Longboat Key Off-Leash Dog Park – (4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive)
While dogs are not allowed on Longboat Key beaches, this location at Bayfront Park offers separate large/small dog areas. Scattered trees offer shade with agility equipment for large dogs. Both areas have doggie watering stations and misting fire hydrants.
There are plenty of locations for you and yours to enjoy a frolicking time!
Joan M. Durante Community Park – Just north of Euphemia Haye Restaurant, at 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, is a tranquil facility featuring pathways and boardwalks for doggie exercising in natural beauty! Open dawn to dusk.
Palma Sola Bay – Where Manatee Avenue crosses Palma Sola Bay to Anna Maria Island… there is a body of water… that allows for dogs to run and swim. If you park at the western end of Palma Sola Bay, you can even access pet friendly … Robinson Preserve (a great place to walk your dog on a leash and where the north shore allows for some doggie dipping)
Bird Key Park – Head south on Gulf Drive to Lido Key’s St. Armand’s Circle, then east toward Sarasota on Ringling Blvd. Just before the Ringling Bridge is Bird Key Park with plenty of room for dogs to run and play in Sarasota Bay. The park continues under the bridge and around the other side with a large protected grassy area and more sandy shore. It is here you’ll see dolphins and in summer months…manatees.
Sarasota’s Bay Front Park – “Season of Sculpture” With shaded walkways offer parking and access to Centennial Park where expansive green space is available to dogs on leashes. There’s even a friendly Tiki bar called O’Leary’s nearby. It is here that puppies and owners can enjoy a beautiful sunset, meet new friends and go off leash to catch a Frisbee from the restaurant’s sandy shore.
Directions: Cross the Ringling Bridge and go right on (US 41) Tamiami Trail. Take a right turn at the second traffic light into Centennial Park.
Venice – There’s a great “BEACH PARK” specifically designed for (off-leash) dogs and their owners. YES, this is where you can swim sun and frolic in the sand TOGETHER! Go to Brohard Paw Park for details.
More Dog Parks – from Palmetto to Port Charlotte.