Water parks are a great way to cool off and have fun. There are dozens of water parks across the country catered for humans. But what about water parks for dogs? Many dogs love to swim, and many love splashing in the water when the temperatures begin to rise. There are not many dedicated water parks for dogs, but they do exist, and some of them are absolutely incredible. If you want to give your dog the time of their life and experience something unique, you should check out a dog water park near you. Here are eight of the best dog water parks to check out in the United States.
The 8 Best Dog Water Parks to Visit in the United States
1. Mutts & Martinis
|2900 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
|Monday, closed; Tuesday, closed; Wednesday, 2–9 PM; Thursday, 2–9 PM; Friday, 12–11 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–11 PM; Sunday, 10 AM–9 PM
|$10 per day
Mutts & Martinis opened in 2023 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and combines two fantastic concepts. Mutts & Martinis is a sports bar and doggy water park in one. Dog owners can bring their pups, sit down for a drink and a bite and let their dogs enjoy the fun. The water park features 3700 gallons of filtered salt water along with seven water feature jets and six LED lights. You have to register your dog before bringing them. Registration ensures that all dogs are identified, accounted for, and up to snuff on their vaccines and health requirements. After you register, you can buy day passes for your dog starting at $10 per day. This is a great place to let your dog cool off and play with other dogs while you take a load off.
2. Love My Dog Resort and Playground
|6427 54th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709, United States
|Monday–Friday, 7 AM–7 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM–05:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM–02:00 PM
|Half Day $17, Full Day $24, Water Park $3
Love My Dog Resort and Playground is a doggy daycare center with two locations in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Both locations feature a water park specially designed for dogs to splash and play in. Love My Dog Resort and Playground is not a public dog park. The water park is used by dogs that are in doggy daycare. Daycare rates range from $17 to $27 per day. You can buy packages for up to 10 days at a time and pick your dates. You can leave your dogs for half a day or a full day. The helpful staff at Love My Dog Resort and Playground will make sure your dog enjoys the water park to its full extent.
3. Paradise Ranch Pet Resort
|10268 La Tuna Canyon Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
|Monday–Saturday, 9 AM–5:30 PM, Sunday, 9 AM–4 PM
|$39 per day
Paradise Ranch Pet Resort in Sun Valley, California, includes a full water park for dogs. The park includes a diving and jumping pool, multiple tiki huts, a boardwalk, numerous sprayers, and a splash pad. Paradise Ranch Pet Resort has numerous perks in addition to the water park itself. You can buy 10-day or 20-day packages that allow you to pick multiple dates at a reduced rate. The base rate is $39 per day and includes access to the water park. They even have a transportation service. They will pick up your pet and bring them to the water park for you. They also have some requirements, including an intake interview and the fact that your dog has to be spayed or neutered. Your dog also has to be up to date on vaccines and be free of any fleas or ticks. Paradise Ranch Pet Resort is one of the best water parks in the country, designed specifically for dogs and their companions.
4. PetCoral Water Park
|924 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33990
|Monday–Friday, 7 AM–6 PM, Saturday, 8 AM–5 PM
|Call for current rates
PetCoral Water Park is one of the few water parks for dogs that allows their owners to come with the dog and enjoy the water park on a walk-in basis. They have a bone-shaped pool, a deep splash pad, and multiple streams of water for your dogs to enjoy. You can sign up for a membership that will get you unlimited trips to the water park. All dogs must undergo a temperament evaluation before getting a membership. This ensures that all dogs are able to enjoy the facilities and be around other dogs without being a nuisance or a danger. The evaluation lasts up to 4 hours and costs $20. PetCoral also has a veterinarian’s office on site, so your dogs will be in good hands while they are playing.
5. Smoken Dakota Kennels Splash Bark
|27246 SD-115, Harrisburg, SD 57032
Monday, 5–8 PM (5–6 PM Small Breeds Only); Tuesday, Closed; Wednesday, 5–8 PM; Thursday, 5–8 PM; Friday, 4–8 PM; Saturday, 12–6 PM; Sunday, 12–4 PM
|$29 per day
The Smoken Dakota Kennels Splash Bark is a dog water park designed for people and pets. The park is open to people and pets 6 days a week. Tuesdays are only open to private events. Worried about the South Dakota weather? Don’t be. The whole water park is indoors and heated. The pool has chairs for people so they can sit and relax and watch the dogs have fun. They even serve snacks and beer. You can buy day passes which start at $29. They also have monthly membership options that allow you to visit the water park every single day. Passes range from $59 to $89 and can cover multiple dogs. This is a great place to relax, hang out, talk to other dog lovers, and let your dog splash around, even when it might be snowing outside. This is one of the only dog water parks in the north or the Midwest due to the weather constraints. Don’t hesitate to call for more information.
6. Country Kennels Dawg Water Park
|25817 Washington Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562
|Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 1 PM to 5:30 PM; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Open for Private Swim and Events (Call for details)
|$20 open swim, $45 private swim
Country Kennels Dawg Water Park is a popular place to let dogs cool off and enjoy each other’s company. This is one of the only dog water parks that is open to the public. Three days per week, the water park is open to the public. On three other days, you can reserve a spot for a private swim session (for more money). Anyone can show up for public swim sessions for a flat fee of $20. Each additional pet is just $10. The water park has a pool, cooling decks, sprayers, and a jumping dock. They also offer dog boarding starting at $51 per day, grooming services, and training sessions. This can be a one stop shop for fun, training, and grooming.
7. Petropolis Chesterfield
|16830 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005
|Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM–6 PM; Saturday–Sunday, 8 AM–5 PM
|Half Day $33, Full Day $43
Petropolis Chesterfield is a doggy daycare center with an extensive water park. This is one of the largest and most developed canine water parks in the country. The water park includes three 6-foot-tall misting water arches, a 10-foot-tall umbrella with a water curtain, a giant fire hydrant that bubbles, and a water chaser controlled by the attentive staff. It also includes 18 foaming, misting, and steady flow water jets. These extensive facilities are perfect for entertaining dogs of all sizes and play levels. The water park is outside, so it cannot be used during Missouri’s cold winters, but it is a great summer getaway spot. Day rates include access to the water park when the wet facilities are open.
8. Canyon View Ranch for Dogs
|1558 Will Geer Rd, Topanga, CA 90290
|Monday–Saturday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM* * By appointment only
|$100 per day
Canyon View Ranch for Dogs is a specialty doggy daycare located in the Santa Monica Mountains. The rates are pretty steep, but the facilities are incredibly nice. Canyon View Ranch for Dogs includes a full water park, a training center, and extensive outdoor areas for your dogs to explore. You have to make a reservation for your dog ahead of time. You also need to make an appointment before visiting. You can call for directions, make a reservation, set up a tour, and more. Their friendly staff is more than happy to help you out and fill you in with everything your dog will need to spend some time at their magnificent boarding facilities and how to splash around at the water park.
What to Bring
When taking your dog to a water park, you should make sure to bring a few things to ensure that you have a smooth trip and a fun time.
Public vs. Private Dog Water Park
Most of the parks on this list are private water parks. They are not operated by the local government or municipalities. Private parks have their own rules and regulations that you have to abide by before you go. Many private parks are connected to dog daycare or boarding facilities meaning that you cannot stay and play with your pooch. Many dog water parks only allow you to drop off instead of staying with your dog. Not everyone will be on board with leaving their dog at the water park, while some people will think that it sounds like a great idea.
Make sure to look up the rules, requirements, and regulations before bringing your dog to a private water park. You don’t want to show up and realize you forgot some paperwork or the entrance fee.
Explore Local Water Events
If the idea of a doggy water park sounds amazing to you, but none of these places are close enough for you to easily visit, you can look out for water events in your local area. Many locations will open local pools or park splash pads to dogs during special events. Do a quick search for dog pool events near you. State parks, cities, and private companies will invite dogs during holiday events, charity events, and more. While your dog might not be able to enjoy a doggy water park year-round, they can still play in the water in areas that they usually cannot during these special times.
These eight water parks represent the best of the best when it comes to canine facilities. These water parks are spread out across the country, with clusters found in Florida and California, where the weather is more amenable to outdoor play year-round. Many dog water parks are attached to doggy daycare centers. If you want to visit a doggy water park, make sure to look up the rules and regulations before you go. Many of these parks have strong regulations that help ensure everyone stays healthy, happy, and safe while swimming. These places are a great way to let your dogs cut loose and get some unique experiences.
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