Top 200 Places: Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore
3500 Park Road
Gulf Breeze,
Florida 32563
228-875-9057 ext. 100

As the country’s largest national seashore, visitors will find an abundance of recreational and educational activities here. There are interpretive programs, historic sites, sugar white beaches, and an abundance of flora, fauna and birdlife. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the park. They are not allowed on the beach on the Florida side; nor are they allowed on the federally designated wilderness islands, Horn or Petit Bois Islands, or the designated swim beach on West Ship Island on the Mississippi side. Dogs are not allowed in buildings, and they must be on no more than a 6 foot leash, and picked up after at all times. Dogs are not allowed to be left in cars.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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