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Top 10 pet friendly things to do in Key West

So you want to move here, but you’re wondering ‘just how pet friendly is Key West?’, well I’m here to tell you that the answer is very! With the year-round sunshine, there is so much you can enjoy doing with your best friend. From enjoying a stroll on the beach, to listening to live music and enjoying happy hour – here are my top 10 pet friendly things to do in Key West.

  1. Edward B Knight Pier –
    Offering spectacular ocean views why not grab the leash and take an early morning walk to watch the sunrise with your favorite cup of coffee. This dog friendly spot has shallow waters and is less crowded than many other spots in Key West, making it the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.
  2. Dog Beach –
    Dog beach is a small beach known to locals as being a great place to watch your furry friends face as they splash around in the ocean, enjoying the cool water on a hot day! While not a beach you would want to spend all day on – it’s well worth the trip to enjoy some time with your best friend.
  3. Louie’s Backyard –
    Conveniently located right next to Dog Beach, when you and Fido are finished having fun, take a walk into one of the best bars and restaurants Key West has to offer and enjoy a nice brunch with ocean views. Dogs are welcome at the bar and outdoor areas.
  4. Easy Day Charters –
    Want to get out on the ocean but worried about what to do with your dog? Easy – take him with you! Easy Day Charters offers private charters so you and your four-legged friend can get out on a boat. Plan your trip the way you want it – from sandbars and snorkeling to sunsets and fishing, what you choose to do is entirely up to you!
  5. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park –
    Although dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the fort, there is so much more to enjoy in Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Walk one of the many beautifully scenic trails, or enjoy a family picnic at one of the designated picnic spots with picturesque views.
  6. Key West Aquarium –
    Well behaved leashed pups are more than welcome at this Key West attraction! With fun for all the family, who doesn’t love an aquarium? Located in the famous Mallory Square, stop by and get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures in the Florida Keys, then take a walk outside and enjoy one of those world-famous Mallory Square sunsets!
  7. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens –
    Located just over the bridge on Stock Island, the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens offers 15 acres of year-round trails that you can explore with your furry best friend. Enjoy the only ‘frost-free’ subtropical forest and botanical garden in the Continental United States, wander around the last two remaining freshwater ponds in the Florida Keys and watch the birds and butterflies fly around the beautiful plants and flowers.
  8. Southernmost Point –
    Key West is famous for being the Southernmost city in the Continental United States, so why wouldn’t you want to take a stroll and visit the Southernmost Point buoy and get your picture taken with your best friend! One of the most visited and photographed places in the US – this is an attraction everybody must see at least once.
  9. Geiger Key Marina –
    Sit back and relax – order a fish taco or a grouper sandwich and sit waterside, enjoying the views, at a charming tiki table with your dog. Tucked away off the beaten path this restaurant features fabulous views without the hustle and bustle of heavy tourist traffic!
  10. Fantasy Fest –
    While not a year-round event, Fantasy Fest is an event everyone must experience at least once in their life (including your four-legged bestie!). Dogs are welcome to enjoy all that Fantasy Fest has to offer, including getting dressed up! The pet masquerade is a costumed parade competition for dogs and owners to strut their stuff.