Dog Friendly Activities in Charleston, SC

There are 52 dog friendly activities in Charleston, SC. Use the links below to get an overview of each attraction, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Charleston, SC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

James Island County Park

A visit to James Island County Park is a great way to spend an afternoon in Charleston with your pup. Said to be the best dog park in Charleston, this park features a dog beach, four acres of open grassy space, a cleaning station, fenced play area for small dogs, and waste stations.

Old Charleston Ghost Tours

Bring Fido along on an Old Charleston Ghost Tour! This walking tour starts in Washington Park and lasts about 90 minutes. You and your pooch may even hear a story about a ghost dog that roams the streets of Charleston.

Beach at Sullivans Island

Off-leash dogs are welcome to enjoy the beautiful beach on Sullivan's Island from 5:00 am to 10:00 am and leashed dogs are welcome on the beach from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. All dogs on Sullivan Island, including day visitors and vacation renters, must have a town-issued dog permit to visit the island, including the beach. Town Hall (located at 2050-B Middle Street) issues annual permits for $35 per dog. Completed applications and proof of valid rabies vaccination are required for permit.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation has beautiful gardens you can explore with Fido, but the real treat here is that dogs are also allowed on the tram tours. Dogs that can be carried are even allowed inside the plantation house. In addition to the garden, there are many nature trails on the property.

Morris Island

Morris Island is an undeveloped island at the mouth of Charleston Harbor that's only accessible by private boats. It is a fantastic place for long, off-leash beach strolls, dolphin-watching, and hunting for shells and fossilized shark teeth. Put on sunscreen and bring plenty of water for you and your pup. No boat? No problem! Adventure Harbor Tours offers 3-hour dog friendly tours of the island for $50 per adult and $30 per child (dogs free). Call (843) 442-9455 for more information.

Brittlebank Park

Located next to Joe Riley Stadium along the Ashley River, Brittlebank Park features ample space and impressive views of the beautiful Ashley River area. There is a playground, fishing pier, and boat dock. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the park.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is one of Charleston's more pet-friendly beaches. Dogs are allowed on the beach any time from October 1 to April 30. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Dogs must be leashed at all times, no matter the time of year.

West Ashley Greenway

The West Ashley Greenway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Charleston! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the West Ashley Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6017144">TrailLink.com</a>.

Hazel Parker Park Dog Run

Dogs are welcome to run and play off leash in the fenced dog run at Hazel Parker Park.

White Point Gardens / Battery Park

This well-maintained park offers beautiful sights amid ample shade and grass. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Charleston Schooner Pride

Small, well-behaved dogs are welcome aboard Charleston Schooner Pride's two-hour sails as long as they are leashed or remain in a carrier. There are no set courses on the boat. She sails with the winds and tides,so every cruise is unique. There will be some narration and the crew is always willing to point out the historic sites and wildlife in the harbor. Passengers are welcome to raise and trim the sails with the crew or just sit back and enoy. Guests may bring aboard a picnic lunch. However, by law, no beverages may be brought on board. Sodas, water, beer, wine, and light snacks are available for purchase. Public sails depart daily. Advance purchase strongly recommended as sails often sell out in advance.

Ackerman Park Dog Run

Pets go wild for some off-leash exercise at this fenced Charleston dog run. Big and small dogs are welcome. There is also a bulletin board for postings about pet sitters, groomers, lost dogs, etc.

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is a pet-friendly southern plantation house. The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States, and the grounds represent one of the most significant, undisturbed historic landscapes in America. Pets are not allowed on tours inside the house, but they can join you on the two self-guided nature walks. Others have been known to enjoy a nice nap under the outdoor “Connections” tent while their family attends the program. Please leash and clean up after your pet while visiting Drayton Hall.

King Street

Almost every store on King Street will allow your well-behaved dog to come inside while you shop. Many also leave water bowls outside their doors for parched pooches.

Hampton Park Dog Run

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park, which includes a water spigot, grass, shade trees, and benches.

Bees Landing Recreation Area

Located behind the Rec Center on Ashley Point Road, this lovely recreation area offers three large fenced-in spaces to roam. There are dozens of shade trees and park benches. Doggies can explore, chase, catch a refreshing drink from the fountain, then repeat if necessary.

Charleston Water Taxi

The Water Taxi provides ferry service for five different locations in Charleston. Along the way to the next stop, you are going to see the beauty of Charleston from the water. Dolphins also often make an appearance. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to accompany you on the water taxi.

Cannon Park

Located between Rutledge Avenue and Ashley Avenue, Cannon Park offers a small playground, plenty of shade trees, a perimeter sidewalk for running or walking, and off-leash hours for dogs to play.

Marion Square Park

Leashed dogs are welcome in Marion Square Park, which is located along the Charleston Harbor on Vendue Range Street.

Charleston Tea Plantation

Charleston Tea Plantation is a working tea-growing plantation on historic Wadmalaw Island. Dogs are welcome on the 127-acre grounds, but only service dogs are permitted in the shop and on trolley tours.

Charleston Carriage Works

Charleston Carriage Works offers narrated tours of Charleston's residential historic district in covered, horse-drawn carriages. Tours load and depart approximately every 30 minutes from their stable at 20 Anson Street. Small dogs are welcome to join their humans on these tours. There is no charge for dogs on the tour provided they can sit on your lap or your party includes four humans, too. The price of a child's ticket will be charged for dogs not fitting these criteria.

Charles Towne Landing

The Charles Towne Landing is a state historic site where you and your family can learn about the oldest South Carolina Colony. Well-mannered pets are welcomed on a 6-foot leash. Pets are not permitted in the Animal Forest.

Freedom Park

Freedom Park, located directly behind Daniel Island Elementary School, has an off-leash area for dogs to enjoy with their humans.

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only free, name-your-own-price sightseeing tours of Charleston. We provide a platform for licensed, professional, freelance tour guides to lead tours at no upfront cost, so that you may enjoy a quality sightseeing experience no matter what your budget. Everyone should be permitted to take a guided tour for a price they feel it was worth - even free! No two tours are the same, although all tours are memorable. Dogs are welcome on tours as long as they are leashed at all times and their humans clean up after them.

Mary-Margaret's Walking Tours

Mary-Margaret's Walking Tours provide specialty tours including "Ladies of the Lowcountry" "The Bridesmaids Tour" and "2 Graveyards & a Cocktail". Take a walk in the most beautiful neighborhoods, along the seawall and through White Point Gardens. Hear about the Great Earthquake, See Fort Sumter across the harbor, and learn about the great men and women who lived in Charleston over the past 344 years! Bring your pets with you and let them enjoy shady streets, plenty of grass at White Point Gardens, and wide sidewalks along the sea wall! Cal 843-580-1884 to reserve a spot on Mary-Margaret's Walking Tours. Mary-Margaret looks forward to taking you around town!

Chilling Charleston

Chilling Charleston is a macabre 90-minute walking tour of haunted Charleston. You and Fido are invited to come walk the weathered streets of Charleston as you follow in the footsteps of lords and generals, thieves and murderers, slaves and free people. Hear the tales of legends, murders, and the horrors of history. Dogs must be well-behaved and leashed at all times.

Charleston Rickshaw Company

The Rickshaw Company will pick you and Fido up anywhere in the city and drop you off at the front door of your destination.

Colonial Lake Park

This historic neighborhood park is in the peninsula of Charleston. Dogs are often seen on leashes.

Classic Carriage Works

Charleston's best carriage tour! The best way to see one of America's most beautiful and historic cities is by horse and carriage, and Classic Carriage Works has the best guides, the most beautiful horses, and the oldest stable in the city. The tours last about an hour, and well behaved dogs are always welcome. Group tours and private tours are available, and there are three different tours offered, the Charleston History Tour, the Civil War Tour, and the Slavery to Freedom Tour. You can make reservations online or over the phone, or just look for the green carriage.

Ashley on the Cooper Walking Tours

Ashley on the Cooper Walking Tours offers some of the most in-depth and enthralling history tours of Charleston, SC. Join us on adventure in Charleston you will never forget. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on the tour.

Coastal Expeditions Kayak Tours

Coastal Expedition Charleston Kayaking Tours have four locations. The guided tours aren't dog friendly, but you can rent a kayak and take your pooch on your own. Life jackets will not be provided for your pet, but it is STRONGLY recommended to have one. They cost between $15 to $30 and can be purchased at Petsmart or Petco. Call for reservations.

Exclusive Fishing Charter

Exclusive Fishing Charter offers dog-friendly fishing and sunset tours.

Historic Charleston City Tours

Historic Charleston City Tours offers Charleston's only ON/OFF city tour. This complete tour features 5 mini walking tours during the narration. Easy-access 2015 Sprinter buses make for a personal and fun adventure for the two-legged and four-legged guests alike.

Palmetto Carriage Works

Palmetto Carriage Works welcomes well-behaved leashed dogs to join their humans on their narrated carriage tours of Charleston.

Ghost City Tours

Whether you prefer a family-friendly excursion or a late-night adult-only tour, Ghost City Tours has the tour for you. Options include The Ghosts of Liberty Tour and On Death And Depravity: The Tour. Tours take approximately 90 minutes and operate seven nights a week. Tour times and departure locations vary by chosen tour.

Isle of Palm Beaches

From 5:00AM until 8:00AM April 1st through September 14th and 4:00PM until 10:00AM September 15th through March 31st. Dog owners must have leash in hand, have their dog under voice command and must clean up excrement. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water.

Public Beaches at Folly Beach

Public beach access points can be found at the end of every block, meaning you and your pup can easily head to the beach for some fun in the sand and surf. Dogs are allowed on the beach throughout the year, however between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not permitted on the beach from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Dogs must be leashed while on the beach and pet waste must be picked up immediately.

Adventure Harbor Tours

Adventure Harbor Tours offers a wide range of different boat tours in Mount Pleasant. Service animals and pets are welcome on the boat, provided they do not freak out and eat the engine or small children.

Wannamaker County Park

Dogs are welcome to enjoy some off-leash playtime at the fenced dog park located within Wannamaker County Park. Features include shaded areas, benches for humans, and a water station. Leashed dogs are also welcome to enjoy the trails and many of the other park features outside of the dog park. The dog park is closed on Mondays until 10:00 am for maintenance. There is a fee to enter Wannamaker County Park.

Folly Beach County Park

Bring your pet with you to this beautiful beachside park. They're welcome on leash anytime in the off-season, or before 10am or after 6pm in summer.

Riverfront Park Dog Park

Riverfront Park offers an off-leash area for dogs and their humans to enjoy playtime. Leashed dogs are also welcome throughout the rest of the park. The fully-fenced dog park is located near the playground.

Palmetto Islands County Park

Bring your pet with you on-leash to this lovely, tropical, 943-acre park, which also includes a fenced, off-leash dog run.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

Kiawah Beachwalker Park, located on the west end of Kiawah Island, offers ocean frontage and a river view, along with the only public beach access on beautiful Kiawah Island. The park is operated through a cooperative agreement between Kiawah Development Partners, Charleston County Council, and the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally along a beachfront designated swimming area. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Pitt Street Railroad Bridge

This is the old railroad causeway that used to connect Mt. Pleasant to Sullivan's island. The city planted grass and palm trees and it is a beautiful place to walk your dog and watch the sunset. There are pet waste stations and a water fountain for people and for dogs. A must do when in charleston. Parking can be tight.

Bark Park Dog Park

Pets will love the off-leash fun at this fenced dog park with pet and human drinking fountains and waste stations.

Boone Hall Plantation

Bring Fido along to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Boone Hall Plantation. Take a self-guided tour of the gardens and view a stunning variety of plants, flowers, and trees. The highlight of the gardens is the antique roses, growing for more than 100 years. Keep Fido on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on house tours.

Rifle Range Dog Park

A little hard to find, this park is situated behind the Mt P Waterworks complex and Whiteside Elementary School. There are brown signs that will guide you to the dog park but they are easy to miss! Park and walk down the forest trail and you've made it. Continuing along the short trail will bring you to the salt marsh. Water and bags for dogs at the park.

Isle Of Palms

Dogs are welcome off-leash on Isle of Palm Beaches during the following times of year: 5am until 9am - April 1st through September 14th; 4pm until 10am - September 15th through March 31st. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water.

Firefly Distillery

A short distance from Kiawah Island and Charleston, SC, visit our home on Wadmalaw Island, featuring the dog-friendly Firefly Tasting Room and Deep Water Vineyard.

Wag-n-Splash

We are Charleston's only indoor pool for dogs. The 9,000 gallon pool is heated and has a saltwater system. All swims are private and by appointment only. (Closed Sun & Mon) Bring your water loving dog in for a fun, energy draining swim before you explore the city.

Nature Adventures Outfitters

Nature Adventures Outfitters offers kayak and SUP (stand up paddleboard) rentals and tours. While Fido can't join you on a tour, you can absolutely bring your dog when you rent a kayak or SUP. For SUPs, please bring a towel to put on the board so the dog's claws do not tear up the padding. Also, doggy life jackets are recommended. Most dogs love water, and in case your pup jumps in, the handle on the life jacket will make it much easier to get your dog back in your boat/on your board. Our hours change with sunrise and sunset; so please call for our most current hours or to make a reservation!