Dog Parks in the Orlando Area for a Fur-Stuffed Day Date
If you were born in Orlando or have lived there for a long time, you know that the people of Orlando really love their four-legged friends! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of dog-friendly things to do in the city, including Orlando’s dog parks.
There are some fantastic dog parks throughout Orlando where you can take your favorite furry friend on a day date. Don’t worry, most of these dog parks are part of larger parks and have plenty for your two-legged companions too. Bring your significant other or girlfriend, or even plan a play date with friends and their pups. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a fun day with your pup!
Orlando dog parks
Barber Dog Park
3701 Gaitlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32812
Open daily 8am – 8pm (Spring/Summer), 8am – 6pm (Autumn/Winter)
Barber Dog Park may not have a lake to paddle the dog in, but it does have agility equipment and lots of open green for running. The park offers water fountains for dogs and owners. This dog park has separate areas for small and large dogs, each with their own agility equipment. A shelter with picnic table is also available.
Park of the Americas
201 Andes Ave, Orlando, FL 32807
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m
Park of the Americas is a newer off-leash park that offers off-leash space and a dog-walking track and trail. The park offers water bowls and a hybrid fountain to keep your dog hydrated during the hottest summer months. This dog park offers separate areas for small and large dogs, allowing them to play together and roam freely within fenced areas. Bag dispensers and wastebaskets are provided to help guests pick up their pooches. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the rest of the park.
Downey Dog Park
10107 Flowers Ave, Orlando, FL 32825
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Downey Dog Park offers shade and seating for pet parents and large exercise areas for dogs large and small. The park’s playgrounds are separated by size, but each offers enough space to play. Dog water stations are available to keep your dogs cool and hydrated. Unlike other parks, Downey Dog Park offers a time-out pen. This is a great feature for dissipating an overstimulated dog’s energy or separating two dogs who are getting excited.
899 Coy Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Open daily 9am – 30 minutes before sunset
This fenced dog park has separate areas for small and large dogs. There are benches to rest, a portable toilet on site, and water fountains for both humans and dogs.
dr P Phillips Dog Park
8249 Buenavista Woods Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32836
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m
the dr Phillips Dog Park is part of the Dr. P. Phillips Community Park on the shores of Big Sand Lake. The park caters to pooches of all sizes with two separate fenced yards. While there is little shade at the dog park, there is plenty of space for pups to roam. Plus, you can walk pups on the community park’s fitness trails and explore the LongHorn Steakhouse Loop, which offers .6 miles of hiking and biking trails with marked posts that correlate with plants or wildlife.
In addition to the canine fun, the community park also offers a family splash area, soccer fields, a baseball field, a basketball court, volleyball courts, and a large playground.
Meadow Forest Park
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (summer), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (winter)
This fenced off-leash dog park is a convenient place to bring your pet for some exercise. Contains separate areas for large and small pets, water fountains and walkways. The dog park is part of the Meadow Woods Recreation Center, which offers a play area for children and relaxation areas for adults.
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Dog parks near Orlando that are worth the drive
If you live outside of the Orlando metro area or just want to venture out of your neighborhood for a day trip, here are some other dog parks in the area that are worth the drive and some fun activities nearby
Paw Park of historic Sanford
427 S French Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
This dog park in historic Sanford is well maintained and a fun place to bring your dog. It has plenty of space for your dog and some seating for the owners to relax in the shade. The park includes all the basic amenities like play equipment, dog washing stations, and drinking fountains. But it goes even further with some elaborate details. There are painted wooden art installations throughout the park, making this an especially fun place for a casual date with your dog. This park is ADA accessible and has a double gated entrance.
The location of this park is perfect for a day trip with your dog. After your pup builds up some energy, head to historic downtown Sanford, where there are many dog-friendly restaurants and breweries to enjoy.
Next door is Pet Rescue by Judy and Paw Park Place, a grooming salon and pet supply store.
Doctors Dog Park
21 N Highland Avenue, Apopka, FL 32703
Open daily 8am – dark
Hey, don’t bark the wrong tree! This 750-foot by 300-foot, city-owned dog park features water fountains, a pet shower, benches, a pet memorial bridge, and most importantly, plenty of space for “man’s best friend” to romp and play.
After your fun dog day in the sun, stop by Three strange guys brewing to rehydrate and have a bite to eat.
Lake Balwin Park
2000 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m
This canine paradise is set on over 23 acres of land, complete with a lake and hiking trails. This park features a beach, surrounding trails for off-leash adventures, and a dog wash station. Lake Baldwin Park doesn’t just think about the dogs. There are picnic tables, gazebos, bathrooms and plenty of shade thanks to the many oak trees on the property.
Lake Baldwin Dog Park is perfect if you want to make a day out of your dog park adventure. It’s just up the road from the park Downtown Baldwin Park, which is walkable and has a variety of restaurants and bars that offer outdoor seating. With cool lake breezes in almost every spot that has outdoor seating, Baldwin Park has plenty of dog-friendly options to choose from.
Pawmosa Dog Park
140 Plumosa Avenue, Casselberry, FL 32707
Open daily dawn – dusk
Pawmosa Dog Park is a 1/2 acre shaded space designed just for playful pups! 6 foot fences and separate areas for large and small dogs ensure there is safe space for everyone! Each area features dog stations, trash cans, water stations, benches, fire hydrants, and even a time-out area for the occasional misbehaving pooch. All play areas are covered with wood mulch and park rule signs are posted at each entrance.
A small playground is right next door if the little ones need to come along, however pets are not allowed in the playground area.
Pawmosa Dog Park is just a stone’s throw from Hourglass Brewing in Longwood. In addition to the dog-friendly outdoor seating, you can also grab a bite to eat WakoTako which is right next door.
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Things to know about dog parks in Orlando
If you’ve never been to a dog park, there are some general rules and procedures that apply to all dog parks. Keep this in mind so you and your pup have a great day!
- Keep your dog on a leash until you take him to the dog park.
- Make sure you have your leash handy in case of an emergency.
- Dog parks are NOT dog daycares! Make sure you always stay in the park with your pup.
- Dogs must be up to date with their licenses and vaccinations. You want to keep your pup and others safe at all times.
- Dogs in heat, sick or aggressive should not visit dog parks.
- Pick up after your puppy. We know this can be a bit difficult at times when you are in a large park or there are many dogs around, but do your best. Having a bag in your pocket is great for unexpected pit stops.
- Do not bring food into the park. Other dogs may not be well mannered around people enjoying a meal and may act aggressively towards you if they pick up the smell of the food you are eating.
- While you can bring your own dog toys, such as tennis balls or flying discs, make sure there are no other dogs competing for them. Much like toddlers, untrained dogs can throw a little tantrum when they have to share their favorite toy.
Dog park trips are a fun way to bond with your dog and your partner, but only by following park rules can everyone play happily and safely together.