Taking your dog on vacation to Disney World? Orlando, Florida is one of the best places to go with your dog. For one, the city is very dog-friendly. There are multiple parks and trails that you’ll love to go on with your pup. The other thing is that the hotels in this area provide amenities for pet owners as well. You can find great rates on pet-friendly hotels in Orlando, too.
These are a few tips that we put together for those visiting Orlando, Florida with their favorite furry friends.
Choose a Dog-Friendly Hotel
There are a few hotels in Orlando that are super friendly to pets. The issue is that some hotels are not as green or clean as others. This short list of hotels works well for cleanliness, guest rating, and pet amenities:
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center
- Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
- Aloft Orlando Downtown
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
One thing we really enjoy is the new “Hyatt Has It” program from the hotel brand. It means that you can ask the concierge for a variety of pet accessories like leashes if you forget one. That’s convenient! Visit their website to learn more about how the Hyatt Place can accommodate you and your furry companions.
Things to Do with Your Pup in Orlando
There are a few dog parks in Orlando that really stand out. For one, Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando is a great place to go with your dogs to enjoy a day in Central Florida.
There are also a few trails that you can enjoy, such as Cady Way Trail in Winter Park, Florida.
Need to get something to eat? Shake Shack and World of Beer are two locations that enjoy your dog guest hanging out as well.
Celebration and Lake Baldwin Parks are also two field trips you can make on your trip to Orlando. Celebration Park is located near Disney, and Lake Baldwin Park has a beautiful area to explore as well as a large dog park.
Things You’ll Need for Your Pet in Orlando
If you are visiting Orlando, then you probably have heard about its booming growth. While this is amazing for the area, the city has a lot of issues with traffic and pedestrian walkways. This means you should pick a hotel that has walking areas for your pup and head out to specified dog-friendly areas in Orlando, such as Lake Baldwin or Thornton Park.
Visiting Disney? Only service animals are allowed in the park. You’ll need to get your pup certified before visiting the park if you want to take him to meet Mickey.
Every trip with your dog should have a few essentials for their safety. Here are some things we recommend:
- Have lots of water on hand.
- To avoid cleaning fees, you may need to crate your pup in the hotel room when you’re not around.
- Choose a hotel that has a dog walking or kennel service.
- Make sure that you bring enough food.
- Baggies to clean up after your pooch.
- Keep all of your doggy’s needs organized in their own travel bag.
The heat can be intense in Orlando, so make sure that you are taking breaks to water your pup out in the heat and ensure that they are getting enough water.
Do the Beaches Allow Dogs?
Going to Orlando inevitably leads to going to nearby beaches. Cocoa Beach is only 45 minutes from the Orlando airport. If you do plan on going to the beach, you should know that animals aren’t always allowed on the beach. In fact, most beaches in Florida do not allow your dog on the beach.
Looking for a dog-friendly beach? Tripping created a great guide to the area.
Watch for Pet Breed Restrictions at Hotels
It’s unfortunate, but there are some pet breeds that are not welcome at hotels. These dogs are typically larger, and they have may aggressive behavioral traits that get them placed on the restricted list.
Some of the dogs on these lists include:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Terriers
- German Shepherds
- Presa Canarios
- Chow Chows
- Doberman Pinschers
- Great Danes
- Siberian Huskies
- Cane Corsos
You can always talk to the hotel first to check breed restrictions.