Boomster Blog: The joys of vacationing with our pets
Occasionally we travel with our pets. We have a loud squawking bird and an angry older cat. They hate each other. My wife thinks they are humans hiding behind shedding feathers and hair.
And we typically travel by car. Yes, with a bird cage, cat carrier, litter box, litter, scooper, plastic bags for the ‘used’ litter, cans of food, a water bowl and a food bowl in tow. I have been lobbying for a pair of low maintenance hermit crabs to round out our menagerie (they move a quarter inch a day and never run out into the street). Our travel cages take up a fair share of space in the back of our modest SUV, so our own travel bags are jammed into odd spaces and behind the front seats. I might as well forget my golf clubs.
When we stay with pets I am mindful that not all visitors are as excited as you are to see little Wolfgang or Fluffy. I do not bring my bird to lunch or my cat to dinner. I see older travelers bring their beloved (and behaved) groomed and coiffed little dogs into restaurants, and I can see other customers grimace. Of course, there’s always the customer that loudly coos, and then runs to the table for a selfie. “Isn’t that little puppy just so adorable!” It’s best to zip my lips when this happens, says my wife!
Pet-Friendly Hotels on Florida’s Space Coast
Happily on Florida’s Space Coast there are plenty of hotels, motels, RV parks, and campgrounds that will accept your animals as their guests. Whether you’re looking to stay near the beach, the interstate or close to USSSA Space Coast Stadium to watch your grandkids play ball, there’s an accommodation ready to accept you and Fido. Keep in mind that some charge extra for your pet, and that your room price is often determined by how close you and your animals want to be to the water. While I try to be inclusive of all accommodations, it’s likely I may have missed one or two. And if you stumble across a property you want to stay at and you wonder if it is pet-friendly, best bet would be to call them.
- Cocoa Beach/Port Canaveral: Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral - Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach Suites, La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Cocoa Beach-Port Canaveral, Radisson Resort at the Port, International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach, Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach, Days Inn by Wyndham Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral, Surf Studio Beach Resort and Days Inn by Wyndham Cocoa Cruiseport West at I-95/524.
- Melbourne & the Beaches/Palm Bay: Melbourne All Suites Inn, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Melbourne - Palm Bay, Quality Inn Palm Bay, Fairfield Inn & Suites Melbourne Palm Bay/Viera, Residence Inn by Marriott Melbourne, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Palm Bay, Days Inn by Wyndham Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, and Sandy Shoes Resort.
- Viera: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Melbourne Viera
- Titusville: Holiday Inn Titusville Kennedy Space Center, Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center, Days Inn by Wyndham Titusville Kennedy Space Center and Best Western Space Shuttle Inn.
Additionally, there are many RV parks on the Space Coast ready to accommodate pets. For a full list of RV parks, click here. It would be best to call ahead and confirm if they have pet-friendly options.
Now that you’ve narrowed down a pet-friendly hotel on Florida’s Space Coast, it’s time to plan some fun things to do with your best pal. I personally wouldn’t take my bird or cat with me, but some of you can’t leave yours behind, so thankfully there’s options for you.
Dining: Throughout Florida’s Space Coast, there are many pet-friendly restaurants and breweries ready to serve you. Stop by one or both of Playalinda Brewing Company’s locations and enjoy outdoor seating, craft beer and special dog treats for your pup. Or head to Cocoa Village where you will find several pet-friendly restaurants for every palate. From Ossorios and Murdock’s Southern Bistro to Ryan’s Pizza & Pub, there’s also Tails at the Barkery filled with gourmet treats and designer wear. And for those in the south part of Florida’s Space Coast, head to Downtown Melbourne for places like Matt’s Casbah, Iron Oak Post, or the Burger Place.
Beaches: A majority of the beaches on Florida’s Space Coast are not pet-friendly, but we do have some options including Canova Beach Park and Cocoa Beach, from 4th Street South down to 16th Street South. Your pet will need to remain on their leash and be sporting their shiny tags with license and vaccination information. And please remember to pick up after your pet and clean up before leaving, so future visitors can have a great experience when they visit the Space Coast.
Attractions: One of the top attractions on the Space Coast, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, offers an on-site kennel that’s free for visitors. This climate controlled facility offers complimentary water and food bowls, as well as waste bags. You’re animal does have to be current on its vaccinations and documentation is required for check-in. This is a great benefit for all you with pets. Read more about the kennel here.
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