"Pensacola allows homeowners with a paid certificate to have pets on some of the "special permit beaches" with their permit. This does not apply to renters or tourists. The fine without this permit is $500.00. So far, Pensacola is the least pet-friendly place we have been."
Web Mistress Note:
"I recently spoke with a Parks & Recreation employee and was informed that dogs are no longer allowed on any of the beaches in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties, which is the Pensacola area, as well as in public playgrounds, or any other public areas in either county. She said the dog parks listed here are still open and available for dogs and their humans."
1. Scott Complex Dog Park
Also referred to as the "Roger Scott Complex." Located at the complex on Summit Blvd., just east of 12th Avenue, between the pool and the Roger Scott Tennis Center. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. This park is about one acre of romping space and a double gate/exit. Offers water fountains for people and pets, pooper scooper station, trash bins, benches and picnic tables. For more information, call John Ewing at (850) 436-5511.
Tazor of Pensacola (standing in forefront of above photo) enjoys a romp at the
Scott Complex Dog Park with some fellow
English Mastiffs. Tazor's humans are
Paul and Darlene Jones.
2. Bayview Park Dog Park
Located at Bayview Park at Mallory and 20th, on the 20th Ave. side of the park. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. This park is about one acre and has a double gate/exit. Offers water fountains for people and pets, pooper scooper station, trash bins, benches and picnic tables. For more information, call John Ewing at (850) 436-5511.
3. Bayview Dog Beach
Located on Bayou Texar in from of Bayview Community Center. Also known as Bayview Waterpark for Dogs, this is an off-leash dog park/beach combo. It is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers water fountains for dogs and people, pooper scooper stations, trash cans, benches, picnic tables and a dog wash station. For more information, call 850-436-5511.
4. Perdido Key State Recreation Area
Located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, off S.R. 292 in Pensacola. This is a 247-acre barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico. Offers beautiful, white, sandy beaches with sand dunes covered with sea oats, swimming, showers, and a picnic area. Florida State laws do not permit pets on beaches, but visitors may walk their leashed dogs on specified trails, paths, and park roads. Leashes must be 6-foot long. For more information, call Perdido Key State Recreation Area at (850) 492-1595.
5. Big Lagoon State Recreation Area
Located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway. Offers 698 acres, a 500-seat amphitheater, sandy beaches, salt marshes on Big Lagoon, plenty of wildlife, picnic areas with shelters, camping, canoeing, swimming, boat ramp, and a nature trail. Florida State laws do not permit pets on beaches, but visitors may walk their leashed dogs on specified trails, paths, and park roads. Leashes must be 6-foot long. For more information, call Big Lagoon State Recreation Area at 850-492-1595.
A reader advises us of some additional pet friendly areas - please help keep them that way by keeping your dog's poop cleaned up:
"There is a dog park at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. It has two fenced in, off leash areas; one for small dogs and one for large dogs. You can not take the dogs to the beach area or boardwalk, only to the dog park. (Note from Web Mistress: This may be the same as #4 above - anyone know?)
"There is The Three Mile Bridge park at the entrance where you drive onto the fishing bridge, just as you cross the Three Mile Bridge, at the end of the Bridge. It is a very nice park where dogs are allowed, but you must bring your own pooper scooper and you must clean up the poop.
"Dogs are allowed at the Palafox Fishing Pier, but they must be kept on a leash. Take your own pooper scooper and clean up the poop."
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 Pensacola area, please contact FloridaPets.net.