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Best Places In Tampa Bay To Eat & Hang Out With Your Dog

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If you love your dog and want to spend quality time him or her, we have scoop on all the dog fun you and your four legged best friend can handle.

2013 Events

The 2013 Tampa Pet Expo – Saturday, March 23, 2013 | 10AM to 6PM
Florida State Fairgrounds – Free Admission, $6 Parking | Bring Your Pet
www.tampapetexpo.com

St Pete – World of Beers Yappy Hour – Benefits PetPal – Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:00 PM

Dog Social Groups

The Tampa Bay Dog Lovers Group – St. Petersburg – http://www.meetup.com/The-Tampa-Bay-Dog-Lovers-Group/

New Tampa Dog Pack – http://www.meetup.com/New-Tampa-Dog-Pack/

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Gaspar’s Grotto
1805 E. 7th Avenue / Tampa/Ybor City 33605
(813) 248-5900 / www.gasparsgrotto.com

The extensive outdoor patio includes a stage, outdoor bar with lots of shade and numerous fountains. Their daily Doggy special is made fresh daily and has ground chicken, rice with organic veggies. This canine meal can be purchase for $2.00 per 1/2 pound. For humans try their pulled pork quesadillas, Cubans, wood-fired pizzas, Cajun fried oysters or crispy mojo half chicken. There are many giant screen TV’s on site to view your favorite sporting events. Gasper’s Grotto has musical entertainment and magicians, stilt walkers, statue men, contortionists and mimes that you and your pooch will be amazed by. Gaspar’s is famous for their large selection of fine rum and cigars.

The Brown Boxer Pub and Grille
15000 Madeira Way | Madeira Beach 33708
(727) 391-1704 | www.brownboxer.com

The Brown Boxer has two pet friendly locations in Clearwater Beach and Madeira Beach both have large shaded patios that are Fido and owner friendly. The Madeira Beach location hosts Dogs on the Deck every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Great thing about the Brown boxer is on Friday and Saturday nights they serve until 2 a.m. and are open until 3 in the morning. The Clearwater location is open 11am – 3am 7 days a week and always serve until 2 in the morning. The ribs and burgers are great and they have a children’s menu.

For more Dog Friendly restaurants click HERE.

Dog Parks & Beaches

Davis Islands Dog Park and Beach
1002 Stern Ave. | Tampa, FL 33606 | www.tampagov.net

Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park that has a fenced-in beach. It’s located on Tampa’s Davis Islands on Severn Avenue. This park has two separate areas. One dry area and one beach area with 200 ft of fenced in waterfront. These parks have water spigots to get drinking water as well as for rinsing. There is a fenced in park with some benches, sitting logs, a sandy beach, and of course the water that your pet will love to run and play off lease in.

Al Lopez Dog Park
4810 North Himes Avenue | Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 274-8615 | www.tampagov.net

Al Lopez park is a massive Tampa urban playground for adults and children near the Raymond James Football Stadium. Your pet is welcome to join you on-leash as you explore this massive park, or off-leash in one of the two fenced dog parks. The Al Lopez Dog Park includes a separate small dog area, as well as one for larger dogs. Both areas are nicely shaded and surrounded by a 4-foot fence with double-gated entry, disposal waste bags, trash cans, benches and tables.

Fort De Soto Park Dog Beach and Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S. |  Tierra Verde 33715
Park Office (727) 552-1862  | www.fortdesoto.com

Fort De Soto has the only Southern Pinellas dog park where dogs are allowed off lease on the beach. The Paw Playground area is where dogs can play unleashed. They can also run unleashed inside the fenced areas. Pooch-friendly amenities — drinking fountains for pets and owners, plastic bags for dog waste clean-up and doggie showers. There are 3 fire hydrants (mailman, dog catcher and park ranger)and a 3-acre fenced area where dogs roam unleashed. Open daily from 7:00 A.M. – sunset.

Dunedin Dog Beach
Honeymoon Island Pet Beach | #1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698 | 727-469-5942 | www.floridastateparks.org

Dogs are allowed in designated areas such as the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6 foot hand-held leash at all times while in these areas. The water has shallow areas that’s crystal clear and refreshing for both you and Fido. There is a Dog wash area as well. Fees: $8 /car 2-8 occupants or $4 single occupant. Operating Hours: 8am until sundown.

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