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Dog-Friendly Parks near Sunset Islands

Amit Bhuta

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Feb 20 10 minutes read

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A luxurious private chain of artificial islands tucked in the Miami Beach archipelago, Sunset Islands, is a tropical retreat for the rich and famous-- and a unique, friendly destination for dogs and their owners in Miami Beach!

Known as one of the most highly desired addresses in South Florida since its creation, Sunset Islands is a group of four islands lying on South Florida's Biscayne Bay, between Sunset Harbor and the Julia Tuttle Causeway. 

The islands are as follows: Sunset Island I, Sunset Island II, Sunset Island III, and Sunset Island IV. 

They are connected to Miami with bridge access, providing high levels of security and privacy to the islands' residents.

Though Sunsets Islands are not frequented by tourists, as they are more residential than public, it's all the more reason to take a quick trip to these majestic islands! 

A secluded residential enclave amidst the vibrant South Beach, Miami Beach, and Downtown Miami?

Indeed, the ultimate definition of tropical luxury and these islands are all yours (and your pup's!) for the taking!

Here's a list of dog-friendly parks near the Sunset Islands.

1) Pride Park 

1809 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Relax at Miami Beach's new 5.8-acre Pride Park, across from the Miami Beach Convention Center! 

It's a 6-minute drive from Sunset Islands.

Along with Miami Beach Botanical Garden and several other attractions, it is part of the Miami Beach City Center Campus in the Miami Beach Convention Center district. 

Pride Park, which is named in support of the LGBTQ+ community, and to promote civic pride in the City of Miami Beach, offers a shaded respite with a veterans memorial, walkways, a sculpture by celebrated artists Elmgreen & Dragset, and a central lawn. 

The park allows dogs on leashes.

Whether you're in the area for a convention or just exploring Miami Beach, Pride Park is a great place to unwind while surrounded by nature.

2) Belle Isle Park (Top-Pick!)

Belle Isle Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Welcome to Belle Isle Park, home to one of Miami Beach's dog parks, the Belle Isle Dog Park, a fantastic destination made just for Fido, only a seven-minute drive from Sunset Islands.

Located in the center of a small island connecting Miami Beach to the city, Belle Isle Park offers plenty of amenities you can enjoy, such as a winding, paved walkway that guides you through the park perimeters, always green and filled with soft, well-maintained grass, water fountains for you and your pup, and benches under shade trees.

Belle Isle Park also has a playground for kids.

Meanwhile, Belle Isle Dog Park has two separate enclosures within the dog play area for small and big dogs. 

Poop bags are available too.

Don't forget to bring a leash! 

You'll need it when coming in and out of the park.

3) Maurice Gibb Memorial Park  

18th St & Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Maurice Gibb Memorial Park is a waterfront park with playgrounds and paths that honors the late Bee Gees member. 

It has beautiful views of the water and is a popular place for couples, dog owners, and families. 

Yes, folks, this park allows dogs within its perimeter as long as they're leashed!

The beautiful natural area has big trees that provide shade, a playground for kids, and many paths to walk on. 

There is also a wooden platform on the water, covered by trees, for enjoying the breeze.

It's a peaceful park to bring Fido for some sun and nature appreciation, a 7-minute drive from Sunset Islands.

Adjacent to the park is the Sunset Harbour condos and its marina, so it makes for some fun people-watching and boat-watching, too!

4) Miami Beach Soundscape  

400 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami Beach Soundscape Park is the green heart of Frank Gehry's New World Symphony campus, a world-class destination that marries music, design, and culture. 

The lush, contemporary park is the perfect place for visitors to unwind year-round under the shade of trees or a starlit sky-- whether you're human or the furry kind! 

And the good news? 

It's only a 7-minute drive from Sunset Islands.

Iconic pergolas embrace the park edges, their shape inspired by the puffy cumulous clouds inherent in South Florida's tropical climate. 

Their hand-fabricated painted aluminum structures not only provide shade but also support the spectacular blooms of bougainvillea vines, highlighting a threshold of color at the park's points of entry.

One of the park's most prominent features is an unprecedented, distinctive, and ambitious audio-visual program that creates an outdoor theatre – offering free performances at concert-level quality. 

The design of a family of custom architectural elements– the Ballet Bar, the Projection Tower, and the Media Hydrants – transformed what could have been an overwhelming number of park structures into an integrated and lyrical park element.

This 2.5-acre urban park welcomes well-behaved, leashed dogs at most of its events, including concerts, films, yoga, and other public gatherings. 

Dogs are allowed on the park grounds but not in the adjacent New World Symphony building.

Don't forget to bring a leash!

5) Collins Park 

2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

A small park that boasts perfectly manicured lawns, winding sidewalks, and palm trees for the perfect photo backdrop, Collins Park is, yet again, another lush and serene nature spot you can bring your dog to when traveling to Sunset Islands, only a 9-minute drive!

Decorated with public art, the park offers a small playground for children, walking paths for a stroll with Fido, an expansive grass area to enjoy a quiet moment, and a prime location near top tourist attractions in Miami Beach! 

Collins Park is the perfect stopover after dilly-dallying in the city with your pup!

Be sure to bring a lead when dropping by! 

Collins Park only allows doggie visitors on a leash.

6) 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, a 10-minute drive from Sunset Islands!

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. 

7) Canopy Park (Top-Pick!)

701 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Canopy Park, Miami Beach's new three-acre community park, between 600 and 700 blocks of Alton Road, is now open to the public and their dogs. 

The park is only a 10-minute drive from Sunset Islands! 

At Canopy Park, visitors can enjoy open greenspaces shaded by native tree species, pedestrian trails, 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 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?


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