If you are a pet-lover like me, you're always on the lookout for places to go locally in Tampa Bay, where our dog friends are as welcome as their human companions, which is what has inspired me to research and post the local "Paw Spots" for Pinellas County:
- State Parks:
Pets are permitted in designated day-use areas at ALL Florida State Parks. They must be kept on a hand-held leash that is six-feet or shorter and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings, or concession facilities. Within individual parks, specific areas also may be designated as non-pet areas.
Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.
Pinellas County has the following great State Parks:
- Anclote Key Preserve State Park, # 1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698
727- 469 - 5942. Only accessible by private watercraft, there is a 19th Century restored lighthouse.
- Caladesi Island State Park, # 1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698
727-469-5918. Accessible by ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park, this park boasts the 2nd best natural beach in the nation.
- Egmont Key State Park, 4905 34th Street South, #5000 St. Petersburg, FL 33711
727- 893 - 2627
Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858.
- Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, 4905 34th Street South, #5000 St. Petersburg, FL 33711
727-865-0668. When the new Sunshine Skyway bridge was built over Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota, the old bridge was turned into the world's longest fishing pier.
- Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and beach Ft. DeSoto County Park
City: St. Petersburg, FL
Location: Pinellas Bayway
Features: Benches, tables, trees,parking, phones, restrooms, water, trash
comments = A portion of the beach is designated for dogs. A very scenic park with lots of things to do.
- Sand Key Paw Playground, 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater. 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.
- Crest Lake Park, Doggie Paws 201 Glenwood Ave, Clearwater. 33755
- John Chestnut Sr. Paw Park Playground 2200 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Just a few spots to get you out and enjoying our beautiful Florida Parks with your BEST FRIEND!
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