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Dog-friendly business guide for Charleston

Explore these dog-friendly businesses in Charleston that span from places to eat, drink, shop, exercise, swim, and stay the night.

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Take your pup to Low Tide Brewing.

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Round of a-paws, please. From spending a beach day with your pup to playing fetch at the county park, it makes sense that Charleston is filled with a plethora of places eager to welcome you and your furry friend.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery or just dining out, bone appétit. Get ready to dig into this guide for dog-friendly spots around the 843.

Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more dog-friendly restaurants, pet-friendly hotels, and events, too.

🐾 Breweries

🐾 Restaurants

  • Poogan’s Porch | Named after a neighborhood pup who loved this local spot, Poogan’s welcomes dogs to dine with their owners on the porch.
  • Lost Dog Cafe | Chill on the patio with your dog at this breakfast and lunch spot on Folly Beach. The cafe’s name was inspired by a dog named Hocus who liked to go on adventures.
  • Chico Feo | Eat tacos, drink cocktails, listen to live music, and sit at a picnic table with your four-legged friend at this eatery by the beach.
  • Taco Boy | Your dog is sure to make a few friends on the pet-friendly outdoor patio while you enjoy a margarita — don’t forget to have your pup on a leash.
  • Brown Dog Deli | Relax at an outdoor table with your dog while you dig into sandwiches and wraps and enjoy local cold brew.

🐾 Beaches

  • Morris Island | Accessible only by boat, this island allows off-leash pups to play. If you don’t have a boat, Adventure Harbor Tours offers a dog-friendly island tour.
  • Isle of Palms Beach | Dogs can be off-leash April 1-September 14 from 5-9 a.m. and September 15-March 31 before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Pups must be leashed at all other times.
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park | Dogs must be leashed at all times at this park on the west end of Kiawah Island featuring beach access, a boardwalk, and a river view.

🐾 Hotels

  • The Charleston Place | Dogs of all sizes are welcome at this downtown hotel and pet sitters are available through the concierge — tell the reservations team if you’d like to bring your four-legged friend.
  • John Rutledge House Inn | Book accommodations for you and your furry friend for an additional daily fee by contacting the concierge directly to reserve a dog-friendly room.
  • Wentworth Mansion | Spoil your pup with the two-night Wentworth Mansion Dog Package including accommodations, welcome treats, a $40 gift card to 60 Bull Cafe, and a $30 gift card to Woof Gang Bakery.

🐾 Parks

🐾 Trails

  • West Ashley Greenway | The West Ashley Greenway is an out-and-back rail trail with water views that’s great for walking your dog.
  • Laurel Hill County Park Trail | Follow a five-mile dirt path with your furry friend on a leash through Laurel Hill County Park.
  • Charles Towne Nature Trail | This one-mile trail at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site offers scenic views of the Ashley River.
  • Pitt Street Bridge | Enjoy waterfront scenery and the sunset on this bridge with your four-legged friend.
  • Stono River County Park | Stroll 1.5 miles with your dog on a leash and be treated to river views at this county park.
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