Dog-Friendly Places to Take Your Pup in Charleston

Dog-Friendly Places to Take Your Pup in Charleston

charleston dogsPooches love Charleston and Charleston loves them!

So, whether you’re visiting the area with your dog, or live here and want to spend the day with your furry friend, here are a few of the best ways to enjoy quality time with your dog in Charleston:

Walk the Shem Creek Park boardwalk: On this newly built boardwalk, you and your pup will enjoy scenic views of Charleston’s waterways, the famous Shem Creek, shrimp boats, dolphins, and paddle boarders (some who put their dogs on the front of their board as they paddle!). There’s also some great people-watching along the boardwalk, as well as shaded spots to take a seat and just relax.

It’s also important to note that Charleston is known for high temperatures and humid days, which is why during the summer, it’s wise to walk your pup in the early morning or late afternoon to ensure he / she doesn’t overheat. But, with autumn approaching, the temperatures should start decreasing soon and dogs will find it much easier to truck along on the Shem Creek Park boardwalk throughout the day.

Enjoy brunch or lunch on the patio at Triangle Char & Bar in Mount Pleasant:  Thanks to a spacious outdoor seating area, water-filled dog bowls along the patio, and both shaded and sunny spots, Triangle Char & Bar is celebrated as one of Charleston area’s most dog-friendly restaurants and bars.

And the best part is that while you’re socializing with friends, playing a game of corn hole on the patio, or enjoying a delicious burger or specialty omelet, your dog will be busy relaxing on the patio or saying “hey” to other pups on the patio.

But dogs aren’t the only critters welcome on the patio of Triangle Char & Bar. I saw someone with a green parrot on his shoulder last week! And it seemed as though the bird loved Triangle’s food just as much as the patrons did.

Stroll along the Isle of Palms beach: Some of our favorite beaches for bringing our furry friends are the beaches of Isle of Palms. Residents, as well as visitors, can take their dogs swimming and trotting along the shore for a day of fun in the sun. But note that Isle of Palms city law requires dogs to be on a leash at all times, except between the hours of 5am – 8am when they are not required to have a leash (this applies from April 1 – October 31). From November 1 – March 31, dogs are allowed to be off a leash from 5 am – 10 am.

Sullivan’s Island, on the other hand, makes it a bit more difficult to bring your dog for walks, as the city requires all dogs on the island to have a dog permit. If you wish to bring your dog to Sullivan’s, you can acquire a permit from Town Hall at 2050-B Middle St. (call 843.883.3198 for additional details).

See below for some of the dogs that love the Isle of Palms & Sullivan’s Island beaches (submitted by Charleston locals and visitors):

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Ellie on Isle of Palms

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Newnan on Sullivan's

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Rosie & Flat Stanley on Sullivan's

If you want to see a picture of your pup on the beaches of Charleston featured on the Charleston Harbor Tours blog and Facebook page, send pictures to (make sure to include your dog’s name & where the photo was taken in your email to us).

Walk along the battery: For a look into Charleston’s deep-rooted history, take a stroll with your pup along the downtown Charleston battery. Not only will you have an amazing view of Charleston’s harbor, but you’ll also see stunning estates and historical architecture. You also get a great breeze from the water, which your dog will love!

And if you want to walk a bit further, take a stroll up Rainbow Row on East Bay St., where a row of colorful mansions line the water.

Visit one of the many dog parks in the Charleston area:  Charleston County is famous for its variety of dog-friendly parks—some have leash laws, while others do not. So, if Fido loves meeting other pups, you’ll definitely want to check out some of the area’s dog parks. If you’re looking to bring your pup to a park that does NOT have leash laws, we suggest the Folly Beach Bark Park (513 East Hudson Ave.), James Island County Park (871 Riverland Dr.), Park West Dog Park (1251 Parkwest Blvd, Mount Pleasant), Hampton Bark Park (122 Grove St. in downtown Charleston), and Isle of Palms Bark Park (29th Ave., Isle of Palms, behind the Recreation Center).

Where’s your favorite place to take your dog in Charleston? 

Don’t forget to send us pictures of your dog(s) on the Charleston beaches to!

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