Dog-Friendly Guide to Tampa, FL

A woman and her two dogs stand in front of a City of Tampa mural

Murph and I have done some serious exploring over the last 5 years together, and we want to share some (there’s a long list) of our favorite places to go when you come visit the beautiful city of Tampa!

Breweries (We have over 80!)

We have so many awesome breweries around Tampa Bay it’s hard to choose! From Downtown Tampa, to Dunedin, to across the bridge to St. Pete, right up to Riverview. 

Which brings us to our first stop -- Leaven Brewing! We were actually Mug Club members their 2nd year of being open, but you will find some dang good brewskis (Is Blueberry or Cheeky Blonde are our fav’s), a plethora of treats, and some of the friendliest Brewery owners (S/O Jillian & KJ) -- also inside/outside doggo friendly. 

Second stop is 7venth Sun’s second location in Seminole Heights! They have a fantastic selection of interesting brews, but my go-to here is the Graffiti Orange! This place is great if you’re looking to bring your pupper inside while you toss one back, and it’s within walking distance to so many interesting other pet-friendly shops and restaurants (go stop by Health Mutt for all your Earthborn needs, and say Murph sent you)!

The last stop is Coppertail Brewing, a Tampa beer staple! This is a great place to visit for food (get the tots) and brews (the Independent is my fav), but as a head’s up this brewery is patio doggo-friendly only. They also have 20+ beers on tap, along with wine, and a great brewery tour ($7) if you ever visit without your furry companion.

A great dane lays on the floor of Leaven Brewery in Tampa, FL

Sparkman Wharf

Ok, this is one of THEE best spots to visit while you’re here! Sparkman Wharf knew what they were doing when they envisioned a place where our entire community could gather, eat, drink, and be merry. They have the best of what Tampa has to offer (and they’re expanding), Florida’s great weather, waterfront views, live music, a smorgasbord of good eats and drinks! And the best part is it’s family AND doggo friendly! Most of the vendors have treats behind the counter if you bark nicely.

A female and her great dane attend a watch Party for the Tampa Bay Lightning at Curtis Hixon Park Downtown in Tampa

Dog Beaches

This might be the best selling point for Tampa Bay, which is why I saved it for last. Tampa Bay is full of different dog-friendly beaches, just please make sure to leave the beach cleaner than when you left it (including poops). 

Our most commonly visited beach would be Davis Island Dog Beach. There are two fenced-in areas for dogs on Davis Island - one is a beach and the other is your typical dog park. It is a little more industrial, but the water is calm with minimal waves, and has a place to wash your dog off after a day in the sun!

Next up we have Honeymoon Island! Never too crowded, crystal clear waters, a true BEACH beach where you can set up all day with your furry best friend! There are 4-5 beaches within the park, but there is a designated part for four-legged visitors, so keep your eyes open!

Lastly, we have Pass A Grille Dog Beach. This is a great option if you are headed over the bridge to visit our sister city St. Petersburg! It is a smaller, more secluded beach with normal beach goers AND furry four-legged ones! This is also a true beach with waves, shells and sand, and varying water depths. It does cost $3.75 per hour to park at this location.

A great dane runs across a Tampa beach next to the water

Come See Us!

Whether you and your pups are coming to visit or coming to stay, rest assured that Tampa has a great selection of spots for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy! From breweries to beaches, Tampa has something to offer for everyone–and you can definitely bring the dogs! 

Author

Blog author Chynna Rater and her dogsChynna Ratner, Murph, & Honey

Chynna lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and two amazing pups. A former D1 Beach Volleyball Player, turned Digital Marketing Expert, her work is never done but she spends the majority of her free time exploring (eating & drinking) Tampa, traveling, and creating content! Her two dogs, Murph the Great Dane, and Honey the American Staff/Chow Mix are BOTH rescues! Murph is the typical velcro dog, loves to nap, throughly enjoys all types of food. And Honey is extremely athletic, loves her dad, and loves sunbathing almost as much — is also very food motivated! You can follow along on more of Chynna's Tampa adventures on Instagram at @__chytea__.