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Dog-Friendly Parks near Cocoplum

Amit Bhuta

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Jan 24 6 minutes read

Tucked in the lavish Coral Gables is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind waterfront neighborhood meticulously planned to perfect the combination of nature's beauty with architectural distinction, an upscale community you and Fido will love, the island of Cocoplum!

Bordered by the Gables Waterway and the Biscayne Bay edge, the residential enclave carries the tagline, "South Florida's Most Desirable Community," remaining as Coral Gables' most coveted private waterfront neighborhood dwellings

Here, you'll see a luxurious array of waterfront properties and stunning mansions owned by the affluent of Miami. 

While you won't see any expansive public parks within the island, Cocoplum boasts proximity to a few dog-friendly parks that are sure to make your trip worthwhile

And the good news is, you won't even have to travel far to reach them!

Here's a list of dog-friendly parks near Cocoplum.

1) Ingraham Park (Top-Pick!)

4751 Ingraham Terrace, Coral Gables, FL 33133

A leafy public park featuring shaded benches, a playground, and scenic water views, Coral Gables' Ingraham Park is one of the few nearby nature spots you can visit with your dog in Cocoplum.

An eclectic little spot with over two acres of open spaces and picnic tables, Ingraham Park has recently been revamped into a neighborhood park of elegance. 

Starting with its stunning fountain inspired by the Palace of Alhambra in Granada, Spain, to enhanced landscaping, exercise stations, walking & jogging paths, misting machines, inviting benches, and more.

Along with the park's reconstruction is the new bright red bridge serving as an enhancement to the Commodore Bike Trail. 

The bridge provides bicyclists and pedestrians a safe crossing over the Coral Gables Waterway between Cocoplum Circle and Ingraham Park.

And yes, dog owners, dogs are allowed in Ingraham Park, as long as you keep their leashes on! 

Since it doesn't get crowded much in the area, Ingraham Park is the perfect park to enjoy a relaxing quality time with Fido!

2) Matheson Hammock Park & Marina (Top-Pick!)

9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156

Plan a relaxing day with your pup at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables, another famous tourist spot nearby Cocoplum!

The 630-acre urban park surrounds the north and western ends of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, famous for its vast stretches of Florida mangroves and hardwood forests and planned green spaces designed by landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. 

At Matheson Hammock Park, you and your dog can enjoy South Florida’s beautiful water views and welcoming atmosphere. 

Meanwhile, its winding road takes visitors through three important Florida landscapes, starting with swamp and dense mangrove forests and ending at an open cove overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Matheson Hammock Park & Marina also boasts an artificial atoll pool, naturally flushed by the tidal action of Biscayne Bay. 

Its tranquil breeze-swept beach is a haven for families who enjoy the water and beautiful views. 

The park is a prime spot for kite-boarding, too!

Other amenities include a full-service marina, snack bar & restaurant, picnic pavilions, and nature trails. 

Dogs are allowed on the trails and in specific spots around the park on leashes. 

3) Dante Fascell Park (Top-Pick!)

8600 Red Rd, South Miami, FL 33143

One of South Miami's largest parks, Dante Fascell Parks boasts 7.73 acres of green space and is home to outdoor sports recreational areas, a beautiful sculpture garden donated by the City of South Miami's sister city Medellin, in Colombia, and lush mature trees.

And yes, folks, you can bring Fido when you visit! Just don't forget its leash!

At Dante Fascell Park, you can enjoy a jogging trail to explore with your pup, marvel around the sculpture garden, or sit on the picnic tables for a quick lunch or rest with your bud. 

Other amenities include six clay tennis courts, outdoor fitness equipment, a sand volleyball court, a gated playground and tot lot, vending machines, a basketball half-court, and restrooms.

4) Van Smith Park

7800 SW 59th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

Take a day off and smell the fresh air at the quiet Van Smith Park, a South Miami nature spot near Cocoplum.

At 1.14 acres, the small park features a short nature trail good enough for a stroll with your pup and a central grassy area for a quick family picnic or lounging under the sun.

Dogs on leashes are allowed inside Van Smith Park.

5) Veterans Park

8021 SW 58th Avenue, South Miami, FL 33143

Another pocket park you can take Fido to near Cocoplum is South Miami's Veterans Park, a 0.59-acre park with a gazebo, picnic tables, a tiny children's playground, and open green space to run or stroll with your pup.

Veterans Park allows leashed doggie visitors, but remember to clean up after them to maintain the park's cleanliness and safety.


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