Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

There is so much to love living somewhere that offers you an endless summer especially when the weather temperature is in the mid 80s, no humidity, with a light breeze. The weather was like that this weekend so I spent as much time as I could enjoying it. Friday night I enjoyed our regularly scheduled Siesta Beach sunset walk followed by a stroll in the Village. Saturday during the day was spent at Lido Beach followed by a bite in Saint Armand’s Circle, and later I enjoyed live music at the water’s edge at Hart’s Landing. But the golden nugget of this weekend is where I went today. Today we ventured for the first time to Brohard Beach and Paw Park in Venice.

Good friends of ours go to the Brohard dog beach regularly, and have told me about it and how much they enjoy taking their pooch there. This time, they invited us to join them. We agreed and I was surprised how excited I was to finally be checking this place out. I have 2 dogs but they have hermit tendencies and seem to prefer being home over even going for neighborhood walks. So initially I intended on going to check the place out minus our dogs but in a last minute decision I decided to take my younger one. Her name is Little because she’s much smaller than my other dog who weighs in over 100 pounds. Little is a chihuahua mix whose personality changes like the weather. I was nervous about bringing her but figured, it’s only a half hour away and if it doesn’t work out we’ll just leave.

This is Little!

The ride to the Brohard dog beach went by quickly. Before we knew it we were pulling into a decent sized parking lot. There is also an overflow parking lot for when the main lot is full. Upon entering the initial gate, you are in a fully fenced dog play yard. There is another gate inside the dog play yard that  leads to the only beach area in Sarasota County where dogs are allowed. As you come over the wooden boardwalk, you see the beautiful gulf water and stretch of sand which is filled with people and their pups. These dogs are in heaven, none are leashed, they are free to run around, swim, fetch, roll in the sand, and make doggie friends. This was really something to see. I couldn’t stop smiling. Random dogs come up to you to be pet and played with. Dogs and their owners are swimming together. How amazing to have a beach that offers this kind of quality time for dog owners.

We spent only a couple hours there but was pleasantly surprised how well Little did. She was a bit timid at times but I felt like she really enjoyed it. She was like a different dog, I was even able to get her to swim with me. After having experienced this I know I will definitely be back and highly recommend coming here and enjoying a beach day with your pup(s).

Little swimming to her Momma (me) as my boy watches with pride.

Brohard Beach and Paw Park is the only beach area where canine companions are allowed to join their human friends on the beach. The beach park is within Venice city limits but maintained by Sarasota County. Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.

You can see in the distance the Venice Fishing Pier.


Brohard Beach and Paw Park Amenities include the following:

  • Beach Access With Wheelchair Accessible Boardwalk
  • Benches
  • Boardwalk
  • Dog Park
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Drinking Fountains For Dogs
  • Litter Receptacles
  • Shower(s)
    Beach Access With Wheelchair Accessible Boardwalk
  • Benches
  • Boardwalk
  • Dog Park
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Drinking Fountains For Dogs
  • Litter Receptacles
  • Dog Waste Bags (please remember to pick up after your pups and dispose in the trash receptacles)

Brohard Beach and Dog Park is located at: 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice, FL 34285
GET DIRECTIONS (941) 861-5000

Suggestion: Bring a bowl and extra water for your dog(s) and a beach umbrella for them to take a break from the sun. Bring an extra towel and shampoo. When leaving for the day, utilize the doggie showers so you can go home with a clean pup. On your way home, stop at the Daiquiri Deck in Venice for a bite to eat, they’re dog friendly! https://www.daiquirideckvenice.com/

If you are a dog owner, I hope you have the chance to get over to Brohard Beach and Dog Park and enjoy this wonderful opportunity. If you would like to see a video of Little getting over her fear of swimming. Comment on my Facebook page. If I receive enough requests, I will post the video. https://www.facebook.com/groups/207276117428088