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A Pet Friendly Stroll in Saint Augustine

When we last left you we’d gotten our water leak resolved in Jacksonville and were spending a couple days in Saint Augustine, Florida. We didn’t want to move on without giving you a look at the oldest city in the United States.

Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 and may have gotten more charming every year since. What surprised us was the number of fun pet friendly things to do here!

We started out strolling around the downtown. It’s best to grab a map from one of the trolley tour services and follow their route so you hit the highlights and know what you’re looking at. There are boutique-lined streets for those of you that love a little shopping, the Castillo de San Marcos – a fort occupied by the Spanish, the English, and finally the Americans – for the history buffs, and numerous ghost tours to keep everyone on their toes! We stopped at Florida Cracker Cafe for a casual lunch on their pet friendly patio and then hopped back in the Winnebago to check out some of the attractions that were a short driving distance away.

Saint Augustine Street

A quaint street in Saint Augustine

Ty and Buster at the Fort in St. Augustine

Buster’s thinking about putting alligators in the moat!

Out to Lunch in St. Augustine

Out to Lunch in St. Augustine

The oldest attraction in Saint Augustine is the Fountain of Youth, discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1565. Pets are welcome at this 15-acre archaeological park and, though Ty and I both sipped from the fountain, neither of us has noticed a reduction in our wrinkles. Our next stop was the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, where pets are welcome on the grounds. However, when the boys heard about the paranormal activity reported here they decided to wait for us in the RV.

Saint Augustine Lighthouse

Saint Augustine Lighthouse

Our final stop was just past the lighthouse at Anastasia State Park. The park offers wonderful trails, windsurf, kayak and canoe rentals, and very nice campsites. Fishing, bird watching, and enjoying the beach are the big draws to this park and, though pets are not allowed on the beach, we’ll make plans to stay here the next time we’re in the area.

Beach at Anastasia State Park

Beach at Anastasia State Park

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  • Thanks for letting us know, Helene! After your previous comment we also did some research and determined that the Health Department was not preventing St. Augustne restaurants from allowing pets at their outdoor seating areas. I’m glad you’re seeing the same there!

  • Just want to let you know that I was welcome with my dog at OC Whites in downtown St. Augustine on their comfortable patio on May 1, 2016. The food was very good too!

  • Good to know! Thanks so much for sharing, Jean Pace – and waggin’ trails to you!

  • Jean Pace says:

    The Vilano Beach area is perfect for dogs. Most restaurants and hotels are pet friendly and they can even be with you on the beach.

  • I’m so sorry to hear this, Helene! I hope it’s a temporary situation and that things will get back to being pet friendly in the near future. In the meantime, I really apprectiate you for letting us know. We’ll keep an eye on the situation and make adjustments as neccessary.

  • I was just at the Metro Diner in st. augustine and they told me the health dept is NOT allowing dogs in any outside seating restuarants in the city, so visitor beware and call ahead everywhere. The Health Dept. is threatening to shut the restaurant down if the restaurant allows a dog in the outside seating area. I know they used to be very pet friendly in St Augustine because I live here. Not sure what is going on but I am going to move to a dog freindly city. Spread the word to all pet lovers and use “the power of the pocketbook” to make a change you want to see happen.

    • Patti Strawder says:

      There are many outside dining restaurants that do allow dogs. Maybe it’s the decision made by that restaurant I don’t know but I was never a fan of Metro diner. A few I know of are Pizzallys, Carmelo’s, Salt Life,Viola’s and my fav Black Molly’s. Just call ahead and check.

      • Amy at says:

        Thanks for sharing your favorites, Patti! We’ll make sure these are included in our database of pet friendly restaurants. Waggin’ trails!

  • We’ll definitely get back that way sometime, Misty – thanks so much for letting us know. We’ll be sure to check it out!

  • If you are ever in Jacksonville again, check out our area Avondale, in the historic district. All the restaurants in Riverside/Avondale Jacksonville that have patios are pet friendly. This is one of the most pet friendly areas for outside dining, plus we have tons of parks for walking!

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