The dog days of summer may be long gone by October, but you can still pamper your pooches during the lingering heat of a South Florida fall by letting them frolic at two water parks on dogs-only days.
Castaway Island at T.Y. Park in Hollywood will have events on two weekends: October 1 and 2, and October 15 and 16.
Admission is $5 per dog per 50-minute session (plus applicable Florida sales tax), with sessions beginning on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a designated area for dogs weighing 25 pounds or less for all sessions. Donations of dog and cat food, treats, blankets, and toys will be accepted on behalf of the homeless animals at Broward County shelters.
A few rules apply: All dogs must be off leash when inside the facility and must be sociable and well behaved. Proof of current rabies vaccination and County license tag are required. Other than lifeguards, no humans will be allowed inside the water playgrounds. Finally, dogs are limited to no more than two sessions per day, and dogs must be at least 4 months of age to participate.
For more information, call T.Y. at 954-357-8811. The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect for these events.
This year Quiet Waters Park (954-357-5100) will host Barktoberfest as the K9 Splash Adventure event, October 8 and 9. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include doggie splash time, rescue and nonprofit groups, adoptions, Doggie Market Place, kiddie bounce houses, face painting, and costume contest. Admission is free, although some activities may entail nominal fees, and there is a $5/dog fee for 50-minute sessions in the water. Only dogs weighing 25 pounds or less will be permitted for the first session (8 a.m.). The park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.
Rescue/Nonprofit Group Application