Dog Day of Summer
The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “dies caniculares" or “dog days." The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star" because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). On this special day, the Gardens will become completely dog-friendly.
Good Dog Rules
Dog admission: $5 each, with 50% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Polk County. Dogs must be on a leash and owners must dispose of pet waste. Owners must keep dogs on their best behavior. Dogs are welcome inside the Visitor Center, Café Patio and Gardens. Dog community water bowls are located throughout the Gardens. Activities included with regular admission. Human rates apply.
- One Doggie Goodie Bag Per Dog– Complimentary bandana, water, water stations, treats and waste bags in the Visitor Center Fountain Courtyard
- Giveaways & Vendors – Training, Daycare, Veterinarian Services, Grooming, Accessories and Treats in the Visitor Center Fountain Courtyard
- Photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside the Visitor Center
- Doggie Contest with Prizes – Cutest 10:15 a.m., Most Talented 10:30 a.m. & Best Kisser 10:45 a.m. in the picnic area Oak Grove next to the Visitor Center
- K-9 Demonstration at 11 a.m. in the picnic area Oak Grove next to the Visitor Center
- Splash Area Cool Down Station in the picnic area Oak Grove next to the Visitor Center
- New Gifts for Sale in the Garden Gift Shop
- Dog Day Café Specials