In a world full of playgrounds for kids to let off steam, it’s fun to see more options of playgrounds for dogs popping up all over town where dog mom’s and dad’s can now bring their four legged kids to escape the couch, unleash some energy and have the “ultimutt” fun. Each one offers something paw-sitively unique to the other so whatever you’re looking for in your dog park experience, there’s one out there for you. Has your dog been going through a rough pooch lately? Why not raise the woof to these awesome dog parks around town and find out what’s in store. Get ready to have a howling good time you will never fur-get and have a fur-bulous day (or night) out on the town at one of these options!
BrewHound Dog Park + Bar – 1848 Kings Circle South, Neptune Beach – BrewHound in
Neptune Beach is an incredibly unique park for dogs and their humans to mix and mingle outdoors in the Florida sunshine. BrewHound welcomes the opportunity to unleash the fun inside the fenced park known as The Yard. Access to The Yard is member based with rates offered for daily, monthly or annual membership. The Yard includes turf grass, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, cool shady areas, a doggie splash pad, seating for the humans and “ruffarrees” to assist in ensuring a safe environment. BrewHound also has “The Porch” where you will find the concession style bar chock full of local craft beer on tap, wine on tap, Bold Bean specialty coffee, Yum Cha Tea & more. Membership is not required to enter The Porch and dogs on a leash are welcome! There’s always events happening which is great for meeting new people and for “puppy love” too! Proof of up-to-date rabies and distemper vaccinations required on first visit.
Kanine Social – 580 College Street, Jax, FL – Kanine Social is a favorite hangout for inland dog owners looking for a doggie date! Kanine Social features a 5,000 sq ft indoor, climate controlled park, making play dates possible regardless of the weather. There’s also a 10,000 sq ft outside play area, separate play areas for small dogs, three bathing stations with low price bath options and craft beverage bar for beer and coffee. Looking for doggie daycare? Kanine Social has a team of highly trained personnel who would love to spend the day pampering your four-legged babies with a number of daycare packages available. But wait, there’s more! Going out of town and can’t take Fido with you? Kanine Social has boarding too and they won’t be cooped up in a kennel … they will join their friends in daycare and have lots of fun ruffin’ around the park. Find boarding prices here . Monthly events and private parties are also available.
Atlantic Beach Dog Park – 268 Aquatic Drive, Atlantic Beach – Atlantic Beach Dog Park includes a swimming pond, dog rinsing station, drinking stations and benches. Dogs are permitted to be off leash once inside the park PLUS there’s a small dog section as well as large dog section. The park is open from 7:30a.m. to dusk, 7 days a week. Just plan ahead as there are no restrooms available for the humans! The annual fee is just $50 for one dog and $25 for each additional. More information on Atlantic Beach Dog Park can be found here.
Abess Dog Park – 12473 Abess Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL – Abess Dog Park is a new hangout for dog owners to get their furry family members out of the house for some exercise. Abess, located off Atlantic Blvd. and Girvin Road, is accessible seven days a week from dawn to dusk at no cost. Large dogs can frolic in a loop trail in the wooded area as well as the open field to play freely. Small dogs have their own shaded grassy field.
Dog Wood Park – 7407 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL – Dog Wood Park is the newest dog park in Jacksonville. Located on Jacksonville’s southside it is home to a fully fenced facility with 42 Acre lake allowing our furry friends some lake swimming, 10 acres of hiking trails and a designated small dog area. Dog Wood is perched a few blocks south of Dave & Busters near I-95 and Butler Blvd. and is lighted from 7pm-10pm daily for some great nighttime play. Membership to the park is not required but having a membership will save you lots of money if you plan to visit frequently.
Have a pup-ular dog park you love? Tell us about it. Been to one of these parks and had a howling good time? We want to know that to. Tell us in the comments!
Jenn Heller is the Operations and Marketing Manager with The Volen Group, Keller Williams Luxury International, with over 17 years experience in Real Estate. She is a Jacksonville resident via Long Island, NY since 1991, a crafter, chalk painter and an avid fitness enthusiast.