Savannah, Georgia Makes for a Great Vacation Destination When Traveling with Pets
With so many fun things to do in Savannah, Georgia, you’re sure to have a great time. Savannah is a gorgeous and romantic city in the South that is a big tourist destination for Americans and Canadians from across North America. With beautiful old architecture and mature magnolia trees filling the air with their fragrance, there is no city that draws you into its warm embrace quite like Savannah. Large oak trees form canopies throughout the city that you can stroll down with your leashed dog, losing yourself in the historical city that is unlike any other. The city is home to one of the largest National Landmark Historic Districts in the United States. The architecture of the Federal, Italianate, Georgian and Victorian homes is like walking into our country’s Confederate past.
If traveling with pets to Savannah, the dog laws are pretty clear cut. This is a city who loves their dogs, as long as they are leashed. Over the past few years, Savannah has seen an increase in the number of places welcoming pets. The city law, as stated, mandates leashes. All Savannah Parks and Squares, business and residential areas adhere to this law. Failure to do so, as well as failure to clean up after your dog (which I am sure you all do all the time, anyway, right?!) can result in some hefty fines. Forewarned is fair warned as they say and we wouldn’t want a fine to put a damper on your lovely pet friendly vacation. There are two off leash dog parks located in Savannah. The first is Savannah Dog Park at 41st Street and Drayton Street. The second park, Beasley Dog Park is located in downtown Savannah at 523 East Broad Street. Both are fenced areas where dogs are free to run.
Savannah has plenty of historical buildings and monuments to see and the good news is a number of them are dog friendly—well, leashed dog friendly. Old Fort Jackson was purchased in 1808 by the federal government and is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. Old Fort Jackson has been a part of Coastal Georgia’s history for nearly two centuries! Fort Pulaski National Monument is leashed dog friendly. In a two day battle during the Civil War, the new technology of the rifled cannons used by the Union Army led to a surrender by the Confederates inside Fort Pulaski. No one ever built brick forts again after that battle.
Troup Square, located at Habersham and Charlton Streets is commonly called “Dog Bone Square” because of its elaborate pet friendly fountain for dogs. The Wormsloe Historic Site is a former plantation has a museum with exhibits depicting colonial life, and it allows pets outside on a leash of six feet or less. No dogs are allowed inside the building. And finally, we feel we should mention the popular Tybee Beach. Only certified and licensed service dogs for the blind, deaf and physically handicapped are allowed on the beach at Tybee Island.
Plenty of Savannah’s restaurants and bars with outdoor patios are dog friendly, but be sure to ask your hotel’s concierge or call ahead to make sure. The list I found when researching was too extensive to include here. Which is great news for those traveling with their dog to Savannah! Do you know what else is surprisingly pet friendly in Savannah? Many of their sightseeing tours. A sampling: The Dolphin Magic Tours accepts people friendly dogs. Romantic Adventures can arrange a private cruise for you (or your party) and your dog. Roundhouse Railroad Museum allows dogs on a leash or in a carrier; be prepared to clean up any messes. Savannah Movie Tours allows dogs on leashes, as does Carriage Tours of Savannah (well, we’re guessing a Newfoundland might prove a problem for the carriage). The Plantation Carriage Company and Old Savannah Tours accept dogs that are small and able to sit on the lap of their human. Historic Savannah Carriage Tours will permit any size pet for a private tour, for public tours, you should call for permission. And finally Hearse Tours allows pets on day and evening tours, with special arrangements for service dogs on every tour. Check out all there is to do in the Savannah Travel Guide.
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