Every year, millions of people head to the theme park capital of the world for their family vacations. Between Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and other main attractions in the Orlando area, there’s plenty for most of the family to do.
But what about your 4-legged family members? Thankfully, Orlando is also very dog-friendly.
Whether you’re looking to eat, drink, shop, or sight-see your way around the City Beautiful, there are plenty of great opportunities for you and your dog to enjoy your time in Orlando.
9 Best Dog-Friendly Spots in Orlando
Best Breakfast: Se7en Bites
Known for their amazing baked goods and appearing on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, Se7en Bites offers a variety of Southern classics with a modern twist. Dogs are welcome on the patio, and the staff is sure to make you both feel at home with water bowls and pets
Best Lunch: Graffiti Junktion
With multiple locations around the Orlando area, Graffiti Junktion welcomes friends, families, and pets alike on their (typically) covered patios. Food options include killer burgers, award-winning nachos, and my personal favorite, zucchini fries.
Bonus: If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the game with your pup, Graffiti has high def TVs outside with all the sports packages.
Best Dinner: Rock & Brews
Rock & Brews brings the flavors of the west coast to Florida, along with one of the largest selections of local and international brews. Their large dog-friendly patio includes luxurious couches, fire pits, and live music on the weekends, so your entire family can relax together.
They even have a dog-specific menu, so no one is left out for dinner!
Best Happy Hour: The Hammered Lamb
Located next to Lake Ivanhoe, The Hammered Lamb is a great happy hour spot for you and your pooch. Offering daily events such as live music, trivia, and ping pong contests, there’s something for everyone at this local stop.
They have a large covered patio perfect for you and your dog to unwind after a busy day.
Pro Tip: Want to get in a little exercise after HL? Lake Ivanhoe has a scenic walking trail with workout stations along the way!
Best All-Around: Boxi Park
Just outside the downtown Orlando area in sunny Lake Nona is one of the latest great additions to the Orlando entertainment scene: Boxi Park.
Complete with several outdoor bars, numerous food stops, beach volleyball courts, lawn games, and a dog park, there’s fun for the entire family.
They often have live music and kids activities throughout the week, so be sure to check out their events page if you’re planning a trip.
Best Place for Dog Swag: Woof!
No trip to Orlando would be complete without a stop at Woof! Orlando in College Park. Just 10 minutes from downtown, Woof! Orlando’s Happy Tails boutique “carries a selection of healthy treats, food, locally made collars, artwork, and unique housewares.”
Bonus: Be sure to check out the latest products now sold at Woof! and online at MonroPets.com.
Best Treats (for Dogs!): Woof Gang Bakery
Looking to reward your pooch with some of the best treats around? Head over to one of the many Woof Gang Bakery locations throughout central Florida. Fill a doggy bag with a variety of savory treats for your pets with flavors ranging from apple cinnamon to peanut butter.
Best Place to Stay: Aloft – Downtown Orlando
Located downtown, Aloft provides a hip place to stay with your dog that’s within walking distance of major sporting arenas, business centers, and theaters.
Proudly pet-friendly, don’t be surprised if you see dogs lounging with their owners at the wxyz (SM) bar or in the re:mix(SM) lounge.
Best Spot for a Walk: Lake Eola Park
In the heart of downtown is Lake Eola Park, known for its breathtaking fountain and gorgeous swans. With wide sidewalks and several dog-friendly stops including Relax Grill, people and pets alike can enjoy the sunny weather in Orlando.
If you’re planning a trip to Orlando, don’t hesitate to bring your dog along. This list is just the beginning when it comes to pet-friendly fun in and around the City Beautiful. There’s sure to be something great for everyone — even those with paws.
Share Your Experience With Me
Have you and your dog visited dog-friendly Orlando? I’d love to hear about your experiences, as well as your recommendations on great spots to visit. Leave a comment below or stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!
And P.S., if you’ll be driving to Orlando, be sure to check out this article for tips on taking a road trip with your dog!