The Lakelander’s Guide to Dog-Friendly Places

It’s no surprise that Lakeland was rated “Best Dog-Friendly Small City” by National Geographic Traveler magazine. From quality pet stores to dozen of dog-friendly restaurants (some even have their own menu!), Lakeland offers the perfect variety of activities to treat you and your canine to the ideal day out — there’s no need to leave your four-legged companion at home again. So, grab your dog(s), family, and friends, and follow The Lakelander’s guide to dog-friendly places!

Dog Parks

DiOgi Park at Loyce E. Harpe Park, Dog Leg Woods, Lake Crago Dog Park

Pet Supply Stores

Benson’s Canine Cookies, The Doggie Bag – A Pet Boutique

Outdoor Activities

Colt Creek State Park, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture at Florida Southern College, Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Mirror, Lake Morton

Lakeland was rated America’s Best Dog-Friendly Small City by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine. The ranking was based on pet shops, dog parks, groomers and pet-friendly eateries per capita.


For dog owners, it is fun and convenient to bring along your pup while grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a brewery. Just be sure to take along your own bowls (although most of these places provide water bowls, it is better to be safe than sorry), feed and walk your dog beforehand, and don’t forget the leash.


Black & Brew, Concord Coffee, Cozy Oaks, Divicious, Hillcrest Coffee, Mitchell’s Coffeehouse


Chipotle, Crisper’s, Frescos, Garden Bistro, Nineteen61, Palace Pizza, Purple Onion, Tea Largo, Tropical Smoothie Cafe


Abuelo’s, Burger 21, Cafe Roti, Dona Julia’s Mexican Restaurant, Fish City Grill, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Grillsmith, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Louis Pappas Cafe, New Moon Sushi, Patio 850, Red Door, Taco Bus, Texas Cattle Company, The Juice Box


Cob & Pen, Mojo Federal, The Brass Tap, Winner’s Circle, Sports Bar and Grill


Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, Gelati Joe’s, Twistee Treat