Celebrate ‘National Dog Day’ with these Dog Friendly Activities in Central Florida

Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine State, one of my favorite places is Seminole County, Florida. This county offers a plethora of opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and exploration. And guess what? This slice of paradise isn’t just for humans. If you’re a proud dog parent (like I am) seeking tail-wagging adventures, Seminole County has you covered! From sprawling parks to charming cafes, let’s dive into some of the best dog-friendly activities this county has to offer to fur babies like my beloved dog ‘Bear’.

Seminole-Wekiva Trail

Leash up your pup and embark on an outdoor adventure along the Seminole-Wekiva Trail. This 14-mile trail winds through lush landscapes, shaded paths, and picturesque bridges. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or cycling, your four-legged friend will undoubtedly relish the sights, sounds, and sniffs of this natural oasis. I love to take Bear on long walks on this beautiful trail. Close off the trail in Winter Springs you can access the Winter Springs Dog Park where you can enjoy a shaded area where your dog can run off-leash.

Dog-Friendly Dining

After working up an appetite, treat yourself and your pup to a meal at one of Seminole County’s dog-friendly eateries. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating where your furry friend can accompany you. One of my personal favorite mexican restaurants that Bear and I enjoy is Don Julio’s in Lake Mary. One popular spot is Yellow Dog Eats (as the name hints) in Windermere, where your dog can bask in the laid-back atmosphere while you savor a mouthwatering meal.

Woof Gang Bakery

Don’t forget to pamper your pooch with a visit to Woof Gang Bakery in Lake Mary. This charming pet store offers an array of treats, toys, and accessories for your furry friend. From gourmet doggie biscuits to stylish collars, you’ll find something to make your dog’s tail wag with joy.

Paw Parks

Seminole County understands the importance of off-leash playtime for dogs. Discover a range of well-maintained dog parks, such as the Arbor Dog Park in Longwood. Another close by option to have fun with your fur baby in a fully-fenced area is Paw Park of Historic Sanford. These areas provide a safe environment for dogs to socialize, exercise, and burn off some energy. Remember to bring water and waste bags to keep the park clean and enjoyable for everyone. You may even see me and Bear there- so please be sure to say ‘hi’ if you do!

Dog-Friendly Events

Stay up-to-date with Seminole County’s events calendar, as there are often dog-friendly gatherings and festivals. From pet parades to adoption events, these occasions provide a fantastic opportunity for your dog to socialize and for you to connect with fellow dog lovers. Paws in the Park is a popular event typically held in February each year- this event is both a fun time and an event that raises money for animal organizations through the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

A Fountain For Your Fur Baby

A short drive to Apopka is well worth it if you are looking for a park complete with showers and a water fountain! Doctor’s Dog Park is a popular destination for those that live in the area. This 750 feet by 300 feet dog park features a pet shower, benches, a pet memorial bridge and, most importantly, plenty of space for “man’s best friend” to frolic and play. We hope to see you there!

Seminole County, Florida, is more than just a vacation destination; it’s a paradise for both two-legged and four-legged adventurers. With its abundant parks, trails, and dog-friendly establishments, you and your pup are sure to create unforgettable memories together. So, pack your bags, grab the leash, and get ready to explore all the pawsibilities Seminole County has to offer!