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The Best Places to Bring Your Dog in Miami

Story by: The Betsy - South Beach

We love dogs, so we’re always looking for great places to take our four-legged friends along. Lucky for us, tons of businesses are dog friendly in Miami. You can find gems that will welcome your pooch around every corner ― and do it in style! These dog friendly Miami businesses and destinations are some of the best you’ll find and are sure to help you and your pup make lasting memories (and take some killer photos for your Insta).


To Explore

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Photo: South Pointe Park

Art Deco Tours

If you’re looking for an activity to enjoy with your dog, you can bring them on an art deco walking tour of Miami Beach! Art Deco Tours lets you bring your best friend along for an extra fee. They won’t be allowed to enter all the buildings on the tour, but they will have a buddy to wait outside with them at each stop! Rumor is that they will make their Little Havana walking tour dog-friendly as well, so long as you book two weeks in advance. 610 Jefferson Ave #7 in South Beach

Haulover Beach Dog Park

Haulover Beach Park is a must-visit if you have a dog with excess energy. They have a small dog enclosure for pups under 35 pounds as well as ample space for larger pooches to run and play. Haulover Beach also allows (leashed) dogs on the beach near lifeguard #3 every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10800 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach  

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

It’s rare to find a botanical garden that allows dogs to come and take in the sights, but Miami Beach actually has one. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to accompany their owners on self-guided tours of the facilities at any time and are invited to come along on docent-led tours on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. 2000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach

Bark Beach at North Shore 

The Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park is beloved by pet owners in the area as it’s one of the only dog-friendly beaches in Miami Beach. The Bark Beach offers plenty of space for dogs to run both on- and off-leash, though the beach itself is strictly on-leash. It’s open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. 8232 Collins Avenue in North Miami Beach

South Pointe Park

If you head all the way down to the tip of South Beach, you’ll find South Pointe Park which has plenty for people and their pets to do. Dogs are welcome on-leash throughout the park’s playgrounds and bike trails as well as off-leash in the designated dog run. This one is great if a little exploring and a lot of photo taking is on your to-do list ― the views and architecture in the common spaces are awesome! 1 Washington Avenue in South Beach

Lummus Park

Lummus Park is a great place to take your dog if they like to watch the sights and sounds of the city. Situated on Ocean Drive, it’s the perfect spot to set up with a blanket, some snacks, a good book, and your best friend. While there’s no off-leash area for your pup to run, it does have the advantage of being conveniently located right in the heart of South Beach which makes it a good place to go for an hour or two if you don’t have a car on your vacation. 1130 Ocean Drive in South Beach

Hobie Island Beach Park

Hobie Beach Dog Park is perfect for a dog that loves to swim. It’s the only place in Miami-Dade County where your dog will be allowed to catch some waves and roll in the sand without a leash. It’s a man-made beach so it’s a perfect paradise for pups! 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne

Miami Beach Boardwalk

The Miami Beach Boardwalk spans a four-mile stretch of Miami’s beautiful beach. While the beach itself isn’t dog-friendly, you are welcome to walk or run with your dog along this path so long as you are considerate of others. This gives you the opportunity to see the sun, sand, and waves of Miami Beach with your pup. Vendors, street performers, and events are often set up along the way so you never know exactly what you’ll find! If your dog is a fan of a good, long leashed walk with lots of exciting smells and sights, then Miami Beach Boardwalk is a perfect choice. Along the beach between 5th & 46th in South Beach

 

To Eat

LT Steak & Seafood

Photo: LT Steak & Seafood

Cielito Artisan Pops

If you’re looking for a place to cool down with your pup, Cielito Artisan Pops is the place. They have a rotating menu of seasonal, locally-sourced, customizable ice pops with special options for four-legged patrons. Check out their Instagram for some sneak peeks of flavors, pupper pop pics, and more! 2750 NW 3rd Ave Ste 20A in Wynwood

LoKal

Owned by homegrown Miami restaurateur and prolific dog-lover Matthew Kuscher, LoKal is a pet parent’s dream. This hip burger joint prides itself on its commitment to locally raised, sustainable proteins. It also has a commitment to creating pup-friendly spaces with special menus just for the dogs. LoKal offers three, $5 dishes for canine companions: Marmaduke’s Meatloaf, Yeyo’s Chicken and Rice, and Bowser Beer. 3190 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove

LT Steak & Seafood / The Alley

Located on-site at the Betsy Hotel, LT Steak & Seafood and The Alley each allow your dog to join you on their terraces. Both curated by Laurent Tourondel, LTSS is a casually elegant New American restaurant that focuses on fusing international flavors and techniques, while The Alley is a modern trattoria serving Neapolitan-style pizza, homemade pasta, charcuterie, salads, and more. 1440 Ocean Drive in South Beach

The Spillover

Also from the brain on Matthew Kuscher is The Spillover ― a seafood spot that loves your dog as much as you do. Like its burger-focused counterpart, The Spillover features a three-item menu for dogs, with each dish priced at $5. They offer chicken + rice, meatballs + veggies , and Cuban “Chew-gars.” 2911 Grand Avenue, Suite 400D in Coconut Grove

 

To Relax

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Photo: The Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Hotel

Your pet deserves a vacation, too! Home to two CEOs (Canine Executive Officers) ― Katie and Betsy ― The Betsy Hotel is pet-friendly throughout its grounds. We offer couples massages for you and your dog as well as in-room pet amenities like treats and walks! You can also pick up some canine-themed art in the Underground Gallery from our ongoing exhibition of the work of Carlos Andres Cruz. Finally, come spend some time with our CEOs at Cocktails with Katie & Betsy, every Friday evening starting at 5:00 pm. 1440 Ocean Drive in South Beach

La Vie Pet Salon

La Vie is fantastic if your buddy needs a nice bath and cut after a big day on the beach or at the park. They are a totally cage-free environment which allows pets to socialize, play, or relax before and after their services ― which include things like animal safe dye jobs, cute cuts, and specialized baths for your pet’s skin type! 1538 Alton Road in South Beach

Phoebe and Friends

Phoebe and Friends is the place to board your dogs or send them to daycare. Sure, you want to spend time with your best friend, but they also need to spend time with other pups That’s where Phoebe and Friends steps in. They are a cage-free daycare with tons of devoted fans in the area. They also offer “pack walk” services to give your dog a chance to explore and make some new friends. 1825 West Avenue Unit 12 in South Beach

 

To Shop

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Photo: Lincoln Road Mall

Yellow Green Farmers Market

Yellow Green Farmers Market is a great place to visit whether you have a dog or not ― but the fact that it’s dog-friendly throughout makes us love it even more. As South Florida’s largest farmers market, Yellow Green boasts over 300 vendors selling everything from organic pet food to artisan jewelry, plants, home decor, and fresh, local produce. 3080 Sheridan Street in Hollywood

Lincoln Road Mall

Miami is home to a variety of outdoor shopping centers, most of which are dog-friendly. That said, we’re partial to Lincoln Road which sits just above 16th street in South Beach. The mall is home to tons of restaurants with outdoor seating and shops ranging from high-end retailers to surf-shops and more. Even better, most of the stores will allow your pet to come in so long as they are leashed! Lincoln Road between Alton and Collins in South Beach

Dog Bar

Dog Bar is a pet staple of the area and has been operating in Miami Beach since 1996. They carry only the best when it comes to pet food, toys, and treat ― and never carry any “big brand” dog foods. They’ve got clothes, leashes, collars, and grooming products as well as offering grooming services, dental cleanings, and training. 1684 Jefferson Avenue in South Beach 


If you’re in town with your pup ― or are just looking for somewhere new to take your best buddy ― give these places a try. They’re sure to treat your dog like the good boy/girl we all know they are.

If you are a guest of The Betsy Hotel and have further questions about these or other dog-friendly businesses in the area, please reach out to our concierges. They will be happy to assist you.