Dog-Friendly Vacations in New Orleans

September 27, 2009
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New Orleans, Louisiana is a wonderful place to visit for all sorts of reasons. They have great food (inspired by a multitude of sources), French architecture, great partying and of course, many dog-friendly activities.


Moonlight Graveyard Tour

Graveyards are an interesting part of Louisiana culture, as they often construct raised graves so that bodies don’t flush out during floods. Definitely something to see! This tour explains some of the history of New Orleans graveyards, such as the unusual architecture and secret societies. They will take you to sites such as St Patrick’s, the Masonic Cemetery and the new Hurricane Katrina Memorial. Dogs are allowed on leash through this tour. You have to reserve this tour in advance.

dog-pirateGood Old Days Carriage Tours

You can take your dog on these carriages, which meet outside Jackson Square, so long as the carriages are built to hold four humans and a pet. They have mules that take you around the French Quarter.

French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is a beautiful place to talk around and observe the Parisian-style architecture. It is the oldest, most well-known area of the city. Dogs are allowed in all common areas, but you must ask the stores individually if they are pet-friendly.

Haunted History Toursvoodoo

This is the original haunted tour group of New Orleans, which guides you around the voodoo and magic history and culture of the city. These tours are somewhat theatrical and highly historical. They offer vampire tours and ghost tours, among others. Dogs are allowed on-leash. You should reserve in advance. Great idea if you’ll be there for Halloween season.


New Orleans City Park

This park has over 1300 acres, and dogs are allowed to walk around and play on leash. Dogs can go on waking paths, around the lake and to the picnic areas.



This restaurant is located in the French Quarter, and seeks to take its customers back in time with its beautiful settings. It serves a mix of Spanish, French and Creole Cuisine. Dogs are allowed outside, if there is not a private party already sitting there.

Cafe Amelie

This restaurants is surrounded by gardens, in the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. Locals and tourists love this place, which serves small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Dogs are allowed in the courtyard.

The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

This restaurant is for simpler tastes, serving pizza, creole and American cuisine. Dogs can accompany you at outdoor tables.


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