Dog parks are great places to socialize and make new dog friends. They’re safe spaces where your dog is always welcome. In Rio, while there aren’t a ton of dog parks, there are still enough to make your visit somewhat easy. They tend to be near metro stops, or in popular parts of the city. And since National Parks in Brazil don’t allow dogs, dog parks are the next best thing.
You’ll also find a few unofficial dog parks – spaces that have been converted by a community of dog owners, even though they’re not city ordained.
Here is a complete list of dog parks in Rio de Janeiro, both official and unofficial.
Official Dog Parks
Official dog parks in the city are fenced in areas for dogs to play off-leash. They typically have benches to sit on, trees for shade, and poop bags to help you clean up. They’re most active in the early mornings and when the sun is going down, especially in the summers when it’s hot. Many also host events and get togethers. An official dog park is known as a ParCão: a play on the Portuguese word for park (parque) and dog (cão).
Parcão da Lagoa
Parcão da Lagoa is right next to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake, located right behind the baseball fields. It’s a popular spot, especially on the weekends. There are benches for humans to rest on, lots of shady trees, and plenty of pups to play with, especially on the weekend. The park has two separate areas, and on some weekends an agility course is set up for active dogs looking for fun. It’s walking distance from the Lagoa exit of the General Osorio metro stop.
Location: Av. Epitácio Pessoa (Lagoa).
Parcão da Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz
This dog park is located in a beautiful park in the middle of Ipanema. There are benches to sit on, and large trees in and around the park. It’s large enough for great games of fetch and plenty of exercise and play. If you frequent the park enough, you might even get lucky enough to be included in the locals’ dog park WhatsApp group. If not, then just follow their Instagram to keep current on updates. The dog park is located right next to the Nossa Senhora da Paz metro stop.
Location: Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz (Ipanema).
Parcão do Jardim de Alah
The largest dog park in Zona Sul, Parcão do Jardim de Alah is massive, with tons of space for running and playing. A large dog statue adorns the park, featuring a dog sitting behind a baby with the words Proteção (or, in English, “protection”) in front. I’m not crying, you’re crying. The dog park is located right by the canal and steps away from the Jardim de Alah metro step.
Location: Praça Alm. Saldanha da Gama, 1746 (Ipanema).
Parcão do Praça do Lido
This dog park wraps around the corner of a large plaza, has everything from a playground to a game area, and of course, has plenty of space. It’s got agility equipment for your dog to play and exercise. There’s also a souvenir market right outside, and the beach across the street, so it’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking to do some shopping or swimming. Plus, the neighborhood is full of great restaurants (try Amir, right across the street) and bars to enjoy a meal or cold drink after socializing. It’s certainly worth a visit. Visit their Instagram to see what’s happening in the park.
Location: Rua Ronald de Carvalho, right off of Nossa Senhora (Copacabana).
Parcão da Praça Nelson Mandela
Praça Nelson Mandela is located at the heart of Botafogo, and right outside of the metro station. It’s a popular spot for socializing, and people can be found here at all hours of the day.
The dog park has agility equipment, trees and seating, and funky animal themed artwork strung about.
Don’t miss a walk through the plaza itself, which features plants for sale, tables for eating and playing chess, a playground, plenty of food stands, and pet adoption fairs on the weekend.
Also, right across the street you’ll find an array of dog-friendly bars and restaurants that aren’t to be missed. Head there after playing at the dog park and grab a bite to eat with a cold drink.
Location: Praça Nelson Mandela (Botafogo).
Parcão da Praça General Alcio Souto
At the tail end of Humaita and right by Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, you’ll find this small square with a dog park and playground. There’s no agility equipment like in other parks, but there’s seating and plenty of large trees for shade. Check out the wall of street art right across the street for an impromptu photoshoot when you’re finished playing.
Location: Praça General Alcio Souto (Humaita/Lagoa).
Parcão da Praça Santos Dumont
Sprawling Praça Santos Dumont has not one, but two dog parks. The larger one has trees, benches, and plenty of space for running, chasing, and playing. The dog park is worth visiting for the ambiance alone, as the praça is often buzzing with activity, especially on the weekends. There’s a playground, restaurants surrounding the praça, and a nice fountain.
Just a block away is dog-friendly mall Gávea shopping, which provides pet strollers for use while window shopping, and on Sundays, there’s an antique fair spread throughout the plaza.
Location: Praça Santos Dumont (Gávea).
Parcão do São Francisco Xavier
This dog park in Tijuca is nice, but minimalist. It’s simple, with a dirt floor and a few trees. Musicians and artists, like Bloco do Moreno, often come to the area to perform, as it’s right next to Teatro Ziembinski. The park is located across the street from the São Francisco Xavier metro stop.
Location: Av. Heitor Beltrao (Tijuca).
Parcão do Xavier de Brito
Parcão do Xavier de Brito is located in a popular plaza buzzing with activity, especially on the weekends. There’s a beautiful bronze French fountain in the center, as well as a playground and plenty of trees and seating. The vibe is laid back and fun, and there’s plenty of space to walk and hang out. There’s an organic fair every Saturday from 7:00am – 1:00pm. The plaza and dog park are located close to the Uruguai metro stop.
Location: Praça Comandante Xavier de Brito (Tijuca)
This no-frills long and narrow park is rather simple, with a few trees and benches for sitting. Good samaritans from the community have worked together to freshen it up by organizing cleanings and donating colorful agility equipment. The nice community feel makes it worth visiting if you’re in the area. You can keep up with park activities and photos on their Instagram page, and check out their blog, although it tends to be somewhat inactive.
Location: Rua Geminiano Góis, altura do 602 – Freguesia (Jacarepaguá).
Parcão da Tijuca
Parcão da Tijuca is located in an active plaza that features a playground, a small soccer field and plenty of trees. There’s a cool statue of Brazilian musician and songwriter Tim Maia in the park, as well as public bathrooms and a plant stand. It’s a great place to walk around and relax post-park visit. The dog park is right outside of the Afonso Pena metro stop.
Location: Praça Afonso Pena (Tijuca).
Unofficial Dog Parks
Praia do Diabo
Dogs aren’t technically allowed on the beach, but everyone turns their head, especially at Praia do Diabo. Located between Arpoador and Muscle Beach, Praia do Diabo is a small sliver of beach known for its beach games (like frescobol and slack line) and dogs. Many dogs frequent the beach to enjoy the sand and surf, making it a must visit spot for dog lovers and owners.
Location: Arpoador (Ipanema)
Parque Eduardo Guinle
Tucked away on a back street of Laranjeiras, you’ll find a bit of paradise known as Parque Eduard Guinle (pictured above). The park surrounds the governor’s mansion, known as Palácio Laranjeiras. It features a children’s playground, a lake with geese and koi fish, and lush green landscapes with slopes for climbing. During the day, dogs play on an elevated patch in the upper left corner of the park, and in the evenings they hang out by the exercise equipment.
Location: Rua Paulo César de Andrade (Laranjeiras)
Largo Maria Portugal
In Largo Maria Portugal, there’s a fenced-in children’s playground that’s taken over by dogs in the evenings. Amid the monkey bars and swings, you’ll find dogs frolicking and socializing with their owners. There’s a graffiti wall back drop and trees and benches. Plus, it’s gated, so all dogs run off-leash.
If you’re there between Tuesday and Sunday, grab a burger at Orange Burger, an artisanal burger cart located two steps away. There are chess tables and chairs to use while enjoying your juicy burgers and fries.
Location: Rua das Laranjeiras, 371 (Laranjeiras)
Aterro do Flamengo
The Aterro do Flamengo is always a haven for dogs, with stretches of grass, incredible views and the beach. On weekends, dogs congregate to play on an expansive piece of land right outside of the restaurant Assador Rio’s. It’s a great place to picnic, or just lie on the grass with a coconut and a book.
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