Dog Days of Summer

There’s lots to do with your furry friend in Fort Lauderdale

Casa Sensei doggie sushi
Photo courtesy of Casa Sensei

Roll Out

You might be tempted to roll over on a trip to Casa Sensei, Fort Lauderdale’s culturally immersive Pan-Asian Latin fusion restaurant, which also happens to be known for its “doggie sushi”—hand-rolled bites of either chicken and rice or veggies and rice. Humans can order delish dishes like pork belly bao buns, Korean barbecue beef, and kimchi fried rice, or take a cue from their canine and devour specialty rolls like the Komodo Lobster. Cap off a perfect night on the outdoor dock with serene views that overlook the Himmarshee Canal. 

The Wharf dog-friendly
Photo courtesy of The Wharf

Pooch Play-Date

Arguably one of Fort Lauderdale’s most pet-friendly open-air spaces, The Wharf is a hot spot along the New River and an ideal locale for planning a play-date with your furry friend’s bestie. There’s plenty of free space to run around, as well as weekly programming. Once you’ve fetched an appetite, sample the lineup of food trucks featuring local faves like The Piefather and Mrs. Balloo. For those looking to welcome a new four-legged family member, The Wharf hosts monthly dog adoptions with pooch-perfect vendors. Head online to see when the next iteration takes place.

Shooters Waterfront Doggy Menu
Photo courtesy of Shooters Waterfront

Canine Cuisine 

Enjoying a meal with views of the Intracoastal is always a joy, but when you get to share the experience with your dog, it’s even better. For a treat for two, head to Shooters Waterfront and check out the Doggy Menu featuring a range of veterinary-approved meals like Bahia Beef. While you sample the restaurant’s famous weekend brunch buffet, your pooch can savor ground beef, whole-wheat macaroni, butternut squash, organic carrots, apples, and more to keep tails wagging.

W Fort Lauderdale Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend Staycation package
Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale

Staycation Spoils

Indulge yourself and your four-legged friend with a trip to W Fort Lauderdale and reap the rewards of its oh-so-fancy “Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend” package when you book Spectacular and Mega rooms. Kick things off by popping off a bottle of prosecco for yourself and Pet Winery’s dog-friendly Dög Pawrignon Champagne or rosé for your cute canine. A Sweet Treat Swag Bag—with goodies like gummy bears and chocolate-covered pretzels for you, plus Barking Bacon dog ice cream for your pup—takes the spoiling a step further. Don’t forget to enjoy countless soaks at the fifth-floor WET Deck pool, which boasts a full bar, daybeds, and more, and a quick-fix treatment at the Away Spa.

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