Note: Dogs are not permitted on Boca Raton area beaches. The fine is $25. There is one exception - see item #3 below for details.
1. Boca Raton Dog Park
Located at 751 Banyan Trail. This city park has two acres; one acre for large dogs, one acre for small dogs. Open daily except Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to dusk; Wednesday noon to dusk. Offers benches, water stations, doggie waste bags, trash cans. A parking permit is required. There's no charge for the permit for local residents with proof of residency or vehicle ownership, but there is a charge of $25/month or $265 per vehicle/year for non-Boca residents.
"It is wonderful. This dog park replaced the one formerly located off Broken Sound Boulevard. The city's contract with the T-Rex Boca Raton Technology Center developers expired and so, this dog park was born."
2. Canine Cove
Located in the South County Regional Park. Directions: Go West on Glades Road, past 441, past Cain Boulevard, continue west until you see signs. The park is just beyond fire station on the right side of the road and just east of the high school. Hours will be dawn to dusk all days but Wednesday when it closes from noon to 3 p.m. for regular maintenance.
Offers two large dog sections (only one open at a time) and one for small dogs. This park will eventually have three gazebos, three pet drinking fountains, 34 shaded benches, 15 Dogipot stations, and one pet washing station large enough to wash two dogs at a time.
"Canine Cove is a wonderful dog park both for pets and their owners. We take our three dogs at least twice a week and the park is sprayed every Wednesday for ticks and fleas. I highly recommend it to those who live in the Boca, Coral Springs and Parkland area. There is no fee for bringing your pet there. They recommend that you not bring aggressive dogs to the park."
3. Dog Beach
This is the only exception to the "no dogs on the beach" law mentioned at the top of this page. The approved "dog beach" in the Boca area is located along the stretch of sand at the North end of Spanish River Park between lifeguard towers 18 and 20. The dog park is normally open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sunset. Dogs will only be allowed on the beach Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and permits will be required. Weekend passes are $10 and available at the Spanish River Park gatehouse. Yearly pass are $30 for Boca Raton residents and $165 for non-residents and are available at the Boca Raton Community Center, the James A. Rutherford Community Center, and the Sugar Sand Park Community Center.
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