Top 10 South Florida Dog Parks

Spending time with your dog is important; they're members of your family too, right?  South Florida Finds wouldn't leave out top recreation spots for your furry family member in our quest to locate the best family fun South Florida has to offer!   Whether you're a Florida native, a snowbird with a part-time Florida address, or simply a tourist looking to bring your pup along for the wild ride of a family vacation, we've compiled our own special list of the Top 10 South Florida Dog Parks for you to enjoy with Man's Best Friend.  Look to see if your favorite park made the list and if not, let us know in the comments!  For a full list of all of SFF's dog parks click here.

#10: Snyder Park (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -

This park has a little something for every member of the family, including your dog! A portion of Snyder's 93 dedicated natural acres is specifically dedicated to dog related activities! The park's lake features a special "doggy swimming" area for cooling down after frolicking through one of the two fenced areas or perhaps the agility course. Snyder Park is a must-see!

#9: Dr. Steven G Paul Dog Park (Coral Springs, FL) -

While most parks operate sunrise to sunset, the Dr. Steven G Paul Dog Park features extended hours -- 7:30am until 9:00pm nightly! With large and small dog areas, a well-paved path for jogging, agility courses and dedicated watering area and poop bag dispensers, this park has all of the basics covered.

#8: Rockdale Park (Miami, FL) -

Rockdale Park is a 100% devoted dog park, rather than the typical park-within-a-park model. This lush, green oasis offers acres and acres of space (it happens to be one the largest of the 14 parks in Miami-Dade county!) for dogs and their families to run about and spend time together. Leash and vaccination laws are in order, but just one romp around the duck pond and you'll be coming back for more!

#7: Tropical Park (Miami, FL) -

Once known for being an illustrious Horse Track (transformed into a park back in 1979), Tropical Park in Miami features a fabulous two acre dog park, split into two fenced areas divided by dog size (over and under 35 pounds). Both areas feature fun agility and exercise activities like tire jumps, ramps, window jumps and more! Pooper scoopers, doggy hydration areas, and doggy splash zones are provided, and walkways have been certified to be ADA accessible so that all members of the family can easily take part in the fun.

#6: West Kendall District Park (Miami, FL) -

This park boasts a dedicated, fenced-in dog park that boasts over 6.5 acres of doggy-friendly space! Small and large dog areas, training equipment, complimentary poop bags, canine drinking fountains and doggy misters are just some of the amenities featured here. Walkways are ADA accessible to ensure that EVERYONE can enjoy spending time outdoors with their fluffy companion.

#5: Canine Cove Dog Park (Boca Raton, FL) -

This gorgeous off-leash fenced play area is a haven for locals and a must-visit for dogs, both big and small (and they've even got a separate enclosed area for the little guys, adding peace of mind for worried dog parents!). Unique features of this park include ornate gazebos, plenty of drinking water areas for re-hydrating after hours of playtime. Strategically placed benches for dog parents allow families to extend their stay and take a break between play sessions.  The Dog Park is located within this awesome Mega park.

#4: Oakland Park (Oakland Park, FL) -

Oakland Park's fenced "Bark Park" is open daily from dawn until dusk. Featuring a separate area for small and nervous dogs to socialize, the Bark Park also features agility training equipment for skill honing and extra exercise. Visitors to the Bark Park often compliment its tidy, well-manicured appearance and they have increased the amount of grass in their main areas (which, in turn, decreases the potential for muddy paws in your backseat after an afternoon romp!). The Bark Park is a very short distance from Easterlin Park which features nature trails, camping, disc golf and much more!

#3: Marathon Dog Park (Marathon, FL) -

Located just adjacent to the Children's Rotary Park in Marathon Florida, the three acre Marathon Dog Park expansion was added to the facility in 2009, making it one of the nicest and newest dog parks in the area. A grass roots effort by the local dog lovers in the city, this dog park is frequented by some of the most passionate dog owners around! In addition to Rotary park amenities like picnic tables, restrooms, and playgrounds, the Marathon Dog Park features two fenced areas for off-leash dog play, divided by size (large and small). If you're looking to give your pup an outlet for exercise in the Marathon area and also looking to connect with a great group of dog owners, this is the park for you!

#2: Jupiter Dog Beach (Jupiter, FL) -

This picturesque, one of a kind dog beach runs along a gorgeous two and a half mile span of the sparkling Florida coast line. Romp in the sand with your four-legged friend, take a dip in the ocean, jog along the surf, dig holes for shells, and otherwise enjoy all the beauty that the beach and ocean have to offer! Please note that dogs must be leashed, and there are very stringent rules about owner cleanup (to be expected, when sand and water are involved!), but these reasonable rules are a small price to pay to experience beauty of this magnitude with your dog!

#1: Doral Meadows (Doral, FL) -

While the main focus of Doral Meadows is the children's park, there is definitely a hidden gem inside just waiting to be discovered! Accessible by bicycle or foot from the main area of Doral Meadows is the Trails and Tails Park, specifically for families with both animals AND children! This area is a one of a kind find, featuring cute playgrounds specifically for dogs and children! There are also additional shaded play areas for kids, just in case they're getting a little too much sun! If you've got a car-full of antsy kids and dogs, Trails and Tails at Doral Meadows is the perfect getaway for your family!

No matter the circumstances, your dog loves you unconditionally. Next time you're out and about, show him a little extra love in return by taking him to one (or more!) of the Top 10 South Florida Dog Parks. Whether they're small, large, looking for a vigorous trail run, a swim and a splash, or maybe just a bit of socialization with some new friends, your dog will surely benefit from the enrichment of visiting a dog park. No matter which of these amazing locations that you choose to visit, remember: time spent outdoors making memories with your best friend is always time well spent.

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