Brohard Paw Park – RVA Dog Blog Travel Series

Brohard Paw Park – RVA Dog Blog Travel Series

Recently, some of the RVA Dog Blog family hit the road and headed south. Our very own Maddie came along for the ride and after a dozen grueling hours of driving, we were all ready for some relief. Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, right off I-75, lies Venice – a small beach side community noted for its large snowbird population.

At first glance, Venice fits the mold of any stereotypical, run of the mill Florida resort town – mesmerizing shores, great bars and dangerous, yet beautiful, wildlife. However, if you dig a little deeper you will find that this is an incredibly dog-friendly destination. Venice’s Brohard Paw Park is a one-acre plot of beach front that is completely open with no fences. With so many happy dogs running around, you would be hard pressed to find a more smile inducing place.

As you enter the park you are greeted with multiple signs advising that visitors should exercise caution, as pups and humans are entering an active alligator habitat. Although it would have been exciting to see some alligators, we were bit a relieved we did not come across any of them.

After the quick walk through gator country, you will hit the beach and the white sands of the Gulf. There were dozens of dogs frolicking and jumping around in water. In addition to a dog park, this section of the coast serves as a typical beach, free for all humans to enjoy.There is water access and doggie showers at the entrance of the park. Click here for more information about Brohard Paw Park – we highly recommend it!

maddie beach

A sign warning of impending doom!

dog with ball