Wouldn’t it be nice to take your dog or cat (i’m not judging) to places that don’t care whether your pet is a service animal or not? How about enjoying the company of a furry friend even if you don’t own a companion of your own. Miami is home to some great pet-friendly parks, restaurants, and spaces. There’s something for both feline and canine lovers alike so I got you covered in this guide. Let’s take a peek and see what a purrfect day would like look like.
Most of these lists tend to be dog-centric and we get it, but we’re not biased when it comes to furry friends. While cats might not be the go-to picture of sociability, they still deserve a good time.
The Cat Cafe ́South Beach – Check out the only socially acceptable place to catcall in Miami and I mean it literally. Grab a “catpuccino” or a “meowricano” (last cat pun I swear) and a savory snack at South Beach’s very own Cat Cafe. It’s an amazing place to relax like you would at home and just spend time with Sobe’s feline friends. Book an appointment or if there’s space for a walk-in you can pay $10 dollars to interact with the cats up close and purrsonal (I lied). If you’re really feeling cozy with the kitty you just got acquainted with, then you can talk to staff at the Cat Cafe and they’ll walk you through the process of bringing home your new feline friend.
Photo Miami New Times
South Point Park’s “Dune Cats” – South Pointe park is notorious for its stray cat population and the city of Miami Beach over the years has enabled a trap and release system to control the cat population. Take a stroll down South Pointe Pier and see the cats that love the sea and sunsets as much as you do. You can spot them enjoying the smells coming out of Smith & Wollensky and all along the dunes near the workout park in South Pointe. See the skyline with the felines and enjoy a walk around the pier.
The best way to spend time with your dog is on the go because they love to run, fetch, and play. Sometimes after a good day at the park you want to grab a bite to eat and you’re with your pooch. There’s no need to worry because the most dog-friendly restaurants are owned by Mathew Kushcer.
Lokal, Kush, and Spillover – These Kushcer owned restaurants are perfect for dog lovers because they cater to your pallet and your pups. His restaurants offer stations to hydrate your dog and even offer a specialized menu for them too. Lokal offers dog-friendly dishes like chicken and rice, meatloaf, and more. Enjoy outdoor seating with your best friend by the bar because even they too have their own “yappie” hour.
Photo: Time Out
Margaret Pace Park and Kennedy Park – Get a workout in for you and your dog at Margaret Pace Park. Enjoy yoga sessions, volleyball, the outdoor gym, but most importantly play fetch with your dog and meet fellow dog owners alike. Margaret Pace Park is in Edgewater near Wynwood and offers eight acres of urban land for Fido to explore, meet other pups, and release their energy. If you live further south, David T. Kennedy Park is just as beautiful and also have a huge dog park for both the large and small varieties with ample room to run around and get dirty. Plus, you can enjoy AC’s Icees while you’re at it.
The Puppy Brunch on Miami Beach – This might be a shameless plug, but we created The Puppy Brunch in an effort to give locals more dog-friendly events to go to where they don’t have to arrive nervous about pawssibly getting turned away for bringing your dog. On Sunday, September 22nd, we’re taking over Lummus Park with a morning of fun activities for both humans and canines! Live music by local bands like Keith Johns, and Javier Garcia; a dozen puppy-focused activities and vendors including dog adoptions; kids activities, and so much more. Free with RSVP.
Cat or dog lovers can experience a fun filled day with their furry companions, meet new ones to take home, or just enjoy the company of our four-legged friends from strangers taking an evening walk. Sounds like the purrfect day to me.
Cover photo by FujiFilmGirl.