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Pet Friendly Do’s and Don’ts of New Orleans

Ahhhh, New Orleans. The Big Easy. Birthplace of Jazz and home of Mardi Gras. If there’s another place in the world like it, we haven’t been there.

But, a lot of the activities that are fundamentally NOLA aren’t pet appropriate. Having the dogs here with us for the first time pushed us to explore parts of New Orleans we didn’t even know existed, and the good ideas quickly distinguished themselves from the bad ones.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Buster and Ty with Louis Armstrong

Buster and Ty with Louis Armstrong

Do – take your dog to Louis Armstrong Park.

Located just north of the French Quarter, this park is a quiet sanctuary just a few blocks from the crowds and commotion of Bourbon Street. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to get some grass between your toes, see the ducks floating in the pond, and pose your pooch for some fun photos.

Don’t – forget to plan for the weather.

Summers are hot and humid on the bayou and hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. During our stay in mid-December the weather was gorgeous, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s.

Do – take a walk to the Garden District.

St. Charles Avenue will take you through the Warehouse District right to the antebellum mansions that make this neighborhood famous. The area was originally developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden. Over the years, those parcels have been subdivided and now most blocks have a couple of early 19th century mansions surrounded by smaller, gingerbread-decorated Victorian homes.

Garden District - New Orleans, LADon’t – take your dog to Bourbon Street after dark – unless they like intoxicated people stepping on them.

Ty and Buster on Bourbon Street - New Orleans, LAIf you simply must have a picture, (with your dogs displaying their beads, of course), do it early in the morning … right after the street cleaner goes through.

Do – expect to find a lot of pet friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, and parks in New Orleans.

A laid-back attitude permeates the atmosphere in New Orleans. If your dogs are well behaved, they should be able to tag along for most activities. Just be sure to ask permission before bringing them inside any businesses. We enjoyed the hospitality at French Quarter RV Resort, an excellent RV park that was easy walking distance from all the sites.

Don’t – miss Cafe du Monde … and don’t expect Rod to share.

Established in 1862, this is a New Orleans must! They’re open 24/7, except for Christmas day, and the French-style biegnets and chicory coffee make the perfect breakfast … or lunch … or dinner. Dogs are not allowed in the covered seating area, but there are tables were you can sit with your pup along the side, just outside the fence.

Cafe du Monde - New Orleans, LA

Do – admire Jackson Square.

Jackson Square - New Orleans, LA

 Don’t – plan to take a stroll though it with your dog.

Jackson Square - New Orleans, LA

 Do – take a drive out to City Park.

There is plenty to do in this big park – about half the size of New York’s Central Park. Enjoy the lawns and the 600-year-old live oak trees, or take a stroll around Big Lake.

City Park - New Orleans, LA

 Don’t – forget to plan ahead if you want to visit the dog park at City Park.

Entrance to this beautiful 4.5 acre, fenced dog park is by permit only. Guests can receive a permit at a reduced cost by stopping in at the Park Administration building between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

City Park Dog Park - New Orleans, LA

We had no problem finding plenty of fun, pet friendly things to do in New Orleans! Have you visited NOLA? Are there any Do’s or Don’ts you’d add to our list?

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  • That’s fantstic, Steve! I’m so glad to hear you’re all enjoying NO together – thanks for your note, and waggin’ trails!

  • Just picked up half a muffaletta sandwich at Central Grocery and walked to the riverside with our large Black Russian Terrier to find a bench to enjoy our lunch while Boris relaxed and people watched. Lots of green space, trees and doggie stations with supplies to clean up. Terrific afternoon with our 4 legged family member.

  • Thanks for the tips, Cathi! And we’re happy to help you learn something new to check out with your pups, too. Waggin’ trails to you all!

  • Great info. Have taken both my furbabies to New Orleans 3 times. The St. Charles Inn Best Western Plus was really good to us. Strolling down St. Charles Ave with the boys is lovely. Didn’t know about Louis Armstrong Park till I saw your page. Sounds great. We’re going to try it. Magazine St has quite a few inexpensive restaurants that you can sit outside with your dogs.

  • Hi Jami! In my experience, holding your small dogs inside the shops isn’t a problem, however, you’d want to ask the staff before assuming it’s alright. If the store is particularly crowded, they might prefer someone wait outside with the pooches. I hope you all have a great trip!

  • Hello I am planning on visiting new Orleans this April with my husband, daughter and our 2 small dogs. My question is when we want to stop and shop say at the voodoo shop or a local shop in the French Quarter, is it usually a problem if we hold are small dogs when we come in to shop ?

  • Hi Ina! Your trip sounds fantastic, and I hope you all have a great time. This link will help you locate places that you’ll be able to enjoy with Nola (http://gopetfriendly.com/…/united…/louisiana/new-orleans), though I’m sorry to say that I don’t see any of the plantations on the list. If you do find any that are pet friendly, please let us know so that we can add them to the website.

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