Dog-Friendly Parks in Homestead
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The second oldest municipality in Miami-Dade County, Homestead, is amping up its irresistible small-town charm, and it's a nature-filled haven that may just be the quick 'hooman-dog' getaway you need amid the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area!
The city is about 30 minutes southwest of Miami and lies between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west.
Homestead is one of the principal cities of Miami and a major agricultural area.
Posing as a complete polar opposite to its neighboring communities, Homestead offers locals and tourists a straightforward suburban atmosphere, composed of a welcoming town center, family-owned shops and restaurants, and an enticing introduction to the wealth of natural beauty.
Yes, we're talking about an abundance of greens and blues all around, a welcoming change of atmosphere for families who'd rather avoid the high prices, exclusivity, and round-the-clock party atmosphere for which Miami is known.
Of course, not WITHOUT a few choice spots for dog lovers and their furry travel companions too!
It's not a fab vacation without Fido in tow, agree?
Here's a list of dog-friendly parks in Homestead.
1) James Archer Smith Park (Top-Pick!)
200-398 NW 12th St, Homestead, FL 33030
A "furr-iffic" park in the Greater Homestead-Florida City area you can bring your pup to is James Archer Smith Park, one of the pet-friendly nature enclaves in the city.
At James Archer Smith Park, your dog can enjoy an array of agility equipment, including ramps, tunnels, and platforms. Aside from this, you'll find a separate area for small dogs to play in and doggy water fountains available.
There is also lots of space outside the dog park, but your pup must remain on a leash to walk on the park trails.
The few trees that line the fenced dog park provide a decent amount of shade during most hours of the day.
Doggie bags and garbage cans are located at the entrance to the fenced area.
Other amenities include a kiddie playground, tennis courts, sports fields, public restrooms, pavilions with picnic tables, and a walking path surrounding the park.
2) Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park (Top-Pick!)
1400 Palm Dr, Homestead, FL 33035
Located in the Greater Homestead-Florida City area is a park where your pup can play off-leash, Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park!
The park offers two gated areas for dogs, one for dogs over 25 lbs and another for small and timid dogs.
Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park also has a 'paw-some' trail you can walk, jog or run with your dog on a leash.
However, note that you'll have to observe certain restrictions for your pup, as not all areas allow dogs.
Water is available in the park, so bring your pup a cup to avoid dehydration.
Other park amenities include a soccer field, volleyball area, basketball court, gazebo, and several pavilions equipped with tables and barbecues.
3) Losner Park
104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
For a quick afternoon walk with your dog around the Greater Homestead-Florida City area, look to Losner Park, a quaint nature spot that offers a few amenities I'm sure you'll enjoy!
Here, you can enjoy several walking/jogging paths with Fido, leashed, a matted playground for the kids, picnic areas for a snack or simple lunch with the family, benches, a stage where community events are held, and a Veterans Memorial area.
Since Losner Park is located in downtown Homestead, it's nearby a lot of restaurants and shops, too, so don't forget to drop by and sneak in some shopping time before you head home.
4) Fasulo Park
400 SW 9th Ave Florida City FL 33034
Feast your eyes on Fasulo Park, a nature enclave that offers a safe space for your dogs to explore on a leash!
At Fasulo Park, you can stroll with Fido on a paved walking path winding through its perimeter.
During your walk, you'll pass by a lake, expansive fields, and groves of lush green palm trees.
Be sure to bring your doggy bags and water for your dog to avoid any mishaps during your visit.
When you get famished after your stay, grab lunch with your pup at the nearby Capri restaurant and enjoy an Italian spread, including delicious pasta dishes that feature fresh seafood!
Doggie diners are allowed at the restaurant's outdoor tables, leashed, of course!
5) Everglades National Park (Top-Pick!)
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
One of Florida's famous natural treasures is Everglades National Park, a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida.
And yes, it's also among the pet-friendly spots you can visit with Fido when you're in Homestead!
Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades comprise coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes, and pine flatwoods, home to hundreds of animal species.
At Everglades National Park, guests can enjoy a lineup of activities, including birdwatching, wildlife encounters, camping, boating, and hiking.
While not all areas are open to four-legged visitors, the park offers a few spots you can share with your pup, like the campgrounds, paved roads and parking lots, picnic areas, private boats, and maintained areas near its visitor centers.
Please note that dogs are not permitted to go on trails, public buildings, and unpaved roads for their safety and the preservation of Everglades National Park.
It's also important to keep your dog on a leash to prevent mishaps during your visit.
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