Have you noticed Fido getting bored of the same old walks? The smells are too familiar, the squirrels aren’t worth chasing anymore, and don’t even get him started on the boring butts he has to sniff. Luckily, there’s another way to feed his walking addiction while offering you both a chance to experience something new. Check out these guided walking tours for an outing as easy as a stroll in the park ... just a whole lot more fun!
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Oliver Bentleys Historic Dog Walk Tour
Oliver Bentleys Historic Dog Walk Tour is designed for pups and their owners. This 1-mile ramble explores historic statues, monuments and buildings around Georgia’s first city, Savannah. One of the highlights is the Waving Girl Statue, created by renowned sculptor Felix De Weldon. Your guide will happily take a picture of you and your best friend reenacting the scene of Florence and her loyal Collie. The group moves at the pace of the slowest dog in the pack, stopping briefly at canine water fountains along the way. It helps that the tour organizer, Oliver Bentleys, is a purveyor of premium dog products. Each participating pooch is provided with a bag of Ollie B. Biscuits, a human-grade treat designed for sensitive stomachs. Dog-less tourists are welcome to join the tour, too.
There’s more to Savannah than just the sights on Oliver Bentleys Historic Dog Walk Tour. Extend your stay in this picturesque city with a stay at the Kimpton Brice Hotel, which provides treats, beds, bowls and doggie bags for canine guests.
All the President’s Pups
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is a stunning pet-friendly destination in Virginia. The gorgeous grounds of the first president’s former estate are covered in winding trails that lead to Potomac River views, Washington’s mansion and historical reenactors. The Washington family probably would have been avid BringFido users. During his lifetime, records show that the president owned French hounds, Greyhounds, Newfoundlands, Briards, Spaniels, Terriers and toy breeds. Learn about his long-standing love of dogs on the All the President's Pups Tour. This hour-long guided walk covers five historic locations and will help you discover what life was like for Fido’s ancestors on the estate. You’ll also learn about Washington's efforts to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding, along with the unusual names he gave his beloved pups, like Tipsy, Mopsey, Truelove and Ragman.
Spend a weekend in nearby Alexandria, a historic old town south of Washington, DC. Treats and food and water bowls are available from the front desk at The Alexandrian Autograph Collection.
Dog Friendly Tours
Dog Friendly Tours invites Belfast-bound hounds to Northern Ireland's first pet-friendly walking food tour. Join up with the rest of the group at The Dirty Onion, where you can buy Fido a bespoke bandana to wear on the tour. From there, you’ll visit five dog-friendly food and drink establishments over the course of a few hours before returning to the Dirty Onion for lunch and a dram of whiskey. You won’t need to eat for a week after you finish your samples of Ispini Charcuterie Meats from Aughnacloy, Dart Mountain Cheese, local fish dishes and fudge. Dog Friendly Tours offers a variety of other excursions, including the Hillsborough Summer Stroll. This option includes lunch at The Hillside with a beer tasting from Hilden Brewery and a lovely walk on the Hillsborough Lake Trail.
With bellies full and diary entries to write, spend the night in one of these affordable pet-friendly vacation rentals nearby.
War Eagle Cavern
Get a taste for how early man and dog lived at War Eagle Cavern. Caving dog owners know that most underground grottos don’t look too kindly on pups coming inside to take a peek, but the tour guides at this rural Arkansas cave encourage it. The excursion begins just outside the trading post and follows a leisurely route along the bluff of Beaver Lake to the cavern entrance. The oldest dog on record might have been discovered in Chauvet Cave in southern France, but warriors, draft-dodgers, robbers, moonshiners and even Jesse James are reported to have used this cavern at some point. Your guide will make sure you don’t get lost in the caves over the hour-long tour, but they can’t help you escape the pet-friendly maze, Lost in the Woods. Furry friends are also invited to experience the Moonshiners’ Mystery Shack. Fido will be astonished to see his tennis ball defying gravity and rolling uphill at this wild attraction!
Ruffing it in rural Arkansas for your next vacation is the perfect chance to go caving and more. Check out these pet-friendly campgrounds nearby.
The Potter Trail
Hufflepups and Gryffindogs who can’t track down Platform 9¾ to get to Dogwarts can learn the magic and mystery behind the world’s most famous wizard on the Potter Trail in Edinburgh instead. Puggles are welcome on a 90-minute tour around J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh haunts. You’ll discover where Lord Voldemort is buried, visit the cafe where the first Potter book was imagined, take a trip down the real-life Diagon Alley, and even see the school that inspired Hogwarts. You can also let Fido try on the sorting hat to see which school he might belong to (the hat gets passed around the group for donations at the end of the tour). As you walk past, snap a pic of your pup by the famous statue of Greyfriars Bobby, one of our favorite dog monuments. And after your tour, keep the magic going for Fido at Caley Sample Room. This homely gastropub has a dog menu in addition to tasty fare for two-legged diners.
Scotland’s capital is steeped in history. Experience it firsthand at the pet-friendly Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, built in the 1600s.
The Charleston-based Bulldog Tours boasts the grumpy face of a Bulldog on its logo, a tribute to the founder's college mascot. Grumpy or not, your pup is welcome to join you on many of the company's pet-friendly excursions around the coastal city. The Charleston Strolls and Uptown Walking Tour are dog friendly as long as you give advance notice when booking. Both walks last a couple of hours and offer a glimpse of the famous brightly colored dwellings, hidden gardens and historic churches that tourists might otherwise miss. Fido is also welcome on the 90-minute Ghost and Graveyard Tour, the Dark Side of Charleston Tour and Spirits of Magnolia Cemetery Tour. One of the spookiest tales you’ll hear on these adventures involves the spirit of a dog named Poogan. When his former house was being converted into a restaurant, Poogan was abandoned on the porch. With nowhere else to go, he stuck around as official greeter up until his death in 1979. After your walk, visit Poogan’s Porch with your pup, grab a bite outside, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the furry specter.
Stay the night at The Inn at Middleton Place, a secluded and historic getaway. Four-legged guests receive a treat bag at check-in, and there are plenty of secluded pathways and grassy areas to explore together.
Gourmet Pawprints Doggy Walking Tours
Williamstown is Melbourne’s first port settlement, and its colonial landmarks like Timeball Tower and Fort Gellibrand draw tourists in from all over the world. See the sights of this historic city on a Doggy Walking Tour from Gourmet Pawprints. The local guides lead walks centered on Melbourne’s Victorian era. Admire the period architecture and learn about the ghosts who wander the pubs, the warships that housed prisoners and the city’s colourful maritime past. You’ll also enjoy a classic English meal of fish and chips prepared using freshly caught fish! This walking tour is just over 3 miles, making it ideal for intrepid explorers to get a taste for Williamstown. Dogs will be provided with water along the way, and perhaps a stray chip or two. Gourmet Pawprints offers a variety of other pet-friendly outings including treks, picnics, wine tours and truffle hunts.
Vacationing in Melbourne with your pup? These sleek, modern and pet-friendly HomeAway rentals will make your trip to this lovely city unforgettable.
Austin Guided Walking Tour
Dogs and their owners are invited to join one of three pet-friendly walking tours of Downtown Austin with Austin Guided Walking Tour. The first explores the Texas State Capitol Grounds and Upper Congress Avenue. This historical gallivant gives you a rundown of famous local heroes while you admire the impressive architecture of the State Capitol’s domed buildings. The second is a tour of the west side of downtown, where Victorians built stately homes at the turn of the century. The newest tour is Downtown Sights, Old and New, which explores Willie Nelson Boulevard and Lady Bird Lake. The tours are all 90 minutes long and are taken at a leisurely pace.
Live like the local hipsters on your next trip to Austin with a stay at East Austin Charme, a pet-friendly tiny house.
Six Legs Walking Tour of Florence
Most BringFido users believe six legs are better than two. The Six Legs Walking Tour of Florence feels the same way. Dogs can tour the historical center of this lovely city with their owners, taking in the most important monuments with local guide, Mila. Highlights include the stunning Cathedral, Brunelleschi Dome, Giotto Bell Tower, Baptistry, Signoria Palace and a copy of Michelangelo's David. Canine comfort is always top of mind, which is why Mila only schedules her dog-friendly tours for early in the morning, late in the afternoon or in the evening.
After your walk, check in at the pet-friendly Montebello Splendid Hotel and treat Fido to a stay in a 19th century villa in the heart of Florence!
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