Dog Friendly Vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina

December 10, 2009
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Charleston, South Carolina, is a fun vacation spot that’s full of Civil War history and interesting gardens. It has a population of 118,000, and its nickname is “The Holy City,” since there are a lot of churches. Today, it exists as a huge tourist and art destination, as well as an important port city. Charleston is a dog-friendly city that has numerous resources and activities.

Battery and White Point Gardens

This garden area is located in the middle of Charleston’s historic district. From here, you can get awesome views of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor. This landmark served as a fortification for Charleston during the Civil War, and there are still many cannons on display back from that era. It is free and open daily; dogs are allowed on leash throughout the grounds.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

This plantation dates back to 1676, and it has survived through the American Revolution and Civil War! This is also the oldest public gardens in America, as it was open for this purpose back in 1870. Dogs are allowed throughout this garden on leash, but not in any of the buildings. Don’t let that hold you back, as the gardens are very impressive! They are open every day of the year, but you should call for hours from November through February.

The Original Charleston Walks and Ghost Tours

This walking tour goes through the historic district in Charleston. They have daily tours year round. Leashed dogs can accompany you on a walking tour outside, but can’t go into the buildings. You should reserve a spot in advance.



Three Dog Bakery

This downtown bakery offers healthy, tasty treats for dogs. They are allowed to accompany you inside if they are leashed.

Palmetto Paws

This store sells beds, bowls, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, treats, supplements, and healthy pet diet supplies. It even has a self-service dog wash, if your dog gets messy during your stay! It is located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Outdoor Restaurants

Juanita Greenberg’s

This place has Mexican fast food, along with margaritas. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Bubba Gump Shrimp

This restaurant serves seafood and other American food specialties. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Dog and Duck Food and Spirits

Located in Mount Pleasant, this restaurant is a family friendly, British style pub. They have a casual atmosphere and serve beer. Dogs are allowed at the deck tables.


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