in addition to an obstacle course. Amenities include a pavilion, dog and human water fountains, restrooms, and bags. Events catering to dogs are held on a regular basis, including Doggie Palooza, and admission to the park is free. Proof of vaccinations is required, and no one under the age of 18 will be admitted without an adult. Located at 6600 SW 16th Street in Seminole Park, Happy Tails is open from 7 am to sunset daily. Call 954-452-2510 or visit Plantation.org/Parks/City-Parks/Happy-Tails-Dog-Park.html for further information.


Hollywood Dog Parks

Dog Beach of Hollywood

Along the 100-yard stretch of Hollywood Beach located between Pershing and Custer Streets, dogs may swim and dig for a price of $5 (resident) or $10 (non-resident) per day. Additionally, monthly passes are priced at $30 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. A driver’s license is sufficient for proof of residency. Dogs are allowed on the beach from 3 pm to 7 pm Friday-Sunday from November to March. The hours are 5 pm to 9 pm from April to October. Visit dboh.org or call 954-921-3404 for additional information.


Coral Springs Dog Parks

Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park

Designed by Dr. Steven Paul, a veterinarian, this 2-acre Coral Springs dog park is completely fenced to allow dogs to roam safely. Additional features include canine drinking fountains and showers, benches, and an obstacle course. Documentation of current vaccinations must be provided for entrance to the park, and dogs must be over 4 months old. Each owner may bring at most 3 dogs into the park. The hours are 7:30 am to 9 pm each day, and it is located at 2575 Sportsplex Drive. For more information, call 954-356-4428 or visit SportsPlexatcs.com/DogPark.htm.



Miami-Dade County Dog Parks

Miami Dog Parks

Bark Park at Amelia Earhart Park

The 5-acre Bark Park has a fenced perimeter as well as a separate area for smaller dogs. Admission is free and includes access to drinking and spray fountains, benches, trees, and walkways. Open from sunrise to sunset, this Miami dog park is found at 401 East 65th Street. Visit MiamiDade.gov/Parks/Parks/Amelia_Earhart.asp or call 305-685-8389 for more information.

Northeast Regional Dog Park at East Greynolds Park

With just under 2 acres, Northeast Regional Dog Park has separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as shaded areas, hose stations, water fountains, and bags for waste removal. The park is located at 16700 Biscayne Blvd., and parking is $5. Find more information at www.MiamiDade.gov/Parks/Facility-Dog-Parks.asp.



If you're traveling with your dog, it may be helpful to know that there are many Florida pet friendly hotels for you to stay at with your companion.



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