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Vero Vine Top 9 Dog – Friendly Activities in Indian River County

 

Sick of having to leave your pooch at home? Treat them to a special day out with these top activities that your furry friend will love! Make sure to check out the local restaurants that allow you to dine with your doggo! 

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Vero Beach Dog Park

The use of Vero Beach Dog Park is a privilege and not a right. Please respect others using the area. Anyone in violation of these rules will be subject to removal from the park and/ or suspended from future use of the park.

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Dogs For Life

Dogs For Life specializes in training hearing dogs and mobility assistance dogs, as well as service dogs to help veterans ease the effects of post-traumatic stress.

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Sebastian Bark Park

Off-leash dog areas/dog park, provide a community setting in which people can gather and socialize.

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Beachside Dog Spa

Vero Beach’s only beachside doggy day spa for your pampered puppy! Providing a mind, body, spirit wellness experience, using organic products and love!

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Humane Society Dog Park

Anyone with an annual membership of $75.00 or more (or who has recently adopted a dog from us) enjoys the privileges of using our “Bow-Wow” Off Leash Dog Park.

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South Paw Canine Massage

South Paw provides canine therapy services in the convenience of your home or at one of our locations. Canine massage is a result driven Bodywork Therapy that deals with muscular issues and helps support conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia and aims to see an improvement in your pet’s mobility within 1-3 sessions. It is suitable for all ages and breed of dog.

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Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Heathcote Botanical Gardens contains the largest public tropical bonsai collection in the U.S., featuring 100 bonsai trees on permanent display. Visit themed garden rooms including Palm & Cycad Walk, Herb Garden, Reflection Garden, tropical perennials, ferns, gingers, bromeliads, and native plants. Leashed pets are welcome throughout the gardens.

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Dog’s Life Daycare-Training

First, we all know how much you love your dogs. We too, have our own dogs that we love dearly. Rest assured we treat each of our doggie clients as if they were our own! We encourage dogs to be dogs and socialize all day long. We are an Open-Play facility which includes dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds that participate in the play and activities together. Picture a swimming pool full of kids playing with a lifeguard on duty! The dogs get to romp and play while a qualified, trained staff member makes sure they are safe and following the rules.

Blue Ribbon Boarding & Pet Grooming

Blue Ribbon Pet Grooming & Boarding is the perfect staycation for your pet. Hurricane resistant and qualified staff make sure your pet is happy.

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Dog – Friendly Restaurants

The Patio Seafood TavernRiverside CafeMulligan’s Beach HouseSammy’s Mediterranean CafeWaldo’s RestaurantCasey’s Place, Bamboo Patio at Costa d’Este, The Patio at Chive, The Barefoot Café, The Patio at The Kilted MermaidBungalow Bar

What'SUP Vero Beach

What’SUP Vero

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Vero Beach

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Have you noticed all the long surfboards people are carrying about in Vero Beach? To the uninitiated, it might seem that Vero is a haven for Long Boarders or an old surfers haven. There are positively “Two Girls for Every Boy” in this town, actually more like four. Just ask any young woman you know. That’s a whole ‘nother story.

What we are witnessing is the infancy of a sport known as Stand Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short. What is happening is that people are letting go of their fears and giving it a go. And when fears are banished the free go far.

Vero Beach is blessed to be at the center of two incredible assets, the Fort Pierce Inlet and the Sebastian Inlet. If you’ve read “A Land Remembered” you will note that the Fort Pierce Inlet played a major role in Florida’s Citrus history as the New England market’s access to our crops. Sebastian Inlet has a much rowdier and perhaps tawdry history wrapped up in Local, State and then Federal politics making for a good many tales of epic proportion. Let’s explore that sometime.

What these inlets do is allow a continual resurgence of open ocean currents to enter and retreat from the Indian River providing the life for of the “lagoon”, an estuary of international impact. They also provide a magnet for the marine life in the river and a synergy of life along the coastline of the Atlantic. The unique reefs offshore of Indian River County combine with this flow of life from the Gulf Stream to produce an environment for a renewal of species up and down the food chain including our own.

This is the backdrop of the incoming tide of the SUP’ers here in Vero. Many locals have been involved for a long time. In fact, we are home to the manufacturer of a highly specialized line of paddleboards. Mark Castlow and company at Dragonfly Boatworks began making versions of paddleboards that incorporates proprietary designs from their successful flats boats and more. Because of their expertise in the flats, their paddleboard has caught on and been shipped worldwide with Dubai as one of the more interesting drops. And they have had a very satisfied client in Jimmy Buffet who loves to use his for Bone Fish excursions.

Breconshire Shipwreck SUP

So where is everyone paddling? The answers are as varied as the paddlers themselves. It will depend upon their interests, what they want to see and experience. For our oceanfront visitors and hotels guests at Disney, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Holiday Inn, Coste d’Este, and Waldo’s the Breconshire Wreck is the first stop. They will easily see the exhaust pipe, the hull’s outline and a bit of a reef on calm, clear days. From there, it is best to head south to the Rio Mar reefs for the best views of sea life and reef formations.

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What is hugely important for this and every paddle is safety. Some if not all of the outfitters will include a leash in the rental and this is key. When you are in the ocean or river you will be subject to wind and currents. You do not want to get separated from your board or your paddle. The second critical piece of equipment would be a personal flotation device or PFD. It seems ridiculous since you may be leashed to your board but it is key especially for the novice paddler. The U.S. Coast Guard requires you to have one on the board at least if you will be outside of the surf zone. Yes, there is an entire world of Surfing SUP capabilities, again for another story. Watch out for Murphy’s Law when it comes to water sports, have safety top of mind.

For the Indian River start with Round Island’s Riverside Park, a crowd favorite. There is a SUP/ Kayak drop off circle and a safe sandy beach to launch from. Again, have your safety equipment on your board and use a leash every time. It is actually more important in the river because you can easily become complacent about safety as you enter a state of calm along the way. You will think that you have found paradise; the quiet and easygoing vibe will be all the more heightened because you are literally floating away.

After a while try your skills at other launch sites in the area. The obvious ones are found in other parks in the city and County. MacWilliam Park Boat Ramp is a terrific place to launch with access to the City Marina and islands north of the launch site. The Vero Beach Rowing Club has installed a great floating dock that is also available for launching but watch yourself when standing up too close to the dock. You may also want to launch from Riverside Park and again watch yourself standing up only after you have pushed away from the shore or ramp. The south end includes Memorial Island and much more.

This is a snippet of the adventures you can have with a SUP adventure on the water here in Vero Beach. As with any water activity know your craft, skills and safety equipment. To that add local shore and water knowledge such as bottoms and tides. Always, always, and ALWAYS… Feet First if you need to enter any body of water. Some people will wear waterproof shoes or booties; there will be obstacles in the cushy sand below. Don’t get lulled into feeling too safe. My hope is that everyone who puts off from shore will return safely. And never paddle alone. Next time let’s see where to rent SUP equipment and what they offer for their guests.

Paddle on.

Paddles by the Sea

Paddles by the Sea

If you are looking for tours or rentals please visit Paddles by the Sea. They have two locations one beachside at the Holiday Inn and riverside at Riverside Cafe.

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Vero Vine Top 9 Nightlife Entertainment

Summer nights in Vero Beach are anything but boring! Check out these top nightlife activities that’ll make this Summer one to remember. Let us know your favorite spot in the comments below!

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Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre, Inc. is committed to providing a total theatre arts experience that entertains, challenges, and educates both adults and children. Producing quality works from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatres with an emphasis on high production values, providing the youth of the community with a broad range of education opportunities that will cultivate tomorrow’s artist and audiences, while building the skills of today, and providing a nurturing and collaborative environment for the artist, educators, and staff.

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Walking Tree Brewery

At Walking Tree Brewery, we combine creativity with science to produce a large selection of unique and delicious craft beer. You will always find a wide variety of traditional options on tap – from pale ales that dance on the buds to mouthwatering creamy stouts. In addition to creating great beer, we continually strive to develop a culture that unites our community. Our Florida roots are important to us, which is one of the reasons that the name “Walking Tree Brewery” resonated so well. Mangrove trees live with one foot on land and one in the sea, constantly expanding their boundaries. Through our pursuit to produce unforgettable beer, like the mangrove tree, we will never forsake our home, our community, or our roots. 

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Vero Bowl Lanes & Lounge

Vero Bowl is a great place to have fun times with family and friends. At Vero Bowl you can have a great time at prices that won’t break your family’s budget.  We also have our COOL Cosmic where you bowl with the lights down – great music turned up and awesome special effects lighting…it looks like a nightclub!

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Captain Hirams Sand Bar

What’s better than one bar? Three bars in one, naturally. Anchored in the sand, surrounded by coconut palms and buffeted by cool river breezes, our outdoor tiki-style Sandbar is Sebastian’s go-to destination for live music, cold beer, tropical cocktails and the chance to mingle in a trio of spirited spots, each with its own unique personality and drink menu. The Sandbar’s two live music stages regularly host an extensive line-up of the best national artists and bands, including reggae legends like Toots and the Maytals. Weekends tend to be livelier. On quieter nights, you can hum along to the tunes of some of Sebastian’s lower-key musicians performing on the Sandbar’s tiki stage.

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Havana Nights Piano Bar

This popular nightspot features a lively crowd, latin rhythms, and is frequented by “A-list” locals and visitors “in the know.” The menu offers tropical lite cuisine – a melange of French, Spanish and Caribbean-inspired dishes for dinner, supper or just to nibble.

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American Icon Brewery

American Icon Brewery is a family oriented gastropub with a 15 barrel brewing system, a full-food menu and over 400 seat capacity, located in historic Downtown Vero Beach.

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Riverside Cafe

You will find that we are more than just a restaurant. We serve great food, really cold drinks, our bars are equipped with tap lines that chill our beer to 33 degrees, ensuring each domestic, imported, or craft draft beer is perfectly chilled. 

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Gamers Realm

Gamers Realm is a Gamer’s Paradise. We have games for every generation, allowing players to explore libraries of games released over the last 40 years. We also feature virtual reality games that will take you to another world featuring HTC Vive. Other attractions include Room Escapes, Table Top Gaming, and Magic the Gathering. We are open late every night, and at 8pm we turn on the black lights and turn up the music!

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Grind + Grape

Grind+Grape is a versatile and innovative establishment dedicated to giving customers an unforgettable expireince. As the name suggests, Grind+Grape offers a delicious selection of coffee beverages as well as a full bar stocked with the finest wines and liquor. As for the food offered at Grind+Grape, not many places can beat it for quality as well as variety. Baked goods from our award-winning sister store ‘Frosting’ are always on mouth-watering display. The menu itself is filled with Italian inspired cuisine such as flatbreads and Caprese Salad as well as cheese boards and other delicious delicacies. Last but not least, Grind+Grape is proud to offer you live music every single day of the week. We believe local music is something to be supported and cherished, so many of the musicians booked at Grind are Vero Beach natives. So whether you have lived in Vero your whole life or you’re just on vacation, we hope to see you at Grind+Grape, where versatility and quality meet.

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