Posted on 1/2/2024

Pet-Friendly Activities in Destin: A Guide for Animal Lovers on the Emerald Coast

Looking for pet-friendly places and activities while staying in Destin, Florida? If you are traveling with your furry family member, check out some of our favorite local restaurants, parks, and activities that you can enjoy together on the Emerald Coast! At Compass Resort Vacation Rentals, we understand the importance of keeping everyone together, including our furry companions, that's why we created this list of must-sees and must-dos that's inclusive of every member of your family. From dog parks to pet-friendly restaurants, we got you covered!

Pet-Friendly Parks

The park is approximately 3 acres and includes separate areas for large and small dogs!

Let your pup make a splash at this waterfront dog park located in Fort Walton Beach with covered picnic areas, pavilions, and a boat launch!

If you're in the Miramar Beach area, this park offers a bayside park for you and your pet to enjoy with a wooden boardwalk, benches, and picnic tables!

Enjoy this beautiful beachfront state park, with a nature trail and abundant wildlife! However, leashed dogs are allowed on the nature trails, but not on the beach. More information can be found on their website or by calling their phone number!


This popular waterfront restaurant is very dog-friendly and offers delicious local seafood! Boshamps even has a dog in its logo and is named after one, so you and your K9 will feel right at home. Be sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out for a souvenir for your pet if they weren't able to make the trip!

Dewey Destin's welcomes you and your furry friend to enjoy lunch at their outdoor, pet-friendly dining area!

If you find yourself at The Destin Commons, stop by for a cold refreshment with your dog! You can choose from hundreds of beers on tap and enjoy the pet-friendly outdoor seating area!

If you are visiting The Destin Harbor, be sure to stop by this local favorite! The Boathouse is where you can catch some live music and delicious food all in one sitting, with your pet!


While it is true that the beaches in Destin are not permitted for pets, there is a loophole to get your dog out for a day on the water! Several pontoon companies do offer pet-friendly boat rentals if you want to take them out and cruise around The Harbor, or for a splash at Crab Island!

Destin's premier shopping mall welcomes your furry friends with courtesy poo bag dispensers and multiple stores that offer water bowls to cool off!

Dogs are welcome to tag along with you to Baytowne! Enjoy the day shopping, dining, and having a paw-some time together at this Destin staple!

Destin's must-see attraction is a very popular place to bring your pet for a stroll! Most restaurants and attractions on the harbor offer outdoor seating for you both to spend the day together and meet fellow furry friends!

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