Fido-Friendly in Okaloosa

Dogs on the beach?
Dogs are not allowed on Destin beaches. If you take your dog onto the beach, you may incur a ticket with fines from $100 to $300.

Parks just for Fido

Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park
4100 Indian Bayou Trl.
Hours: Dawn to 10 pm daily
(Closed Tuesday mornings from dawn to 10 am for maintenance)

The Destin Dog Park was opened in January of 2012 through a cooperative effort between the City and a dedicated group of resident volunteers who raised matching funds for the project. The park is approximately 3 acres, and includes separate area for large dogs and small dogs. Both areas have lush Bermuda grass open space, and shaded areas with pines and oaks. The facility has watering stations for dogs and their two-legged companions, benches and waste receptacles. This project continues to expand; if you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (850) 837-4242, or donate through PayPal now.

In 2017, the City of Destin renamed the park in honor and memory of its founder, Nancy Weidenhamer.

Park Rules:
Hours are from sunrise to sunset.

All dogs must be on a leash until inside the park and upon leaving the park.

There will be absolutely no female dogs in heat allowed in the park.

A dog must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression.

Each owner/custodian is responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of dog excrement.

All owners/custodians are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior.

All users of the park do so at their own risk and assume all responsibility.

No food or drinks – human or pet – shall be allowed inside the park.

No smoking or alcohol allowed inside the park.

All children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Any and all rules governing City of Destin Parks shall also apply to the City of Destin Dog Park.

T.J. Brooks Park
Echo Park – Located at Lincoln Avenue and Echo Drive, this newly constructed park features a fenced area for dogs, pavilions, extra benches, and restroom facilities. Also available is a 1,600-foot walking trail circling a pond located in the middle of the park. 

Local restaurants that welcome Fido at their outdoor tables:
Harry T Restaurant
Boshamp Seafood and Oyster House
Captain Dave's on the Gulf
The Crab Trap
World of Beer
The Breakfast Table
The Craft Bar
The Wine Bar
Dockside Oyster Bar and Cafe

Pet Emergency:
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Okaloosa/Walton
Destin location:
247 Main St.

Niceville location:
212 Government Ave.
Local Favorites for Grooming:
Dog Gone Cute Grooming and Bowtique
4550 E. Hwy. 20
Bluewater Bay, Niceville

Dog Gone Cute Grooming and Bowtique
825 Harbor Blvd., Destin

Four Paws Pet Salon and Resort
104 S. John Sims Pkwy., Valparaiso

The Cat Clinic of Destin
4421 Commons Dr. E. # B106, Destin