Pet Friendly Beaches
Volusia County Parks
From Lauren Seaman
If you are in the New Smyrna Beach area, be sure to check out the Free Electric Eco-Friendly Shuttle service, NSBFree, that will drive you and your canine friends to your destinations.
In the area are lots of shops, restaurants and hotels that boast pet/dog friendly venues. Including the dog friendly shop Silly Willies, a popular local pet supply store that sells pet supplies and accessories.
We found that this area is one of the more dog-friendly beach and areas locally with several dog parks, dog beaches and many amenities to make the experience more accessible and comfortable. However, the parks do have admission fees and the drive is about an hour from Orlando. If you choose to go out there for more than one day there are many hotel choices in New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange or even Daytona Beach. Start the day early and make the most of the entire day, the drive out and the experiences are worthwhile, even for a one day trip.
Smyrna Dunes Park
2995 N Peninsula Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Need a day outdoors with the dogs? There are dog friendly beaches on some of the more built up northern beaches in New Smyrna Beach near Daytona. About 54 miles from Orlando, approximately an hour’s drive up I-4 E and FL-44 E is Smyrna Dunes Park where dogs are welcome to join in the fun.
This Volusia County beach is wide and spacious with over 500 feet of sandy beach at low tide. The dog beach is located on the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula on 73 untouched acres. Many amenities are available, including bathrooms, showers and abundant parking.
In the area that is accessible to leashed dogs, there are over 2 miles of boardwalk with views of the Indian River, Ponce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean and the lighthouse. The park contains areas for picnic tables, fishing and swimming and guided nature walks.
Smyrna Dunes Park is a great beach and park for a day of outdoor fun with your dog. Admission to the park is $3.50 per vehicle of eight passengers or less. Yearly passes can be purchased. There is a leash law for both the park and beach that is reinforced with a fine.
Lighthouse Point Park
5000 S Atlantic Ave
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Smyrna Dunes Park is one of many local dog-friendly areas near New Smyrna Beach, and Orlando. If the lighthouse is really intriguing and you would like a closer view, dogs can also be taken into the Lighthouse Point Park, located at 5000 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet. Admission to this park is $5 per vehicle.
The park is a 52 acres area on the north side of Ponce DeLeon Inlet. At the park, you will find fishing, nature trails, an observation deck, swimming and picnicking. Here dogs can hike and visit the beach. The beach here receives mixed reviews because of more rocky and rougher terrain. Showers, dog showers, bathrooms and parking are provided.
Seamore Mermorial Dog Park
5959 Spruce Creek Road
Port Orange, FL 32127
A bit further away is the Seamore Mermorial Dog Park. This is a great park for letting your dog run and play without a leash. This dog park is near Lighthouse Point Park but does not have beach area.
Wall Street Plaza
Nine different bars on one block – Wall Street Plaza in Downtown Orlando sprawls over 10,000 feet of bar, nightclub and outdoor party space – space for dancing, drinking and socializing. Something for everyone – different dining and drinking options. Every Friday and Saturday night Wall Street turns into a Block Party – in the bars and on the street.
Each year, several annual events bring in thousands to celebrate together: RumFest, Cinco De Mayo, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s, Red, White and Brew, Margarita Fest, Super Block, New Years, Florida Music Festival and more! In addition to annual celebrations, many weekly parties and specials are always scheduled at the different bars, including bingo, karaoke, DJs, drink specials and drink games. Between the block parties and special events, Wall Street is one of the best spots for nightlife in Downtown Orlando.
Wall Street can’t be missed when visiting the downtown area. Just venture down Orange Avenue between East Washington Street and East Central Boulevard and you will find the party going on in Downtown Orlando – the street is designated for pedestrians only – no parking or traffic. The area can sometimes get loud and can be elbow-to-elbow crowded but it offers variety, strong drinks and that is what brings people back.
Often times there is a cover to enter Wall Street Plaza, especially on the weekends and for special events. The bar has no designated parking lot. Parking can be found on the street or in paid parking lots in the downtown area. Downtown parking prices change and range from $2-$15.
The 9 bars of Wall Street Plaza include: Wall Street Cantina, WaiTiki, Slingapours, Hen House, Monkey Bar, One Eyed Jack’s, Loaded Hog, The Globe and Tuk Tuk Room.
The most recognized spot within Wall Street is the popular Wall Street Cantina. Located on the corner of North Orange Avenue it is the first bar going onto Wall Street. Decorated with colorful Southwest, Mexican and adventure themes Cantina is a popular, laid-back place for lunch, dinner & late night food. The menu serves up tasty Mexican dishes that are very reasonable. The Cantina always has people and can get busy, there are usually waitresses and offers plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. Tuesday from 2pm-2am offers $2 tacos, $2 Corona, $2 Tequila shots and other specials. The Wall Street Cantina was nominated Best Outdoor Dining, Best After-work Bar and Best Margarita by Citysearch Orlando. The restaurant takes To-Go Orders, Reservations and more call (407)420-1515. The Cantina’s hours are Monday-Sunday 11am-2am, Lunch 11am-4pm, Happy Hour 4pm-7pm, Dinner Saturday and Sunday 5pm-11pm.
WaiTiki is a retro styled tiki lounge; the decor is open, airy, Hawaiian beach. You can find live reggae bands playing at Waitiki. Usually the bar serves strong drinks, the atmosphere is laid back and there is plenty of dancing. Friday night specials includes, “Phucket Fridays” serving Phucket Buckets for half price from 12 pm- 12 am. The bar also serves lunch, dinner and late night food with tropical flavors, fresh seafood, burgers, sandwiches and more. The café takes To-Go Orders, Lunch – 11am – 4pm, Happy Hour – 4pm – 7pm, Dinner Sat & Sun – 5pm – 11pm. Phone 407-481-1199.
Slingapours is the popular club dancing spot on Friday and Saturday night at Wall Street. The DJ’s at Slingapour’s usually play rap along with the top 40, Rock, Hip Hop and R&B. The crowd tends to get into the dancing and can sometimes get a little rowdy. There are two full bars and a VIP area. Slingapour’s is a popular place to host private parties and special events. The club advertises hosting a variety of parties from art shows to CD releases. Hours: Thursday – Saturday 9pm – 2am, Lunch – closed, Dinner Fri & Sat – 9pm – 11pm. Phone 407-420-1515.
4. Hen House
For something more intimate the Hen House, also known as the World’s Smallest Bordello is the spot on Wall Street. Hen House offers craft beers, unique liquors and apple pie moonshine. The cocktail waitresses and bar staff work in little corset-hen outfits and is somewhat racy. Hen House is a comfortable to grab a good drink. Hen House hours are Monday-Saturday 8 pm – 2am and closed on Sunday.
5. Monkey Bar
For the sophisticated bar atmosphere, martini drinkers should head to the Monkey Bar on Wall Street. Monkey Bar is a lounge that offers a very special, beautiful upstairs hideaway that provides a view of the Downtown Orlando nightlife. A bit more upscale than the other Wall Street bars, Monkey Bar is affords more of aa lounge atmosphere and invites drinkers to relax, socialize and people watch. Drink specialties offered on the menu even include an oversized martini. Happy hour is a good time to stop at Monkey Bar Tuesday-Friday 5pm-7pm. Monkey Bar also offers food for dinner. Hours are Tuesday- Friday 5pm -2am, Saturday 9pm – 2am, it is closed for lunch, happy hour is 5pm- 7pm and dinner is Tuesday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm. For To-Go Orders, Reservations and information call 407-481-1199.
One Eyed Jack’s is a popular drinking bar with a casual, coastal and pirate-like atmosphere. The bar is decorated with fishing themes and rustic furniture. The brick walls have unique painted murals. The bar is smaller than some other Wall Street spots. One Eyed Jack’s is a separate bar from the rest of Wall Street Cantina but walking from one to the other is less than a block. At One Eyed Jack’s watch a game or play bar games- spin the Shot Wheel and crate your own One Eyed Jack’s story, ½ priced appetizers $2.50 Coronas during happy hour from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday. One Eyed Jack’s has a stage up front with a pole that offers a dance spot for those girls and guys who have had plenty to drink and is often a great joke for all. Trivia is also held at One Eyed Jack’s every Wednesday night. Led by Curtis Earth Trivia teams of 3-4 people compete with their knowledge for prizes. Games are held at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. A food menu is available at One Eyed Jack’s. Hours here are Monday- Sunday 11 am- 2 am, Lunch served 11 am- 4pm, Happy Hour 4pm-7pm, Dinner Saturday & Sunday 5pm- 11pm dinner and late night menu.
7. Loaded Hog
For a more mellow drinking experience try the Loaded Hog – Wall Street’s Watering Hole. The Loaded-Hog boasts a cozy, fun, welcoming, regular’s atmosphere. It is a good spot for a casual beer. It is a dive bar with a few tables and chairs and the bar to crowd around and talk. Enjoy the “Dumpster Dive”, pay $1.00 and receive whatever beer is grabbed from the cooler! Loaded Hog’s Hours are Monday- Sunday 11am-2am, Lunch 11am-4pm, Happy Hour 4pm-7pm and Dinner Saturday and Sunday 5pm-11pm.
8. The Globe
The Globe is upscale, loungy and relaxed similar to Cantina and Monkey Bar. There are tables to sit at and eat and drink. Both Tuk Tuk and The Globe offer great people viewing to the rest of Wall Street. There is no dress code, attire is usually casual and going out-outfits.
Tanqueray’s Bar & Grille
Located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street in the heart of Orlando’s club venues is Tanqueray’s. Step down the narrow flight of cement stairs into the entrance of the bar – the underground bar with its cavernous feel attributed to both location and atmosphere.
The bar was formerly a bank vault that has been redesigned to accommodate several intimate but open rooms making a kind of social hideaway for the customers. Inside is a full bar, music stage and social areas. Tanqueray’s has a full liquor bar including a selection of beer and wine. Don’t let the name fool you, Tanqueray’s does not serve food, therefore smoking is allowed in the bar.
The drinks are affordable thus the bar tenders are usually very busy. On most nights the owners of Tanqueray’s can be found behind the bar, mixing up drinks for the regulars. This sort of closeness translates into the feel of the bar. Open since 1989 Tanqueray’s is one of Downtown Orlando’s original bars and it has a good following. Tanqueray’s opens as early as 4:30 pm and is subsequently a popular place for the after work crowd. The crowd at Tanqueray’s tends to come in shifts – first the working crowd looking for a little after work socializing. Later in the evening it picks back up as the bar hoppers and late-night music fans trickle in.
Local bands often play late at Tanqueray’s and local fans turn out to support starting around 10:30. It is a great meet up spot for friends to enjoy some drinks and free live music- with local rock, rhythm and reggae bands playing nightly. Be sure to get there early for seats. Tanqueray’s is also a good spot to go and have a drink, sit at the bar and make some new friends. Some nights Tanqueray’s can host a little rowdier of a crowd and it can get really busy at the bar. On those nights you will not find any seating – with barely enough standing room, but it is still a good time.
At time of the evening, you will see all age ranges at Tanqueray’s. This is not a crowd that is there to see or be seen, it is a casual group there for the music, drinks and company – sort of an Orlando version of Cheers. There is no dress code required and you will see people in work attire, casual day clothes and nicer evening outfits Tanqueray’s gets crowded, loud and filled with cigarette smoke on the weekends. Non-smokers do beware: it is one of few Downtown Orlando bars where smoking is always allowed.
Tanqueray’s has no cover charge. The bar is open Mondays 6pm-2am, Tuesday through Friday 4pm-2am and weekends 9pm-2am. The bar has no designated parking lot. Parking can be found on the street or in paid parking lots in the downtown area. Public parking lots can also be found in the cities Central Parking System lots located on 99 North Garland Avenue and the Wachovia Tower, 20 North Orange Avenue. Both of these parking lots are just a few blocks north of Tanqueray’s and a short walking distance. City of Orlando ParkSmart parking lots are also near by on 109 West Pine. Most lots accept Cash, Coins, Debit Cards and Credit Cards. Downtown parking prices change and range from $2-$15.
Tanqueray’s Bar & Grille
100 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801