Dog-Friendly Guide to Charleston

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Charleston is a city best seen by walking and bringing your dog along will make it even more enjoyable.

 From Hotels and Restaurants to Walking Tour and Parks, use this guide to experience the best of Charleston with your favorite four-legged traveling companion. 

Charleston Bark-eology

Walking TourThe majority of Walking Tours will allow pets to participate in the tour as long as the pet is friendly and well behaved. Please make reservations for the tours and confirm that the tour guide does not have any pet restrictions.

Carriage TourPalmetto Carriage Company allows dogs on their tours. Dogs must be held in your lap or be able to sit at your feet.

Re-Tail Paradise

King StreetSelect stores will allow pets to come in with their owners. Stores will occasionally have bowls of water out on the street for passing dogs; this is usually a good sign that dogs are welcomed.

Charleston PlaceThis walkway spans from the corner of King and Market to Meeting and Market. Dogs must remain on a leash and be courteous.

A Walk to Remember

Magnolia Plantation & GardenThis plantation has beautiful gardens to walk around with bridges and plenty of paths to wander. Dogs are welcome but must remain on leash.

Drayton Hall - Dogs are allowed on site on leashes but cannot go into the house. But they are welcome around the rest of the property.

Time to Chow Down

Barbadoes Room 115 Meeting Street - Southern: Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6 AM until 10 PM.

Basil 460 King Street - Thai: Open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM until 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM until 11 PM.

Café Framboise 159 Market Street - French: Open Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM, Saturday from 8 AM until 4 PM, Sunday 9 AM
until 2 PM.

Carmella's 198 E. Bay Street - Dessert/BarOpen Weekdays from 11 AM - 12 AM, Weekends from 11 AM - 1 AM

East Bay Deli 334 E. Bay Street. - American: Open Daily from 8 AM - 9 PM

Eli's Table 129 Meeting Street - Southern: Open Weekdays from 8 AM - 10 PM, Weekends from 8 AM - 11 PM

Le Farfalle 15 Beaufain Street - Italian: Open Monday - Thursday from 11:30 PM - 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM until 10 PM, Friday & Saturday open from 11:30 PM- 2:30 PM and 5 PM - 11 PM, Sunday Brunch from 12 PM - 3 PM, Sunday Supper 3 PM - 8 PM

Lewis Barbecue 464 N. Nassau Street. - BBQ: Open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner from 11 AM until 10 PM.

Poogan's Porch 72 Queen Street - Southern: Brunch Monday - Sunday from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Dinner Monday - Sunday 5 PM - 9:30 PM

Tommy Condon's 160 Church Street - IrishOpen Weekdays from 11 AM - 1 AM, Weekends from 11 AM - 2 AM

Fur-Friendly Hotels

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, the John Rutledge House Inn® mixes its original features in a charming historical setting with incredible amenities and a timeless sense of hospitality. Please note that their pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited, so book your reservation now. A $40 per night fee also applies. Please email their Pet Concierge or call the Inn directly to make a reservation at (855) 986-3513.

Kings Courtyard Inn - One of the city’s most beloved and captivating historic hotels, the Kings Courtyard Inn charms Charleston visitors with its trio of intimate interior courtyards and beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites, all layered with warm Southern hospitality. Their pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited so please call the inn directly to book. A $40 per night fee 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 the hotel as pet-friendly rooms are extremely limited. A $40 per night fee also applies.

Barks on the Peninsula

Colonial Lake - Rutledge Ave. At Broad Street.

Hazel Parker Dog Run - 70 East Bay Street.

Hampton Park Bark Park -122 Grove Street.

Marion Square - Meeting St/Calhoun St./King St.

Waterfront Park -  34 Prioleau Street.

White Point Gardens - Rutledge Ave. At Broad Street.


Olde Towne Vet Clinic -17 Pinkney Street (843) 723-1443

All Creatures Veterinary Clinic - 224 Calhoun Street (843) 579-0030 

Charleston Harbor Veterinarians - 280 Rutledge Ave. (843) 410-8290

24 Hours Emergency Care |  2 locations

Veterinary Special Care

3163 W. Montague Ave, N. Charleston (843) 744-3377

985 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant (843) 216-7554

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