GT Bray Park, 5502 33 Ave Dr. West, Bradenton: Happy Trails Canine Park, located in the northeast corner of the park of GT Bray. There are 3 acres for Fido to run around and there is also an exclusive fenced area for older dogs, small dogs or maybe if your dog is like mine, dogs that are scared of other dogs! Doggie drinking fountains and free waste bags are available.
De Soto National Memorial Beach, 8300 DeSoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton: Dog-friendly beach, as long as they are on a leash. I am not sure who likes this place more, my dog or myself. You will find beautiful views of Tampa Bay, shaded trails and several wonderful, quiet spots to sit and read a book. My dog loves it there too.