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14 Dog Parks and Beaches Your Pet will Love

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You and your pet deserve some time together! There is nothing more refreshing than spending a day at the beach or in a dog park. If you are looking for a place to take man’s best friend, we found 14 dog parks and beaches that will make both you and your pet happy.

Your dog needs an outlet for energy so they do not get bored at home all day while you’re at work or doing errands around town; dogs need exercise! Providing them with a place where they can run around and play with other dogs gives them something constructive to do. It also helps develop good behavior and teaches social skills which can be beneficial in the real world if they ever come in contact with another dog. Not knowing how to interact with other dogs can lead to problems.

Taking your dog for a walk is one great outlet for releasing energy. If you live in Longboat Key, Florida, you will notice many pet owners walking their dogs along Gulf of Mexico Drive. The town of Longboat Key provides pet-friendly water fountains along the way.  

In addition to walking, you will want to find a place for your pet to run and play in. These spaces give them the chance to be themselves without any constraints or limitations. This often leads to less anxious behavior.

While the beaches in Longboat Key do not allow pets, dog parks and beaches nearby are a great alternative. In this post, we will highlight some of the best places to go for a day trip with your pup. Our list is an excellent resource for those moving to Longboat Key with four-legged friends.

 

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Dog Parks and Beaches

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 Leash RequiredOff- LeashBeach/Swimming
17th St. Paw Park
Arlington Dog Park
Bayfront Park
Bird Key Park
Brohard Beach & Paw Park
Dog Leg Park
Holmes Beach Dog Park
Joan M. Durante Park
Laurie Crawford Dog Park
Longwood Park
Paw Patch Park
Ringling Bridge Causeway Park

17th St. Paw Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park for small dogs | Dog park for large dogs

Address: 4570 17th St., Sarasota (17th Street between Honore & Beneva) 

This dog park is full of dog lovers, dog toys, and dog activity. It is the largest dog park in Sarasota County with two acres of land for dogs to have fun. It offers many things including a small dog area, hoses for water, benches, shade trees, and double-gated entries. Your furry friend will love this dog park!

The dog park hours are 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM.


Bayfront Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park for small dogs | Dog park for large dogs

Address: 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

This Longboat Key dog park has plenty of room for you and your pet to enjoy each other’s company. There are benches that overlook the bay as well as a dock where you can watch boats come in and out from the Gulf Coast. It also offers easy access to restrooms, picnic tables, water fountains, and parking areas.


A white husky puppy at the beach

Bird Key Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park on the beach

Address: 200 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Bird Key Park is a great place to bring your dog for a walk (leash required) or an off-leash swim. Parking is just west of the bridge across the street from the Bird Key neighborhood. 

The pet-friendly park features a dog waste station and an automatic dog water bowl to keep the dogs hydrated. In addition, there is a hose-down area for your pup after they go for a splash. The park is open 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM.

 



Brohard Beach & Paw Park

Address: 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice, FL

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park on the beach

This pet-friendly beach in Venice is dog heaven and will be well worth the drive. If you like dogs and beaches, then this is the perfect hang-out. Better yet, your pup will have a blast playing with lots of other canines and enjoying the surf and sand. Pet owners are respectable for picking up after their dogs. Therefore you will find this off-leash dog park on the beach to be in pristine condition.


Dog Leg Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Park for small dogs | Park for large dogs

Address: 7550 69th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221

This 3-acre off-leash Sarasota dog park has an enclosed area for small or elderly dogs. Amenities include a doggie drinking fountain, waste bags, and covered shelter.

 


Holmes Beach Dog Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Park for small dogs | Park for large dogs

Address: 51st Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209

Managed by the City of Holmes Beach, this dog park is smaller, offering a place for your dog to run and play. There is a hose for water, but you must bring your bowl. The shade at this park is limited.


Joan M. Durante Park

Type: On-leash dog park

Address: 5550 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

The town of Longboat Key has provided pet-friendly water fountains for the pups. Check out their nature area. It is a perfect pet-friendly park to walk your dog. Hours are 7 AM to 8:30 PM.


Lakeview Paw Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Park for small dogs | Park for large dogs

Address: 7150 Lago Street, Sarasota (Between Proctor & Bee Ridge)

A shared entry leads to the separate gated areas, one for small dogs and a separate area for larger dogs. There is a shared drinking area, benches, picnic tables, but no covered shelter. The Lakeview Paw Park in Sarasota is open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.


Laurie Crawford Dog Park

(Formerly Happy Trails Park)

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park for small dogs | Dog park for large dogs

Address: 2811 51st Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209

The Bradenton dog park is open from sunrise until sunset. Laurie Crawford Dog Park is a fenced, 3-acre park located at the northern corner of GT Bray Park. It offers doggie drinking fountains, waste bags, and fenced areas for small dogs.


Longwood Park

Type: On-leash dog park

Address: 6050 Longwood Run Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Dogs are allowed, but there is no designated dog park. A leash is a requirement at this county-maintained dog-friendly park in Sarasota. The park hours are 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


 

Dog parks and beaches photo showing a black and white dog running after a ball.

Paw Patch Park

Type: Off-leash park dog park | Dog park for small dogs | Dog park for large dogs

Address: 7025 44th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34203

Paw Patch Park is a 2-acre off-leash dog park located in the community of Creekwood in East Bradenton. There are separate fenced areas for small and large dogs.


Ringling Bridge Causeway Park

Address: Parking is located at the east end of the John Ringling Bridge.

Located in Bird Key Park in Sarasota, just before the John Ringling Bridge, this park is on the water. Not only will you love it, but your dog will also love it too.


We hope you find this guide to dog parks and beaches in the Longboat Key and Sarasota areas helpful. If there are dog parks and beaches that you would like to have included in this list, please reach out and let us know.

The town of Longboat Key, Florida is an incredible place to live. Those who live here can attest to it. Those who visit will instantly fall in love. If you are looking to buy a home in Longboat Key or the surrounding areas, please contact me to see some of our upcoming inventory by Brista Homes that has not yet hit the market.

Below, browse our list of Longboat Key homes for sale that allow pets. These properties are located near the best places to take man’s best friend.

 

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