Brevard County dog parks are a great way to provide your dog with physical exercise, mental stimulation, and new friends! Whether it is your first trip to the dog park, or you are a regular visitor, it is essential to be knowledgeable about your dog park visit from start to finish to ensure that you, your pup, and other visitors all have a fun and safe experience.
Preparation for Play
Before you set your paws in motion to head to the dog park, make sure that you and your pup are prepared to play! Dog parks are an excellent place to work on socialization skills, but it is crucial to make sure that your dog is comfortable around other dogs of all sizes. If your dog is fearful, it could result in a fight or flight response that could have the potential to cause harm to you, your dog, or other visitors. If you are going to an off-leash dog park, make sure that your dog knows basic commands and will come back to you on command. Lastly, check for posted park specific rules and regulations about identification, licensing, and vaccinations before entering a dog park. These regulations exist for the health and safety of all visitors. A little preparation for play can go a long way to make sure that your dog has a positive and safe experience at the dog park.
The Best Dog Parks in Central Brevard, FL
- Viera Town Center Dog Park & Playground
- Location: Viera, FL
- Address: 2400 Town Center Ave, Melbourne, FL 32940
- Cost: FREE
If you’re looking for a trip for the whole family, Viera Town Center Dog Park & Playground is the park for you! The park recently opened in 2018 and is located at the northwest corner of Colonnade Drive and Rodina Drive. This park is connected to a children’s playground so you can have fun with your kids and your dog. This is a great place for some after school or weekend fun for everyone to stretch their legs. Afterwards, visit one of the many pet-friendly stores and restaurants within walking distance at The Avenues for a special treat.
- Barks and Recreation Dog Park
- Location: Rockledge, FL
- Address: 1220 Pluckebaum Rd, Rockledge, FL 32955
- Hours: 7am – Dusk
- Requirements: License Tag, Vaccine Tag
- Cost: FREE
Barks and Recreation Dog Park is located at Dr. Robert A. Anderson Stormwater Park in Rockledge, FL. This dog park features separate, fenced-in spaces for both small and large dogs. Separate areas provide a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with other similarly sized furry friends. This is great for shy dogs that may feel intimidated or threatened by larger dogs and to avoid play injuries. Before heading over to Barks and Recreation, make sure your dog has proper identification, license, and vaccine tags. View a full list of rules and regulations for Barks and Recreation Dog Park here.
- Canova Beach Dog Park
- Location: Melbourne, FL
- Address: 3299 Highway A1A Melbourne, FL 32901
- Phone: (321) 255-4400
- Requirements: Vaccine Tag
- Cost: FREE
All of your favorite things in one place; the ocean, the beach, and your dog! Share your love for the beach with your favorite furry friend at Canova Beach Dog Park. This park is located directly on the ocean. Parking, full facilities, and bag and disposal stations are available, so don’t forget to pick up after your pet. If you worked up an appetite, head over to dog-friendly Coasters restaurant nearby.
No Time for a Run at the Dog Park?
Providing a fun and safe dog park experience requires a little research to find a park that is the best fit for your pet’s needs. If you can’t make it to the dog park with your furry friend as much as you’d like, call Space Coast Pet Services to create a custom care plan for your pet that includes fun, exercise and socialization.
Keep your watch dog alert for tips about what to bring with you to the dog park in Part 2 of the Dog Park Series featuring parks in Northern Brevard County, FL!
After traveling the world as a ‘military brat’, Melanie settled in Brevard County, FL in 2013. She is the mother of 2 amazing children and 2 adorable pups. She volunteers at her children’s elementary school, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART) and served on the Committee of her son’s Cub Scout Pack. When not being a Mom Taxi between hockey practices, Cub Scouts, fire stations, horse riding lessons and various school activities, she enjoys reading, swimming, hiking in the mountains and traveling. (And naps!)