1. Millennium Dog Park
Located at 2573 SE 32nd Avenue. Closed Thursday and Friday. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Winter hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m. This off-leash dog park is part of the Jervey Gantt City Park, but encompasses six separate acres, five acres of which is set aside for large dogs and 3/4 acre for small dogs.
Offers water stations, poop bag dispensers, a pavilion in the large dog area for shade. Volunteer monitors are in attendance. Sprinkler system, trees and a paved parking lot are coming soon. While this is a private, non-profit dog park, there is no fee, but donations are appreciated to help keep the park running.
The park also has fundraising activities, such as November's annual Santa photos, a memorial brick garden and "Fire Hydrant Alley." For more information, call 352-732-8655.
"It's a nice clean park. No dogs under 6 months are allowed and unneutered males are not allowed. I take my dog there three to four days a week. The people and dogs are great."
2. Regular City Parks in Ocala
Leashed dogs are allowed, but are not permitted on - or near - any walking trails.
3. Silver River State Park
Lucy Tobias, publisher of the monthly Saturday Morning Magazine, reminds readers that when traveling around Florida, the early bird gets the worm - in this location, the scenery.
"My dogs like walking the Sand Hill Trail at Silver River State Park in Ocala", she said. "Often we’re the first ones walking the leaf-strewn path and that means our chances of seeing wildlife are pretty good."
Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome in the Park's campground, picnic area, and on the trails. Humans are expected to clean up after their pets. Excluding service animals, pets are not permitted in the restrooms, museum or cabins.
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 Ocala or Marion County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.