Sunny Orlando is just the ticket for pooches who love to soak up some rays while out on the town. And though your furry friend can’t discover Disney or see SeaWorld with you, there’s plenty of adventure to find in the area. Browse our list of pet-friendly activities and share your favorite spots in the comments below!

For the culinary hound: dog-friendly restaurants

Relax Grill at Lake Eola

211 Eola Pkwy.

Bring your best friend to Relax Grill to do just that – relax! Take in views of the tranquil Lake Eola and catch a cool breeze on the patio while you nosh on Mediterranean cuisine.

Teak Neighborhood Grill

6400 Times Square Ave.

If your dog wants in on the action, bring him to the patio at this pub. He’ll have a howling good time while you enjoy some of Orlando’s best burgers and the biggest onion rings you’ve ever seen!

903 Mills Market

903 S. Mills Ave.

If you want the taste (and the company!) of home, 903 Mills Market is just the spot. Get your paws on some comfort food while your furry friend joins you on the shady patio.

For the outdoors-dog: dog parks

Barber Dog Park

3701 Gatlin Ave.

Barber Dog Park boasts two large, grassy fenced-in areas (one for small dogs and one for bigger dogs), a walking trail and plenty of shade to escape the heat. There’s even some agility equipment for curious canines to try out!

Dr. Phillips Dog Park

8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd.

Water-loving canines will get a splash out of Dr. Phillips Dog Park, which has a hose and kiddie pools for cooling off, plus a dog-washing station for those who play a little too ruff.

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Lake Baldwin Park

2000 S. Lakemont Ave.

Lake Baldwin Park is the place for social butterflies! Take in the vast scenery and let your dog go for a dip in the lake with all of his best friends.

For the clotheshorse: dog-friendly shopping

Downtown Orlando Farmers Market

Lake Eola Park on the corner of E. Central Blvd. & N. Eola Dr.

What better way to spend a Sunday than to stroll through the Orlando Farmers Market with your four-legged friend. In addition to local produce and arts and crafts, you’ll find booths and vendors just for pets!

The Doggie Door

329 N. Park Ave.

Stop in to The Doggie Door and let your pooch sniff out a new bed or biscuit! This pet boutique also hosts some locally well-known events like the Pet Costume Contest and Doggie Art Festival.

Woof Gang Bakery

5024 Dr. Phillips Blvd.

Woof Gang Bakery is a franchise pet store based in Orlando that specializes in gourmet, high-quality nutrition, and you can also bring your pet for a pampering with their grooming services!

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For the traveling tails: pet-friendly hotels

image via Kara Franker for Visit Florida

The Alfond Inn

300 E. New England Ave.

Pups who stay at the boutique Alfond Inn are greeted with the VIP (Very Important Pup) treatment – including a doggie gift basket that contains a comforting ThunderShirt for those crazy, scary Florida thunderstorms.

Aloft Orlando Downtown

500 S. Orange Ave.

This upscale, modern hotel offers the Arf program, which allows four-legged family members to stay with you at no extra cost. Pets are also pampered to free treats and toys!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

5601 Universal Blvd.

The luxurious Loews Portofino Bay has pet-friendly amenities through the Loews Loves Pets program, which includes a room service menu just for furry friends and a welcome letter to pets from the manager.

For the up-for-anythings: other activities

Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World® Resort

2510 Bonnet Creek Pkwy.

Give your pets a Disney vacation of their own by bringing them to Best Friends Pet Care, which offers the royal treatment in daycare, boarding and grooming.

Big Toho Airboat Rides

2017 Neptune Rd.

For the price of a ticket, well-behaved dogs are welcome aboard the Big Toho Airboat Rides, a wildlife tour around some of Florida’s wetlands.


Feb 29, 2016
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