Image courtesy Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
By Sandy Robins
…Your dog will be welcome at a variety of venues on Las Olas Boulevard. The lobster salad at Johnny V will be a meal to remember without sabotaging your calorie count so that you can then go and splurge on ice cream made from imported Belgian chocolate at Galleo, a little farther down the tree-lined street. Be sure to check out the unique Herringbone and Hound boutique that carries original clothes and accessories for both people and their pooches.
You can buy a weekend permit to Canine Beach from the ranger on duty for $7.00. It’s situated where Sunrise Boulevard meets the A1A and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday year-round.
You can walk your dog for free along the beach sidewalks between Sunrise Boulevard to Seabreeze Boulevard between 6 am and 9 am daily, and your pooch is welcome at any time at Riverwalk Linear Park, the picturesque area situated along the New River in the downtown area.
To meet and mingle with the local pet set, head for Bark Park at Snyder Park, which offers two acres of fenced-in fun with an agility course. It’s situated at 3299 SW 4th Avenue. Be sure to bring proof that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Swimming is also available at Snyder Park’s East Lake every day of the week.
Fort Lauderdale plays host to a variety of events and festivals. January 2nd and 3rd kicks off with the Las Olas Art Fair. Sixteen other events are scheduled for the first two months of 2010. So there will definitely be something on whenever you visit. Be sure to check if your dog is welcome, too. However, he’s definitely invited to the Jazz brunch in Esplanade Park on the New River that takes place on the first Sunday of every month.
Your pooch’s wagging tail will be an endorsement of what fun you can have in Fort Lauderdog. So make a note to come back again next year.