Pet Friendly Parks & Recreation

Pet Friendly Places to Play with your Pet in Pinellas County
Including parks, beach and recreation areas

“If your dog poops, please scoop!”

Love to exercise your dog but the yard’s not big enough?  On vacation and don’t know where your dog is allowed to be paw loose and fancy free?  Want a roomy, safe, no-hassle place to spend some time with your canine pal?

Here’s a list of pet friendly places to play in Pinellas County, including beaches and dog parks, where your dog is welcome to romp.  Some locations require leashes, others don’t.  Because I can’t visit each one of these on a regular basis, I would appreciate your help in keeping this list up to date.  If you know of a pet friendly place to play and it is not listed here or know of one listed that is now closed or restricted, please email me at

Although Pinellas County boasts many dog parks and many parks that allow dogs, please be careful not to allow your dog to swim in freshwater lakes as many of them contain alligators who would love to feast on your pet.

BelleairBelleair Causeway Between West Bay Drive and Gulf Blvd.

Dogs can play unleashed in this unfenced area of the causeway as long as they are in voice control or it’s back on the leash.  Water shoes are suggested.

Clearwater – Sand Key Park and Paw Playground

Located at 1060 Gulf Blvd.  Offers picnic shelters with grills, a playground, water fountains and a restroom.  Parking for the Paw Park is about 1 mile through the parking lot of this 95 acre Pinellas County park.  There’s a parking charge of $1.25 per hour.  Note:  dogs are not permitted on the beach portion of this park.


Clearwater – Crest Lake Park, Doggie Paws

Located at 201 S Glenwood, on the northeast corner of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue.  This park opened in 2003.  Offers three separate fenced in areas, benches, hand parking, phone, restrooms and trash cans.

Clearwater – Enterprise Dog Park

Located at 2671 Enterprise Road on a 20 acre tract just east of US 19.  Open daily sunrise to sunset.  There are two fenced areas, looped trails, agility course, exercise equipment, fountains, doggie bags, trash receptacles and a dog washing area.  Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department manages this dog park.  For more information call 727-562-4800.  While not on the water, this is a nice dog park and it is kept in beautiful condition, opened in November 2009.  Friendly people, friendly dogs for the most part.  The park is huge and the trails are fun to walk on in addition to the big play areas.  The parking lot is not huge for the popularity of the park.  On weekends when the bank next door is closed, you can park there.

Clearwater – Courtney Campbell Causeway

Located on the Clearwater side of Courtney Campbell, near the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and McMullen booth Road.  They charge $10 per car and $15 for oversized vehicles.  The dogs must be on a leash.  Bring your own poop bags and water.  There is no concession stand or bathrooms either.  Police are on duty there to take your money and tell you where to park.  Bring water shoes as there ar lots of rocks in the water.  The beach sand is nice, but no shade down there at all.

Dunedin – Pet beach at Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park is located at #1 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin.  Dogs are allowed in designated areas of the park, such as the picnic area, the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail.  Pets must be on a 6-foot hand-held leash at all times.


Directions:  Take the Dunedin Causeway/Curlew Road/Route 586 to the Honeymoon Island State Park entrance; then just follow the signs for the dog beach.  Palm Harbor is right next to Dunedin, but technically, this park is in Dunedin

The entry fee for the park is $8 per car.  You have to pay this fee to access any areas of the park, including the “dog beach.”  Dogs are not allowed on the ferry to Caladesi Island because dogs are not allowed on the island.

The dog park area has trash cans, a couple of benches and poop bag dispenser and there are phones, picnic tables, water facilities and restrooms around the rest of the island.  This is a popular spot, often crowed, but dogs and their guardians are usually well-behaved.

Dunedin – Happy Tails Dog Park

Located on Garrison.  To get there, take Belcher to Solon, located between Curlew and Main Street.  Turn west on Solon to Garrison.  On Garrison make a right (north).  Follow sign to Dog Park

Gulfport Dog Park

Located inside Chase Park at 54th Street and 28th Avenue South.  Offers separate areas for small and large dogs.  For more information, call 727-893-7335.

Indian Rocks BeachIndian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve Dog Park

Located between 8th and 9th Avenues, this is a small fenced area of Indian Rocks Beach nature Preserve.  Open dawn to dusk.  Since the City of Indian Rocks Beach requires a $50 non-resident fee to use this park, Florida visitors should try the Seminole – Boca Ciega Millenium Park, paw Playground.

Largo – Largo Paw Place

Located inside Largo’s “Northeast Park” on East Bay Drive.  Offers agility equipment, a walking path, bathrooms, drinking fountains and a dog drinking fountains.  There is a fenced area where the dogs can run off-leash.

Largo – Walsingham Park

Located at 12615 102nd Ave N.  Once you enter the park, travel 0.3 mile to the second stop sign, for parking at the dog park.  Offers grills, picnic tables, water fountains, restrooms, and a boat launch area.  This is a 354-acre Pinellas County park.  You can enter from Walsingham Road or 102nd Ave N.

Largo – Taylor Reservoir Park and Pinellas Trail

Located on 8th Avenue SW.  According to a few area residents, this is one of several city and county parks that have a well-marked walking path that people use for their own exercise or to walk dogs on 6-foot leashes.  It has no official facilities for dogs and no beach, but is a very nice park and has a great walking path and a separate entrance to the Pinellas Trail.  Offers parking and picnic/barbecue area,playgrounds, benches and public restrooms.  Directions:  Take Duhme road, travel 7.0 miles north on Duhme/113th/Ridge/Clwr-Largo Road, turn left onto 8th Avenue SW, then travel 0.3 mile to park entrance on left.  SAFETY ALERT:  keep dogs out of the water as alligators do reside in this area.

Madeira Beach – Bicentennial Park

Located between the Tom Stuart Causeway and Madeira Beach Middle School.  If you turn into the Madeira Beach Middle School driveway, at the sign reading “School Traffic Only. No Thru Traffic,” and turn right again onto the access road, you’ll be just a short distance from a nice park on the water.  Locals let their dogs run loose here as there’s water access that’s used for dog-swimming.  Note:  This is not an “official dog park” and you MUST clean up after your dog at all times—something you should, of course, do at ALL dog parks, no matter the location.

Oldsmar – Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve

Located at 423 Lafayette Blvd., in northern Pinellas county.  This 300-plus-acre preserve has a fenced dog park and offers picnic shelter, canoe launch, parking, restrooms.

Palm Harbor, John Chestnut Sr. Park

Located at 2200 East Lake Road, adjacent to Lake Tarpon.  This park offers 255 acres and is used by people from Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs (north Pinellas county) as well as residents of Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Pets must be a on 6-foot leash in all areas except for the Paw Playground which offers small and large dog areas, lots of shade, a cool off area with water and poop bags.  The park offers nature trails, picnic shelters, boat ramp, fishing pier, grills, various sporting facilities, water fountains, and restrooms.  Directions: take US 19 to Tarpon Ave head east to East Lake Road, then left, heading south until you see the park on the right.

Seminole – Boca Ciega Millenium Park, Paw Playground

Located at 12410 74th Ave N (Old Oakhurst Rd). This Pinellas County park sits on 184.6 acres

St. Petersburg – Abercrombie Park

Located on Park Street at 38th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.  This park goes ¼ mile to the water, with a small beach.  There is a boardwalk over a small woodland area.  Local dog owners let their dogs run loose on the beach, but has been told guests should keep their dogs on a lease to keep nearby residents happy.  If you want to wade in the water with your dog, wear shoes (old sneakers, sport sandals, etc.), as there are lots of rocks and broken shells under the water.

St. Petersburg/Tierra Verde – Fort DeSoto Paw playground and Beach


Buddy Enjoying Fort DeSoto Doggie Beach

Located at Pinellas Bayway off Anderson Road, past the Tropicana dome, at the far end of the pier’s parking lot in Ft. DeSoto Park.




Look Mom, I found a new friend!

The dog portion of Fort DeSoto beach is a beautiful, unfenced 200-yard stretch.

The Paw Playground park itself is nice and basic, although most people rank it as the best dog beach in the Tampa Bay area.  Showers and drinking water are provided.  Enter the front gate by the parking lot, take your do off-leash, walk through the L-shaped park to the back gate.  Go out the back gate, down a short sandy path and onto the perfect beach for dogs and people.  NO LEASHES REQUIRED!

UPDATE: as of 01-14-12:  There is now a $5 entry fee to this dog park

St. Petersburg – Walter Fuller Park

Located at 7901 30th Ave N. Directions: Go 8 blocks south of Abercrombie Park and turn left onto 30th Avenue.  This road leads in a few blocks to a free parking lot.  Park the car and walk the dogs to the right of the parking lot to the fenced dog park.

This dog park is in a busy, popular local park.  The sidewalk around the perimeter of the park is marked as a 2.5 mile walking trail.

St. Petersburg – Crescent Lake Park and Huggins-Stengel Baseball Complex

Located at 1320 5th St N, off 15th Avenue, the fenced dog park is in a nice residential neighborhood park with a lake and plenty of watering stations for the dogs.  Directions:  Go west on 22nd from 4th Street and take a right on 7th Street.  The dog park area is at the back of the park, between the tennis courts and ball field.  BE CAREFUL.  ALLIGATORS ARE POSSIBLE HERE!


St. Petersburg – Coquina Key Dog Park

Located at 3595 Locust St. SE, off Wahoo Drive.  Enter park, drive past fields, playground, and skating boarding area, and turn left.  Dog park is to the right of the tennis courts.

St. Petersburg – North Shore Park

Located at 7th Avenue and North Shore Dr. NE.  This park is one in a series of beautiful waterfront parks facing Tampa Bay.  There’s about 3 miles of paved sidewalk along the waterfront, from Vinoy Park to Coffee Pot bayou, for a beautiful walk with your dog.  There are some walking trails beyond that.
Offers drinking fountains, benches and nearby public restrooms.

St. Petersburg – Freedom Lake Park, Paw Park

Located off 102nd Avenue

This park is like a big, fenced in backyard with some trees and benches.  Poop bags and trash cans are available along with a water fountain for people and dogs and shower spigot.  There is a small dog section and a large dog section separated by one wall of fence.  The park itself has nice walking trails that surround two small lakes.  There is a playground and lots of covered picnic areas on the park grounds.  This park is a nice place to take your dog to run in the fenced area or to walk around the lakes.

St. Petersburg – Lake Vista Park

Located at 1401 62nd Ave S.  The dog park entrance is on the left.

St. Petersburg – Gandy Beach

1.5 mile area on the St Petersburg side of Gandy Bridge

This area is a mixture of beach and mangroves with a wading area that extends for 20 feet or more before the water gets deep.  It’s best to keep dogs leased due to the lack of a fence and the traffic on Gandy Blvd.  This can be a good place for a family outing if you want to your grill, camper, tent, kayak or boat.

Tarpon Springs – Paws Playground in Anderson Park

Located off 66th St/Route 19.  A.L. Anderson Park is a Pinellas County park located on Lake Tarpon with 128 acres.  Hours 7 a.m. to sunset.

Paws Park is the second drive on the right once you enter Anderson Park.  Has fence, separate areas for small and big dogs, water fountain, benches, handicapped access, lighting, parking, poop bags, restrooms, picnic tables, shelters, grills, water, trails, and access to the lake.  Users say that the pets are permitted throughout the park.

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