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Doin’ the Charleston

Colonial homes and gardens. Antebellum plantations. Fort Sumter. According to Conde’ Nast Traveler Magazine, Charleston, SC is the third most visited destination in the US, behind San Francisco and New York City.

One of our favorite things to do when we visit a city is to walk the streets. Walking is a great way to get the vibe … it’s unhurried … it’s great exercise. We happened to be visiting during the Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, which offers a unique opportunity to visit the private interiors of 150 of the city’s most magnificent colonial homes and gardens. And just because we couldn’t take Ty and Buster in the homes didn’t mean we couldn’t visit the outsides.

And lest you think it was all about us, Ty and Buster got to spend some quality time at the Hazel Barker Dog Run, an off leash dog park at 70 East Bay Street. There is both a small, fenced in area and a larger, fenced in ball field where dogs are allowed to run off leash in the early morning and early evening hours.

We also discovered a pet friendly way to see the city called “Doin’ the Charleston” Tours. After boarding a minibus at the Visitors Center, the 90 minute tour winds its way through the historic downtown areas. As you pass by Charleston’s churches and museum homes, your guide takes you “inside” with interesting stories and interior pictures shown on a large, on-board video monitor. The tour welcomes small, lap dogs – but larger, well-behaved dogs are permitted if the bus is not full. Inquire when you make your reservations.

Finally, we came across a new pet friendly dining option. Joe Pasta, located at the corner of King & John Streets near the Visitors Center, has outdoor seating for well-behaved pets. They serve soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, and, of course, pasta dishes. We’ll be adding this establishment to our restaurant listings shortly.

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  • Shoot! Not that going to the beach is a bad alternative. =) Have a great time!

  • Hey, again Amy. Just checked out the Schooner Pride information—sigh. Small dogs only. Folly Beach–here we come!

  • Well duh? I should have realized that! Thanks for the head slap!

  • I agree, walking is the best way to tour a city. I'm a New Yorker who grew up without a car. So, walking is my favorite exercise and way to check everything out.

  • Gadddi says:

    Sorry for the less that Charleston spring day.
    Too bad you missed the James Island county park, muy dog friendly.
    http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=68

  • I've never even thought about visiting Charelston, but I'd like to now. What a beautiful place. Are the palm trees native to SC?

    Awesome photo's Rod!

  • I've always wanted to visit Charleston, and by the excellent pics that you have taken, I just might have to go. Thanks for sharing!

    • This is actually the second time we've been here (first time with the dogs). Come in Spring or Fall – avoid Summer unless you don't mind the heat/humidity. Otherwise, a very pet friendly city to visit.

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