Dog's Day Out in Miami, FL
Dogs are part of the family at this hotel in downtown Miami. Part of Kimpton hotels, the Epic has a gorgeous pool overlooking Biscayne Bay, great restaurants like Area 31 and Zuma, and an extra-friendly pet policy. You can tell from the moment you walk up to the door, where a water bowl and treats greet your four-legged travel companion before entering the hotel. Unlike other hotels, the Epic doesn’t charge a pet fee and pets are welcome anywhere on the property. You don’t even have to bring Fido’s bed – the Epic provides one during your stay. Now that’s five-paw treatment.
Chef Michael Schwartz’s Design District restaurant is a dining destination for Miami locals and visitors alike. With simple, unpretentious cuisine using local farm ingredients, Schwartz has established himself as one of the best chefs in town. The menu of snacks and small, medium, large and extra-large plates is great for trying different dishes and sharing. Don’t miss trying the signature cocktails and the delicious Sunday brunch. Pups are welcome in the restaurant’s shaded patio where they will be treated to fresh, cool water, smiles and – best of all – organic dog treats prepared in-house by the restaurant’s acclaimed pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith.
There’s a reason many dogs and their owners call Midtown Miami home. Aside from residences, this pet-friendly development just north of downtown Miami has plenty of shops and restaurants, many of which will welcome your beloved pooch. Don’t miss Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill, a restaurant with a bit of South American flare, that will treat your dog to water and treats in its open courtyard. Other restaurants like Sustain, Sakaya Kitchen, The Cheese Course and Angelina’s Coffee & Yogurt have outdoor seating where your pet will feel at home. And even if you’re not there to eat or shop, Midtown Miami has lots of open space for you and your dog to take a stroll.
This park is a bit off-the-beaten path but it has plenty of things to see and do including mountain biking trails, a lake and a farm. Yet its five-acre Bark Park is what makes it worthy of you and your dog’s visit. The dog park is fenced in with separate sections for large and small dogs so your pet can play with other dogs its size. Obstacles for smaller dogs to play in are a blast and owners can relax on the park’s benches. The park also has water fountains for you and your pooch to quench your thirst. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.
It wouldn’t be Miami without a day at the beach. As you drive across the Rickenbacker Causeway into Key Biscayne, you can’t miss Hobie Beach, also known as Windsurfer Beach. Visible from the causeway, this bay beach is a hot spot for water sports enthusiasts and dog lovers. With calm and shallow waters it is ideal for your pet and it is the only beach that allows dogs so long as they’re on a leash. Enjoy the beautiful views of the bay and a swim in the beach’s warm waters. If you’re up for a more active day, take your dog out for a paddle. Several water sports rental operators allow pets on board.