Dog owners wanting to take their precious pets for some fresh air or to socialize have many options in and around Destin. First there are several off-leash dog parks within a short drive, most of which have separate areas for small and large dogs. Additionally well-mannered, leashed dogs can be taken to any Florida state park. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on area beaches in most cases, without a special permit.
JD Miller Rd and Chat Holly Rd
Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32550
Bark Park is a two acre off-leash park on J.D. Miller road somewhat near the intersection of highway 98 and state road 331. It has a separate area for small and large dogs, chairs, shade trees, and running water. Owners must clean up after their dog, and it is recommended to bring a bowl if your dog will need a drink.
4100 Indian Bayou Trail
Destin, FL 32541
Destin Dog Park is approximately three acres and includes separate off-leash areas for large dogs and small dogs. Both areas have grass and trees, open spaces and shaded areas, watering stations for dogs and owners, benches, and waste receptacles. Parking available. Open dawn to 10 pm daily. Closed Tuesday mornings from dawn to 10 am for maintenance.
342 Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Located in Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach, this off-leash park is divided into large and small dog areas. It has water fountains and a hose station for the dogs. It is open sunup to sundown.
Highway 85 and College Blvd
(850) 279-6436, Ext. 3002
This four acre off-leash dog park is located in Niceville, a short drive from Destin. It features lots of shade, watering stations, picnic tables, and plenty of parking. Open from dawn until 10 pm.
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541
Though not technically a dog park, this state park allows quiet, well mannered dogs for no additional charge. Dogs must be on a hand held leash of 6 feet or shorter, cleaned up after, and not left unattended for more than 30 minutes at a time. Additionally they are only allowed on the nature trail, in the camp area, or on the sidewalk. They are not allowed to enter the beaches, playgrounds, or buildings.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Niceville, FL 32578
Another state park that allows quiet, well mannered dogs at no additional cost. Dogs
must be on a hand held leash of 6 feet or shorter, cleaned up after, and not
left unattended for more than 30 minutes at a time. Additionally they are not
allowed to enter swim areas, playgrounds, buildings, or food service areas, and
must not be walked by the water at night.