Tampa, Florida, has many great off-leash dog parks. It is a good place to be right now if you are a northerner facing the cold. However, do keep in mind that there is a danger of alligators, so have an eye on your dog at all times possible!
David Island Dog Park
This is a nice park on water, where dogs can be off leash and go for a swim. It has grass and sand to enjoy, as well as ample parking and some spots for humans to sit and enjoy the sun. The park is fenced on three sides, the fourth side being the bay. Dogs aren’t allowed on the greater public beach.
Mango Dog Park
This park has two fenced areas, one for big dogs and one for small dogs. There are also pavilions, picnic tables, a dog washing area, drinking fountains for humans and dogs, and waste bags. There is lots of room for dogs to roam.
Palma Ceia Park
This off-leash park is surrounded by a four foot link fence. There is a double gated entrance with a concrete slab, dog and human drinking fountains, shade trees, waste bags and waste containers. It is about ¾ of an acre in size.
Picnic Island Beach Park
This is an off-leash dog park that is partially fenced, on the water. The leash-free area is located close to the boat ramp. It has a water station with a hose, waste bags, shade, drinking fountains and benches. It is bigger and less crowded than David Island.
West Park Dog Park
This park is kind of hidden in some industrial parts, so you should check directions before you go there. Many locals consider it the best dog park in Tampa and drive far away from their homes to get here. It offers trees, water, patios and some equipment. It’s clean and has water buckets for dogs to rinse off from. It often holds events and is very crowded on weekends, so you and your dog must be social to enjoy the park. It is closed on Wednesdays until 3 for maintenance.
Giddens Dog Park
This dog park is located in the greater Giddens Park. Locals often bring their dogs here on a regular basis. It has benches, waste bags, a water fountain, trees for shade, and balls for dogs to play catch with. It gets busy on weekends.