The Bradenton and Anna Maria Island area is a tropical haven tucked along the Gulf Coast of Florida, beckoning to visitors with gorgeous beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. If your dog typically travels with you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that Braedenton is a very dog-friendly area. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you’re planning a Bradenton visit that includes your furry friend.
Dog-Friendly Bradenton Outdoor Activities
When it comes to dog-friendly beaches, Bradenton has you covered. One of the favorites among locals and visitors alike is the Palma Sola Causeway Beach. This picturesque spot located on Manatee Avenue Causeway between Bradenton and Anna Maria Island offers a designated dog beach area, allowing your pup to frolic in the sand and surf alongside you.
If you’re looking for more adventure, then Robinson Preserve is a must-visit. This expansive nature preserve features dog-friendly trails winding through mangroves and tidal marshes, with stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. Make a stop at the observation tower to see coastal birds and marine animals, or rent a kayak for you and your furry companion to explore the paddling trails throughout the preserve.
Take your dog on a walk through history at De Soto National Memorial. This free national monument includes dog-friendly walking trails with educational signage detailing the history of the conflict between conquistadors and the original native inhabitants of the Tampa Bay area. There is a small beach where well-behaved and leashed dogs can play in the water, and a modern restroom facility with water stations available.
If you want to have a relaxing beach day with your dog, head a bit further north to Fort De Soto Dog Park. This is the only white sand beach park in the Bradenton area where dogs are allowed off-leash. There are fenced-in areas along the shore with space for large and small dogs to play in the water, as well as a cleaning station and shaded benches for taking a break. Although this beach can get crowded in the late afternoon or on the weekends, there is a good amount of space to stretch your legs with your water-loving pup.
Dog-Friendly Bradenton Restaurants
There are a variety of dog-friendly restaurants throughout Bradenton and Anna Maria Island:
In Bradenton, your dog can join you on the expansive patio at Caddy’s, where American fare is served in a tiki-themed outdoor space overlooking the Manatee River. For a delicious brunch experience, head to Sage Biscuit Cafe, where dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating. Or head to Anna Maria Oyster Bar, where a large outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy their amazing seafood selection.
Bring your furry friend to The Bridge Tender Inn in Bradenton Beach, a casual sandwich spot where dogs are allowed on the patio and given special attention by staff. Or head to The Kokonut Hut, where you can dine on the large beachfront patio with your dog. Further north in Anna Maria, check out the large dog-friendly patio at The Ugly Grouper and enjoy fresh, local seafood.
Bradenton Dog Care Services
If you find yourself in need of extra dog food or supplies, there are several stores in Bradenton to choose from. Local store Perks4Pets carries a variety of natural foods, and bigger chains like Petco or Pet Supermarket will have a large variety of supplies as well. If you need something while visiting Anna Maria Island, check out AMI Beach & Dog Supplies for any last-minute supplies or dog-themed souvenirs.
If your dog has health needs while you are on vacation, there are many qualified veterinary clinics in Bradenton which can help. The highly-rated DeSoto Animal Clinic offers routine and emergency services, and Manatee Vet Clinic accepts same-day appointments. For any urgent care needs, Bradenton ER Vet Clinic offers expert care at any hour.
If you are heading out for an excursion where dogs are not allowed, why not send your furry friend for a spa day or a play day? In Bradenton, Woof on Cortez and BarksBnB offer daycare services with plenty of space to run around with other dogs. The full-service Yuppy Puppy Salon offers grooming services alongside daycare and boarding, and Pup In a Tub provides full-day grooming services where your companion can get a fresh cut and plenty of attention throughout the day.
Pack Your Bags!
With an array of pet services, outdoor dining and dog-friendly trails and beaches, Bradenton and Anna Maria Island ensure an unforgettable experience for all members of your family. Elevate your stay by booking a pet-friendly vacation rental through Island Dreams Realty, where your furry companion will have space to make themselves comfortable. Book your pet-friendly vacation rental and get ready to unleash the fun in Florida!