PET FRIENDLY University of Florida UF

PET FRIENDLY University of Florida UF

Gainesville, FL 32611

Originally founded as a seminary, UF became a university in 1905. A research university with over 50,000 students, UF also includes the College of Veterinary Medicine and Small Animal Hospital, with specialties in cardiology, oncology, neurology, and more. Their behavior therapy unit helps pets overcome issues like aggression, thunderstorm phobias, and separation anxiety. UF College of Veterinary Medicine is at the forefront of research promoting breakthroughs in animal health.

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Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels near University of Florida UF

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La Quinta Inn Gainesville La Quinta Inn Gainesville

920 N.W. 69th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32605
920 N.W. 69th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32605
352-332-6466
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Pet Policy: Cats and dogs are welcome. No size restrictions. Up to 2 pets per room.

Policy Confirmed: 11/15/2018 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 11/15/2018

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Best Western PLUS Gateway Grand Best Western PLUS Gateway Grand

4200 Nw 97th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
4200 Nw 97th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
352-331-3336
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Pet Policy: Dogs Welcome. Max 2 Dogs Per Room With An 80 lb max weight. Other pets (Cats, Birds, Etc) possibly accepted. Fee of $20.00/day With A $100/wk max. Subject to availability of Pet Friendly Rooms.

Policy Confirmed: 10/30/2017 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 10/30/2017

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes near University of Florida UF

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Swamp Restaurant

1642 W. University Avenue,
Gainesville, FL
352-380-9291
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The Swamp is a Gainesville institution, “Serving the Gator Nation Since 1994,” as they proudly proclaim on the website. Swamp Starters include Macho Nachos and Gator Biters (yes, real gator tail with mango-chile glaze); try their Everglades Salad, with more gator tail, plus avocadoes, carrots, chutney, and greens, tossed with a pineapple vinaigrette. There are also sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, and specialties like the Spicy Tuna Bowl and Fresh Catch Platter. Sit and stay awhile with your best friend on their pet-friendly deck, and sip their house margarita, the Swamprita. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

6611 W. Newberry Road,
Gainesville, FL
352-331-8070
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Choose from one of the ten beers they always have on tap, plus a rotating selection of seasonal beers. Their menu includes starters, salads, burgers, and their own signature deep-dish pizza. Enjoy it on their pet-friendly patio. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Featured Pet-Friendly Dog Parks near University of Florida UF

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Dogwood Park

5505 SW Archer Road,
Gainesville, FL
352-335-1919
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This is a private dog park that also offers doggy daycare. The dog park provides 15 acres of open expanse and plenty of shade for your pup to explore and play in off leash, as well as two ponds for water fun. For nonmembers, the cost is $12/day. Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

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Possum Creek Dog Park

4009 NW 53rd Avenue ,
Gainesville, FL
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This off leash parks features separate areas for large and small dogs with plenty of room for your canine to run. There are doggy water fountains, shaded seating areas for pet owners, and complimentary poop bags.

One of the things we most admire about the school is Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, which provides students and vets with the knowledge and skills to meet the special needs of animals in shelter situations; it also offers outreach services directly to shelters. It's funded through Maddie's Fund, a family foundation named after the couple's beloved miniature schnauzer.

If you're looking for a pet friendly place to eat, don't miss The Swamp Restaurant, a Gainesville institution. Their Swamp Starters include Ahi Tuna Tacos and Gator Bites (yes, real gator, served with mango-chili puree). They have an impressive selection of salads, like the Swamp Signature Salad, with grilled chicken or salmon, apples, raisins, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Or you can build your own burger or pick from one of their many tasty sandwiches, like the Argentine, with steak, grilled onions, provolone, and a sunny side up egg on a roll topped with chimichurri. Enjoy it all on their dog friendly covered deck.

We also love The Top, which offers a build-your-own grilled cheese and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. And we like that they have two pet friendly seating areas.

Gainesville has numerous parks where you can let your dog off leash, including Forest Dog Park, Haisley Lynch Dog Park, Northeast Dog Park, and Possum Creek Dog Park. Our favorite is Squirrel Ridge Dog Park, with 17 acres for your pooch to run and play, with separate areas for small and large dogs, a sand pit, lots of shade trees, and a doggy water fountain.

Also, if you need doggy daycare, check out . It has 15 acres of grassy expanse plus two ponds to swim and splash in.