Dog-Friendly Parks In and Around South of Fifth
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Minutes away from known Miami tourist traps like Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road lies a neighborhood that feels like a whole other world.
South of Fifth, which is at the southern tip of Miami Beach, is one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods and a place you and your dog should visit.
The enclave is a hidden tropical paradise close to all the fun things South Florida is known for. From east to west, it stretches from South Pointe Park at the end of Miami Beach to Fifth Street, a few blocks north. It is surrounded by water on three sides, from the ocean to Biscayne Bay.
And though the area is mostly residential and full of luxury condos, SoFi offers plenty for travelers, too, especially for dog lovers with their pups in tow!
Round up your furry besties because I'm here to tell you how to spend your much-awaited vacation in SoFi!
Here is a list of dog-friendly parks in the South of Fifth neighborhood.
1) South Pointe Park (Top-Pick!)
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Nestled at the southern tip of South Beach is South Pointe Park, a beautifully landscaped park with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Government Cut, and a Downtown skyline.
At South Pointe Park, you'll have access to the beach, an array of walking trails, picnic and barbecue areas, benches, a cafe, and an off-leash bark park.
There is also a mini water playground perfect for cooling off on a warm day, complete with a jungle gym and lush landscaping!
Meanwhile, take a stroll along the park's 20-foot wide promenade for photo-worthy views and see Fisher Island across the water as yachts pass by and continue to South Pointe Pier.
The 450-foot pier is a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals to fish and watch kayakers, surfers, and Jet Skiers.
It has viewing stations, turtle-safe lighting, recycling bins for fishing lines, and places to cut bait and wash freshly caught fish.
Explore South Pointe Park's winding paths, where you can run, bike, rollerblade, or skateboard.
You can also enjoy quality time with your toes in the sand at the park's beach, where you can surf, play volleyball, and paddleboard!
While you can bring your pup to the bark park on the western side, all four-legged friends must be leashed in all other areas.
Pets are not allowed on the beach.
225 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
At the south of Ocean Drive is another picturesque and tranquil park for outdoor lovers and dog owners who want to avoid the crowds-- Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park.
While the park isn't as famous as South Pointe Park, Hobie Island Beach Park, or Haulover Beach Dog Park, it offers a safe space for a calm, leashed stroll with your pup at its entrance and is adjacent to the beach for some sun and fun on the sand.
Other park amenities include an expansive playground for the kids, choice spots for a picnic, a lengthy bike/walk path, and benches for relaxing.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park is also nestled between South Point and Art Deco Drive, so you'll be close to an array of restaurants and hotels!
3) Washington Avenue Bark Park (Top-Pick!)
Washington Park, 201 2nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Two of Miami Beach's famous dog hangouts are the Washington Avenue Park's Bark Parks, located at the North East Corner of Washington Avenue and 2nd Street.
Yes, there are two of them!
There's no doubt it's a doggy haven (x2) that your pup will enjoy exploring!
The park features two double-gated dog runs, which allow owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into the play areas.
Other park amenities include benches, drinking fountains with doggy water pickets, waste collection, and disposal containers.
While Washington Avenue Bark Park is an off-leash park for dogs, owners must carry a leash with them as a precaution.
4) Canopy Park
701 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Canopy Park, Miami Beach's new three-acre community park situated between the 600 and 700 blocks of Alton Road, is now open to the public and their dogs!
At Canopy Park, visitors can enjoy open greenspaces shaded by native tree species, pedestrian trails, and bike paths, an outdoor gym, a dog run, an expansive children's playground, and public art displays.
Designed with sustainability in mind, Canopy Park reflects how landscape architecture can serve as a green resiliency solution for coastal communities with a host of environmentally conscious features, including a Maritime Hammock, bioswales, and a 25,000-gallon cistern to conserve and manage rainwater.
As for its four-legged visitors, they'll have their slice of heaven on the park's designated ovular lawn!
An environmentally conscious nature spot for outdoor lovers and pups?
Who can resist this beauty?
5) Flamingo Park (Top-Pick!)
11 Street & Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
Nestled in the heart of South Beach is a 36.53-acre park that dates back to 1950 that your pup will love to explore!
Welcome to Flamingo Park, a famous South Beach recreational destination with a beautifully landscaped state-of-the-art aquatic facility, a world-class baseball stadium, basketball courts, handball/racquetball courts, a memorial football stadium/running track, and soccer and softball fields.
Yes, folks, this park is jampacked with activities, and best of all, it has a bark park for canine visitors too!
The dog park has two separate areas, one opened at a time, to continuously serve the users.
The bark park serves as a social setting for owners to let their dogs off-leash, but remember to clean up after your pup and maintain them on a leash in all other areas of Flamingo Park.
Water is available in the runs, so Fido can grab a drink when needed.
The property is also home to agility and training equipment and a bike and walking track, where Fido is welcome to join his family on a lead.
Complimentary poop bags are available on the premises.
Other park amenities include a tot lot/playground and a tennis center.
6) Lummus Park
1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Occupying the beachfront, from 5th to 15th Street, Lummus Park is a 74-acre public urban park and one of South Beach's hidden gems.
While dogs aren't allowed to set foot on the actual beach, they're free to roam leashed on the park's walkways and grassy areas 24/7, with one of the paved walkways running parallel to the beach!
Lummus Park is also perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and fitness, all of which dog owners can do after a fun stroll around the park perimeters.
Other amenities include playgrounds for the kids, benches, umbrellas, and chaise rentals.
If your pup loves walks, this ten-block stretch in South Beach is for you!
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