This article is part of our Road Trip for Good series with the incredible humans behind the popular 2 Traveling Dogs! Each week they will share their adventure in a new state, and their pups, Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake, will pick their favorite "Marked Territories." Each state will highlight one special rescue organization that is doing fantastic work to help the dog community. For more detailed coverage, be sure to visit 2TravelingDogs.com!"
When you think of Florida, you are likely to think of palm trees and white sandy beaches. But Florida has so much more to offer dog parents including unique hiking trails, dog-friendly stores, accommodations and water-front dining.
1. Davis Island Dog Beach
This dog beach welcomes dogs off leash to have their fun in the sun! Davis Island Dog Beach has two fenced in areas and wonderful views of nearby Peter O. Knight Airport and Downtown Tampa. Doggie water stations and picnic tables make for a comfortable way to get cool from the Florida heat with friendly dogs and people! There is also a separate “dry” area overlooking the ocean for dogs that want to get away from the crowds or who aren’t fans of water.
2. Captain Jack's Bar And Grill
This restaurant has an old Florida feel with the largest tiki bar in the area. Your dog will enjoy the dog-friendly patio overlooking the water and breath-taking sunsets. Captain Jack's always has the freshest seafood from local fishermen. If you are a boater, park your vessel here, and come enjoy live music and food with your dog!
3. Little Manatee River State Park
Little Manatee River State Park is what Florida was before strip malls and traffic. It is one of the few rivers in Florida that was never significantly dredged or altered by canals or mining operations. Hike into the woods with your dog overlooking the Manatee River and maybe even catch a glimpse of the beautiful sea cows that this park is named after. There are two looped trails offering three and six mile options. Make sure to bring lots of bug spray and water for both you and your dog.
4. Keel and Curly Winery
A dog-friendly winery in Florida? This
is perfection. Specializing in blueberry, fruit and fusion wines, this winery boasts a large tasting room, outdoor area and patio where your dog is welcome! They even host regular “Wine To The Rescue” events to find homes for dogs in the area.
. Health Mutt
Every dog deserves healthy snacks and a little pampering! Located in the historic district of Seminole Heights in Tampa, Florida, about 10 minutes north of Downtown, is Health Mutt, the neighborhood's premier natural pet market and dog wash. A store praised by locals for their support of rebuilding this tight knit community, this is THE place to make your dog feel special. Unique gifts, treats, food and apparel galore, with a knowledgeable staff who will always remember your dog’s name.
6.Cape Escape Vacation Rentals
Cape San Blas beaches are regularly ranked some of the best pet friendly beaches in the USA. At Cape Escape Vacation Rentals, you get a dog friendly beach and accommodations all at the same place. All of their clean and spacious rentals are pet friendly and welcome large and small dogs. Visit nearby dog-friendly Apalachicola and eat dinner at one of the many dog-friendly restaurants serving some of the best oysters in the world.
Brickle and Digby's Paw-Picked Florida Rescue: AnimalLuvr's Dream Rescue
AnimalLuvr’s Dream Rescue has a mission to rescue and care for dogs, cats and other animals that are critically ill and/or injured. Many of these animals are strays, abandoned, abused, or neglected. These animals would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of owners, funding or space. Find your new best friend to hike with, swim with and relax with in the Florida sunshine. Visit their Facebook page
for current adoptables!
Be sure to check 2 Traveling Dog's pupcoming schedule to see if Brickle and Digby will be in your neighborhood!