The dog days of summer are here, and your furry, four-legged friend wants in on the fun too.
South Florida has plenty of dog parks and dog-friendly parks to choose from, but don't settle for just any poop-covered, treeless patch of grass.
In the below slideshow, we culled the best of Miami's dog parks worthy of your precious fur babies.
Need a quiet little park for your shy pug? Try serene Washington Avenue Park.
Have an extroverted German Shepard that needs to stretch his legs and go nuts from time to time? Consider the much larger bark park at Amelia Earhart Park.
The best part? All of the parks are either free or very affordable so take your doggie pals out for frequent jaunts and fresh air.
Click below for Miami's best dog parks:
Amelia Earhart Bark Park
Where: <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/amelia_earhart.asp#bark-park" target="_hplink">401 E. 65 St. in Miami</a> Fees: Bark Park admission is free, but admission into Amelia Earhart Park is $4 per vehicle You couldn't ask for more space at this <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/amelia-earhart-bark-park-hialeah" target="_hplink">5-acre, fenced-in park</a>. Dogs big and small have their own places to play under large shade trees, frolic in paved walkways, or snuggle with their owners at picnic benches. Water fountains keep both humans and canines hydrated, and waste disposal stations maintain the clean park.
East Greynold's Dog Park
Where: <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/eastgreynolds.asp" target="_hplink">16700 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami</a> Fees: $1 per hour parking on weekdays, $6 for cars, trucks and SUVs and $15 for bus or RVs on weekends At nearly 2 acres, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/greynolds-dog-park-miami" target="_hplink">this bayside park allows dogs big and small plenty of space to roam </a>. With water fountains, hosing stations, shaded walkways and easy access to the water, there's no way your dog can overheat.
West Kendall District Park's Dog Park
Where: <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/west_kendall_district.asp" target="_hplink">11255 SW 157 Ave. in Miami</a> Fees: Free Have a dog that gets bored easily? At this 6.5-acre dog park, pets can romp around the play equipment such as tire jumps, walking ramps, and paws tables. Big and small dogs are separated at the park ,and both can enjoy drinking fountains, water sprays, or relaxing under a shaded canopy.
Washington Avenue Bark Park
Where: <a href="http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parksandrecreation/scroll.aspx" target="_hplink">201 Second St. in Miami Beach</a> Fees: Free Considered a hidden, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-avenue-bark-park-miami-beach" target="_hplink">quaint park by dog owners</a>, pooches can spend a day in the great outdoors among large trees and fresh grass. With no playgrounds in sight, it's a place just for Fido. Keep hydrated with water fountains that have special doggie water spickets.
Flamingo Bark Park
Where: <a href="http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parksandrecreation/scroll.aspx" target="_hplink">13th Street and Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach</a> Fees: Free Another <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/flamingo-park-miami-beach" target="_hplink">popular park</a> in the area, this dog's paradise was expanded to 39,900 square feet of space for dogs to let loose and run off their leashes. Two areas are set up for large and small dogs and human companions can relax in shaded benches. To keep cool, there are water fountains for both dogs and humans, and there are biodegradable baggie stations for waste.
Perrine Wayside Park's Dog Park
Where: <a href="http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/node/95#" target="_hplink">16425 S. Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay </a> Fees: Free Named <a href="http://www.miaminewtimes.com/bestof/2010/award/best-dog-park-2305429/" target="_hplink">Best Dog Park in 2010</a>, dogs get a variety of <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/perrine-wayside-park-miami#query:perrine dog park" target="_hplink">play areas for their liking</a>. Your animals can jump in the pond, run in the grass or wander the trails to their hearts delight, and they can clean up (with your help) before going home at the water hoses.
Blanche Park in Coconut Grove
Where:<a href="http://www.miamigov.com/parks/pages/park_listings/specialized.asp" target="_hplink"> Shipping Avenue and Virginia Street in Coconut Grove</a> Fees: Free A great place for <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/blanche-park-miami " target="_hplink">dogs to make friends</a>. Meanwhile owners can relax on shaded benches and watch their pets run through both astroturf and grass. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at this fenced-in park and will enjoy the trees and special water fountains set up just for them.
Haulover Dog Park
Where: <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/haulover_park.asp" target="_hplink">10800 Collins Ave. in Miami</a> Fees: $2 If you're planning on visiting the famed nude beach at Haulover, you can also bring your dog to the area's park. Dogs can play in three gated areas -- big, small, and private playtime -- and cool off with water fountains. With waste disposal areas, it's easy to keep the park clean too.
Rickenback Causeway Dog Beach
Where: off Rickenbacker Causeway entrance in Key Biscayne Fees: $1.50 bridge toll Key Biscayne has its very own dog beach for both man and pooch to enjoy a day out in the sun. Dogs that like to swim and explore the shallow grassbeds will love this park, as will dogs who just want to take a stroll on pathways. As this <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rickenback-causeway-dog-beach-key-biscayne " target="_hplink">park is very popular</a>, it fills up quickly!
Tropical Park's Dog Park
Where: <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/tropical.asp" target="_hplink">7900 SW 40 St. in Miami</a> Fees: Free Adventurous dogs big and small will <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tropical-park-dog-park-playground-miami" target="_hplink">have a blast at this 2-acre park</a>, taking on the tire jump, window jump, king-of-the-hill ramp, the dog walk, and more. To avoid getting too hot, there are drinking fountains and water sprays to cool off. Or, man and dog can relax under the park's promenade and take in nature.
WATCH: Tips for keeping your dog calm at the park: