Tampa Bay is for the dogs—and we mean that in the best way possible.
Our devotion to canine companionship recently earned Tampa the No. 1 spot on WalletHub’s Most Pet Friendly Cities list; St. Pete landed at a respectable No. 26. This wasn’t some Teen Choice award, either; the rankings are based in cold hard facts, with specific data benchmarks setting the standard.
Check the scoreboard. You’ll see that our celebrated cities by the bay boast high concentrations of veterinarians, parks and pet-friendly restaurants. But even more telling? The region’s top two places to take your four-legged friend serve the dogs as much as they do their owners.
Let your pup live a little at these two dog-park-human-bar hybrids.
This pet paradise has long set the standard for pup-parent playdates—complete with more than 5,000 square feet of shaded play areas, 31 rotating draft beers, 20 TVs and a projector-illuminated game room tucked in the back.
You’ll just need updated copies of your dog’s shot records and will have to pay a $5 cover for the week (there are also membership options).
Bonus: The Dog Bar does an outstanding job of bringing in food trucks on a regular basis and sits within walking distance of dog-friendly breweries.
Tampa’s newest dog park opened mid-pandemic; an unneutered move if we’ve ever seen one, but a welcome addition for Tampañeos tired of driving over the bay.
Be warned, the cover price will set you back $7 ($2 more than The Dog Bar)—but the place features both air-conditioned and outdoor play areas for the pups.
The owners invested just under a million dollars to get it off the ground and only sling beer and wine at the moment from the 20-tap setup.