A big advantage to moving to Sarasota is the outdoor lifestyle, for you and your dog. Whether you’re at the beach, the numerous parks and trails, or just hanging out at a café on Saturday morning, there are lots of places that will welcome Rover, including 145 restaurants.
If you’re new to Florida, especially from a colder climate, there are two things you need to worry about. The first is the effect of heat and humidity on your pets. Be sure to watch them for signs of heat stress, and to always bring plenty of water for them when you’re out with them for extended periods of time. The second is that bodies of fresh water may contain alligators, so keep pets away from ponds and lakes, and if your property adjoins a pond or lake, do not leave pets unattended for long periods of time.
Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars
Owens Fish Camp is an ode to Florida living. It serves fresh local seafood and southern classics in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. How relaxed? They have a rocking chairs and a tire swing. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
Turtle Beach Grill on Siesta Key is a beautiful spot for lunch, especially if you and your dog have been out boating. Complimentary docking is provided, there’s live entertainment in the evenings, and your dog is welcome on the patio.
The Old Salty Dog has three water-side locations serving fish and seafood, including a raw bar. Dogs are welcome on the deck, and they feature a regular dog-of-the-month on their website.
Libby’s Café & Bar serves upscale Floridian cuisine in a casual but elegant setting. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.
Dog Friendly Parks, Beaches and Activities
Sarasota’s parks are on-leash dog friendly. Do not tie dogs to trees, signs or picnic tables or leave them unattended. Most beaches do not allow dogs, even on a leash. There are four off-leash dog parks. See rules, regulations and locations.
Brohard Paw Park is the only beach in the county that welcomes dogs. Features dog drinking fountains, leash posts, dog showers and picnic tables and benches. There is an off-leash component.
The 17th Street Paw Park has water, shade and an agility training area to help keep Rover in shape. Separate large and small dog areas help keep everyone safe.
Lakeview Paw Park has 2 acres of fenced in shade, an agility area, water and hoses, and dog pools. There are usually plenty of tennis balls, too.
Arlington Park Dog Park has some shade, picnic tables and benches, and separate large and small dog areas.
Red Bug Slough Reserve is a county owned nature area with trails. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to hike or run with their owners; be sure to bring water and waste bags.
The Legacy Trail is an asphalt rail to trail path running from Sarasota to Venice. People use it for biking, skating and walking. It’s a great place to walk your leashed dog; bring water and waste bags.