Dog Friendly Activities in Key West

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16 Jul 2020
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Dog Friendly Restaurants, Attractions & Activites

Key West is one city that definitely LOVES animals, especially dogs! Often when people visit Key West, they wonder where their precious pup may be allowed. Luckily, we offer a wide selection of pet friendly Key West vacation rentals. However, we understand the struggle of finding pet friendly establishments. Searching high and low we were able to come up with a nice list of restaurants, parks and other fun places your little furry friend can visit along with you!

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Key West

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Blue Heaven

Dine al fresco under canopies of tropical foilage with your pup at Blue Heaven in Key West! Parking is limited here so the restuarant recommends walking or biking. Your dog will love taking a morning stroll with you before grabbing a great breakfast, or Caribbean inspired seafood lunch and dinner. There are roosters and chickens roaming around so there is a little entertainment for your loving doggy. 

Louie’s Backyard

Enjoy ocean views and a full wine bar at Louie's Backyard restaurant. Dogs are allowed in the bar area and not to mention a little beach that site right next door. Enjoy some Caribbean-American cuisine at this elegant eatery and take your pup for a quick swim to cool off afterwards!

Hogfish Bar & Grill

This open-air Key West restaurant is a little slice of heaven - and they allow dogs! Well known for their excellence in seafood and their hogfish sandwich, the Hogfish Bar & Grill is the perfect spot for a fresh lunch or dinner. Your pup will enjoy the fresh breeze as you both take in panoramic waterfront views from under a covered patio. 

SALUTE! on the beach

Located right on Higgs Beach in Key West is a funky open-air restaurant that adores dogs. Bring your dog Salute for delicious Italian prepared dishes with an island twist for lunch or dinner. Salute is a sister restaurant of Blue Heaven, so if you enjoyed either restaurant you'll have to check the other out.

Dog Friendly Parks and Beaches

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Edward B. Knight Pier

Edward B. Knight Pier is the perfect leisurely activity for you and your favorite pup! The pier doesn't have attractions like restaurants or rides on it, but if offers spectacular views and the water surrounding it is shallow, so no need to worry about Fido being swept away. Edward B. Knight Pier is a little less crowded than many of Key West's main streets, so there is usually plenty of room for your pup to run around.

Higgs Beach Dog Park

The Higgs Beach Dog Park offers two different fenced open spaces for pups to play in. One side is for dogs under 25 lbs, and the other side welcomes pups of all sizes. There are watering stations for the pups and plenty of shade for the humans. You'll find a lot of locals go to the Higgs Beach Dog Park regularly and the under 25 lbs side is usually pretty popular. Beware that near the treeline is where the toads like to hangout, which can be harmful to your pup, so keep an eye on them.

Pet Friendly Museums and Attractions

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Easy Day Charters

Easy Day Charters in Key West offers private boat charters so you and your four-legged friend can get out on the water. You lose the crowds and choose the activities you enjoy - plan the day your way! We are pet friendly, dogs are encouraged to bring their owners and enjoy swimming and playing on secluded sandbars in the calm waters surrounding Key West.

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Small dogs that can be carried are welcome to join their owners at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Here, you'll learn the fascinating history of over 400 years of shipwreck salvage in the Florida Keys. There are actual artifacts from the 1985 discovery of the Isaac Allerton vessel, which sank in 1856. 

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Whether your pup is an Instagram star in need of some fresh pics, or they just love smelling the daisies, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be a treat! On a leash, your pet can explore the beautiful trails here with you. You'll both love seeing the flowers, palms, shrubs, butterflies, birds and more. Better yet, you'll be contributing to a cause that is working to protect the Florida Keys ecosystem. 

Key West Aquarium

If your pup is pretty calm around unusual animals and objects, you might enjoy a day at the aquarium together! Your dog is welcome to join you on your journey through the aquarium so long as they are on leash. The jellyfish exhibit is an absolute favorite and you'll also have the chance to see sharks, sting rays, lobsters, turtles and more.

Lazy Dog Charters

With a name like Lazy Dog, you might have guessed this adventure company will love your pup as much as you do. We saved Lazy Dog for last, because it is a Key West favorite! Bring your precious pup along on a paddleboard or kayak trip with Lazy Dog Charters in Key West. You can go for just a few hours or book a weekend retreat. 

Pet-Friendly Key West Events

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Key West Fantasy Fest

This 10-day festival is pet-friendly and even features a pet masquerade where dogs strut their stuff in costumes. Bring along your pup to stay in a pet-friendly vacation rental and take part in this parade of fun! Enjoy the excitement and fun of this wacky festival!

Plan Your Key West Vacation

As you can see your furry family member can enjoy this great island just as much as you! Start planning your trip now by booking your Key West vacation home with At Home in Key West.

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