5 Best Dog Friendly Activities in Tampa Bay

Top 5 Dog Friendly Activities in Tampa Bay

After the incredible amount of love we received on the post for Grace’s Birthday, I figured I would write another post relating to her. More and more cities are becoming increasingly dog friendly. Since we currently live in the Tampa Bay Area, I wanted to share our top 5 dog friendly spots in the Tampa Bay area.

1. Tampa Bay Riverwalk

Dog Friendly
Map of the Tampa Riverwalk

In the heart of downtown Tampa, the roughly 2.5-mile path along the Bay offers a number of dog friendly restaurants, bars, and shopping. One of our favorite spots along the Riverwalk is The Sail Pavilion, which has water bowls and doggy ice cream for your four-legged friends! You can find The Sail right next to the Tampa Convention Center, be sure to check out their schedule because they have live music, karaoke, and trivia every week!


2. Hyde Park Village

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Hyde Park Fountain via tripadvisor.com

Historic Hyde Park Village is also in downtown Tampa and is one of the most dog friendly places in the Tampa area. Over the past year, the area has added 5 restaurants and probably 10 or more shops! It only spans a couple blocks, but some of our favorite places to go including Timpano and Bartaco are both dog friendly restaurants. All of the shops are pet friendly and some even have water bowls for their furry patrons. Downtown dogs is your place to stop and get an extra special treat for your dogs. Hyde Park also has block parties and other fun events throughout each month. There was a dog luau this past April!


3. Dog Friendly Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches
Swimming at Fort Desoto with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the background

Clearwater Beach, Treasure Island, and St. Pete’s beach are some of the best beaches in the area for people, but Davis Island and Fort Desoto both have dog friendly beaches. Davis Island is just a few blocks from Hyde Park is a beach on Hillsborough Bay. The beach is sheltered, so it won’t get too wavy. The beach isn’t very big so it gets crowded, but it is a very fun atmosphere because all of the dogs are having so much fun. Fort Desoto dog beach is south of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico. The dog friendly stretch of beach is much larger than Davis Island, but being directly on the Gulf, it can get wavy. The park also has a HUGE dog park, so your dog can run around and dry off before getting back in your car.


4. Yappy Hour at Tampa Bay’s Breweries

Coppertail Brewing Co. via setthetrotline.com
Coppertail Brewing Co. via setthetrotline.com

The Tampa Bay area is home to some really fantastic craft breweries. Some of our favorites are Coppertail, Cigar City, and Tampa Bay Brewing Co. There are more breweries and almost all of them are dog friendly! So if you’re in the mood for a flight of beer you don’t have to leave Sparky at home!

5. Bark in the Park

Dog Friendly Parks
Grace at Little Manatee River State Park

There are a number of state parks and hiking trails within 30 minutes of downtown Tampa, all of which are dog friendly. Some of the best for hiking with your dog include Hillsborough River State Park, Alafia River State Park, Lettuce Lake Park, and Little Manatee River State Park.

Dog Friendly Parks
Grace at Little Manatee River State Park

Our favorite is Little Manatee River State Park because the trail can be 3 miles or 6 miles depending on if you do a full or half loop. The trails include spots of water where your dogs can safely swim since you can see the bottom and the current isn’t too strong. The only downside is that it gets very muddy when we get a lot of rain.


If you’re from the Tampa area or just visiting with your dog be sure to check out these spots! If you are traveling somewhere else from Tampa and need a dog sitter my wife Mallory is highly recommended on rover.com you can get $20 your first rover stay by using the promo code “Doggiesnkitns20”

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