Some of us may be trying to sneak in that last minute vacation before school starts . But then the question remains, what to do with Fido? For those of you who don't have a small petting zoo as I do , Florida may be the place to go! Florida has 582 dog friendly cities for that last minute vacation. Here are just a few:
Key West- this city has 8 pet friendly hotels and resorts. Some of them are very nice ones including Banana Bay Resort, and the Westin Key West Resort and Marina. More reasonable priced ones would include Best Western Key Ambassador Key Inn and Sheraton Suites Key West. This city has many pet friendly things to do like Lazy Dog Kayak,(where Fido rides with you in the front of the kayak), Key West Dog Beach, and Key West Charters Eco-charters( where your pooch and the ships captains golden retriever usually comes along). And if you're looking for a place for Fido to dine with you, you should try the New York Pasta Garden, Sarabeths, and Schooner Wharf Bar among many others.
Orlando - This city has over 78 pet friendly hotels. This list includes the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal, and Omni Orlando Champion Resort. They have many dog parks here for Fido to run like Avalon Park, Lake Eola Park and also the downtown Orlando Farmers Market. For eats, try the Relax Grill, Wildside BBQ and Grill, and the Boston Coffeehouse among others. Orlando has 49 pet friendly restaurants in all! A pets paradise!
Tampa- This city boasts 57 pet friendly hotels, These include the Seminole Hark Rock Hotel and Casino, the Westin, and the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk. It has 16 dog parks, including Picnic Island Dog Park, Davis Island Dog Park, and Lake Park. One of the nicer dog friendlier places to eat here is Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Here guest can arrive by car and boat. They have stainless steel water dishes, a clean up station, free doggy treats and a dog menu with Frostypaws and Mr. Barksmith Smoothies. Also Grill Smith in Carrolwood is nice.
Jacksonville- This city has 65 pet friendly hotels. This would iclude the Sheraton Jacksonville, Hotel Indigo, and Aloft Jackonsonville Tapestry park. For pet friendly things to do here you can go to one of many dog parks including the Confederate Point Dog Park, Dogwood Park, and Julington Creek Animal Walk. It boasts pet friendly eateries, 36 in all , like the upscale The Brick Restaurant, and the Taverna where they bring you water and treats for your dog. For dessert visit Bruester's Real Ice Cream where they will bring you a free sundae with crumbled dog bones on top for their furry customers.
Fort Lauderdale- This city has 64 pet friendly hotels in all including the Westin Beach Resort, II Lugano Suite Hotel, and LaQuinta Inn. For places for Fido to go they have the Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach which boasts dog bags, water and beach showers. Then there is Snyder Dog Swim and Bark Park that has a fenced in dog friendly beach with a clean lake for swimming. Some of their 39 pet friendly places to eat are the YOLO which has an outdoor lounge for you and your dog with a firepit and the H20 Cafe where you and your pet can dine on a large oceanfront patio.
All these things make Florida a truly dog friendly destination!