Ready to explore Key West but don’t want to leave your pet behind? Fortunately, the island is home to several popular destinations for both people and their pets. Learn more about the top 5 pet-friendly places in Key West.
1) Island Dogs Bar
At Island Dogs Bar, we invite you and your pet to come as you are. Located steps off Duval Street, casual wear and flip-flops are encouraged in our laid-back establishment. Island Dogs has a spacious outdoor porch perfect for relaxing and people-watching with your furry friend. Take a seat outside with our signature Key Lime Pie Martini and one of our unique hot dogs, authentic Boston pub pizzas or Baja fish tacos for a truly delicious treat. Featuring Happy Hour specials Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m., Island Dogs is the perfect place to bring your pet and enjoy a slice of island life.
2) Key West Aquarium
The Key West Aquarium is a popular Key West attraction for all ages. Best of all, you don’t have to leave your dog behind to enjoy the exhibits as long as it’s on a leash. Home to sharks, turtles, brightly colored schools of fish, stingrays and much more, the Key West Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can touch a variety of marine animals native to Key West waters, including conchs, sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs and more in the aquarium’s touch tank. Perhaps the most unforgettable part of a trip to the aquarium is the chance to touch a juvenile nurse shark on the tail during one of the scheduled shark feedings. Bring your dog along and learn more about Key West’s intricate ecosystem and fascinating marine life.
3) Higgs Beach Dog Park
Locals and visitors alike bring their furry friends to Higgs Beach Dog Park for some fun in the sun. It’s the ideal place to mingle and chat while your pet frolics with other friendly dogs. The dog park is divided into two areas with separate spaces for small dogs and larger dogs. This well-maintained park offers plenty of activities for pets and some shady spots for beachside picnics. If you stick around until the evening, Higgs Beach offers a great view of the island’s brilliant sunset.
4) The Half Shell Raw Bar
Looking for fresh oysters and a place to bring your pet? The Half Shell Raw Bar has it all. Take a seat at the Half Shell’s breezy outdoor porch and enjoy Key West’s freshest seafood, sourced daily from the neighboring Half Shell Fish Market. If you’re in the mood for oysters, order them by the dozen and watch as they’re shucked from the shell onto your plate at the Half Shell’s in-house shucking station. You and your pet can also take in views of Key West’s picturesque historic seaport, where boats come and go in the harbor all day.
5) Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
Key West is famous for its breathtaking fiery sunsets. Every night, a crowd gathers at Mallory Square to celebrate this spectacular sight. Acrobats, magicians, musicians, artists and more perform for excited crowds at this one-of-a-kind cultural event. The sunset celebration is fun for all ages and there’s no need to leave your pet out of the festivities. Simply put your dog on a leash and walk down to Mallory Square for a colorful Key West experience.