Heading down to Disneyworld or Universal Studios this summer? Many people are, and they often neglect to bring their dogs along. However, keep in mind that in addition to all of these crazy human creation fiascos, there are also several lovely dog parks within the area!
There are several rules you must follow when you take your dog to one of these parks:
For instance, you must be within the fenced premises of these dog parks, and your dogs must be under voice command. Aggressive dogs aren’t allowed, and dogs that show signs of aggression will be asked to leave. You must have access to a leash at all times. Dogs must be leashed upon exiting and entering the dog parks. Dogs must be cleaned up after; bags are provided. Ill dogs and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
Do not bring food, or run within the dog park. Dogs must display all tags and licenses. There may be additional rules based on common sense. Dog owners who do not go along with these rules will be asked to leave.
West Orange Dog Park
This dog park is located in Winter Garden, Florida. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Have a map printed out, because it is a little tricky to find, depending on where you come from. It has separate areas for large and small dogs, time out areas, a dog water fountain, obstacle course, walkway, benches, shade trees, picnic tables, and drinking fountains for humans. It’s a popular park, so make sure you and your dog are social!
Downey Dog Park
This park is located in Orlando, Florida. This dog park is part of a greater park, but isn’t a great place to go when it rains, because it gets muddy. It has separate areas for small and large dogs, time out areas, a dog and human water fountain, benches, picnic tables, shade trees. It gets busy on weekends.
Meadow Woods Dog Park
This park is located in Orlando, Florida, next to Meadow Woods High School. It is a simple and clean dog park. It has separate areas for large and small dogs, and a hose for dog washes. For humans, there is a water fountain, cement walkway and picnic tables. It gets really hot in the summer, due to lack of shade trees.
Barber Park Dog Park
This dog park is located in Orlando, Florida, within the greater Barber Park. It has separate areas for large and small dogs. It is clean and recently built. It has human and dog water fountains, a few pieces of agility equipment, picnic tables, and garbage cans. It doesn’t have the highest ratings because there are no shade trees, and it is near the airport so the planes make a lot of noise.
Barnett Park Dog Park
This dog park is located in Orlando, Florida, directly behind the Central Florida Fairgrounds. This is the newest dog park, but it’s hard to find. You must cross a small foot bridge to enter it. It has a separate area for large and small dogs, as well as some benches.
Dr. Phillips Dog Park
This park is located in Orlando, Florida. It is one of the newest dog parks in the county. Be very careful of poisonous snakes that may enter its premises. This park has a separate area for large and small dogs, with a water fountain in each area. There are some trees, a lakefront view, a cement walkway, picnic tables and garbage cans. It is located near a basketball court and a playground, so it can get a bit noisy.