The dog-days are officially upon us. As pooches make their way into homes, hearts, and families all over the world, they make their way into our communities as well. Recently named as one of the best small cities in the United States by National Geographic Travel, the publication specified the Pensacola Bay Area because of its numbers of restaurants that allow pups, as well as a large number of pet shops and grooming spots. So, the next time you start planning your PTO, plan Fido in as well.


Doggie Dining Dates

Nothing says vacation like enjoying a local brew with your pup. Pensacola offers a multitude of pet-friendly patios across the county. On Pensacola Beach enjoy life-sized games on the lawn at Red Fish Blue Fish and on the patios of Shaggy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, Café Nola and Hemingway’s Island Grill. In Perdido Key, pups are welcome on the patios of most of the Flora-Bama properties and Sunset Grille. Over in Downtown Pensacola, almost any restaurant with a patio is game for Fido. A few of our favorites include Pensacola Bay Brewery, Single Fin Café, Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille, and all along Palafox.


Welcome the Water

One of my favorite things about Pensacola is the amount of pet-friendly water activities we have year-round thanks to the warm Florida sunshine. On any given day, you’ll find me paddle boarding and kayaking with my Beagle Pal Copper. I was a little nervous to try it at first but with a couple of tries, a calm day and a doggie life vest, we got the hang of it. His most favorite activity includes fishing on the boat where we usually offload somewhere and go for a swim.


Tails and Trails

The Pensacola Bay Area has a number of trails perfect for you and your four-legged friend to hike and bike. Stroll under sweeping live oaks preserved since the beginning of time on the Naval Live Oaks Reservation or scale the bluffs along Scenic Highway. Out in Perdido Key, enjoy lush landscapes on Perdido Bay at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, or along the beaches and boardwalks of Big Lagoon State Park and the Perdido Key Discovery trail.


Park and Bark

If hiking doesn’t suit your fancy, Pensacola has a number of wonderful dog parks, my favorite being Park East and Park West on Pensacola Beach. Here, your pooch has a chance to experience the sugar white sand and Gulf waves. Make sure to bring a long leash if your dog is an avid swimmer or prepare to brave the waves with him. If you’re not looking to head out the beach, try Bayview Dog Park and Beach in East Hill. Bayview offers a fully-fenced play area to let your dog off the leash, a dry play area, a floating dock and best of all, a dog washing station and picnic area.

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