Dog-Friendly Vacations in Charleston

Vacation just isn’t the same without your furry friends. Luckily, Charleston is known for being a very dog-friendly city, and we’re here to provide the perfect guide for exploring downtown with your dog!

Enjoy the Outdoors

The Battery and White Point Gardens

This park is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Located in the historic district of Charleston, it features stunning views of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. There are plenty of park benches available to relax and enjoy the views, but, we recommend grabbing a blanket and stretching out on the lush green grass under the large shady oak trees.

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

Looking for the perfect place for a picnic with your pup? Waterfront Park has swings, fountains, and a beautiful view of the Ravenel Bridge, making it a wonderful spot to settle down and eat a bite. There is also a dog park nearby if your furry friend needs to socialize and get their energy out.

Hit the Beach

Take your four-legged friends to one of Charleston’s beaches to frolic in the waves and dig in the sand. Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island are our favorite beaches. Click here to see the rules for each beach.

Go on a Tour

Palmetto Carriage Company

Dogs are welcome to come on their carriage tours; guests bringing their dog will need to purchase an entire row for themselves (4 Seats).

Drayton Hall

Leashed dogs are welcome to go with you on a self-guided nature walk through 127 acres of tea plants. Dogs are not allowed in the house or other buildings unless they are service dogs.

Magnolia Plantation & Garden

Explore 6 miles of walking trails and explore the beautiful gardens that have been growing on the property since the 1840s. Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds, in the gardens, and in the Audubon Swamp but not in the Wildlife Center, Gift Shop, or on any of the guided tours.

Chow Down

Enjoy a bite to eat with your pup at one of these downtown restaurant patios. Remember, dogs must be on a 6-foot retractable leash and be well-behaved.

Poogan's Porch

Address: 72 Queen Street

Dogs are welcome on the front porch or patio. Open Brunch: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM & Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:30 PM- 9:30 PM

East Bay Deli

Address: 334 E. Bay Street

Open Daily from 10 AM – 8 PM

Eli's Table

Address: 129 Meeting Street

Open Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM-11:00 PM

Bay Street Biergarten

Address: Bay Street Biergarten

Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM-12 AM

Rest your head at one of Charming Inns dog-friendly Inns®

John Rutledge House Inn®

The only home of a signer of the United States Constitution that now serves as both a living national historic landmark as well as an inn. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-723-7999 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

Kings Courtyard Inn

One of the city’s most beloved and captivating historic hotels charms Charleston visitors with its trio of intimate interior courtyards and beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-723-7000 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

Wentworth Mansion®

A 21-room tribute to Charleston’s gilded age, the historic Wentworth Mansion® exudes the glamour and grandeur of the Holy City. Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, and Tiffany stained glass further enhanced with luxurious amenities create thoughtful guest experiences. To book a dog-friendly reservation, please call 843-853-1886 as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.