Charleston and Mount Pleasant love Fido – as proven by the abundance of dog-friendly parks, cafes, establishments, and events in these cities. If you’re a dog lover and want to bring your pet along on local adventures, you generally have the freedom to do so. Some places are extra-friendly to dogs, or offer especially fun experiences. Next time you’re planning where to bring man’s best friend, try one of these best things to do with your dog in Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
Top 5 Best Things to do With your Dog in Charleston
#1. Eat at Dog-Friendly Restaurants
There are tons of dog-friendly restaurants in Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Go to downtown Charleston for one hotspot that’s particularly notorious for welcoming pups – Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. They have lots of patio and porch seating where dogs are welcome, and where you can enjoy live music in the courtyard. Another gem with a dog-friendly vibe is Mount Pleasant’s The Dog and Duck. Find it in the Belle Hall Shopping Center. Enjoy dog-friendly outdoor seating and a variety of dishes, beers, and cocktails.
#2. Shop at the Farmers Market
Support local small businesses and craftspeople and enjoy some fresh air by taking Fido to a farmers’ market. The Charleston Farmers Market is open every Saturday in Marion Square, and the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is open Sunday on Coleman Boulevard. Both markets welcome dogs as long as you keep them on the leash and clean up after them. Purchase local arts and crafts, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, and listen to live music. Your dog will love the fresh air, friendly people, and (probably) other furry friends in attendance.
#3. Sightsee America’s Historic Places
Charleston and Mount Pleasant are bursting with historic homes, national landmarks, and gorgeous old streets just dying for you to take your dog for a walk. Stroll through Charleston’s White Point Garden at the bottom of King Street for Civil War history and a peaceful, lush 5.7-acre park where the city permits you to take your dog off leash. There’s no fence, however, so make sure your dog comes back when called! White Point Gardens and Battery Park are also close to Mount Pleasant for an easy day trip.
#4. Make a Splash at a Pet-Friendly Beach
On South Carolina’s warmest summer days, enjoy some sand, surf, and sun at a dog-friendly beach. From April through September, you can bring Fido to Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah Island Beachwalker County Park Beach, as long as you visit at non-peak times. Note that you need a dog permit for Sullivan’s Island. Head to the Isle of Palms Bark Park Dog Park for a dog-friendly beach you can access any time.
#5. Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens earned the title of the friendliest pet destination in South Carolina from GoPetFriendly.com. Learn about the incredible history of the enormous plantation, stroll the grounds of its more than 1,000-acre property along Ashley River, and take your dog for a walk in the last large-scale romantic-style (instead of formal style) garden in the country. Leashed pets can accompany you through most of the grounds, all trails, guided outdoor tours, and carried pets can come with you on tours of the home.
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