Web Mistress Note: The parks listed on this page allow dogs off-leash. For a list of Orange County parks and city of Orlando parks that allow dogs on a leash -- and there are quite a few -- please go to Orlando Leashed Parks.
1. Barber Park Dog Park
Located at 3701 Gatlin Avenue. Directions: Located on Gatlin Avenue between Conway Rd. and 436. Offers two play areas (for small and large dogs,) with a water fountain in each, an obstacle course (similar to agility) in each play area. For more information, call 407-249-6102.
2. Downey Park
The park is located at 10107 Flowers Ave., on the corner of E. Colonial Drive (SR-50) and Dean Road in East Orange County. Go east on E. Colonial Drive to the parking lot entrance on the right. Offers high fenced areas, one for small dogs and another for larger dogs, a timeout area, benches, picnic tables, water fountains (dog and human), trash cans (secure), dog clean up supplies and receptacles, some signage, lots of older trees, and some newly planted trees/landscaping situated on a lake.
3. Dr. Phillips Dog Park
Located at the end of a community park, adjacent to Sand Lake Elementary School (8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd). This park can be difficult to find, as there are no signs posted and it's at the far end of the community park.
4. Friends of Fleet Peeples Park, Inc.
Located on South Lakemont Avenue, south of Aloma on Lake Baldwin. Serves Winter Park and Orlando areas. Open Monday through Friday, dawn- 8 p.m.; weekends dawn to 11 a.m. off-leash, then on-leash until 4 p.m., then off-leash again after 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Offers fenced area, benches, tables, handicap access, poop bags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash, lights, shelter, pavilions with grills, lake and boat ramp.
5. Greenwood Urban Wetlands
Located at the corner of Mills and Anderson. The lake inside this park is called Lake Greenwood. Offers picnic area, benches, parking.
6. Meadow Woods Dog Park
Located in the New Meadow Woods Park near Meadow Woods Middle School on Rhode Island Woods Drive. This park serves residents living in the south-central part of the county. Offers an area for large dogs and another for small dogs, dog bathing and drinking stations. Outside the dog park area are two large tot lots that are covered by shade structures, benches, basketball court, and a nature walk around a small lake.
Directions: From Orlando, go south on Orange Avenue through the community of Taft. Continue going south on Orange Avenue and pass Wetherbee Road. Turn left on Fairway Woods Blvd. At the stop sign, turn right on Landstar and proceed to Rhode Island Woods Circle. There's a flashing yellow light at this intersection. Turn left on Rhode Island Woods Circle and continue about 2 miles. The first school you see is an elementary school - keep going. The Dog Park and the Meadow Woods Middle School are on the left.
7. Barnett Park Dog Park
A reader's Bluetick Coonhound, Cleetus, greets pets and people alike during one of his visits to this dog park
Located at 4801 W. Colonial Drive, between Pine Hills Road and Mercy Drive, directly behind the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Offers separate areas for large and small dogs, shade trees and restrooms.
"It is really a very nice park, way off the beaten trail. Very secluded. You would never know you're practically in the middle of a major city like Orlando. Getting there is a little tricky. You enter at the Barnett Park entrance at 4801 West Colonial. Follow the road all the way to the end. Take a right. There's a quick stop sign. Go straight to the end. Take a left. Go over a little green bridge. Take a left. The dog park will be straight ahead.
"The fenced area is small but well shaded. Separate areas for dogs over and under 30 lbs. The dogs must be on a leash when not inside the fenced area of the dog park or there will be a fine. When we were there, the dog waste bag dispenser was full, the trash was emptied and the area had an overall clean look to it."
8. Paw Park of Historic Sanford
Open since May 2001, this was Orlando's first official off-leash dog park. Features include a small dog alternative play area, a time-out area, bag dispensers for disposal of dog waste, park benches, dog showers, self-watering bowls, historic lighting, and a community bulletin board (which includes information on dogs available for adoption from area shelters.) It is handicapped accessible, and has a double gate entrance for safety.
The park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, but is closed Tuesday mornings for maintenance. The Paw Park has become one of Central Florida's newest and most popular recreation areas for owners and their best friends -- their dogs. First time users are encouraged to read the rules on the site above for their safety as well as their dog's well-being before visiting the park. Location: 427 S. French Avenue (US 17/92), between 4th and 5th Streets in northern Orlando.
"This is a great park! It is well maintained and many regulars visit each week."
9. West Orange Dog Park
Developed in 2002. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer. This one-acre park is completely fenced in (6-feet high), has shade trees, water fountains and water dishes for the dogs, pavillions, separate areas for small dogs and medium/large dogs, plenty of frisbees and tennis balls, nice benches inside the dog areas and a picnic table. A FloridaPets.net user who lives in Clermont (South Lake County), said this park (in southwest Orlando) is much more convenient than driving to Sanford.
To get to the dog park, locate the intersection of Highway 50 (Colonial Drive) and Beulah Road. It's just west of the Florida Turnpike and Highway 50. Turn South on Beulah (the only way you can turn). There's a Chevron gas station on the corner. Watch for the signs to the YMCA. Continue South on Beulah Road until you go under the Turnpike overpass. Turn left onto Marshall Farms Road. The dog park is about 1/4 mile down on the right.
The same FloridaPets.net user mentioned above cautioned that Marshal Farms Road is just after passing below the Turnpike. Street signs aren't too obvious, so be ready to turn left under the overpass. The park is on the right, just after the right/left "S" curve on Marshal Farms Road.
"The park is clean and it has little obstacle courses in the corners of the park. But some of the small dogs could squeeze through the fence into the big dog area. I let my dog explore the big dog area and there was a huge hole under the cement which my dog crawled under and I had a hard time getting him out. Although the small dog area was clean, the big dog area was full of puddles and the water fountain water made a big puddle which the dogs would get dirty from. But I liked that there waere doggy waste bags available."
10. Yucatan Dog Park
Located at 6400 Yucatan Drive. To get there, go east on SR408 (East-West Expressway) and exit at SR 436 onto Lake Underhill. Continue east across 436, turn left on Yucatan Drive and follow Yucatan to the park. For more info, call 407-254-9160. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offers fenced-in grassy areas for small and large dogs, pet waste stations, water stations, plenty of seating and trees.
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 Orlando area, please contact FloridaPets.net.