1. Amelia Earhart Bark Park
Located at 401 East 65th Street in North West Miami. Open sunrise to sunset. This 5-acre park offers a completely fenced in area for dogs, with paved walk ways, trees, picnic tables and benches, a separate fenced area for small dogs, water fountains for people and dogs, poop bag dispenser, doggie showers, swimming area, sand play area and agility equipment. Fee: while it's free to park here during the week, there is a $4 parking fee on weekends.
2. Blanche Park
Located at Shipping Ave & Virginia Street. A city park of 1.5 Acres. Open sunrise to sunset.
"I take my dog to Blanche Park every weekend. The fenced off area in the middle is where they grew some grass, and is no longer fenced. Very nice and shady here compared to Kennedy Park, which I found very dirty and with very little shade. I definitely would not be able to take my dog there in the summer. They should plant some trees."
3. Dog Chow Dog Park
Located at Kennedy Park 2400 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove. Open sunrise to sunset. Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash cans. This park has lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs.
4. Michigan Avenue
A nice park, located at 1400 Michigan Avenue, where 14th Street connects. Open 5 a.m. to midnight. Offers fences, benches, poop bag dispensers and receptacles, trees, parking, restrooms, lights, water and trash cans.
5. Perrine Wayside Dog Park
Located in Perrine Wayside Park, at US1 and 160th Street in the Village of Palmetto Bay. Open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. The three-acre park offers a walking path, benches, water fountains for people and pooches and lots of fenced room for dogs to play, including a separate area for small dogs.
"Parking is bad in the front, but better in the back. To get to the back parking, take the stop light right before it (there are several car dealerships close by), then go 50 yards and the first street, take a right at the nursery (small kids with playgrounds; it is about a 250 degree turn) and then in 25 yards you will run into it."
"Do not let your dog swim if you are not sure he can or at least easy him into it. There was an incident one day where the dog owners kept throwing the ball further and further out even though it was obvious that dog was not a good swimmer (he picked his legs out of the water to swim.)
"My dog became ill after visiting this park, so be careful of what you allow your dog to 'inspect' while here."
"Two of our dogs cut one of their paw pads in the lake here, on separate occasions, and we are advising dog guardians to be careful letting their companions into the water."
6. Rickenbacker Causeway
Full access for canines is allowed sunrise to sunset on the county right-of-way on both sides of the Hobie Beach area, the first sandy island after the toll booth, and also on the south end of Virginia Key. Beautiful scenic view of Miami and the bay. This is one of Miami's premiere dog beaches and early beachgoers are blessed with a wide expanse of open shallow water to romp.
Important: dogs must be kept on leashes and guardians must clean up after them. For more information, call (305) 361-2833.
"While this particular area is indeed pet-friendly, it's extremely rocky (not sandy at all), full of glass and dead birds or other animals. Very, very, very unclean. Be very careful to watch for glass…it is EVERYWHERE."
7. Waterways Dog Park
This dog park used to be located within Veterans Park, but is now located within Waterways Dog Park at 3401 NE 213th Street. The park features open space for pets to exercise and socialize. Amenities include two comfort stations with doggie water fountains, showers and a large covered patio. Resident ID cards are required for entry to the park. Hours of operation: 8am -7:00pm. For more info, call 305-466-8008.
8. Northeast Regional Dog Park
One of our readers tell us this county dog park is located in East Greynolds Park on US 1, just north of the main intersection of 163 Street, maybe a half mile on the right. Open sunrise to sunset.
9. Haulover Beach Park
Located at 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami. The dogs-allowed area is on the south end of the park, between lifeguard towers number 2 and 3, directly across from the park's 3.3 acre dog park. Offers a doggie wash-down area and doggie bags. This area is open to dogs only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To park in the dog recreation area with a dog in the car, visitors must pay $2 per car.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities, in the Miami area, please contact FloridaPets.net.