Take Your Pets (Dog or Cat) to College
Every time I head up to UCF to see my daughter, she asks that I bring our dog. Let’s face it; the pup is everyone’s favorite family member. How do you manage pets at school? 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 oblige. (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.
Pet-friendly restaurants near UM:
Many restaurants that allow dogs require them to be on a leash and be outdoors.
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
Cafe at Books & Books
George’s South Miami
Villagio (Merrick Park)
Sawa (Merrick Park)
Monty’s Coconut Grove
Greenstreet Cafe (Coconut Grove)
Lulu (Coconut Grove)
Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Be sure, when making reservations, you tell them you are traveling with a pet. Some have fees. You can book directly through the different hotel brands listed or book through a website like Expedia or Reservations.com or Hotels.com, Tripadvisor.com.
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:
Blanche Park – 3045 Shipping Ave, Miami, FL. Small tree-lined dog park with a fenced area for off-leash activities, shaded seats & cleanup bags.
Coconut Grove Dog Park – 2171 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL. Twenty minutes is a bit of a drive for your dog but perhaps you can plan an entire day in Coconut Grove. We list several restaurants that welcome dogs.
Dog Park – 6380 SW 78 Street, South Miami. Brand new dog park allows dogs, small and large, to run off-leash in a safely fenced-in area. The park features obstacles for dogs to play with and perform stunts, a gazebo hut, two benches and a water fountain for both pups and their owners. Bag dispensers and wastebaskets are on-site so owners can pick up after their furry friends.
Matheson Hammock Nature Trail & Dog Park – 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL. A free public park with acres of open space, miles of nature trails, mysterious old limestone buildings, a lake, and beautiful native plants and animals to observe. If you have a big dog that needs some extra exercise as I do, this is the perfect place to let them explore far from any busy streets or crowded dog parks.
South Miami Dog Park – 6380 SW 78th St, South Miami, FL. About 10 minutes from UM, this brand new dog park allows dogs, small and large, to run off-leash in a safely fenced-in area. The park features obstacles for dogs to play with and perform stunts, a gazebo hut, two benches and a water fountain for both pups and their owners. Bag dispensers and wastebaskets are on-site so owners can pick up after their canine friends.
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 owners in public places, i.e. restaurants, stores, hotels, so you may want to check before you head out.
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