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A Dog Friendly Tour of Charleston, South Carolina

We love sharing YOUR pet travel experiences on Take Paws – it may be the nudge someone else needs to pack up and hit the road with their own best friend! Today we’re delighted to have Ann McDonald give us a dog friendly tour of Charleston, SC.


A Dog Friendly Tour of Charleston, SCIf you’re looking for a dog friendly destination, you can’t do much better than Charleston, South Carolina. The city extends its warm southern hospitality to furry visitors, offering a wide range of dog friendly activities, restaurants, and beaches.

In fact, Charleston is so dog friendly, your pup will be welcome pretty much wherever you go! There are even a number of tours that allow dogs to join you in getting a taste of the city’s history and culture. I recently took my dogs, Hunter, an outgoing Pomeranian, and Roscoe, a shy Chihuahua, on a couple of tours that I highly recommend. Both of these tours are good for most dogs – as you’ll see, even Roscoe enjoyed them!

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Every part of Magnolia Plantation is dog friendly – including the gardens, all of the guided tours, and even inside the plantation (if you can carry your dog). Travel and Leisure Magazine named it one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” and it’s an absolutely beautiful place to walk with your dog.

Exploring Charleston, SC with your dog.

If you love Southern foliage – the palmetto trees and Spanish moss – this plantation has it all. Hunter and Roscoe loved walking through the shaded gardens and checking out the alligators and peacocks (from a distance) hanging out at the Plantation. You can pay for a particular tour, or just pay to walk the grounds at your own leisure. More information can be found on their website.

Exploring Charleston, SC with your dog.

Old Charleston Ghost Tour

When you’re in an historic city like Charleston, you have to do a ghost tour! This city’s history goes back 300 years, so I figured there must be some good ghost stories lurking inside its charming buildings. Old Charleston Ghost Tours allows dogs on its 90-minute tour of Charleston’s alleys, graveyards and historic buildings.

Exploring Charleston, SC with your dog.

I was a little nervous about taking the dogs on the tour since it was a warm evening and we’d be in a crowd, but I decided to give it a try and leave if the dogs weren’t enjoying it. Luckily, the temperature had dropped and there were a lot of stops along the way, so they thoroughly enjoyed the walk, which was about a mile and half long. We also had a small group, and they were the only dogs on the tour, so everything worked out perfectly. The ghost stories were pretty interesting too, but really my favorite part was getting the chance to walk around the historic Charleston downtown area – it’s such a beautiful city.

Other Dog Friendly Activities

Since we were only there for a couple of days, we didn’t have time for any other tours, but I discovered that Charleston Schooner Pride offers dog friendly sightseeing tours by boat, and we’d like to give that a try on our next visit! We did fit in a trip to Folly Beach, where on-leash dogs are welcome anytime during the off-season, and between the hours of 6pm and 10am in the high season (May 1 to September 30).

Exploring Charleston, SC with your dog.

You’ll find everything it takes to make a vacation perfect, from beaches, to dog friendly restaurants, and pet friendly hotels in Charleston. Hunter, Roscoe, and I can’t wait to go back!

About the Author: Ann McDonald is the writer behind the website Dogs in the CLE, the source for what to do with your dog in Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not scouring the dog friendly scene in her hometown, she is planning vacations across the U.S. with her two dogs. Follow Ann on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • That’s exactly why we do what we do, Kasey! =D

  • Nice article about dog friendly Charleston . . . I did not know Magnolia Plantation allowed dogs. :-)

  • Perfect! So glad we could help, and waggin’ trails!

  • Sheila Clift says:

    Amy,We will be in Charleston June 24-27! Just in time! Thanks

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