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How To Plan A Paw-Some Vacation

Here at Kissimmee, we make paw-some vacations! There is plenty of fun year-round for large and small dogs alike. Looking to plan the perfect pet-friendly trip? We’ve got you covered.

A small dog sitting in the mouth of a fake dinosaur.

Book The Dog House

Start by researching pet-friendly accommodations options. In Kissimmee, there is a wide range of places to stay that will welcome your pup including hotels, vacation homes, and campgrounds.

Take into account how much space you’ll need, the size of your pets, and any associated pet fees when making your booking. Different accommodations have different rules and policies, so review them carefully to ensure a smooth check-in.

Vacation home rentals are a fantastic option for families traveling with dogs. They offer more privacy and room to play, plus can take advantage of the space to cook some of your meals and spend some quality time with your four-legged friend.

Go For A Check-Pup

If it’s been a while since your dog’s last check-up, contact your vet before traveling. Ensure your dog is up to date with vaccinations, and ask if there is anything else you need to do to prepare for the vacation. Get a copy of your dog’s medical records and a few extra doses of any medication, just in case your trip is delayed.

You can also download a dog first-aid app on your phone. Use it to keep track of your pet’s weight and vaccination schedule, and to have a resource for first aid practices in emergency situations.

Know where the closest veterinary clinic is to your accommodations in Kissimmee, just in case. The Kissimmee Animal Hospital is in a central location.

Pack A Doggie Bag

You’ve got your suitcase packed for vacation. Now it’s time to pack one for Fido!

A dog wearing Minnie Mouse ears.

Make sure to include more than just the treats (although they’re very important). When you and your family are preparing for vacation, don’t forget about your dog’s essentials. Make a list of the items your pup can’t live without and pack them a special bag. Don’t forget to include:

  • Temporary ID Tag (Include a phone number you can be reached at during the trip and the address of your accommodations)
  • Copies of certificates, licenses or health records if necessary
  • Prescription medications
  • Dog bed and a familiar blanket
  • Dog carrier or crate
  • Leash and harness
  • Waste pickup bags
  • Food and water dishes (consider a dog-bowl water bottle to take on longer walks)
  • Favorite toys
  • Grooming supplies
  • A picture of your dog (in case they get lost)
  • Life jacket (if you plan on bringing your dog along on any water-based activities)
  • Vet-approved first aid kit

Tail-Wagging Travel Tips

Whether you’re driving or flying into Kissimmee, keeping your dog comfortable can be a breeze if you’re prepared.

If you’re driving, make sure you have your crate or pet seat belt ready to go. A lot of dogs can suffer from car sickness, so it’s best to feed your dog a few hours before leaving. Take the time, go on a nice walk before heading out so your dog is ready to relax for the drive! Experts recommend taking a 15- to 30-minute break every four hours. If it’s a long trip, try to plan stops at locations with pet-friendly attractions, even if it’s just a small dog park, so you and your furry friend can stretch your legs. If your dog tends to get warm during long drives, bring a small portable fan with you to keep your pup cool.

If you’re flying, contact your air carrier to confirm pet policies and requirements. Many airlines allow dogs in-cabin, but some will have size restrictions and an additional charge for carry-on pets. Call ahead to ensure that there is room for your dog either in-cabin or in cargo. If your dog is a nervous flyer make sure to bring a blanket from home that will feel familiar. Consider purchasing other calming doggy care items like the ThunderShirt anxiety vest.

You’ve Arrived, High-Paw!

Once you arrive, it’s time to enjoy your paw-some vacation in Kissimmee! There are plenty of pet-friendly activities to enjoy during your stay.

The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek is a dog-friendly place to rent single and tandem kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Their trained staff can take you and your dog on a variety of guided tours. Medium-sized leashed dogs can ride along for no extra charge in a tandem kayak or canoe, and leashed puppies can join in a one-person kayak or canoe.

Old Town Kissimmee is a charming place to take your pup for a stroll or take a more energetic dog on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Looking for an off-leash option? Visit Partin Triangle Dog Park where you and your dog can enjoy the freedom of roaming in the grass and making friends with the local pooches.

Celebration Town Center is another paw-fect place to take walk with your pet. Pop into Woof Gang Bakery to pick up a treat for your dog. Then, pay a visit to Sweet Escape Bakery & Deli nearby to grab a tasty treat for yourself, too!

Pick up a treat for your dog when you're in Celebration, Florida.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Kissimmee

When it’s time for everybody to eat, you can find one of the many pet-friendly patios in Kissimmee to enjoy diverse dining options. The Broadway Pizza Bar welcomes leashed dogs at its outdoor seating area. With perfectly cooked brick oven pizza, savory garlic knots, and a tasteful wine list, your pup won’t be the only one getting a treat.

In the mood for some Mediterranean? Head to Tabbouleh for lunch or dinner, and grab a seat at their dog-friendly outdoor tables—perfect for enjoying some Kissimmee sunshine. Enjoy an authentic Shawarma Fata, or try their family meal platter for a taste of everything.

Celebrating the flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine, Abuelo’s pet-friendly eatery serves award-winning dishes to Kissimmee locals and tourists alike. Enjoy some tapas, fajitas, or Salmon Santa Cruz. Finish your meal off with a piece of Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and a glass of frozen Sangria Swirl.

At first glance, Big Toho Marina appears to be a small fishing shop, but the cute cafe inside offers waterfront dining with local flavor. Dog-friendly seating can be found by the dock, where your breakfast or lunch comes with a complimentary side of relaxing views!

In the mood for dessert? Check out Woof Gang Bakery in nearby Celebration. With cookies, cakes and biscuits in a variety flavors, shapes and sizes there’s something to satisfy any dog’s sweet tooth!

Puppy Pampering and Daycare

If you’re spending the day at one of Florida’s many theme parks, you may want to leave your dog in the caring hands of a dog groomer or doggy day care.

Doing Disney? Treat your pup to a day that will be every bit as magical as yours! Best Friends Pet Care has a brand new facility right on site at Walt Disney World. They offer overnight boarding, grooming, and day camps. You can even check in on your doggo throughout the day thanks to their live stream PetCams. Just don’t forget to pick up a souvenir for your BFF!

A small dog wearing a Mickey Mouse hat.

Bass Pet Resort & Spa offers half day, full day, and other packages to suit the needs of any family on vacation! Staying for a while? 5 Paws Hotel & Salon offer daily and weekly passes. They also have salon services in-house so your pup can get pampered after a long day of fun.

With all of these tips, you’re ready to have a memorable vacation with the whole family, including your furriest members, in Kissimmee, Florida. With world-famous theme parks, delectable dining, outdoor adventures, and close-to-everything accommodations there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visit our website for more trip inspiration.

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