1. Happy Trails Canine Park
Located on 51st St. West at G.T. Bray Park, about halfway between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Rd. This is a three-acre off-leash dog park. Hours: dawn to dusk. Features an 8-ft. fence, benches, tables, handicap parking, free waste bags, trees, parking, restrooms (a short walk outside park,) water and trash cans. Has a separate area for small, young or fragile dogs and a separate doggie "time out" area for rowdy dogs.
Located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted in this park as long as dog guardians are responsible for poop scooping.
"It has a wonderful walking trail that allows pets. It winds through grassy areas, ocean view, wooded areas, beach area, and sidewalk areas. There are plenty of doggie stations that supply bags and refuse cans. Parking can be somewhat of a problem at times."
3. Snead Island
One of our readers tells us they walk their dog at Emerson Point in the Palmetto area (Snead Island.) They said there are trails, off road and beach area. Directions: Take 41 to 10th Ave, go west to approx. 4500 (after you cross over the bridge/marinas,)then you'll see signs to turn right and then left again onto the point.
4. Dog Park at Bob Gardner Community Park
Located within the master-planned community called Lakewood Ranch, the Bob Gardner Community Park can be found at 2710 White Eagle Blvd. Offers a fenced area with lots of space to run or walk, agility training equipment, a lake for the pups, and picnic tables for the humans to watch.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks, beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities in the Bradenton/Manatee County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.