Dog Wood Park is one of the most epic dog parks in America. It spans 25 acres of grassy fields covered in fun tunnels, tubes and agility equipment, but the main attraction is the 2-acre swimming lake and beach. Pups can cool off in the clean waters of the lake, meet other water hounds and make four-legged friends while sunbathing on the sand. You’d expect your pooch to leave the park grubbier than before she entered, but not at Dog Wood. Here, she can enjoy a rinse at the free rinse station, or get a full wash in the self-service warm bath with brushes, towels, shampoo and more starting at $8. Your dog is going to want to show off her shiny coat, so head to the coast when she’s cleaned up and hang out by the boat dock at Wicked Barley Brewing Company.
Dog Wood charges an $11 entry fee. After a full day of play, check in at Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park for a comfortable stay surrounded by pet-friendly eateries.