Pet-Friendly Things to Do

Greater Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place for both you and your pets to stay and play. As a region rich with parks, lakes, oceanfront, dog runs, trails, and other outdoor activities, there’s plenty to entertain you and your four-legged friends. There’s even hotels, spas, boutiques, and restaurants ready to welcome and pamper your animal companions.

Cuddle Up in Comfort

If you’re used to having an extra guest at the foot of the bed each night, Greater Fort Lauderdale has more than 100 pet-friendly hotels. Maid service in the afternoon is included, but wet kisses on the nose or soft meows in the morning are entirely up to your bedmates.

With so many hotels to choose from, be sure to pick a location that’s close to your best friend’s favorite activities. Most neighborhoods in Greater Fort Lauderdale have a pet-friendly park nearby; Barkham Park in Sunrise’s Markham Park, Bark Park at Snyder Park in Fort Lauderdale, and Dog Beach of Hollywood are just a few of the largest and most popular.

For dogs whose idea of heaven is playing fetch in the surf, try a pet-friendly beachfront hotel like The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, all of which are just a tennis ball toss from the sea and sand. Or, for easy access to nature trails and the Everglades, check out Comfort Suites Weston or La Quinta Inn & Suites Sunrise Sawgrass Mills, both on the western edge of Greater Fort Lauderdale and a short drive from hikes sure to keep your dog’s nose pinned to the ground in excitement.

Pamper Your Pet

Tuckered out after a long walk or just waking from a catnap? Greater Fort Lauderdale offers numerous opportunities to treat your pet to an afternoon at a pet-friendly spa or groomer. The professionals at Java Cat & Dog Spa promise to treat your pet as though they’re a member of their own family. The spa offers full grooming services for dogs large and small as well as cats, including hand-blow drying and scissor-cut finishes. For dog grooming in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale, try the Pampered Pooch Salon on Las Olas Boulevard. All breeds are welcome and walk-in appointments are available.

Show Off That New Coat

Once they’ve been groomed, it’s time to show off that glossy new coat, and the bars and restaurants of Greater Fort Lauderdale will be pleased to welcome your pets. Some of the best pet-friendly restaurants are within a short stroll of each other on Las Olas Boulevard. Let your leash be your guide as you make your way east to Yolo, Big City Tavern, Indigo, Golden Lyon Vintage Pub, Café La Bonne Crepe, Luigi’s Tuscan Grill, and The Floridian—all ready to greet a new four-legged friend.

If you want to make sure your friend has something to feast on while you eat, be sure to first hit up one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s pet bakeries and boutiques, such as Diamonds and Doggies or TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique for edible treats as well as toys, leashes, collars, and canine couture.