Tampa has become quite the paw-gressive city in recent years with no shortage of pet friendly spots in the area. We rounded up the top 5 dog parks in the Bay so you can choose the one that’s right for you and your furry friend! For the full experience, make sure to check out our Signature Scoop “Top 5 Dog Parks in Tampa” vlog.
Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park
First up is Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park in Channelside. A huge draw for this park is that it’s completely shaded, making it the most popular in the Tampa metro area. Rain or shine this park stays cool and dry! It’s astroturf surface means no muddy paws after a long day of play. A dedicated area for large and small dogs ensures your pup won’t be mingling out of their weight class. Exciting agility obstacles decorate the large run areas, designed for hours of fun! This park has plenty of picnic seating for owners with nearby bathrooms and ample parking.
Curtis Hixon Dog Park
If waterfront views and a city feel is your thing, you need to check out Curtis Hixon Dog Park! This park’s humble size makes it a great hang for smaller breeds. While the park itself is not shaded, it does provide some covered seating for owners. It’s downtown location is steps from everything the Tampa Riverwalk has to offer with great restaurants and entertainment close by! Your pup will love the many obstacles they have to navigate while enjoying the fresh bay-front air. The best parking for Curtis Hixon Dog Park is at the William F. Poe Parking Garage, just a short walk away.
Queenie’s Dog Park
Tucked away at Water Works Park you’ll find Queenie’s Dog Park, nicely shaded by lots of trees. The hilly terrain and natural touches give this park a real outdoorsy feel. The 80% rubber, 20% astroturf flooring won’t heat up under your pup’s paws or give way to dirt and mud. This park features a large shelter with plenty of picnic seating for owners who can kick back and relax while their dog explores. Queenie’s is walking distance from the Riverwalk with bathrooms and dog friendly restaurants nearby. Street parking is easy to find with more parking options available at Armature Works next door.
Davis Island Beach Dog Park
Our fourth stop is Davis Island Beach Dog Park with two pup friendly opportunities. This park features a large fenced in area with lots of room for your dog to burn off some energy. If the scarcity of shade becomes too much to handle in the Florida heat, the off-leash pet beach across the street is the perfect spot to cool down! Here you’ll always find pups splashing along the shore while their owners soak up the sun and gorgeous downtown views in the distance. Davis Island Beach is great for a local family outing so feel free bring the whole gang!
Picnic Island Beach Dog Park
Last on our list is Picnic Island Beach Dog Park, an off-leash retreat for dogs! This dog beach features a much larger fenced in area with more than enough room to roam. The grounds are well maintained with easy access to both restrooms and parking. Table seating is provided for owners who will enjoy a day at the beach with their best friend in tow. After a long day of play, take advantage of the park’s free dog washing station. Pro tip: make the trip to Picnic Island around sunset for stunning oceanfront views!
To see each of these parks through our lens, pop over to our accompanying vlog: