Dog and Dog-Friendly Parks 

Sarasota County offers two types of areas where you and your dog can walk and play. They are categorized as either “Dog Parks” or “Dog-friendly Parks.”

Dog Parks (also known as paw parks) are areas where dogs can play and exercise off-leash in a fenced area specifically designed for such use, under the supervision of their owner. The off-leash dog parks managed by Sarasota County are located at 17th Street Park, Lakeview Park and Woodmere Park. In addition, South Brohard Beach Paw Park offers an off-leash beach area for dogs.

Dog-friendly Parks include parks, preserves and trails where dogs are welcome within the designated areas, but must be kept on a hand-held, maximum 6-foot leash at all times.

Dog Restrictions

Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, athletic fields or other areas not designated for dogs on leash.

Dog owners are responsible for supervision and for immediately picking up after their pets.

Locating Dog and Dog-Friendly Parks

For a complete listing of Dog Parks and Dog-friendly Parks, please use the drop down list below.

  • Bayfront Park

    1. Address:4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive
      Longboat Key, FL 34228
    2. Phone:(941) 316-1999
    1. Basketball
    2. Birding
    3. Canoe/Kayak Launch
    4. Dog Park
    5. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    6. Fishing Pier
    7. Grills
    8. Pickleball
    9. Picnicking
    10. Playground
    11. Recreation Building
    12. Restroom
    13. Shelter / Pavilion
    14. Tennis
    15. Trail - Paved
    1. Boat and Kayak Launches
    2. Water Access Parks
  • Facility Hours of Operation5 a.m to 11 p.m.

Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Bayfron tPark Playground under the trees.

The Town of Longboat Key in collaboration with Sarasota County are pleased to announce the opening of the 3.54-acre Bayfront Park addition.

Completed improvements include a

  • playground,
  • restroom,
  • picnic shelters,
  • docks,
  • sidewalks,
  • parking,
  • rain garden,
  • stormwater treatment facility,
  • portions of a pedestrian bridge and landscaping.

Additional proposed improvements include a crosswalk with sidewalks to the Gulf-side parcel, where a dune walkover and observation platform will be constructed. The construction was managed by the Town of Longboat Key.

The Bayfront Park Recreation Center is a public recreation facility operated by the Town of Longboat Key, and provides affordable, wholesome recreation for the entire community. This includes leisure and recreational sports, organized sports leagues and activities, educational programs, cultural classes and seminars, social functions, and special events for all ages and interests.

This Gulf-to-Bay parcel was acquired in 2007 as part of the Neighborhood Parklands Acquisition Program (NPP) at a cost of approximately $8 million. In 2016, Sarasota County entered into a project agreement for up to $2 million with the Town of Longboat Key to make construction improvements to the Bayfront Park addition, utilizing a combination of funding sources including NPP, Tourist Development Tax and Surtax III funds. 


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