Craving a day full of fun with your four-legged family member? Looking for unique places that welcome you and your pooch with open arms? The state of Georgia has countless pet friendly activities to enjoy throughout the year.
Whether you’re dreaming of touring the sea in search of dolphins with Fido by your feet or even a hauntingly fun ghost tour, Georgia has it all and more! Here are 10 must-see destinations for your next day trip in the Peach State.
1. Ghost Talk Ghost Walk, Savannah
Ghost Talk Ghost Walk tours are held year round and are 90 minutes in length. On your tour, your guide will tell eerie ghost stories. Leashed dogs are more than welcome to join their owners for a spooky good time as long as they are kept under control and cleaned up after. Tours are popular and can fill up quickly so be sure to make a reservation. Once your tour is over, take a 7 minute drive to the Kayak Kafe for a flavorful meal with Fido on the outside patio.
2. B.J. Reece Orchards, Ellijay
B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay allows dogs in the orchards but prohibits them from entering the market. Take a trip to this family owned apple orchard and handpick tasty peaches and apples while in season, milk a cow and then grab a scrumptious treat at the bakery. Visit the petting farm, participate in pig races and so much more. Once you’re ready for a bite to eat, sit down for a delicious meal at The 1907 Restaurant and Bar just 12 minutes away.
3. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Dahlonega
The Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega offers wine tastings and holds a Georgia Wine Country Festival every weekend in June where visitors can sample wines and purchase various Georgia beers and wines. The staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have about the wines. Pets must be clean, kept under control and musn't bark while indoors. After your wine tasting, enjoy some incredible seafood at the Back Porch Oyster Bar 24 minutes away.
4. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
The Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta is sure to please pet parents and their dogs. This 21 acre park features a Fountain of Rings, summer popular music concerts and an annual concert and fireworks show on Independence Day. Doggie bags are available inside the park and pets must be kept on a leash at all times. On your way out, grab a bite to eat on the patio at Joe’s on Juniper 11 minutes away.
5. Broad River Outpost, Danielsville
The Broad River Outpost in Danielsville welcomes friendly leashed dogs and is open from March to October. Have a thrilling good time on a kayak or canoe rental then spend the night at the campground. Once you're feeling hungry, take a 30 minute drive to Mama’s Boy Restaurant for some mouthwatering Southern food.
6. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours, Tybee Island
Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours are approximately an hour and a half in length. Visitors can enjoy inshore and offshore fishing as well as sunset cruises from May through September. Dogs are more than welcome to hop aboard the tour boat and enjoy the many beautiful sights and sounds around you. This is a one of a kind attraction in Tybee Island. After your tour, head on over to The Crab Shack for some awesome seafood while overlooking the gorgeous water on the deck.
7. Rock City, Lookout Mountain
Rock City in Lookout Mountain near Dalton features gardens with more than 400 native plant species, panoramic views and ancient rock formations. Pets must be kept on a leash. Once you’re feeling hungry, you can choose to dine at the Big Rock Grill, Cafe 7, Cliff Terrace or Starbucks. For dessert, you can buy a sweet treat at Fudge Kitchen or Dippin Dots.
8. Three Oaks Farm Carriage Rides & Jekyll Island Beach, Brunswick/Jekyll Island
You and your pooch can enjoy a narrated carriage tour of the historic district of Jekyll Island - brought to you by Three Oaks Farm Equestrian Services in Brunswick. After your culturally relaxing carriage ride, take your four-legged family member to the dog friendly Jekyll Island Beach. Once you’re finished digging in the sand and splashing in the waves, grab a burger or hot dog at the pet friendly Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon, only a short drive away!
9. Duke's Creek Gold & Ruby Mine, Sautee Nacoochee
At Duke’s Creek Gold & Ruby Mine in Sautee Nacoochee, visitors can pan for gold, mine for over 15 types of gems and purchase fun souvenirs at the gift shop. Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome but be sure to bring doggie bags. Stop by Sheilah’s Village Market just 4 minutes away for great food, wine and beer.
10. Raven Cliff Falls Trail, Helen
Raven Cliff Falls Trail is a must-see location in Helen. You and your pup will hike a mostly shaded 5 mile trail alongside breathtakingly beautiful scenery. You will find a waterfall, a 5 foot deep dog friendly swimming hole and more on your hike. Make sure to wear the proper footwear as the trail is often wet from nearby streams. Restrooms are available onsite. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by North Georgia Barbeque Co for some delicious barbeque 17 minutes away.
Author: Katie Ceraulo
Creative, fervent animal lover, and eagerness to learn are a few of the attributes that led Katie Ceraulo to her position as Marketing Coordinator at TripsWithPets.com. Katie’s compassionate nature and drive to always do her best was evident at a young age. She has been pet sibling/parent to three dogs, six cats, four gerbils, four beta fish, one bird and one reptile. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing video games with friends, swimming, photography, and spending time with her adoring cats, Link and Zelda.