Sometimes you want to go out, but you don’t want to leave your sweet pooch at home alone. Take a look at some of the places in and around Tampa that don’t mind if your fur baby tags along.

Dog Parks

While dogs on the beach are a rare thing these days, plenty of parks are dog-friendly. Check out Picnic Island Park, Curtis Hixon Park, and Rowlette Park in Tampa. Tarpon Springs has a dog park that’s adjacent to a splash pad so you can bring all of your kids, not just the furry one. If you find yourself in Clearwater, you can check out Enterprise Dog Park or Crest Lake Dog Park, too. 

Pet Stores

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Whether it’s Petco or PetSmart, your dog is welcome. If you want to keep it local, check out Health Mutt on Central Avenue or Downtown Dogs in Hyde Park,  your sweet boy or girl will be right at home, and probably find a few new friends while they’re there. Don’t forget to keep them on a leash and pick up after them if they have an accident in all the excitement.

Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

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Almost any restaurant with an outdoor patio will likely be dog-friendly. Always ask first. Some may not allow dogs, other than service animals. Some restaurants in the Tampa area are known for being dog-friendly though. Check out Maloney’s Irish Pub, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, Gaspar’s Grotto, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, and more on BringFido.com.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Who doesn’t want something cold and sweet when the weather gets hot? You and the kids want some, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that your family dog would love it, too. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream serves up free doggie sundaes, so make your next ice cream treat something the whole family can enjoy!

Columbia 

Not only is the Columbia Florida’s oldest restaurant - it opened in 1905, it’s also rich in history and filled with excellent food and wine. They have seven locations to choose from with the largest in Ybor City, it's the largest Spanish restaurant in the world, according to the restaurant website. If you’re out and about, having a big day with your dog, stop here for lunch or dinner. Dogs are welcome out on the patio, and they’ll even bring your furry friend a bowl of cold water, according to BringFido.com.