Take Your Dog (or Cat) to College
Every time I headed up to Florida State to see my kids, they asked that I bring our dog. Let’s face it; the pup is everyone’s favorite family member. Personally, I would rather travel with a dog than have our daughter adopt one of her own that may eventually become mine too, so I often obliged. (You may want to see our blog on Pets at College if you already have a grandbaby with fur.) The good news is that is becoming rather common for people to travel with their pets.
Andrews Capital Grill
Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack
Canopy Road Café
Food Glorious Food
Kool Beanz Café
Liberty Bar and Restaurant
Proof Brewing Company
Sweet Pea Café
The Brass Tap
Wells Brothers Bar and Grill
Aloft Tallahassee Downtown – 200 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Baymont by Wyndham Tallahassee Central
Best Western Tallahassee – Downtown Inn & Suites. 2016 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Candlewood Suites Tallahassee – 2815 Lakeshore Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32312
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Tallahassee Conference Center North – 2725 Graves Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tallahassee State Capitol – 210 S. Magnolia Drive Tallahassee
Homewood Suites Tallahassee – 2987 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Red Roof Inn Tallahassee – University. 2930 Hospitality St, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Staybridge Suites – Tallahassee I-10 East. 1600 Summit Lake Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32317
Be sure, when making reservations, you tell them you are traveling with a pet. Some have fees.
Perhaps while in the area you just want to let Fido get out and run a bit.
Here are a few dog parks in the area:
All Saints Dog Park – 810 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Features two fenced-in areas for dogs to socialize.
East Peck Greene Park – 229 W Park Ave.next to the LeRoy Collins Leon County Library. An “urban dog park,” meaning it is small, occupying only the northwest corner of the park. Features two fenced-in play areas for dogs and a shady area for pet owners to lounge around.
Landis Green – 113 Collegiate Loop, ALL pets on campus are required to be on a leash but this a great place to let the puppies roam and interact with other dogs. Students walking to class immediately put on a smile when they are greeted by some loving animals.
Langford Green – in front of Doak and Landis are nice areas to play and relax with dogs.
Park Avenue Dog Park – 200-298 W Park Ave
These parks are dog-friendly, but not solely for dogs:
Dorothy B. Oven Park – 3205 Thomasville Rd. Enjoy acres of gardens filled with azaleas, camellias, palms, and other local florals. With a mixture of paved and unpaved trails, several beautiful bridges, and picnic grounds, this is the ideal place to spend a great day with your furry best friend.
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park – 4900 Heritage Park Blvd. Known for its beautiful unpaved trails that curve around Piney Z Lake. You and your dog will enjoy breathtaking views of the woodlands, picturesque sights of the lake, and majestic glimpses of local wildlife—turtles, alligators, and native birds.
Lake Ella and Fred Drake Park – Conveniently located in Midtown Tallahassee, near Black Dog Café and The Growers’ Market, Lake Ella and Fred Drake Park is a great place to spend a leisurely day with your 4-legged pal. Enjoy a walking(or running)around the lake, picnic pavilions, and beautiful fountains.
San Luis Mission Park – 1313 San Luis Rd. Escape into a lightly wooded country for a fun-filled day with your dog. Enjoy numerous leashed activities such as hiking around Diego’s Look, fishing on Lake Esther, or just relaxing in the shade in the picnic grounds. You will also find a fenced dog park where your furry friend can have some leash-free fun.
Tom Brown Park – 443-557 Easterwood Dr. Enjoy the outdoors with your furry best friend. Three hiking trails, two bodies of water, and plenty of outdoor activities, this is one of Tallahassee’s largest and most popular parks. Numerous leashed activities such as 24-hole disc golf, hiking around Lake Leon or running around beautiful soccer fields. If you want to let your dog run around free, there’s also a fenced dog park for some leash-free fun. Water bowls provided.
Of course, if you are traveling with a service animal, which is not considered a “pet,” you are allowed to take your service dog virtually anywhere you are allowed to go. There should be no extra fees or deposits for this. However, emotional support animals may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places, ie. restaurants, stores, hotels, so you may want to check before you head out.
And here’s a bonus should your pup need a bath after all this play:
Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) Dog Wash fundraisers is taking place on the 2nd Saturday of the month (Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM) and the wash is just a $10 donation: which includes hypoallergenic coconut shampoo, towel dry and an optional flea dip. They also offer additional spa services like Professional Nail Trims, Furminator undercoat brushing and Woof Poof cool blow dry. 413 Timberlane Rd,