We want all of our visitors to enjoy their stay, even the four-legged ones! Don’t leave your pups at home and miss out on making memories that you will cherish forever. Bring them with you, and you will find that we are a dog-friendly city (& vacation rental company). So, tell them to pack their bags because they’re going to the beach.
Here is a checklist of essential travel items for your pets to make it an enjoyable experience:
- Bring a kennel or a crate
- Their favorite treats and dog food
- Their food & water dishes
- Bed or blankets to sleep on
- collar, harness, and leashes
- Some toys
Also, below we have curated the best dog-friendly parks and walking trails, so you can have all the adventures! Not to mention, a lot of restaurants on the island offer outdoor seating that allows you to bring your pup with you. It is without a doubt they will get their fill of sunshine and sand, so be sure to take plenty of pictures!
Check out these spots that can be found around Bradenton for a dog-friendly vacation!
GT Bray Park, Happy Trails Canine Park
Where: 5502 33 Ave Dr. West, Bradenton (Northeast corner of the park of GT Bray)
G.T. Bray Park is Manatee County’s recreational hub and the centerpiece of an impressive Parks and Natural Resources Department. The opportunities are endless for a full day of exercise and recreational play.
For rules and more information please check out the website.
Where: 6000-6100 Flotilla Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
The park is known as Central Park and is located on Flotilla Drive. There is a small separated area that is designated for the doggies. There are a few benches to relax at while you watch your four-legged friend run around.
Palma Sola Causeway
Where: 9917 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Perfect spot for your pups to play, while you relax. While you’re there, consider renting a kayak or a paddleboard – there’s a business that stays pretty busy setting people and their pets up for a fun-filled beach day.
Where: 17th Ave NW North Entrance (w/ Valentine House), 1704 99th Street Northwest, Bradenton, FL 34209
Robinson Preserve is located in northwest Bradenton, consisting of 682 acres that are a mix of preserved mangrove, tidal marsh, and former agricultural lands which have undergone an incredible transformation into a coastal wetland habitat.
Where: 5801 17th Street West Palmetto, FL 34221
Emerson Point Preserve is situated on the West end of Snead island on the North shore of the Manatee River with Terra Ceia Bay to the north. It offers a network of hiking and kayak trails to experience a wide variety of coastal Florida wildlife and habitats.
Where: 8250 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209
Riverview Pointe Preserve is an 11-acre site located in northwest Bradenton, Florida. The site is adjacent to the DeSoto National Memorial but is managed by Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department.
Where: 8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209
The memorial includes 26 acres, where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay for beautiful all-around views. The nature trail winds along the shoreline (which your dogs are welcome to play on the beaches) and through several Florida ecosystems, including a mangrove forest.
Start Planning Your Next Stay
This is just scratching the surface of all there is for your four-legged to enjoy on and off the island. But, these are definitely the fan favorites! This is why we personally guarantee that each time you visit, there will be something new for you to do and discover. Click here to plan your vacation today! We are here to help you have the perfect vacation getaway, by offering a wide selection of luxurious accommodations and amenities that perfectly match your needs.