Dog Friendly Travel Guide | Charleston

Charleston packs a major punch—beautiful historic architecture, incredible food, beaches, plantations, and loads of southern charm. And with so many dog-friendly restaurants and activities, it's a no brainer destination for you and your furry best friend.

Where to Stay

Dog Friendly AirBnb

Always our first choice when bringing our pup along, a rental gives your pet more space and all the comforts of home. We've picked a few of our favorites here, here and here.

Double Tree Hilton Historic District

With a central downtown location and all the amenities you can expect from Hilton hotels, the Double Tree is a great option if you're looking to stay in the heart of it all.

via  Hilton

via Hilton

The Inn at Middleton Place

Located at one of the cities most beautiful historic plantations, The Inn at Middleton Place take some major style points. If you're looking to stay somewhere serene and beautiful, you will find just that at the Middleton Place grounds. But keep in mind your pup must be small and is not allowed to explore the grounds with you.

Where to Eat

Leon's Poultry and Oyster Shop

It doesn't get more southern and more delicious than fried chicken and oysters. Pull up a seat under one of the many shaded tables on the outdoor patio and prepare to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. And don't forget to order the hush puppies and signiture "Frozé" (frozen rosé). Perfection!

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Poogan's Porch

Aptly named after the owners dog Poogan, Poogan's Porch is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious lunch with your pup while relaxing—you guessed it—on the beautiful front porch. Southern staples like shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and mac and cheese will give you all the energy you need for a day of exploring this charming city.

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The Butcher & Bee

Healthy eats and a big outdoor patio are two of our favorite things. A nice change of pace between all the fried chicken and hush puppies, at Bucher & Bee you will find lots of greens, juices, and several vegetarian options.

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Lewis BBQ

Originally hailing from Texas, Lewis BBQ has what some would call a cult following—and for very good reason. If the melt in your mouth beef brisket slow cooked for 18 hours isn't enough to draw you in, the large outdoor patio with string lights and a community feel where your pup can join in the fun should do the trick! 

The Obstinate Daughter

Located on quaint Sullivan's Island, The OD is a southern restaurant inspired by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. Here you will find wood fired pizza, pasta made fresh daily, a raw bar, and a killer Sunday brunch.

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BeardCat's Sweet Shop

Located on the ground floor of The Obstinate Daughter, Beardcat's is a must stop for ice cream and a coffee pick-me-up after a long day at the beach.

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Sugar Bakeshop

This small-batch, neighborhood bake shop is a can't-miss stop for melt in your mouth cupcakes, cookies and pie. You'll find lots of seasonal ingredients popping in and out of the menu as well as classic staples like vanilla and chocolate.

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What to Do

Explore the Historic City by Foot

Grab your leash and explore the city by foot! Make your way through Marion Square, Meeting Street, King Street, Rainbow Row, South of Broad, and all the way down to Waterfront Park and The Battery. But don't forget to takes lots of breaks, and maybe hang out on a porch stoop or two while you and your pup recharge.

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Spend a Day At the Beach

Many beaches around the area are dog friendly, including Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach, and Isle of Palm. Some require a permit and dog-friendly hours change depending on the season, so make sure to check each local beaches website for info.

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Plantation Visits

A tour of one of the many plantations is a must and several allow your pup to join you including Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Drayton Hall. Dogs are not allowed indoors but can tour the grounds with you permitting they are on a leash.

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Hannah Moore