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Pet-Friendly South Walton: Fun with Furry Friends

Can't leave home without your four-legged sidekick? Fret not, because there's plenty of pet-friendly fun to be had in South Walton. While only service dogs and the permitted dogs of property owners are allowed on public beaches, there are a multitude of other options to enjoy in our 16 beach neighborhoods.

First, find the perfect place to stay. When searching VisitSouthWalton.com for accommodations, make sure you select the "pet friendly" filter. There are plenty of options, from beachfront to private pools, in the beach neighborhood of your choice. After all, what's more important than making sure your pet has the right amenities?

Golden Retriever at Airstream Row in Seaside - South Walton, FL

Next, plan out the ultimate walk. There are more than 200 miles of trails across four state parks and the 15,000-acre Point Washington State Forest. The sights and smells of these natural areas create a doggie heaven. Leash up and explore local nature and history, or check out the coastal dune lakes. If your dog's a swimmer, rent a stand-up paddleboard and make a splash! Your daily walk around the block can't hold a candle to this.

After your exploration, show your buddy he's a good boy by taking him shopping for treats. Bow Wow Meow Pet Company in Seagrove offers a fantastic selection of healthy and organic food for your dog, as well as a line of pet clothing and accessories. Or check out Furry Fanatics, an adorable locally-owned and run pet store in Gulf Place.

Dog at WaterColor Shop - South Walton, FL

All that fun can work up quite an appetite! Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants with outdoor patios that welcome dogs. There's nothing like sharing a bite by the beach with a buddy. It's always a good idea to check ahead, but Bud & Alley'sThe Bay and The Perfect Pig typically welcome four-legged friends.

Finally, if your pooch needs to spend a little time with canine pals, the county's dog park in Santa Rosa Beach (330 J.D. Miller Road) is a great place to let your dog run free with friends. With sections for small, large and senior pups, your dog will fit right in. And if all goes well, maybe they'll burn off a little of that energy, too!

Bringing your four-legged friend with you on vacation, but don’t want to leave them in your rental while you’re out exploring all day? South Walton has boarding options available where your dog can spend the day in style, all while being walked, fed and loved. Check out our expert guide for a full list of recommended boarding options!

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