Dog Beaches and Parks

Dogs at the Beach

What could be more fun that taking your pooch for a run off the leash or down to the Gulf to splash in the water. The Central Gulf Coast of Florida has a good number of areas to run your pet. Some require leashes while other are fenced areas that let your best friend run off the leash among his peers.

dog on beach

dog on beach

Dogs on beaches

dog on beach




(Dogs on the beach pictures are from our Pinterest boards)

Inland Dog Parks

These parks have fenced enclosures where your dog can run unleashed. Most of them are divided into areas for small dogs and large dogs to provide your pet with the best experience possible.

Anderson Park

Anderson Park is a nice large park located on the shores of Lake Tarpon with lots of shade and picnic opportunities. It’s a great place to hang out.

39699 U.S. HWY. 19 N.

Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Boca Ciega Millennium Park

This park is known for its many civic events and runs along the shores of the inland waterway across from the Redington beaches.

12410 74th Ave N

Seminole, FL 33772

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Chesnut Park

Chesnut Park is one of the most scenic woodland parks in the county, running along the southern shores of Lake Tarpon. Lots of picnic areas and two playgrounds.

2200 East Lake Road

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

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Eagle Lake Park

This park is a few miles inland from Clearwater Beach on Hwy 60, which starts as the causeway to the beach. A pleasant walking trail circles the lake as well as a few picnic tables and a playground.

1800 Keene Road

Largo, FL 33771

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North Shore Park

This pleasant waterfront park offers great views of Tampa Bay and downtown Tampa.

901 North Shore Drive Northeast

St. Petersburg, FL

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Sand Key Park

Sand Key park is directly south of Clearwater beach, just across the bridge across Clearwater Harbor Inlet. It is a spacious park with a wide swath of beach.

1060 Gulf Blvd.

Clearwater, FL 33767

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Walsingham Park

Walsingham Park covers an enormous number acres and is a pleasant lakeside location for a Sunday drive, walks, bike rides, picnics and other activities for large, spacious parks.

12615 102nd Ave. N

Largo FL 33778

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Dog Parks at the Beach

Honeymoon IslandWhile fences might exist at these shoreline dog parks, many of them are open areas without restraints. What that means is that, often, they require you to keep your pet on a leash.


Fort Desoto

Undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in America. Take your pooch here and enjoy Dogs are allowed off the leash at the designated dog beach! There is an entrance fee to the park.

3500 Pinellas Bayway S.

Tierra Verde, FL 33715

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Honeymoon Island

Also one of the finest beaches in America. A short hike through a wilderness area brings you to the shore. There is an entrance fee to the park and dogs must remain on the leash as it is close to other beach-goers and fishermen.

1 Causeway Blvd

Dunedin, FL 34698

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