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September 8, 2011

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If ever I get a chance to visit Florida, I’d like to travel with my dogs to Tampa Bay, Florida.  There is so much to do here, and not just for you… Your dogs can come and enjoy too!!!

There are more hotels which allow dogs in Tampa Bay, Florida than you can shake a stick at!  La Quinta, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Ramada, Red Roof Inn, Sheraton Hotel, are just a few of the pet friendly hotels.  If you want to stay in a resort, guess what?  There are plenty of pet friendly resorts as well, and even RV parks and campgrounds.

There are a few great pet-friendly state parks including Honeymoon Island State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, and Caladesi Island State Park.  Other pet friendly parks include Flatwoods Wilderness Park, Lake Park, and more.

Take your dog and visit the Florida Botanical Gardens or the Heritage Village.  Dogs on leashes are allowed in the outdoor areas.  You can visit Adventure Island and Busch Gardens, but dogs aren’t allowed inside the parks.  But if you don’t want to leave your dog in the hotel or RV, these places have a temperature-controlled kennel where your dog can stay for a very small fee.

Dogs are allowed in the common areas of Hyde Park Village shopping center.  Many stores will allow dogs inside and a few even have water bowls ready for your pet.  There is even a Block Pawty in September at this location!

Check out the fenced in dog park on the beach at Davis Island Dog Park.  I think my dog Maya would love to play on beach!  There are a number of other dog parks in the Tampa Bay, Florida area including Mango Dog Park, Walsingham Park Paw Playground, Enterprise Dog Park, Sand Key Park Paw Playground, and more.

There are so many outdoor restaurants which allow dogs that we just don’t have enough room on this blog to list them all.  To find out more information about the pet friendly locations in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, visit DogFriendly.com.  If you drive to Tampa Bay, be sure your dog is safely restrained in a dog car harness or car seat for dogs.  Don’t forget, DogFriendly.com has lots of other great dog travel destinations.

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