Dog on the beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Dog on the beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @jekyll_island

Best Places to Celebrate Your Dog in Georgia

Treat your pup to a special summer trip to splash and play at some of Georgia's doggie havens.

If your dog likes to travel as much as you do, there’s no better way to celebrate their birthday, their gotcha day, training milestone or just reward them for being the BEST DOG EVER than with a summer trip. Show them love and appreciation with an exciting outing in Georgia where they can splash and play to their heart’s content. From dog-friendly beaches to pool “pawties” just for dogs, your pup is sure to love exploring and meeting new playmates at these summer hot spots.

Dog-friendly Beaches

Woman and dog on the beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Woman and dog on the beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @jekyll_island

Jekyll Island

Treat your pup to a getaway on Jekyll Island, where most of the island’s 10 miles of beaches are dog-friendly. Stay at the oceanfront, pet-friendly The Westin Jekyll Island, and receive a Heavenly® Dog Bed, a pet welcome kit, and food bowls with a mat for your favorite four-legged friend when you check-in. Dine out at several pet-friendly restaurants on the island, like The Wharf, where you can relax by the water and watch the sunset with a cocktail while Fido enjoys unlimited ice water refreshments. Or, kick back on the shaded porch at Zachry’s Riverhouse while you enjoy Wild Georgia shrimp served with hushpuppies you might share with your furry friend. Review Jekyll’s rules for pets before your trip.

Dog on boardwalk on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Dog on boardwalk on St. Simons Island, Georgia

St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island’s East Beach and Massengale Park are great spots for dogs to enjoy sandy shores and play in salty ocean waters. You and your pup will love staying in a beachfront room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, or choose a vacation rental from Lilmar Properties, including private homes with fully fenced-in yards. For great food and fun right in the heart of the historic village, eat at Iguanas Seafood Restaurant with a large patio perfect for every pup. Or for an elevated dining experience that’s also pet-friendly, book a table on the gorgeous patio at Tramici, where pups will be offered a treat. Find more pet-friendly places to go in the Golden Isles.

Georgia State Parks

Dog at a waterfall at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia
Dog at a waterfall at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Photo by @chasingadventureswithbiscuit

For the ultimate road trip doggie adventure, join the Georgia State Parks Tails on Trails Club and see how many of the suggested 42 hikes you can complete. Popular parks with spots for your pup to play in the water include Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta, Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier, Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona and coastal Crooked River State Park in St. Marys. Reserve a campsite or pet-friendly cabin so you can stay in the heart of the parks, with hiking, boating, fishing and more right outside your door. No matter what type of adventure you seek with your pet, summer in Georgia’s State Parks guarantees a wagging good time. Review the Georgia State Parks pet rules before your trip.

End-of-Season Pool Pawties for Dogs (September/October)

Dog swimming at Liberty Bell Pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia
Dog swimming at Liberty Bell Pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Photo by @andrea.d.willard

Many communities throw raucous end-of-season pool parties for water-loving pups before they close for the season. Make sure to get your pet in on the fun at these paws-itively splash-a-rific special events:

Off-leash Dog Parks with Water Features

Dog in the Splash Zone at Fetch Park
Dog in the Splash Zone at Fetch Park. Photo by @_titothegolden

Fetch Park (multiple locations)

No need to feel “ruff” on a summer day. Head to one of Fetch Park’s five locations in the Atlanta area and Columbus with your best friends while they dip their paws in the Splash Zone. Dogs aren’t the only ones with a way to cool off. Sip on an adult beverage from the BARk or grab an iced coffee from Cubano on-site. You can even book Fetch’s event space for a full-blown paw-ty for your pup! Stay overnight in Columbus at the pet-friendly Hotel Indigo, and enjoy an early morning walk along the Chattahoochee River just steps from your room. Or, pamper your pet with a stay at the W Atlanta - Downtown, where they can sleep in a luxurious W pet bed and enjoy tasty turn-down treats at bedtime.

Dogs in the river at Chattapoochee Dog Park in Duluth, Georgia
Dogs in the river at Chattapoochee Dog Park in Duluth, Georgia. Photo by @dragosmedia

Chattapoochee Dog Park in Duluth

With sprinklers and access to the Chattahoochee River, Chattapoochee Dog Park in Duluth is a popular place for pups to play and cool off in summer. It has separate sections for large and small dogs, water fountains, agility equipment and shaded spaces for Fido to relax and regroup in between games of chase. After playtime, you and your four-legged companion can head into downtown Duluth for a beer at dog-friendly 6S Brewing and a bite to eat at pet-friendly restaurants like Good Word Brewing and Truck & Tap.

Dogs playing in fountain at Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Georgia
Dogs playing in fountain at Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Georgia. Photo by @vallery_sra

Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek

Opened in 2011, the Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek was the first dog park makeover completed by the Beneful Dream Dog Park program, and it’s above and beyond any dog park you’ve ever seen! The one-acre park features artificial turf, sprinklers, a full agility course, fire hydrant-shaped water fountains, a splash pad and small pools for pets. Relax in shady picnic shelters while your dog makes new friends, and be sure to stop in town afterward for a pint at dog-friendly Six Bridges Brewing. Your pup will love the brewery’s dog treats made with spent grain and peanut butter.

Parks with Water Features

Dog at Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Dog at Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Photo by @benjibobo5

Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners

Curving along the shoreline of the Chattahoochee River in Peachtree Corners, Jones Bridge Park has several stone staircases leading to the water's edge. Leashed dogs love exploring the rocks and shoreline. After drying off in the sun, stop at Lazy Dog Restaurant and let your pup choose something to eat off the pup menu while you kick back on the patio with some housemade sangria and a burger or road trip bowl.

Doggie Dip Days at Murphey Candler Park Pool in Brookhaven, Georgia
Doggie Dip Days at Murphey Candler Park Pool in Brookhaven, Georgia. Photo by @christinegschultz

Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven

Explore the paths and trails at 135-acre Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven that circle around ballfields, tennis courts and playgrounds, and then let Fido wade into the small lake to cool off. After your adventure, join the fun at the Brookhaven Food Truck Roundup on the fourth Wednesday of the month April through October, or stop into Lucky’s Burger and Brew to grab a bite and a beer on the patio with other local pups.

More Pet-Friendly Travel in Georgia

Dog riding in a car on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Dog riding in a car on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @jekyll_island

For more pet-friendly travel ideas, visit Explore Georgia's Traveling with Pets page.

Published: February 2024
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