Dogs love to romp through the water chasing after a ball or just swimming with their family at these two Volusia County parks located at the north and south sides of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved while enjoying the sun and surf. Even dogs who are water-shy will enjoy exploring the seaside environment from the shore.
Lighthouse Point Park
Lighthouse Point Park is located on the north side of Ponce de Leon Inlet in the town of Ponce Inlet at 5000 S. Atlantic Avenue. This 52-acre park offers off-beach parking, fishing from the beach or jetty, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and picnicking. Leashed dogs are allowed along the inlet side of the park, they are not allowed on the Atlantic side and the jetty separates the two areas.
There are bathroom facilities, showers (outside), picnic pavilions and walkways to the beach. Swim with caution as there are no lifeguards on the inlet side of the park. The mangroves along the beach provide some shade and privacy, however when it is high tide there is less area for sunbathing.
Smyrna Dunes Park
Smyrna Dunes Park is located south of Ponce de Leon Inlet on the northern tip of New Smyrna Beach. The 73-acre park welcomes leashed dogs, but requests they not use the boardwalks throughout the dunes between certain hours. Paths on the sand allow access to the water that surrounds this park on three sides. All the more fun for the dogs who will find many scents along the way and may even encounter a grazing gopher tortoise out for a midday meal.
Use caution when swimming, there are no lifeguards on duty. Park amenities include:
- Observation tower and boardwalk
- Educational programs
- Nature Trails
- Showers (outside)