Pet-Friendly Parks + Restaurants

pet friendly places sarasota fl

Pet Friendly Places Sarasota FL

When you come to Sarasota with your pet, you probably want to explore our coastal town with him, too.

Sarasota is very dog-friendly, with a variety of parks and restaurants for running, playing, or enjoying a bite while watching the sunset.

We’ve compiled a list of the best, by neighborhood:


Sarasota’s Bayfront Park offers shaded walkways, parking and access to Centennial Park where expansive green space is available to dogs on leashes. There’s even a pet-friendly Tiki Bar called O’Leary’s nearby. It is here that puppies and owners can enjoy a beautiful sunset, meet new friends and go off-leash to catch a Frisbee on the restaurant’s sandy shore.

Bird Key Park is just west of the Ringling Bridge, with plenty of room for dogs to run and swim in Sarasota Bay. Take US 41, then turn onto Ringling Boulevard to Lido Key. Once over the Ringling Bridge at the first traffic light, you’ll find parking on the righthand side. This park continues under the bridge and around the other side with a protected grassy area and more shoreline.

Ken Thompson Park is a local favorite. Located directly on the water,  it’s not only fun for the dogs to play in, but a beautiful view as well. There are no fences at this park, but Doggy Waste Bag stations are available. Cross the John Ringling bridge and go through St. Armands, then turn right onto Ken Thompson Parkway. The dog park area is located toward the back of the street.

Venice Dog Beach is the area’s newest off-leash dog park, located in Venice, Florida. There is a fenced area, where dogs can run around, and there is also access to the beach (the only dog-friendly beach around). It is located south of the Venice Fishing Pier, near the golf course. Open from 7 a.m. to sundown, the beach features doggie drinking fountains, showers on decks for dogs only, fire hydrants and leash posts.

17th Street Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in North Sarasota County. Sometimes called “Paw Park North,” it features acres of grass and wood chips for dogs to play upon. It even has a red hydrant! It is open from 6:00 am until sundown.

Arlington Park is another off-leash dog park known as “Paw Park West.” Paw parks differ from dog parks in that your dog is free to run wild without being aggressive. The dogs are completely fenced in, and all sizes can socialize and play. There is an additional fenced area especially for small breeds and plenty of room to run for those whippets and greyhounds.


St. Armands Circle & Lido Key

Cha Cha Coconuts
417 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

Crab and Fin
420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

New Pass Grill
1505 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

Old Salty Dog 2
1601B Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

Cafe L’Europe
431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

15 South
15 Boulevard of the Presidents

Downtown Sarasota

Mattison’s City Grille
1 Lemon Avenue, Sarasota

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill
5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota

Owens Fish Camp
516 Burns Court, Sarasota

Cafe Americano
1409 Main Street, Sarasota

Siesta Key

Old Salty Dog 1
5023 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key

Sun Garden Cafe
210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key