If you have a friendly furry friend and it needs to get out some energy, do I have a treat for you! Jacksonville is home to manyyy dog parks, so all you need to do is read on for the top spots to take your pup.
1848 Kings Cir S, Neptune Beach
One of the newer dog parks over in Neptune Beach, Brewhound is the bees knees. It is always packed with super social pups. Oh, and my dear humans, there is a bar for all your adult beverage needs! If you are worried about the heat, don’t fret, as they have buckets of water and a playful fountain for your doggies to splash around. It’s only $8 for the day, or you can become a monthly or annual member.
2. Kanine Social
580 College St
Another dog park with craft beer and coffee?! That’s right! Kanine Social is near the Riverside area, for all my downtown folks. They have this cool thing – You can enjoy a free beer on your first visit just by pre-purchasing a day pass or monthly membership! Plus, you can score at Kanine Social with all the food trucks they have around.
3. Paws Dog Park
468 Penman Rd S, Jacksonville Beach
This Ponte Vedra dog park may seem a little more conservative when compared to Brewhound or Kanine Social, but it is FREE. This off-leash, roomy park has plenty of space for you to throw a ball with your dog and a pond for them to cool off. Paws Dog Park also has a spot for small dogs and a space for large dogs, if you really want to play it safe.
#FrayLifeTip: They have a dog wash station right outside, which is great. But they also have a ton of mosquitos, so bring a lot of bug spray.
4. Dogwood Park
7407 Salisbury Rd
Just off Salisbury Rd., Dogwood Park is a great space for humans and dogs alike, with a ton of recreational opportunities. Dogs can run around without a leash in 25 fenced-in acres, socializing with all their other furry friends. There’s a swimming lake, huge fields for frisbees and tennis balls, 4 acres of shade for the hot days, nature trails, and more!
#FrayLifeTip: You have to become a member, but they include exercise equipment and party rental areas, so you can spend a lot of time here.
5. Ed Austin Dog Park
3450 Monument Rd
Basically a big forest for dogs, Ed Austin Dog Park is shaded with a ton of benches for owners to watch their dogs play. Kind-of a “hidden treasure”, Ed Austin Dog Park holds to that standard by staying a little hidden behind the skate park, so keep your eyes peeled for the entrance!
#FrayLifeTip: Don’t bank on staff doing the dirty work – you pick up your dogs’ poop here!
6. Veterans Dog Park
1332 Veterans Pkwy, St Johns
Veterans Park has 50 acres of enjoyable land, and, most importantly, plenty of room for your pup! Like many of these other parks, there are separate areas for large and small dogs, all contained within 3 acres of off-leash happiness. Bring your doggo and try it out.
#FrayLifeTip: This park has a lot of dirt, so prepare for your dog to get filthy. However, they have hoses for a bath afterward.
7. Nocatee Community Park
Ponte Vedra Beach
If you are over in the Nocatee area, you’re in luck! Take your doggy to the Nocatee Community Park for a good time! With shade cover and ¼ mile paved walking trail, your dog has plenty of room to run and chase balls.
#FrayLifeTip: This pond has some algae in it, so I recommend bringing some soap and a towel if you have a water-loving friend.
8. Confederate Point Dog Park
Near the Riverside area, Confederate Point Dog Park is all the rage. With tons of fresh water, plenty of running room, and FREE membership, you can certainly say that it has its advantages. They even have a little doggy pool!
#FrayLifeTip: My only warning is that a lot of homeless people hang near this area (just in case that bothers ya.
So now if you’re sitting at home with Buddy and thinking ‘Man, where can I take him to let out some energy?’, think no further! Well, I guess think further because you have to choose between all these fun parks… Whichever one you choose, share a pic of how much fun your pup is having by tagging #FrayLife #JaxFray on social!
Want something else fun to do with your pup? Why not bring them along while you sample the 50 taps offered up at Bottlenose Brewery!