Sarasota, FL off-leash dog park
Chloe and I went to Sarasota in mid- March for the opera season, and were happy to find the 17th Street Paw Park. It’s huge, with a very large small ‘n’ shy area. There are a couple of picnic tables and a lot of convenient plastic chairs (nearly all of which have been drawn by the locals into the sun, though there are several welcome patches of shade). There are trash cans and poop bags, and there are restrooms for the humans. We learned after a couple of mornings that the small dog owners are there only until around 10 a.m., so get there early. After 10 a.m. in Florida, I just want to lie down in front of the air conditioner anyway, so that wasn’t a problem for us. (I don’t know when the small dogs return in the evening, because that’s when we were at the opera.)
The only flaw in the set-up that I could find was the habit some of the owners have of washing their dog’s paws off in the metal drinking bowl under the fountain. On the bright side, that prompted me to add a bottle of water and a collapsible water bowl permanently to my purse, so now Chloe’s set. In a climate like Florida’s, especially for visitors who aren’t used to it, it’s just a good idea to carry water and a bowl all the time.
17th Street Paw Park
4570 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34230