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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

Vero Vine Top 9 Outdoor Eateries

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Mother’s Day is coming, take mom somewhere special for lunch. With Vero’s weather eating outside is always a great option, we have come up with some local hot spots that offer outdoor seating that mom will love!

Baci Trattoria

At Baci Trattoria, we have built a great reputation for quality food with a diverse menu, awesome presentation, excellent service, and a professional staff, all while striving to orchestrate the perfect event for you and your guests.

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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. We accommodate large parties, banquets, and we would love to host your upcoming event. 

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Sammy’s Mediterranean

Here at Sammy’s Mediterranean Café our focus is on providing authentic and healthy food from all over the world, specializing in Lebanese and Greek cuisine.

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Mulligans Beach House

Our restaurants are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve breakfast, lunch & dinner. Mulligan’s offers an array of daily drink and food specials. Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is fun and family-oriented.

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Osceola Bistro

Osceola Bistro’s menu represents an array of flavors and influences from around the world showcasing Chef Bireley’s culinary travels. In an effort to support the local economy, promote sustainable sourcing and to further express his love of Vero Beach, Chef Bireley strives to purchase as many fresh ingredients from local farmers and fisherman as possible. In addition, Chef Bireley chooses to conduct other business matters with small local businesses and vendors wherever possible.

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Waldo’s Restaurant 

Waldo Sexton arrived in Vero Beach in the 1920’s and proceeded to build the Driftwood Inn, one of the most extraordinary structures in the South. Sexton, founder of McKee’s Jungle Attractions, also in Vero Beach, built his sprawling dream of cypress logs and pecky-cypress paneling from the swamps around the Blue Cypress Lake about 26 miles away. Townspeople who remembered the 1930’s describe Sexton pacing up and down the beach shouting verbal instructions to the crews, who worked by voice command only, without plans. The result was a two-story hotel with balconies everywhere surrounded by pole railings with turned or peeled-log supports.

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Station 49

Inspired by the exciting and always evolving pizza scene in NYC, Station 49 crafts unique pizzas with fresh ingredients.  The menu at Station 49 goes beyond great pizza too.  Italian street food bites like arancini (approved by authentic Italians!), fresh house-made pastas, salads that are somehow delicious and healthy, entrees that Dino has perfected over the years in NYC and fresh house-made desserts that you won’t want to miss.  There’s also a large selection of craft and big-name beers and a great selection of wine.

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The critics are calling it American (New), American (Traditional), Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Cajun/Creole, Greek and Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Seafood, Soul Food, Southern, Tex-Mex and Vegetarian Cuisine. All custom made for you while you pick and choose whatever fresh ingredients you want to eat. 

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Casey’s Place

Love an outdoor setting with fantastic food and just a short walk away from the beach? Casey’s Place is your place then! Located on the corner of Cardinal Drive and Azalea Lane in beautiful Vero Beach, it is a local favorite. Some regular customers drive from as far away as West Palm Beach just to get a taste of Casey’s! The trademark market umbrellas create a comfortable shaded setting at the large classic wooden tables.

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Lee Olsen of Waldo’s Wins 2015 VBLA Supporter of the Year Award

2015 VBLA Supporter of the Year Award

Scot Caviness, Erik Toomsoo, Lee Olsen, Dave Farrow, Tim Capra, ET Baker

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Members of the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association presented Lee Olsen, manager of Waldo’s Restaurant & Lounge in Vero Beach, with the 2015 VBLA Supporter of the Year Award this past Friday.
The award, presented to the business or individual who demonstrated a willingness and commitment towards VBLA’s mission to help promote water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities was a painting of Waldo’s and the Driftwood Inn by local artist and member of the VBLA Board of Directors, Dave Farrow.
“People come to Vero Beach and Waldo’s to enjoy the beach and have fun.  I think it’s very important that our beaches are as safe as possible.  Safer beaches are good for business.  When the lifeguards asked for my help, I was glad to support them in any way I could”, stated Lee Olsen.
“We had our first VBLA meeting at Waldo’s back in 2011.  Lee didn’t hesitate to help us out”, added Tim Capra, Vice President and co-founder of VBLA.
Waldo’s has sponsored VBLA events such as The Waldo’s Wildcard Poker Stroll, Barefoot Beach Ball and Race to the Wreck.
With support from the local community, businesses and individuals, VBLA has donated thousands of dollars of equipment to the City of Vero Beach lifeguards.
Presently, VBLA is raising money to build a lifeguard tower and headquarters at Humistion Park and is  producing a local beach safety video which it hopes to distribute to the community, hotels and schools in the area in order to educate the public about our local beaches and ocean.
VBLA Support of the Year Award

Lee Olsen and Dave Farrow

For more information contact VBLA at http://www.vbla.org/.