Besides just going for a walk or hanging in the backyard what are some things you can do with your dog in Charleston? You may be vacationing and wanting to try new things or live here and want a new activity. The weather is getting nice so now is the time to get out and explore the area.
If you reference a previous blog I spoke of the rules of the local beaches: Folly Beach, Beach walker Park, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms. But what else is there to do after the beach? What about Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant or James Island? They each offer a variety of outdoor activities for you and your furry friend.
First downtown offers plenty of walking or running with Fido, there is also a dog park near Waterfront Park where he can run off leash. Every second Sunday King Street shuts down to traffic for pedestrians only; there are usually plenty of furry friends to be found. Marion Square is another gathering place that attracts dogs and humans. There are also several places to eat with your furry friend downtown. Those include Boone’s Bar, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Poogan’s Porch, Taco Boy, Juanita Greenberg’s Southbend Brewery, and many others. Most stores also have water bowls and/or treats available for the pets. I haven’t come across many stores that turn me away when I have my dog, Lyla, in tow. They are very receptive and love dogs. The one place that is not keen on having pets inside is the city market, so just walk on the sidewalks on either side.
Mt. Pleasant has a variety of pet friendly activities as well. Shopping at the Town Center is always fun with your fur baby. There is also Boone Hall Plantation, which is dog friendly, except for inside the house. There are also a few dog parks including Palmetto Islands County Park, Rifle Range Dog Park, and Old Village Dog Park. Most restaurants on Shem Creek allow pets outside. Or take your boat or kayak on the creek with your pet, but remember his lifejacket too!
James Island offers the James Island County dog park, which has dedicated large, and small dog areas; as well as a lake for them to swim in. Admission is $2 per human or free with Gold Pass. It also offers a lot of dog friendly restaurants on James Island and Folly Beach. A few of them are: Taco Boy, Loggerhead’s, Rita’s, Brick House Plantation, Smoky Oak Taproom, and Blu Restaurant and Bar.
Overall, in my experience Charleston is a very dog friendly area and I love taking Lyla a variety of places with me and not always having to leave her behind. Moving from up North, I can say Charleston has been very welcoming of Lyla and us as well!
Photo is of my dog Lyla in her new wagon made just for her by her dog dad Joshua.