Pet friendly recreation areas
Nov. 15 - March 31
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Florida State Parks
Pets are OK in "designated areas" of Florida State Parks, including campgrounds. For specifics,
read State Park Pet Policies.
Special Note: September is State Park Literacy Month during which time visitors can enjoy free entry into any state park except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
The Dry Tortugas National Park is the only Florida National Park that allows leashed dogs. This park is in the Key West area and is 1 of only 14 national parks across the country. This is a very environmentally-sensitive area with many rules and regulations about where dogs are permitted. For example, they are permitted on Garden Key, but not inside Fort Jefferson, or on any other Key in the park. Pets must be leashed and controlled at all times. Visitors are expected to clean up after themselves and their pet as they progress around this beautiful location. See
National Park Regulations.
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Here's a list of dog parks and dog friendly beaches where well behaved pets - and their people - are permitted. Some locations require leashes, others don't, so be prepared as you head out the door.
Editor's Note: The Tampa Bay Area listings include the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Palm Harbor, St. Peterburg, Tarpon Springs, Tierra Verde and Seminole
(all Pinellas County), and Tampa (Hillsborough County.) Most Florida residents know these cities as "The Tampa Bay area" and most visitors know cities by city names, so we've listed them both ways.
Editor's Note: Because we can't visit each one of these on a regular basis, we appreciate your help in keeping this list up to date. If you know of a pet friendly place to play in Florida and it's not listed above, or you know of one listed above that's now closed or restricted, please email FloridaPets.net.
|May through September is Sea Turtle Season|
Testing results for various cities.
|Shore Bird Alert||April-Aug.||No humans or dogs in posted areas|
1. Apalachicola National Forest in Wakulla County
2. Ocala National Forest, mostly in Marion County
3. Osceola National Forest, spread across both Baker and Columbia Counties.
According to the USDA Forest Service, dogs are permitted in national forests, but must be under physical restraint at all times when you are hiking. In campgrounds, dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and under control. Pets are not permitted in any swimming, picnicking or day-use areas.