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Dog Friendly Things to Do

We understand that pets can be just as important as human family members. Luckily, we have off-leash dog parks in Central Florida throughout Polk County, including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Auburndale and Davenport.

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Dog Friendly Hotels

If your visit includes an overnight stay, you won’t have to leave your four-legged friend at home. Many of our hotels, vacation rental homes and Airbnbs are pet-friendly too! Check out our Dog Friendly Spots in Central Florida blog.

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Restaurants and breweries that offer outdoor seating tend to be dog friendly but double check with a phone call before you go. Grove Roots Brewing Co. in Winter Haven is dog friendly inside as well as outside, and they have food trucks onsite. You can also take Fido to Fire Restaurant or Harborside in Winter Haven.

If you’re in Lakeland, Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Red Door Lakeland, The Joinery, Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro and Patio850 welcome dogs as well.

Dog Friendly Hiking Trails

You’ll find dog friendly hiking trails in Central Florida at Colt Creek State Park and Lake Kissimmee State Park, as well as most of our County Parks (Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland is the exception). However, beware of alligators. Remember, you are visiting Central Florida, so if there is a lake or swamp on property, there’s a good chance alligators will be there too.

Another dog friendly place to hike is Bok Tower Gardens, which offers plenty of sights and smells for your four-legged friend. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are permitted with a $10.00 entry fee.

Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Central Florida

Most Central Florida campgrounds are dog friendly, including Camp Margaritaville in Auburndale and Resort at Canopy Oaks in Lake Wales.

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Simmers-Young Park

Playground area at Simmers-Young Park in Winter Haven, FL

A recreational park with multi-purpose and soccer fields, picnic facilities, fishing pond, dog park and…

Address: 339 American Spirit Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-534-4340

Lake Crago Dog Park

Bark Park

North Lakeland dog park located just south of Interstate 4.

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

Swan Brewing

tap wall at Swan Brewing in Lakeland, FL

Swan Brewing features 30 taps of craft beer, live music and food trucks. The brewery…

Address: 115 W Pine St
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-703-0472

Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle Park

Auburndale Dog Park

Auburndale dog park at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, near Polk Parkway exit 18.

Address: 318 Denton Ave.
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-965-5545

Bok Tower Gardens

Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-1408

Dog Leg Woods

Sign at Dog Leg Woods Dog Park in Lakeland, FL

South Lakeland dog park near Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

Address: 3326 Cleveland Heighs Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-834-2233

Bonnet Springs Park

Drone image of Bonnet Springs Park located in Lakeland, FL

Bonnet Springs Park, open as of October 2022, is located in Lakeland along the I-4…

Address: 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-413-0652

John C. “Doc” Haromy Dog Park

Bark Park

Lake Wales dog park with two enclosed areas: one for large dogs and one for…

Address: 783 S. 9th St.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-4182

Jensen’s Corner Bar

Jensen's Corner Bar

Jensen's Corner Bar in downtown Winter Haven serves craft beer, wine and premium cocktails. Adler's…

Address: 100 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-298-6755


People and vendor tents along Kentucky Ave. in downtown Lakeland during Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.

Downtown Farmers Curb Market

Local vendors line the streets and neighboring boutique shops are open in downtown Lakeland on Saturday morning.

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Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of gardens, the 20-room El Retiro…

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kids playing outside Grove Roots Brewing Company in WInter Haven, FL

Grove Roots Brewing Co.

Grove Roots Brewing Co. produce artisanal ales inspired by the local Florida culture and influenced by rich heritage and community…

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Dog Friendly Spots in Central Florida

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