We get it, it hurts to leave Fido at home. 

Plan a day as gorgeous as this photo! • Photo Courtesy of Karen Kearns

But here in Beaufort, you don’t have to! Beaufort is home to many pet-friendly establishments, activities and areas fit for the entire family – four-legged members included. 

Luckily for us, Beaufort averages 216 sunny days a year, making outdoor eating and activities a mainstay for both locals and visitors. So, are you going to be making your way to Beaufort soon with puppers in tow? Here’s how to spend the day!

Hunting Island Beach

First stop, the beach! • Photo Courtesy of Sydney Baker

Dogs are allowed at the park year-round, including the beach, the trails, and the campground area. All of that open space, the beach, water and beauty of Hunting Island makes it a great place to go and spend some quality time. And now, from December to the end of February, not only can you bring your dog, but also your horse! Click here to read more. 

Beaufort County Crystal Lake Park 

You don’t even have to own a dog to know they will go wild sniffing around absolutely EVERYTHING! • Photo courtesy of Beaufort County Parks

Just over the bridge from Beaufort on Lady’s Island is Crystal Lake Park. To visit it is to love it, as the new addition to the county parks system (opened earlier in 2020) offers 25 acres of greenery, including the park’s namesake seven acre lake. A haven for bird watching, walking nature trails and catch and release fishing, add Crystal Lake Park to your pup’s agenda!

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

Tired of throwing around the frisbee? Sit a spell on one of the park’s iconic swings • Photo Courtesy of Sydney Baker

Downtown Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is a great place to play with your pet. The open area and scenic view makes a great place to practice some tricks or just relax for a while and enjoy the day. The Park is large enough to enjoy games, frisbee, or a great walk/jog around the perimeter walkway. 

And never fear, the park has a handful of doggie-stations equipped with bags and receptacles to aid in picking up after your pet. Most of our local parks are pet-friendly, and let’s keep ‘em that way! When visiting, play your part and clean up after your friends.

At this point in the day, you’re probably hungry and trust us, you couldn’t be in a better place. You’ll find outdoor, doggie-friendly dining at a multitude of restaurants and eateries downtown, including one with it’s own menu for dogs!

Pet-Friendly Dining Option:

Let Fido get his own plate, not just the scraps!

Downtown Beaufort’s Panini’s on the Waterfront is proud of its “doggie menu” that allows you to have your best friend by your side when you’re dining out, more often than not. The pet-friendly establishment perched on Bay Street along Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park allows dogs on its expansive River Deck for both lunch and dinner, and shows it’s allegiance to Beaufort’s pet lovers by offering specific dishes prepared just for your pooch.

In addition to enjoying regular Panini’s favorites like their local fresh seafood dishes, panini sandwiches, steaks, signature pizzas and more, you can also order a dish of prepared Beef and Rice, Beef and Barley, Turkey and also Pooch Pasta for your companion

Pet-Friendly Shopping & Sweets!

The Rustic Pup: Finally…a place just for Fido! The Rustic Pup offers anything and everything to outfit your pup. It’s treats, toys and decor galore, perfect for you and your furry friend.

Southern Sweets: Southern Sweets offers a doggie sundae on the menu – which is a scoop of vanilla ice cream with milk bones in it. It’s definitely the best treat to accompany a productive day on the town. 10 out of 10 wagging tails for that one!

Pet-Friendly B&Bs, Hotels & Inns:

If you’re needing a place to rest your head, there’s over 20 properties ready to leave a mint (and maybe a milkbone) on your pillow. 

City Loft – dedicated to making you and your dog’s stay a memorable one!

Local favorites include The Beaufort Inn, The Rhett House Inn, Anchorage 1770 and The Cuthbert House Inn, along with larger chains like Hilton Garden Inn and Comfort Suites

Also offering pet-friendly accommodations is the City Loft Hotel – right in the heart of historic downtown. The City Loft Hotel has stepped up for man-and-woman’s best friend, stating “five of our twenty-three rooms are committed pet friendly, and they’re booked very frequently. We always welcome your canine travel companion at the City Loft Hotel.”

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