Your precious pup should have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the glorious Florida sunshine. Head out to one of the off-leash dog parks around Fort Myers where he can run around to his heart's content and socialize with other energetic canines. We've put together a list of locations for you to visit when you and your dog want some quality time.
1. Dog Beach Park
8800 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach 33931
Dogs love splashing in the water just as much, and maybe more, as running around a grassy field. Beautiful Dog Beach Park has shower stations that you can use to rinse Fido off before heading home after a day of romping in the surf. Fishing is also allowed from shore. Hours are 7 a.m. until dusk daily.
2. Woof-A-Hatchee Dog Park
16760 Bass Road
Fort Myers 33908
This fenced-in off-leash area is self-contained within Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park. There is a separate section for puppies and smaller dogs along with watering and waste disposal stations. Hours are 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
3. Pooch Park
1297 Parkview Court
North Fort Myers 33903
Judd Community Park is home to this facility with separate areas for large and small dogs. Several trees provide lots of shade and water is available on site. Hours are dawn until dusk.
4. Doggy Heaven
2787 N. Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers 33903
Doggy Heaven is a popular addition to pet-friendly Shell Factory. Your dog will love the challenge of running the agility course, and he can cool off afterwards in the Doggy Fountain. Admission is free of charge. Afterwards the two of you can relax over a meal at the Swamp Bar or Dog Bones Café, outdoor eateries that will be happy to serve your pooch some water and a treat.
5. Barkingham Park
9800 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers 33905
Barkingham Park was the first off-leash facility in Lee County. Benches are available so you can relax as you watch your dog negotiate the agility course. There are on-site showering stations and watering holes as well as waste disposal containers. The park is open dawn to dusk seven days a week.
Don’t have the time to get over to one of these great dog parks? Take your dog over to Springs’ very own on-site leash-free dog park.
Does your adorable pet enjoy being in the water or does he prefer dry land? We'd love to hear about your dog in the comments!