Parks, Trails & Beaches
david t. kennedy park
2400 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133
This park is large large, spacious and has a fenced in dog park - one for the little pups and one for the bigger pups. We love walking around the soft paved paths with our two guys and catching the bay breeze on the bridge towards the back. Bonus: A.C.'s Icees Frozen Lemonade truck! This Coconut Grove staple has been there for as long as I can remember. They have the best frozen lemonade so be sure to bring cash so that you can cool down with one!
3045 Shipping Avenue, Miami, FL 33133
This one is our favorite dog parks in Miami. Located in the heart of the Grove, this park contains astro-turf which is a plus, especially during the rainy season because the pups have little chance of getting muddy. Your dog is sure to have a blast here with so many dogs from around the neighborhood who come here on the daily as well as other visitors from outside the neighborhood. Parking can be scarce, so a good option is to park closer to cocowalk and walk from there.
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133
The Barnacle Historic State Park is a 5-acre Florida State Park in Coconut Grove. Built in 1891, it is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. Take a nice walk through this beautiful and dog-friendly park. It's a must-do if you're in the Grove! It starts with a shady walkway that leads to the village's most historic home and leads to it's magnificent back yard which has quite the view of Biscayne Bay! As mentioned on their website, "It is a great place to enjoy simple pleasures: A tour with new or old friends; a picnic on the lawn; walking with the family dog down a tree-lined path; or just rocking in a chair on the spacious front porch and watching the sailboats go by." They also hold many events in this park, many of which are specifically for our fur babies! Check out their website below for more info.
chapman field dog park
13601 Deering Bay Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33158
Chapman Field is such a cool place to take your pups! At first when you drive in it seems like an old abandoned baseball field, but drive further in down a gravel road and you will find a little parking lot where you can either park and drop a kayak into the canal leading to Biscayne Bay or you can park and walk deeper down the trail until it opens up into a HUGE fenced in field which is divided for big and little dogs. When I say HUGE, I mean... HUGE! There is also a huge tree in each area that provides plenty of shade for everyone and benches as well. If you're up for an even more adventurous trip with your pup head on out of the gates and into the trail that leads to the sandbar where there is so much ankle to knee deep water (depending on the tide) where you and your pups can cool off and have some salt water fun! Just BEWARE of crocodiles during mating season!
secret (unofficial) dog park
4800 Hammock Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33156
Coral Gables best hidden secret is now revealed. Hoping all the other savvy dog owners who come here for their secret escape don't hunt me down for this but, I just have to share with our wagboss followers and readers! Ever dream of a fence-free oasis which offers endless fields of lush grass, magnificent palms, and even a densely shaded path to explore? You have to check this place out! You can either google the address given above which will lead you into a coral gables gated community (it's a public street so you don't have to say anything to the guard - they are only there to take down your license plate number and open the gate), or you can scroll down to the "Trails" section below and start your journey into this amazing field at the Matheson Hammock Nature Trail listed below. Both entrances will lead you to the same field! Enjoy and you can thank us later!
Miami Beach botanical garden
2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a dog-friendly subtropical oasis of beauty and tranquility that is nestled in the middle of South Beach. Read our blog post (link below). This is not a dog park where the fur children can run where they please, so make sure that you keep them on a leash and out of the lush gardens!
Flamingo Bark Park
999 11th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Visit thel 39,900 square foot off-leash dog park that features two doggy play areas, one for smaller breeds and one for the bigger pups. Bark Park includes a drinking stations for peoples and their pets, biodegradable baggie stations, waste receptacles and lots of benches with plenty of shade for the hot summer months.
South Pointe Park
1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
Located on the southern most tip of South Beach, this parks views are worth millions! Catch a spectacular sunset from here and walk down the boardwalk while waving to the guests aboard the cruise ships heading out to sea. This park includes an off-leash dog park (with designated hours of sunrise to 10 am daily and 6 pm to 8 pm Mon-Fri). Be cautioned that this is not a gated park, so use your discretion before partaking in off-leash activities.
Washington Ave. Bark Park
201 2 Street, Miami Beach Florida
Located at the North East Corner of Washington Avenue & 2 Street, the park features two double gated dog runs, which allow owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into the play areas. Other amenities include benches, drinking fountains with doggy water spickets, waste collection and disposal containers.
Pinetree Bark Park
4400 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach Florida
Located within tranquil Pinetree Park adjacent Indian Creek, the dog park was recently re-sodded and features two double gated dog runs, which allow owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into the play areas. Other amenities include benches, drinking fountains with doggy water spickets, waste collection and disposal containers.
North Shore Open Space Park
Collins Avenue & 81 Street, Miami Beach Florida
Two separate dog run areas, benches, walking paths, waste receptacles, and doggy-bag dispensers. Outside of dog park area, there are adjacent restrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, BBQ grills, pavilions, fitness trail, playground, beach access and parking facilities. Overall size of dog park is 46,550 SF/1.02 acres, 1st Run: 20,775 SF/ .47 acres, 2nd Run: 25,775 SF/ .55 acres.
Matheson Hammock trail Coral Gables
Matheson Hammock Trail is a must do with your furry hiking buddy! It's located across Fairchild Botanical Garden and what you may have thought was a gravel over flow parking lot for the Garden is actually the start of a cool and shady trail that opens up to acres of open land perfect for your pup to frolic and run all over!
Commodore Trail takes you along historic South Miami Ave., Bayshore Dr., Main Highway and Douglas Road. We usually start our walk by The Historical Barnacle Park and head towards Douglas Road. We find that to be the shadiest walk surrounded by the Grove trees.
Old Cutler Trail
Old Cutler Trail takes you through the beautiful Coral Gables neighborhood along Old Cutler Road. A calm and beautiful walk under the Banyan trees will take you a very long way passed Matheson Hammock Park, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Pinecrest Gardens and The Deering Estate.
Hobie beach (Key Biscayne Dog Beach)
3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
In front of MAST Academy and just before Miami Seaquarium when you come from Miami.
Hobie is a great little beach where dogs can frolic the calm and shallow water, walk the shoreline and play fetch. You can go paddle boarding with you best friend here too! So Sup Key Biscayne rents out paddle boards, yolo yaks, chairs, umbrellas and even bikes! Street parking is located right next to the beach but getting there early is your best bet! Spaces fill up fast! And one more tip - bring water shoes.
10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154
Paradise for the humans and the pups! This is like going to South Beach, without the crazy parking situation. Here is some important info from MiamiDade.gov website: Beach Access on Dogs Beach Days: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in designated beach area between lifeguard tower #2 and #3 only. Dogs are welcome with their companions on the portion of the beach directly across from the bark park and accessible through parking lots #3 and #4. $2 user fee, per vehicle. Dog must be in vehicle.
Bark Beach, Miami Beach
North Shore Open Space Park
Collins Avenue & 81 Street, Miami Beach Florida
Between 80 & 81 Street Beach. East of the North Shore Open Space Park, entrance on Collins and 81 Street.
This is a must do on our list. However, a day pass is needed and if you aren't a Miami Beach Resident, it's $25 per dog daily or $200 for annual pass. See the City of Miami Beach's website for details.