The 11 Best Dog Parks, Dog-Friendly Beaches, and Off-Leash Areas in Tampa, FL

Are dogs allowed on the beach in Tampa, FL? And how many dog parks are in Tampa? To find all of the best outdoor dog spots, check out the list below!


The sunny weather and gorgeous temperatures make Tampa a great place to be outdoors all year round! Whether you want to take your pup to a dog park to make friends, go for a run on a dog-friendly trail, or take a swim at the beach during those hot summer months… Tampa, FL is the place to be! And it's definitely a dog-friendly city!

We'll tell you all about the best on-leash and off-leash spots in town to take your pup, and what each one has to offer. Some have water. Some have shade. Some have fences, and some do not. But they'll all be great choices for a doggy fun day with your furry best friend.

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And whether you live in Tampa, FL, full-time, or you're just visiting on vacation with your precious pooch, you'll definitely want to know where to find the best local pet care professionals. Click here to check out dog walkers, cat sitters, pet groomers, and more—all in and around Tampa, FL. All of these featured businesses are licensed, highly recommended pet professionals who will love your cat or dog like their own.

But first things first… let's figure out where you're going to take your pup next!

Dog Parks in Tampa FL

The 11 Best Dog Parks, Dog-Friendly Beaches, and Off-Leash Areas in Tampa, FL:


  1. Al Lopez Dog Park
  2. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Dog Park
  3. Davis Island Dog Beach
  4. Davis Island Dog Park
  5. Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park
  6. The Dog Bar
  7. Fort De Soto Dog Park & Beach
  8. Gadsden Dog Park
  9. Honeymoon Island State Park
  10. Logan Gate Dog Park
  11. Pups Pub

Al Lopez Dog Park — 4810 N Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

Al Lopez Dog Park is a fully fenced-in off-leash dog park, located within the larger Al Lopez Park. This dog park has two separate sections for small dogs and large dogs. It is always well-maintained and clean. And there are both waste stations and water stations provided. And if you're ready for a little exploration, you and your dog can travel around the rest of the giant Al Lopez Park, as long as they remain on-leash.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Dog Park — 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Dog Park is located within Curtis Hixon Park. This dog park is fully fenced-in with clean turf grass and canine agility equipment. There are plenty of trees and bushes around the exterior. And the entire park is always well-maintained. This off-leash park provides water stations, waste stations, benches for the humans, and even a paved path around the park just inside of the fence. Better yet, Curtis Hixon Park is a waterfront park. Once your dog has had enough off-leash time, take them for a stroll on-leash down by the water for a beautiful view.

Davis Island Dog Beach — 864 Severn Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Davis Island Dog Beach is located right on the water of Davis Island. There is a small fenced-in off-leash dog run that is on the sand with some water access. If your pup needs to be contained, so they don't run off, this is the perfect spot for them to splash in the water. But if your pup can be trusted to stay nearby, you're also allowed to take them outside of the fenced-in area to play off-leash on the larger dog beach space.

Tampa Dog Park

Davis Island Dog Park — 1002 Severn Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Davis Island Dog Park is just down the road from Davis Island Dog Beach. Although they are right by each other, they are two separate locations. The dog beach does have a small dog run, but the Davis Island Dog Park actually has a much larger fenced-in off-leash dog park with benches and grass. And there is a smaller section specifically for small dogs. You still get the beautiful ocean views. But if you want your dog to run around on the beach, the designated area is at the specified dog beach location.

Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park — 626 N Raymond St. Tampa, FL 33602

Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park is a fully fenced-in dog park with artificial turf grass. It's located under the Selmon Expressway and has separate sections for small and large dogs. This dog park also provides water stations with built-in water bowls, bike parking, lots of bench seating and tables, and bright lighting for the evenings and mornings. And best of all, Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park has canine obstacles and agility equipment that will keep your pooch entertained for hours.

The Dog Bar — 2300 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

The Dog Bar is a bar and dog park combo in Tampa, FL. This remarkable place has tons of room inside the bar for seating, TVs, skee ball, ping pong, corn hole, and board games. And the outside is a fenced-in off-leash dog park with tons of room for dogs to play and enjoy the kiddie pools, canine agility equipment, and even cots for dogs to lounge on! There are separate sections for small and large dogs. You can enjoy a drink from the bar—like wine, beer, cold brew coffee, or soda—while your dog enjoys some much-needed socialization.

SUP with dog in ocean

Fort de Soto Dog Park & Beach — St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Fort de Soto Dog Park & Beach is open daily from 7 am-8 pm and is located in between Fort de Soto Park and North Beach at Fort de Soto Park. This dog-friendly beach is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of protected land at the larger park. The parking does cost $5. And your pup can either play on the open beach in the designated dog space or run around in the fenced-in dog area. There are separate sections for both small and large dogs.

Gadsden Dog Park — 6901 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Gadsden Dog Park is open daily from 6 am-8:30 pm and is located within Gadsden Park. The larger park offers a children's playground, walking/jogging trails, picnic areas, sports fields, and even a lake! It's a great place for the whole family. But if your dog is outside of the fenced-in dog park, they'll have to remain on-leash.

Inside of the fence, they can roam free off-leash. And they'll get water stations, a washing station, and kiddies pools. You'll get plenty of picnic tables, and you'll both enjoy the three separate fenced-in areas.

Honeymoon Island State Park — 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

Honeymoon Island State Park is a dog-friendly state park on its own cute little island surrounded by water. The dog beach area is on the island's southern tip. Be aware; there is an entrance fee. For single-occupant vehicles, it costs $4. For vehicles with 2-4 people, it costs $8. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash on the designated dog beach section. Or you can take them on-leash for a hike on the nearby trails.

Dog playing at beach

Logan Gate Dog Park — 7374 Monterey Blvd, Tampa, FL 33615

Logan Gate Dog Park is a large, fully fenced-in, off-leash dog park with tons of grass for your crazy canine to run around and play on. This park is open from 7 am-7 pm daily. And it has separate sections for small and large dogs. Plus kiddie pools and canine agility equipment in both sections. There aren't too many trees, but there are some shade tarps for those hot summer days.

Pups Pub — 2202 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Pups Pub is another great bar and dog park combo. They have a full liquor bar, and their dog park is off-leash and fenced-in. Your dog will love running around with their friends on the clean turf grass. And you'll love getting to hang out with your human friends while your dog gets some much-needed exercise and socialization.

Tampa Loves Dogs!

With this many amazing dog parks and dog-friendly beaches, it's easy to see just how much Tampa, FL, loves its doggy residents and doggy visitors. And these are just the tip of the iceberg!

Whether you live here year-round, you're staying for the season, or you're just visiting on vacation… There are more than enough places to go and things to do with your furry best friend!

For more articles about dog-friendly activities and pet parenting advice, check out the blog at LocalPetCare.com.


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