One of the great things about Jacksonville is how much it can appeal to dog owners. Not only are there plenty of dog parks to get your pups out for a run when you don’t have a backyard of your own, but you can take the dogs with you on a day in the sun on one of our local beaches, or to your favorite restaurant out on the patio.
It’s easy to bring Fido along when you don’t want to leave him behind so you can have fun while he stays home. It’s also a great way to incorporate more exercise into your puppy’s life and introduce more opportunities for socialization as well. Take a look at the easy ways to take your dog along with you by visiting these dog-friendly parts of Jacksonville.
Start with a visit to Neptune Beach for a way to catch some rays while also bringing the dogs along with you. You likely visit this beach to swim, surf, or cycle, but you may have never known about the beautiful sunsets you can catch from Lillie’s Coffee Bar or Sliders Seafood Grille that allow you to bring dogs.
Being one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, you’ll find it calling out to you to walk along the shore. Just be sure to bring dogs on a leash and only before 9 am or after 5 pm when most of the pedestrian traffic has cleared out. Along with this rule, you’ll also need to have your dog current on their rabies vaccines and have a city pet tag.
You can’t beat the thrills of the larger Jacksonville Beach and all of the fun it has to offer. It’s a great option for dog owners since there are so many dog-friendly restaurants to choose from, like First Watch and Hoptinger.
Just like Neptune, you’ll need to avoid going from 9a-5pm, but it will be perfect for grabbing breakfast and catching the sunrise or coming out after work for a cold beverage and a dog walk. This area is also perfect for those looking for a dog park because there is an off-leash option called Paws Park that offers flexible hours and separation by dog size.
Dog-friendly Coffee and Dessert options
If you’re looking for a new favorite coffee shop or place to grab a treat with your pup, you’ll find tons of options in Jacksonville. Check out Bold Bean Coffee in Riverside where you can get a cup of joe, or even beer and wine, as well as Wi-Fi and a place to take the dog.
Mochi Frozen Yogurt is another great choice located in Southeast Jacksonville makes for the perfect afternoon treat with your pup, while Liberty Bakery in Southpoint is the perfect place to stop for a baked treat. Of course, Starbucks on Midtown Parkway or San Marco Blvd will allow you to bring your dog and get you a coffee and dessert all in one stop!
Where to dine
When it comes to dog-friendly restaurants in Jacksonville, you’ll find plenty of options include Moe’s Southwest Grille on Atlantic Blvd, Metro Diner on San Jose Blvd, and Stan’s Sandwich Shop on Beach Blvd. Don’t forget that The Happy Grilled Cheese food truck will welcome your pets and that you’ll find pet-friendly dining at Panera where you can get anything from breakfast and coffee to dinner and dessert. These are just a few of the many pet-friendly restaurants around our area.
Lastly, don’t forget that Atlantic Beach and Mayport Naval Air Station allow pets during certain hours and there are more pet parks and dog-friendly restaurants around town. Be sure to check them out so that you don’t have to leave your tail-wagging companion home as often as you think!