Now for the Ultimutt Experience

This edition has been packed with ideas and inspiration to get you out and about where you can catch a breath of fresh air. But what about the dogs? If you’re anything like me, nothing makes your adventures more perfect than being able to share them with your fur baby. 

There are some places you would think would allow dogs that, in actuality, don’t — Circle B Bar Reserve and Hollis Garden, both in Lakeland, are just two of those places, as well as Homosassa State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Luckily there are tons of great dog parks and regular parks that you can still enjoy with paws in tow.

Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 North

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed. Plus, there are countless activities you can participate in at this park, including paddling, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, geocaching, fishing, camping, and bicycling. 

Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and Beach

3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Along with a beautiful beach for dogs to enjoy, there are also two very large leash-free areas — one for small dogs and one for large ones. There are outdoor showers for rinsing, cleanup bags provided, and even fresh drinking water. 

If you’re more in the mood for something purely Fido-focussed, there are also many great dog parks, including the following popular ones:

  • DiOGi Dog Park at Loyce E. Harpe Park on Carter Road on the very southern edge of Lakeland
  • Dog Leg Woods Dog Park on Cleveland Heights Boulevard in Lakeland
  • Lake Crago Dog Park off Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland
  • Auburndale Dog Park on Denton Avenue in Auburndale

Your next adventure is waiting for you and your dog!

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