Dog and cat in green.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is the perfect time to get out and explore Tampa Bay with your pet. The weather’s warm, but the humidity isn’t covering you and Fido in a wet, hot blanket just yet. And after the chillier winter months, you and your pet are probably itching to escape the house. Here are some of our favorite pet-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities in Tampa Bay. 

How to Have a Pet-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Tampa Bay

1. Watch the Hillsborough River Turn Green at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 

Yes, you heard us right. Every St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Tampa hosts the River O’Green Fest, a celebration where the whole family—pets included!—can gather at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to watch the Hillsborough River turn a vibrant green color. Don’t worry, the city uses biodegradable, wildlife-safe dye for this annual event. Walk your dog along the festive river and enjoy live Irish music, delicious food, beer, kids’ games, and the Curtis Hixon Dog Park. 

2. Enjoy a Beer With Fido at Pups Pub in Tampa

If you love beer, St. Patrick’s Day, and hanging out with your dog—who doesn’t?—you’ll love Pups Pub in Tampa. This full liquor, off-leash dog park and sports bar welcomes you and your dog to hang out in its turfed, air-conditioned interior on St. Patrick’s Day. Get your green on, invite a few dog-loving friends, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Pups Pub. Just remember to bring proof of your dog’s immunizations as these records are required before Fido can enter. 

3. Romp in the Water at Davis Island Dog Beach

Pack a picnic lunch and a couple of life jackets and head down to Tampa’s pet-friendly beach and dog park. This sandy beach offers plenty of space for you and your dog to relax and play together on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. There’s even a hose so you can spray the sand off Fido when it’s time to go home!

4. Hike the Trails at Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park

Pets are welcome at the Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park, where you can rent a canoe, hit a mangrove-lined trail, or enjoy a picnic with the family. It’s the ideal St. Patrick’s Day adventure for those who love the outdoors—pets and people alike. 

5. Browse the Keystone Farmer’s Market in Odessa

Pick up farm-fresh ingredients for your St. Patrick’s Day feast at the Keystone Farmer’s Market in Odessa. This pet-friendly gem is famous for its boiled peanuts, but there’s so much more to explore. Grab in-season vegetables, locally sourced meats, and fresh herbs for your Irish dinner. Just bring a leash for your pet. And don’t forget to feed the cows!

Before you head out on your Tampa Bay St. Patrick’s Day adventure, schedule a wellness checkup with our team to make sure your furry friend is ready for the fun ahead.