Orlando, Florida, is widely known for its theme parks, resort hotels, and family-themed entertainment. In recent years, the city’s become known for its pet-friendly excursions, too. Enjoy vacation time with your favorite canine at these Orlando dog parks, trails, and exercise areas.
Barber Dog Park: Adventure on a Small Scale
Barber Dog Park offers separate, fenced play areas for large and small dogs. Another great park feature is a dog agility course: think jungle gym on a dog-sized scale, where your pet can try out climbing, jumping over hurdles, and running through tunnels. Owners must carry a leash at all times, even while their dogs are off-leash in the park. No sick dogs, puppies under four months old, dogs in heat, or aggressive dogs allowed, and there is a two-dog limit per visitor. The Orange County-run park is located just north of the Orlando International Airport at 3701 Gatlin Ave. between Conway Rd. and S.R. 436, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Little Econ Greenway: Wide-Open Spaces
The Little Econ Greenway is the ideal place to view real Florida with your family and pets. Paved trails are skateboard, bicycle and wheelchair- friendly. The Greenway offers trails for horses, hikers, leashed dogs (leashes are especially important when you consider the largest park residents — the alligators, which are both abundant and protected), and provides a number of biking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. If you’re new to the Sunshine State, you’ll find a wonderful assortment of native birds and wildlife here; Little Econ State Forest is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Trailwalker Hiking Program. Find the Little Econ Greenway at 2451 N. Dean Road, Orlando, 32817.
Fleet Peeples Dog Park: Dog-Friendly Community Park
This 23-acre city park, located just north of Orlando, embraces both canine and human visitors. Locals love the place, as it offers plenty of room to run and romp (getting good and dirty, so the park provides a doggie clean-up station), and cool down under the large shade trees…or even splash in the nearby Lake Baldwin. Dogs are allowed off-leash in a fenced area, and you must keep proof of vaccination on your dog’s collar. Park visitors may bring up to three leashed dogs to the park, located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, 32792.
While Orlando offers innumerable opportunities for relaxation and play, take some time out with your dogs to enjoy the weather at some of the area’s best outdoor dog parks.