Pet Friendly Dog Parks

Here’s the thing about dog parks: They’re everywhere. They might not be apparent at first but if you’re walking around with your best buddy in a major, or semi-major city, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up in one. That’s because dogs like being with dogs and they’re gonna sniff out the places that have them. And that’s when the fun begins.

Many dog parks in cities are fully enclosed and that allows you to take the leash off and watch your dog get some much-needed exercise and play. We’re always scoping out this type of scenario because it’s not easy for animals to stretch out and run while they’re in travel mode. Dog parks also give them the opportunity to mix with their own kind. Same goes for humans. So while your buddy is romping and playing, you can be sitting on a shady bench watching him and comparing notes with other owners who might know some other local places you can explore. So, if you don’t serendipitously end up in one, make finding a dog park a priority at your next destination. You’ll both be glad you did.

Some of our favorites...

17th Street Dog Park

17th Street,
Sarasota, FL
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HUGE dog park, with a large separate run for small dogs, with multiple covered picnic tables and benches, benches placed under trees, dog toys and balls everywhere, free doggie bags supplied, and many running fresh water bowls. It has separate double entry gates, two of each, so you can avoid the ones coming or going. It is so big, you can be alone with your dog/dogs, or join a group. You get almost as much exercise as your dog.

Bill Archer Dog Park

Houston, TX
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If you are ever in Houston, Texas, Bill Archer Dog Park is a great place to bring your dog. There are two separate parks for big dogs and little dogs sprawled across several acres. There is a giant dog bone shaped pool at the entrance and plenty of places to explore with plenty of water fountains for your dog. There is also an obstacle course that they can play in. Overall, the park is very clean and the owners do an excellent job policing their pets. Very highly recommended. By the way, there is no charge!

A.L. Anderson Park

U.S 19 North,
Tarpon Springs, FL
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A park for dogs at the A.L. Anderson National Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida on US Highway 19 North. It two very large fenced in areas for dogs to run and play. Once you enter the gate, you have 2 choices of fenced areas one for small dogs and one for large dogs. They provide doggy pickup bags and garbage cans around the park, and there are also benches for humans to sit down while their four-legged friend romps in the grass.

Bayview Dog Park

Mallory and 20th Avenue,
Pensacola, FL
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2 dog parks-Pensacola, FL ( need the tourist $$$ since Hurricane Ivan!) Our fav is Bayview DP. Nice trees, picnic tables, fresh water, clean, divided into large and small sections (but your little one can be in the large area), beach within a block, open 6 am til 9 pm, type 'Pensacola dog parks'in your browser, then click on City of Pensacola for maps, directions, amenities. Though children under 16 aren't allowed, they can play under the trees just outside the fences. PS-Red Roof Inn, Pensacola, allows pets of all sizes. Pet folks (only) may call me for other Pensacola info, and no, I don't work for any tourist bureau!

Ashland Dog Park

Nevada Street,
Ashland, OR
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City of Ashland fathers have created an off-leash park just for dogs. There is an acre of fenced pasture for your dog to run in and socialize with other dogs. And there are pooper-scoopers nearby, just in case. From downtown Ashland turn on Oak Street and go toward I-5 freeway. Turn left on Nevada. Turn right at the sign between the greenhouses on the right. The dog park is at the end of a very narrow paved road. There is ample paved parking at the entrance to the park.

Dept of General Services Dog Park

44 Richard J Conners Blvd,
Albany, NY
518-434-2489
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This is a fenced-in, off-lead area just north of the I-90 bridge overpass and Huck Finns Warehouse. Dogs must be friendly with other dogs, vaccinations current, and, at all times, under their owner's control. For safety, dogs must also be leashed when not in the designated off-lead areas.

Barkham at Markham

16001 West State Road 84,
Sunrise, FL
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Barkham at Markham was in 2005. SInce then all breads and size dogs have come to romp and play at the park. It is where after a long day of traveling your dogs are free from leashes on three acres of landscaped land.Park and it is divided into two areas for small and large dogs. The Park even has area to wash dogs to help them feel their best while out and about with the cutest of poodles!.

Cosmo Dog Park

2502 E Ray Road,
Gilbert, AZ
(480) 503
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Cosmo Dog Park is the first dog park in the Greater Phoenix area to offer a lake where dogs can swim and play in the water. The dog beach features a dock from which dogs can jump into the water to burn off all the stress from traveling. It's a place where your dogs can enjoy your vacation too!

Avalon Park

1294 Avalon Ave,
Lake Havasu City, AZ
92885521
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Off Leash dog park with walking path and great views of the Lake Havasu Area. Avalon Dog Park The dog park at Avalon includes a lush hillside adventure for the pups and a covered seating area for the parents to watch their fur-babies from.

Bethlehem PA Dog Park

Illicks Mill Road,
Bethlehem, PA
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The park is large and has both small and large dog areas. Location: Behind Memorial Pool off of Illick's Mill road. Directions: You should look for signs for Memorial pool. Park in the memorial pool lot and the park is located behind the pool. You can get to Illick's Mill Road by exiting route 22 at Shoenersville road south. Illick's Mill road will be on your right in about 2 miles.Optional Directions: Illicks Mill Rd. Directions: Rt 22 East to 378/Schoenersville Rd. Exit. Schoenersville Rd. to Left on Illicks Mill Rd at Baseball park . 1/2 mile to park on the right directly across from Pennsylvania Playhouse parking in between community pool and Ice Skating rink.