Florida is known for its beaches, and who doesn't love spending a day or two at the shore? But, for a deeper appreciation of all Florida has to offer, make time to discover its natural treasures, first-rate cultural attractions, and hidden gems. Admire the wildlife at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, stroll the Tampa Riverwalk, dotted with restaurants, bars, museums, and entertainment options, or visit some of the 35 breweries along the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail. Sunny Florida is home to plenty of surprises--and that makes it an exciting pet friendly vacation destination.
Best Time To Visit
Spring and fall are the ideal times to plan a pet friendly trip to Florida. You'll find fewer crowds and lower hotel rates than those available in summer and winter. And visiting during the off-season means more beaches are open to pets! April and May are plenty warm to enjoy the surf and sand, but fall can be even better with less chance of rain spoiling your plans. September and October are lovely, though there is more chance of a hurricane. November is the driest month of the year, and in many people’s opinion, the best for a visit anywhere in the state.
Things Not To Miss
With 663 miles of shoreline, Florida has a beach for everyone—including your pets! Our favorites are Fort Myers Beach, Fort De Soto Park, and Walton Rocks Dog Beach.
Looking to turn back the clock? Visit the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine and then stroll around the historic downtown.
Admire the many murals and outdoor art exhibits in Miami's Wynwood District. (Miami-Dade County enforces a discriminatory pitbull ban. Consider this before making your travel plans.)
Feel the wind in your fur on a cruise aboard the Shell Key Shuttle in St. Pete Beach.
Celebrate sunset every evening with street performers, artisans, crafters, kid’s games, and food vendors at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach.
Spend a few days enjoying the beaches, state parks, and charming towns on Florida's Forgotten Coast.
Leave it all behind and drive 120 miles down the Florida Keys to snap a picture at the southernmost point in the continental United States.