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The Perfect Vacation: Traveling with Pets to Tampa

Florida’s weather and easy going lifestyle is a natural draw for people who love dogs, making it easy to find fun things to do with pets in Tampa. With sunshine and sandy beaches, the state is tops for many dogs. Tampa, Florida is no exception. This bustling city combines the best of urban life with that trademark Florida sunshine for a spot unlike any other. If you find yourself traveling with pets to Tampa Bay, Florida, read up on all there is to do on our Tampa Travel Guide for pet owners. Plus, we’ve got a few tips for you on places to go and things to see that are completely dog friendly.

Following is a list of pet friendly beaches in and around Tampa Bay:

Owners love traveling with pets to Tampa with all the fun outdoor activities available

  • Fort DeSoto Park
  • Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin
  • Palma Sola Causeway
  • Juno Beach
  • Honeymoon Island State Park
  • Picnic Island Park
  • Caspersen Beach
  • Service Club Beach at Brohard Park
  • Bird Key Park
  • Ken Thompson Park, Sarasota
  • Apollo Beach

Off-leash dog parks are a great place to enjoy if traveling with pets to Tampa

First of all, we have to give a special Vacation Pet Friendly shout out to Tampa, Florida. The city is absolutely covered with dog parks. In researching this article, I came across a list so extensive, I turned to my chocolate Lab and said “That’s it ‘Mo, we’re going to Tampa!”  It has so many doggone dog parks, well, you have to wonder if every single resident of Tampa has dog. The dogs rule this city, and with 65 dog parks, Tampa sends a clear message that dogs are King in their fair city.  The cool thing about Tampa’s dog parks is that some of them are completely fenced dog beaches. There are so many fun things to do with pets in Tampa!

See list below.

Tampa’s Parks and Recreation department has set up rules and regulations for safe dog park behavior.

  • The only type of pets allowed to use the parks are dogs
  • To use the parks, dogs must be at least 4 months old
  • Dogs must always be attended by their owners
  • Two dogs per person are permitted to run off leash at any given time
  • Rawhide and other food is not allowed
  • Any dogs that are aggressive toward people as outlined by the Parks Dept. will be removed
  • Adults must supervise their children at all times
  • Dogs must remain on a leash while on the outskirts of the park
  • Dogs “in heat” are not to enter the park
  • Owners are responsible for their dogs and injuries caused by them
  • Owners must clean up after their pets
  • Owners must fill holes dug by their pets
  • Dogs must respond to voice commands

Pet-friendly restaurants make traveling with pets to Tampa easy

Tampa Bay also has a wealth of restaurants and bars where you and your dog can enjoy the good weather together. Sail Pavilion on the Tampa Riverwalk is an open-air, waterfront location with a full bar and menu featuring sandwiches and salads. This dog friendly establishment has its own dog menu! Now if you’ve ever given your dog Frosty Paws or Mr. Barksmith Doggie Smoothies, you know how much joy it brings your pup – these are on the menu at Sail Pavilion alongside free doggie treats.  You can access Sail Pavilion via car or boat.

At GrillSmith, if you happen to be in town on the third Tuesday of every month, you and your pup can attend the restaurant’s “Yappy Hour,” where former attendees report 15-20 friendly dogs in happy attendance alongside their owners enjoying a cocktail and some of the restaurant’s signature dishes like Firecracker Shrimp, Seared Ahi Tuna, and Chimichurri Steak.  GrillSmith has a huge and well appointed outdoor patio where patrons and their pooches can dine happily in the balmy weather of Tampa Bay.

Florida is an outdoor culture – and why wouldn’t it be with gorgeous weather, tropical vegetation and what feels like a beach around every corner. Tampa is no exception to this rule of Florida and there are plenty of things to do with your dog in a city so attuned to living outdoors. When it comes to pet friendly hotels – I am sure it will come as no surprise that a city with 65 dog parks also offers a wealth of truly amazing hotel options for people traveling with their dog to Tampa, Florida. From Riverfront hotels with gorgeous water views, to lodgings adjacent to Busch Gardens, to spots in close vicinity to Raymond James Stadium – Pet Hotels of America has your complete listing of the best pet friendly hotels in Tampa at the best rates. While you’re on the Pet Hotels of America site be sure to check out our directory of pet friendly airlines, car rental companies and even local doggie day care facilities. After all, if you want to hit up a Buccaneers or Devil Rays game, you’re going to need someone to watch your dog. Pet Hotels of America is committed to providing pet owners with a comprehensive listing of pet services in major U.S. cities.

Our Tampa Travel Guide has an extensive list of dog parks you may want to visit when traveling with pets to the area.

If you are traveling from out of town, remember, booking early is essential when traveling with pets. See what’s available today so you get the best deals. Start your search for pet friendly hotels in Tampa here. Then sit back and think of all the fun things you can do when you get there!

We wish you a wonderful Florida vacation!



Posted by Amy L. on Sep 8, 2011 in Blog, 1 comment
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