Don’t forget your pet when visiting the Space Coast
Do you have a pet that is a very special member of your family? How often does it take double the planning in order to secure a dog sitter or find a decent kennel that will care for your beloved pet while you and your family or friends are having a blast on vacation? And how often do you wish it were easier to bring your pet along for the fun? Then you’re going to want to continue reading.
Although Florida’s Space Coast is known for being a top vacation destination for anyone, this is also a great spot to bring along your pet instead of leaving them behind. No matter which area you decide to visit, there are a variety of places to explore and experience for those of you who have decided to travel with your furry companion. So here are some tips and tricks for all things pet-travel here on the Space Coast.
Pet-friendly Places to Eat
4501 Riveredge Drive
Titusville, FL 32780
A casual waterfront dining experience, this is one of only two waterfront restaurants in Titusville and the only one that allows well-behaved dogs in their outdoor tiki bar seating area.
305 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville | (321) 225-8978
5220 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville | (321) 567-5974
Stop by one or both of Playalinda Brewing Company’s locations for one of their creative craft beers and good food, all with outdoor seating available so you and your pet can enjoy a day out. Plus, at the Brix Project, homemade dog treats are available for your pup to enjoy!
Cocoa Beach Area
204 West Cocoa Beach Cswy.
Cocoa Beach | (321) 783-8499
Traditional Irish fare with live music and a fun atmosphere where you can bring your pet and enjoy outdoor dining on the patio.
1 Oleander St., Cocoa
Looking for a whole day out and about, but don’t want to drive all over the place for food, shopping, and beautiful scenery? Then Cocoa Village is your spot. With several restaurants for every palate, like Ossorios, Murdock’s, and Ryan’s, to name a few, and all with outdoor seating areas, your stomach will be full and your pet will enjoy the day with you. But there’s also a special treat for them as well. Stroll on over to Tails at the Barkery for some gourmet treats and designer wear.
Melbourne & the beaches
New Haven Ave., Melbourne
Here is another way to enjoy the day with a one-stop location. There are plenty of restaurant options, from Matt’s Casbah to Iron Oak Post or the Burger Place, for a nice sit down meal. And if you’re on the go, stop by Mustard’s Last Stand for a dog to go.
971A E. Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne | (321) 779-BREW (2739)
If you want a cross between a sports bar, a beer bar and a restaurant and with an outdoor biergarten both you and your pet can enjoy, then Coasters is your place. Whether you want the view of multiple sports games or of a majestic landscape, this place will have you and your pet covered. This is also a great location if you want to enjoy an evening walk on the only pet-friendly beach on the Space Coast before or after your meal.
3299 Highway A1A
Melbourne | (321) 255-4400
Enjoy our pristine beaches and plan for a day or evening out and about with your pet. Canova Beach Park is a community beachfront park with a small pavilion and grill. This is an on-leash park, and your pet will need to stay tethered to you on this trip. They also need to be sporting their shiny tags with license and vaccination info. The park provides waste bags, so please be kind and courteous to other beachgoers and their pets and clean up before leaving the park. Waste receptacles are available on site.
**Please note that this is the ONLY pet-friendly beach on Florida’s Space Coast. We ask that you respectfully obey the rules to ensure a pet-friendly option for future visitors like yourself.
As a pet owner, you know the difficulties you experience when traveling with a pet and not finding decent accommodations for either you or your furry companion. The Space Coast is a no-worries area, and we have you covered no matter you want to rest your head. Check out the following links for location specific option for you: Titusville area, Cocoa Beach area, Melbourne & the Beaches.
Now should you decide you wanted to do a little space exploring without having to worry about your pet, Kennedy Space Center provides a free on-site kennel services to guests. Your pet receives complimentary food and water bowls in a climate-controlled facility. Check out more information here.
Tips & Tricks
We want you and your pet to have a great time here on the Space Coast. Here’s a list of recommended tips and tricks before you arrive:
- Make sure you keep your animal hydrated.
- Keep your pet sun-protected with pet-specific sunscreen.
- Bring copies of medical records, first aid supplies, and most definitely their ID tags.
We look forward to seeing you here!
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