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Located across from Pier Park and on the west side of Russell-Fields Pier, lies a 400-foot stretch of white sand that comprises Dog Beach — the dog-friendly section of City Beach. Dogs on leashes are allowed here, but there is a limit of three dogs per visitor. Visitors can enter the beach via Public Beach Accesses 56 and 57. There is no fee, and the beach is open from sunrise to sunset. To ensure that your memories at Dog Beach are happy ones, you may wish to pack an extra collar for your dog. A collar that becomes wet with salt water can be itchy and become very painful. It’s also wise to bathe your pet in freshwater after he or she spends time in the Gulf. In addition, be aware of the temperature of the sand. If it’s hot on your bare feet, it’s sure to be uncomfortable on your dog’s paws.
Frank Brown Park boasts a fenced-in, leash-free puppy playground. The park also has 1.5 miles of trails and greenways that are perfect for strolling with leashed companions. Aaron Bessant Park, next to Pier Park, is another pet-friendly city park. Dogs are even welcome at the park’s “Summer Concert Series,” which is held every Thursday night throughout the summer at the park’s outdoor amphitheater. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after him or her. Panama City Beach Conservation Park is a pet-friendly wilderness park that contains miles of trails and boardwalks perfect for dogs on leashes. These trails are open every day — as is the rest of the park — from sunrise to sunset.
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