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Moving to 386? Common question, is Volusia County pet friendly?

Everyone knows New Smyrna Beach is perfect for the whole family, even the fur babies.  From restaurants to certian beaches to parks, our area is welcoming to our four-legged friends.


“There are many pet-friendly options found throughout our communities. It shouldn’t be ruff to find them.” -Regan C.

We have fetched some areas our real estate team discusses around the office that will keep any tail wagging with two paws up.

  So you are here on vacation or visiting because you are interested in buying a home?! You’ve enjoyed hanging at the Inlet with man’s best friend all day and you are ready for a bite, good news! You can find pet-friendly restaurants sprinkled through out our famous beach town. Where are some of the pet friendly areas, you ask! Let’s start with river side & beach side New Smyrna Beach. If you head down Flager Ave or Canal Street you & your furry friend will find quite a few options of eateries that offer pet-friendly areas to dine. Most of our team’s favorite spot to frequent is Yellow Dog Eats, there is an open area in the back accommodating to furies of all shapes and sizes as well as a special doggie section on the menu made especially for them. Another thing to point out is some of the friendly resturant owners set out water bowls to help keep our furry loved ones well-hydrated through-out the walk of these two streets. Moving from beachside to mainland, do you remember growing up in NSB and getting your traditional sundae after church? Make your way down to the old historic Dairy Queen on 44 you will find that they offer little sundae treats for your fur babies as well. Taco Shack is another spot welcoming animal lovers. You can dine outside in an open area and enjoy some of our favorite tacos in town because we all know taco Tuesdays are the best. When you and your pups bellies are full you can relax at a local park or go for a leash-less walk in Volusia at some of these places below.


Volusia County owns and operates four dog parks where dogs are allowed to run off their leashes:


Barkley Square Dog Park – 14 acres

1010 N. Ridgewood Ave., DeLand

Barkley Square Dog Park encompasses more than 14 acres and provides areas for large dogs, small dogs, training events, and time-out spaces. The dog park is on a parcel of land with many trees and even a small, lined pond in the large dog area.

Beck Ranch Park – 25 acres

751 S. State Road 415, Osteen (3.9 miles south of Howland Boulevard)

The 25-acre Beck Ranch Park, located on the 250 acre Beck Ranch, includes a dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs.

Gemini Springs Dog Park – 4.5 acres

37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary

A 4.5-acre fenced area of Gemini Springs Park with two sections – one for small dogs 25 pounds and under and another for large dogs over 25 pounds. The park includes shaded areas, dog wash stations, water fountains for dogs, benches and picnic tables.

Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park – 4 acres

1800 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea

Volusia County opened a four-acre dog park at Bicentennial Park in 2010. The dog park includes separate areas for large and small dogs, watering stations, benches and shade trees.

Pets are welcome at all county parks as long as their owners abide by the following rules.

  • Pets must be kept under restraint and control at all times. The penalty for violation is $55.
  • Owners must clean up after their pet. The penalty for violation is $55.
  • Dangerous or aggressive animals will not be tolerated in any park. The penalty for violation is up to $500.

Though most of the beach in NSB restricts non service animals from walking in the soft powder sand on the main beach, you can still find that you can actually enjoy that experience on the inlet shore with your fur family at Smyrna Dunes Park($10 per vehicle or $20 annual pass). 


“Not only do we strive to be the best at helping people find their homes but we also want to help our furry four legged friends find a perfect home too.” – Loren B. “I Ruv NSB” -Regan






“I bring my dog everywhere in NSB even the office” -Drew



Interested in making a home with a new family member? Please consider sharing the love and rescuing your next fur baby from one of our local shelters such as Southeast Volusia Humane Society.



Our team at Florida Life Real Estate Group enjoys providing you with information about our local communities here in Volusia County. Check out some of the pictures of our furry friends from around the office, their little faces warms our hearts day in and day out. Leave a picture of your furry loved one below in the comments.

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