This pandemic has kept us cooped more than usual, so we are always looking for safe outdoor spaces to get some fresh air while we spend some time with our furbabies. Are you looking for new areas to explore with your four-legged bestie at your side? Luckily our historic town of Charleston is pet friendly. From the beaches, breweries, plantations, parks, and eateries, we’ve got plenty of places to sniff out! Here are Oceanside Veterinary Clinic’s top picks to take our pups.
If you’re looking to take a walk, play some frisbee, or have a picnic, Brittlebank Park is a great place to spend your day. Located along the Ashley River, the park has a large green space with a playground, picnic tables, benches, a fishing pier, and paved pathways for walking your pup!
The Barrel on Folly Road is an outdoor craft beer, wine, and music venue where the whole family, including the dogs, are welcome. Here you can find local food trucks, shuffleboard, cornhole, and plenty of playmates for your furry family member.
The Battery is a seawall protecting the peninsula of Charleston. The area was originally built as an important defense, but now includes a line of historic antebellum homes. Take a stroll around the seawall and you may even see a dolphin or two. It’s a great place to walk with your dog while taking in some offshore views.
There are three beaches in Charleston that welcome your pups! Be sure to follow the protocols for each location as the islands can vary with rules. BringFido, is a helpful website with pictures, directions, and they even give you reviews from other pet owners that have visited. Be sure to keep your pets leashed year-round and check the hours that your pup is welcome to help avoid any tickets.
The Charleston Tea Garden
Since we are spilling the tea on our favorite spots, we can’t forget about the Charleston Tea Garden. The Charleston Tea Garden is just one of the very few places that tea is grown in the United States. Although dogs aren’t allowed on the trolley or indoors, they are welcome to walk the property or cozy up on the front porch while you enjoy some freshly brewed tea from the tea bar. Soak up the history and the views of the breathtaking tea fields by spending the day here with your pup.
DIG in The Park
This restaurant’s tagline is “Family, Friends, and Fun” and the atmosphere gives you just that. With multiple locations and large outdoor patio dining spaces, DIG in The Park is a great place to hang out with your pup while enjoying some pub food and some beautiful Lowcountry weather.
The Firefly Distillery is now open in Park Circle. Pups are welcome anywhere outside of the distillery as long as they are leashed. So grab some chairs or a blanket and enjoy some lawn games such as football, frisbee, or cornhole while sipping on some local spirits!
James Island County Park
If you’re looking to let your pup run free, James Island County Park has a four-acre dog park that includes a beach. Be prepared to get dirty as many happy and excited pups are playing ball and running in and out of the water. The park also has paved trails that are pet-friendly if you prefer. The $2.00 admission fee is well spent, and comes with a dog treat!