Dog Friendly Charleston Venues

Making friends at "Yappy Hour" Making friends at "Yappy Hour" Image courtesy of Charleston County Parks


For certain dog owners, the thought of leaving Fido at home is unbearable. Bringing a dog on vacation does take some forward planning, but there are a number of dog-friendly venues in Charleston that will help accommodate a furry friend.



A.W. Shucks

Tommy Condons


Hominy Grill

Poogan's Porch

Red's Icehouse on Shem Creek

Taco Boy

Sugar Bake Shop



Dogs can join their owners on the Magnolia Plantation house tour as long as the dogs are small enough to pick up.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: The grounds at Magnolia are an optimal place for a pup. Dogs are allowed in the garden area and can ride on the Nature Tram with their owners. If the dog is small enough to be carried through the house, the House Tour is an option as well.


A dog joins its owners in taking a Palmetto Carriage tour private tour of the downtown historic district.

Palmetto Carriage Works: The barn is already full of animals. What's one more? Dogs can ride along with their owners on this hour long tour of the historic district. Smaller dogs are able to sit on their owner's lap, while larger dogs can make themselves comfortable sitting on the floor board of the carriage. Dogs are able to ride with owners on group or private tours. It is of course advisable to make efforts to care for the dog's water and bathroom needs before the tour starts, as it is an hour long without any bathroom breaks.


Coastal Expeditions welcomes furry friends on kayak tours as long as they can swim.

Coastal Expeditions: Take your pooch for a paddle with you. It is wise if your dog doesn't mind the water. Contact Coastal Expeditions for more information. Tell them Traveling Ink sent you.



Play time for two pups at the county park.

Parks: Charleston County Parks are a popular place for dog owners. There are off-leash dog parks located at James Island County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park (Mt. Pleasant), and Wannamaker County Park (North Charleston). Park rules and "petiquette" can be found by clicking here.



King's Courtyard Inn: A Charleston Bed and Breakfast priding itself on true southern hospitality, the King's courtyard in is located in a prime location for King Street shopping and touring the historic district. The rooms in this wonderfully restored nineteenth century building are surround lovely courtyards. A $25 pet fee applies in pet-friendly rooms.


Charleston Place Hotel: This luxury hotel and conference center is located in the heart of downtown. The hotel property covers about one full block on Meeting Street, and houses two excellent restaurants and a handfull of shops ranging from Godiva Chocolate Boutique to Gucci. For an added cleaning fee of $95 per dog, the Charleston Place allows dogs of any size, but the dog must be crated in the room.


Inn at Middleton Place: This upper-midscale plantation inn is located about 40 minutes northwest of the downtown Charleston peninsula. It features 55 rooms, a restaurant, complimentary internet access, and close proximity to various plantations, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. The inn allows pets up to 50 pounds with a $50 per stay pet fee.


sources: SCIWAY, Palmetto Carriage Works, Charleston County Parks, Magnolia Plantation, Alpha Dog Omega Cat, Bring Fido

Last modified on Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:14


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