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Dog-Friendly Parks In and Around Surfside

Amit Bhuta

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Feb 21 9 minutes read

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A beautiful, pedestrian-friendly oceanfront community spanning only a square mile, nestled between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour, Surfside is a charming oasis that offers everything for everyone-- whether human or a furry pal with a wagging tail!

Located in South Florida's subtropical paradise, the quaint seaside town has the Atlantic Ocean lapping against its eastern shore and the Intracoastal Waterway on its west

It is also bordered on the south by North Beach and Bal Harbour in the north.

With its decidedly retro, small-town appeal, Surfside keeps it easy-breezy for its visitors and locals through the simple things-- a walkable downtown district, a peaceful beach, unique stores, stylish boutiques, and an abundance of outdoor recreations.

All that plus the lineup of parks surrounding the neighborhood that dogs and nature lovers can enjoy?

Like a community cut out from a fairytale, indeed!

Here's a list of dog-friendly parks in and around Surfside.

1) Paws Up Dog Park  

Corner of Byron Avenue and 93rd Street, Surfside, FL 33154

If you're looking for a spot to let your dog off-leash within Surfside, visit Paws Up Dog Park, a fun grassy park made just for pups!

While small and offers few amenities, the park may just be what your dog needs for a little downtime during your Surfside stay. 

Paws Up Dog Park has fenced areas for small and large breeds, pet waste stations, and enough space for running around and meeting new furry pals! 

Don't forget to bring your pup's leash!

2) 92nd Street Park 

92nd St., Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154

What was once an under-utilized parking lot, Bay Harbor Islands' 92nd Street Park, has been converted into an urban community park with an open green lawn and a dedicated dog-run area. 

Yes, dog lovers, 92nd Street Park welcomes your furry pals with open arms! 

And it's only a 2-minute drive from Surfside!

Here, you can take a stroll with your pup, hang out, and do a doggy workout with its doggie agility equipment! 

Tire your doggos out and let them run freely through the exciting course!

92nd Street Park also offers exercise equipment for the 'hoomans,' water fountains, benches, picnic tables, and solar-powered lighting.

3) Officer Scott A. Winters Park (Top-Pick!) 

1145 98th St, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154

Officer Scott A. Winters Park, the most famous Bay Harbor Islands town park, is also a hit with doggies and pet owners who need Q-time in Surfside--it's only two minutes away! 

The park was named after Officer Scott Winters, who grew up in the Bay Harbor Islands and served as a member of the Pompano Beach Police Department when he was shot and killed on the evening of July 29th, 1990. 

It is a local favorite nature spot for families and tourists with numerous recreational activities and amenities like park benches, pavilions, playgrounds, and an interactive splash pad with water jets and sculptural features.  

The park is also the ultimate go-to for dog owners, as it offers a separate expansive dog run and park at the adjacent 98th Street Dog Park.

It's, indeed, a fun spot everyone in the family will enjoy, furry or otherwise!

4) Bark Beach-North Beach Oceanside Park (Top-Pick!) 

8328 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Who knew dogs could be so lucky lounging beachside at their very own Bark Beach? 

Found in North Beach Oceanside Park, Bark Beach is your pup's perfect spot for sun, sand, and sea, a 3-minute drive from Surfside.

While the entire beach area along North Beach Oceanside Park is off-limits to non-human visitors, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM are an exception! 

During this period, the section between 80th and 81st Streets becomes an off-leash doggy paradise! 

That's right, your dog can romp in the sand and splash in the water during these special dog-designated hours, but be sure they keep within the dog beach area.

Let your dog play under the sun, crush the sand castle you built, or get their paws wet on the beach. 

Your dog can run the stretch without a leash,  but keep it on hand, as you'll need it when entering and exiting Bark Beach and in the rest of the park. 

If you didn't know, North Beach Oceanside Park also has another treasure for dogs, a dog park within the park! 

It has two double-fenced dog-run areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs, so your pup can ditch the leash again inside the area!

The dog park also features water fountains for thirsty pups, benches, bags, and trash cans to make clean-up a breeze!

5) Stillwater Bark Park-Stillwater Park 

8440 Hawthorne Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Located at the entrance of gated Stillwater, Stillwater Park is a cozy triangle-shaped green space in the Biscayne Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, only a 4-minute drive from Surfside.

The park features amenities for all ages, including a playground designed for children ages 5–12, spring riders, a climbing board, a track rider (or zip line), a seesaw, toddler, and youth swings, a fully lit basketball court, and a grassy field with benches. 

There are also picnic tables and benches peppered throughout the park.

The good news? 

This park offers a bark park for Fido! 

Located at the northwest corner of Stillwater Park, it features two double-gated dog entrance areas, divided for small and large breeds, allowing owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into the off-leash spots. 

Other park amenities include a drinking fountain for owners and dogs, waste collection, and disposal containers.

6) North Bayshore William Lehman Park 

12220 N Bayshore Dr, North Miami, FL 33181

All dog owners yearn for a great view and a safe place for their dogs to run wild during a vacation, and when around Surfside, North Bayshore Park is the perfect option, only a 6-minute drive from the neighborhood.

With its fishing pier, outdoor exercise stations, picnic areas, benches, shelters, and expansive dog park, North Bayshore Park is a dream for families and dog lovers alike. 

And since it's right by the ocean, the park is also an honorary local chill spot during lazy afternoons! 

At the dog park, you'll find two separate areas for small and large breeds, complete with agility and play equipment for pups! 

They'll never grow bored at North Bayshore Park, for sure!

Bring Fido's leash when you visit, as you'll need to have your dog on a lead when going in and out of the off-leash area.

7) Haulover Beach Park (Top-Pick!) 

10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

Feast your eyes on Haulover Beach Park, a 177-acre urban park between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, a six-minute drive from Surfside. 

It is known as one of Miami Beach's premier dog-furiendly beaches, attracting people and their pooches from all over the world to its sandy shores!

Yes, folks, there are tons of fun to be had at this paw-some beach!

Take a stroll on the nearby dock or enjoy a picnic at tables. 

Or, if you're looking for an expansive space your dog can enjoy, visit Bark Park, an off-leash dog park in Haulover Beach Park. 

It features fenced large and small dog sections, drinking water, and clean-up bags for your convenience.

But that's not all!

If you're looking forward to swimming with your canine, you have come to the right place! 

You'll find a dog-friendly designated beach area between Lifeguard Towers #2 and #3, available from 8 am to 3 pm. 

Just be sure to keep your dogs on a leash until they're safely in the designated off-leash dog zones of the park and beach.


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