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Dog-Friendly Parks In and Around Upper East Side

Amit Bhuta

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Feb 24 10 minutes read

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Bearing the perfect location with wide, tree-lined boulevards, mature canopy trees, tropical vegetation, abundant bird, marine, and aquatic life, approximately 100 acres of public parks, and sweeping water views over Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, Upper East Side, in its own right, is a Miami destination to watch out for, for travel lovers, nature enthusiasts, and dog owners alike.

The eclectic community with a kitschy blend of urban sophistication in a rural setting is one of Miami's first suburbs, known by most people as the MiMo (Miami Modern) District.

It features three distinct residential neighborhoods, Belle Meade, Bay Point, and Morningside, and is north of Edgewater, east of Little Haiti, south of the village of Miami Shores, and sits on Biscayne Bay.

And with its series of mostly residential enclaves (seven to be exact!), you're bound for a 27-block district of a well-rounded Miami experience and a memorable, nature-packed vacation with Fido!

Here's a list of dog-friendly parks in and around the Upper East Side.

1) Morningside Park (Top-Pick!) 

750 NE 55th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

Situated in Morningside, located north of Downtown Miami and within the general Upper East Side area, Morningside Park is the resident dog-friendly park you can visit when in town.

The cozy park near Biscayne Bay is brimming with activities for all ages, including facilities like basketball and tennis courts, a swimming pool, a football field, a boat rental, and designated picnic areas. 

It also offers kayak rentals, sailing water sports on weekends, and children's camps during summer, winter, and spring. 

For a relatively small fee, sailboat rentals are available, on which you can make entertaining cruises around Biscayne.

And the good news? 

You can share this paw-some moment with your furry companion since Morningside Park allows dogs on leashes!

2) Eaton Park 

460 NE 61st St, Miami, FL 33137

A quaint dog-friendly park in Upper East Side, Eaton Park is another option you can bring Fido to when you're looking for a quick walk around the neighborhood.

At Eaton Park, visitors enjoy an array of amenities, including a basketball court, bicycle paths, an open grassy area for multipurpose use, picnic tables and barbecue pits, a playground, and an outdoor sports area. 

While smaller than Morningside Park, it gives you enough space to take your pup out for a stroll.

Dogs are allowed to visit Eaton Park on a leash.

3) Legion Park (Top-Pick!) 

6447 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33138

A vast park perfect for leisure and play, Legion Park is home to the famous Legion Dog Park, where you can bring Fido for an off-leash adventure in Miami.

At Legion Park, you'll have seven acres of open spaces for your pup to explore-- on a leash. 

The park also has picnic tables & barbecue areas, a boat ramp, outdoor gym equipment, a kiddie playground, and a dedicated dog park with a drinking fountain where your dog can enjoy free play with its furry pals. 

Best of all, Legion Park is on the waterfront, which sets the mood altogether!

4) Manatee Bend Park 

465 NE 77th Street Rd, Miami, FL 33138

On the banks of the historic Little River, wedged up against the bustling neighborhood of Miami Ironside, sits a patch of grass where you can lie about and let your dog run around in the Upper East Side.

Welcome to Manatee Bend Park, a 1.2-acre park with open green spaces and fields right on the river, with tall trees that cover more than half of it under shade. 

Here, dog lovers and their pups can stroll its small, partly-shaded looping concrete trail, perimeter sidewalk, and a concrete trail that follows along the river's edge. 

It offers benches along the edge of the grass and a rocky shore that descends into the water.

One of the best features of this park is the fact that you can view manatees at this park. 

With picnic tables and benches available, there is plenty of room to sit and relax on the shore, where you can view hordes of sea cows relaxing in the water.

Due to this, doggie visitors must remain on a leash while at Manatee Bend Park.

5) Baywood Park 

496 NE 71st St., Miami, FL 33138

A small but lovely park in the Upper Eastside neighborhood of the Bayside Historic District, Baywood Park is a straightforward nature spot loved by locals and dog owners alike.

At Baywood Park, you'll find plenty of parking, peace, and a beautiful waterfront view overlooking Biscayne Bay, Bird Key, and Legion Picnic Islands. 

And while it doesn't offer many amenities aside from benches, nor does it have an expansive green space, you can walk Fido around the park, read a book, enjoy the plentiful marine and bird life in the area, or simply enjoy some quiet time with your pup amidst nature.

As a safety precaution, don't forget to bring a leash for your dog when you visit. 

6) Albert Pallot Park (Top-Pick!) 

3808 NE 6th Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Another quick drive from Upper East Side, five minutes, to be exact, is the Albert Pallot Park in Midtown, home to a massive M-shaped domino sculpture that seems to welcome you back onto the mainland.

Folks say hello to Jose Milton Park at E. Albert Pallot Greenspace, a design-forward green space perfect in its simplicity: a well-manicured, thoughtfully planned lawn with a winding path, a playground, a kayak ramp, and a stunning, unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay. 

The 3-acre park offers a large grassy area for picnics and a concrete area right before the water with benches to sit. 

You'll find your fair share of dog walkers, rollerbladers, and kids on the playground, especially during the late afternoons.

Bring water bottles to share and doggie clean-up bags to keep this park pup-friendly. 

And remember-- your fluffy friend needs to be kept on a leash throughout your visit!

7) Belle Meade Mini Park 

775 NE 77th St, Miami, FL 33138

While small and offering few amenities, the only park in Belle Meade, Belle Meade Mini Park, shouldn't be disregarded when looking for a nature spot in Upper East Side-- especially with a pup in tow.

The park has plenty of shade and room for the kids and Fido to play, boasting barbecue pits for your impromptu outdoor family lunches, picnic tables and benches to eat or sit on, and a vast shaded playground that your kids will love. 

And good news for dog owners, Belle Meade Mini Park also has a dedicated dog park within its premises, with a fenced area for off-leash fun. 

However, the rest of the park requires dogs to be leashed at all times. 

Don't forget to bring water and a lead for your dog when you visit!

8) Lemon City Park 

27 NE 58TH ST, Miami, FL 33130

If you're looking to go on a nice stroll with Fido in your time at the Upper East Side, come to Lemon City Park, Little Haiti's ultimate after-school hangout, a six-minute drive.

At Lemon City Park, visitors can take advantage of an expansive basketball court, sitting areas with barbecue pits, green spaces for outdoor play, and a recreation center. 

Dogs are allowed in this park on a leash.

Other park amenities include a kids' playground with shelters, large shade trees, and a scenic view of the lake.

9) Buena Vista Park 

5250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

A small park that exudes vibrant and fun energy, Buena Vista Park is a local hangout to bring your pup, a 6-minute drive via NW 54th St. from Upper East Side.

The city park boasts a basketball court, recreation center, kids' playground, picnic tables, and restrooms. 

It is where most residents socialize and relax with family, friends, and their dogs. 

You'll often see a bulk of visitors during mornings for a walk and after-school hours for the park's youth programs and seasonal camps in Buena Vista Park. 

Drop by the park with your dog in tow, but don't forget to pack its leash! 

Pets without one won't be allowed on the premises otherwise.

10) Pullman Mini Park

24 NW 49 ST, Miami, FL 33127

A small, well-kept park within Little Haiti, Pullman Mini Park is a passive nature spot in the middle of a neighborhood street where you can take Fido and the family on your trip to the neighborhood. 

It's a 6-minute drive from the Upper East Side.

At the park, you'll find picnic tables and barbecue grills, a playground for the kids, and large shade trees you can use as cover from the warm Miami sun. 

A soccer goal is also available in Pullman Mini Park, so don't forget to bring your ball! 

Dogs are allowed in this park on a leash.


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