Pet-Friendly Places in Charleston

As a pet-friendly vacation rental, we are often asked what the best pet-friendly beaches and restaurants in Charleston are to take your furbabies.

Pet-Friendly Beaches

With public beach access points at the end of every block, you and your pup can easily head to the beach for some fun in the sand and surf! Dogs are allowed on the beach any time from October 1 to April 30. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Dogs must be leashed at all times, no matter the time of day or year, and pet waste must be picked up immediately.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park, located on the west end of Kiawah Island, offers ocean frontage and a river view, along with the only public beach access on beautiful Kiawah Island. Between March 16 and October 31, dogs must be leashed at all times. Between November 1 and March 15, dogs are allowed to be off leash; however, the owner must remain with their pet and have a leash in their possession. Pets must be leashed if requested by another beachgoer or by Beach Patrol.

All dogs on Sullivan’s Island, including day visitors and vacation renters, must have a town-issued dog permit to visit the island. Town Hall, located at 2056 Middle Street, issues annual permits for $35/dog if you’re a resident and $50/dog for non-residents. Completed applications and proof of valid rabies vaccination are required for permit.

From October 1 to April 30, dogs are allowed off leash between 5:00 am and 12:00 pm and on leash from 12:00 pm to 5:00 am. From May 1 to September 30, dogs may be off leash from 5:00 am to 10:00 am; they are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and they must be on leash from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am.

You are required to obtain a dog permit from the Isle of Palms Police Department. Applicants must show proof of a current, valid rabies inoculation signed by a licensed veterinarian. Each permit is $5.00 and good for the calendar year in which it was issued.

Dogs are allowed to be off leash April 1 through September 14 from 5:00 am until 9:00 am, and September 15 through March 31 from 4:00 pm until 10:00 am. Dog owners must have a leash in hand, have their dog under voice command, and clean up pet waste. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

652-B King Street
A local favorite for breakfast and brunch with menu items like cold-pressed juice, avocado toast, and breakfast sandwiches.

129 Meeting Street
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, enjoy this high-end bar/eatery’s locally-sourced Southern fare with a twist.

72 Queen Street
Named for the pooch that once resided in this Victorian home turned restaurant, Poogan’s Porch has a history of extending their Southern hospitality – and cooking – to man’s best friend.

730 Rutledge Avenue
The Park Cafe sits alongside Charleston’s beautiful Hampton Park (also dog-friendly!) offering a seasonal menu and locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy healthy staples such as avocado toast, farm egg vegetable soup, and shredded kale salad.

15 Beaufain Street
For authentic Italian cuisine with a modern edge, Le Farfalle provides outdoor seating, making it the perfect venue for savoring fine foods alongside your four-legged friend. 

1085 Morrison Drive
This hip outpost is another local favorite (and owned by the same folks who own The Daily), offering a rotating menu of inventive, seasonal cuisine, craft beers, and creative cocktails.

549 East Bay Street
This rustic-chic spot for Southern pub grub with Bavarian flair also offers craft beer with pour-your-own taps and a lively outdoor patio where your pup is sure to mingle with others.

Other Pet-Friendly Places

Enjoy strolling through 125 acres of riverbanks, camellia and azalea gardens, a reflecting pool, and great lawn at the historic grounds of Drayton Hall Plantation.

Sip some iced tea and wander your way through 127 acres of tea plants on America’s only commercial tea plantation.

A perfect place to take the pooch for a walk! Waterfront Park is home to unmatched harbor views and Charleston’s iconic Pineapple Fountain.

70 East Bay Street
Just down the street, making it a perfect place to take the pets and children.

A 6-acre public park wrapping around the top of the Charleston Peninsula. To one side, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Harbor and Fort Sumter, and to the other, majestic oaks, a gazebo, and magnificent antebellum homes.  

*Denotes walking distance from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion.