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Georgia is full of dog-friendly spots where you and your loved one can enjoy a date with the entire family, including your four-legged furbaby. Atlanta is super dog-friendly, while there are also many places throughout the rest of the state that will allow you to bring your furry companion along. Much of the southern terrain can be explored with canines in tow, and countless restaurants and pet-friendly hotels go above and beyond to welcome you and your bestie. Georgia has some pretty amazing doggy date spots for every person and pup, whether it be a great big adventure or a simple lazy day.
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The Beltline in Atlanta is a trail system that connects trendy areas, with a lot of cool art and sites along the way. Formerly a railway route, you and your pup can enjoy a bit of history along an adventure-filled walk or bike ride. Pet-friendly restaurants such as the creatively indulgent Ladybird offers a vast outdoor patio with games and plenty of lounging space for your dog.
Piedmont Park, also in Atlanta, is known for its lush green lawn and perfect views of the city skyline. From the summer ice cream festivals to big music events, something is usually going on at this urban city oasis. Whether you just want to bring a picnic for the day or attend a cool happening, it’s a great place to enjoy Atlanta with four-legged friends. An off-leash, three-acre area is a huge added bonus for the best day out ever.
Let’s veer away from Atlanta a bit because it’s just too easy. Callaway Gardens in Southwest Georgia is a vast compilation of scenic trails, outdoor activities and nature. While Robin Lake Beach and indoor facilities are not pet-friendly, Fido is welcome to stay at Mountain Creek Inn. This Pine Mountain location offers a different feel from the North Georgia Mountains and can be a pleasantly milder winter destination for hiking and exploring with man’s best friend. Visit during Christmas and ride through the world-class lights display together.
There’s no place like the home of the Dawgs to spend a doggy date day. Athens is a vibrant town with great walkability to its eateries, coffee shops, music venues and breweries. Have a pajama party at The Graduate Athens, a trendy hotel. Stretch those legs and have a play day at Sandy Creek Park. Big City Bread and Cali n Tito are both phenomenal places to eat with pups.
If you know where the Atlanta Motor Speedway is, you know where Hampton, Georgia is. There’s much more than meets the eye. In the downtown area, you’ll find one of the best homegrown Georgia breweries, Jailhouse Brewing. Pups are welcomed in the unique outdoor taproom, where parents can taste well over a dozen on tap beers. Seasonal flavors rotated in and out making for a unique experience every time. Beer and best buds—sounds like the best time ever.
Have a night out at the ballgame at the Braves Stadium. On various dates, pups are permitted to attend with their owners. They get to hang out on the rooftop for the best views of the field, and will get goodies like a free leash! Make sure to book your tickets in advance, because space is limited. Keep an eye out on Suntrust Park’s calendar—the event often takes place in September.
Make an entire night of it by visiting Black Rock Mountain State Park, with lovely lakeside, dog-friendly trails and campsites that welcome your four-legged friends. Georgia State Parks, in general, allow sweet pups to roam trails and to tent dwell with their humans, but Black Rock also offers a handful of cabins that will let pets stay pets as well. So if you’re not looking to rough it too much, this mountainous, foliage-filled park in Clayton, Georgia is perfect.
Spending the day in historic, coastal Savannah will prove to be filled with adventures that are accommodating to furry ones. Old Savannah Tours welcomes small dogs aboard their trolley excursions, making traversing the city both fun and easy. Embark on a Tour of Tales is a history activity actually geared toward pet parents and their babies, and highlights many of the age-old sites of Savannah. Bonaventure Cemetery, one of the most iconic places in the city, is dog-friendly, so if you’re brave enough, you can freely walk your dog amongst the grounds. Savannah is no stranger to dog-friendly restaurants, stores and breweries—you won’t run out of things to do.
Blairsville is the perfect mesh of cozy town and nature vibes. Take the day to explore the highest point in Georgia, which has views all the way into other states. Hike to Helton Creek Falls, explore Native American artifacts, trek through Vogel State Park. The options are abundant. Cabin Coffee Co lets dogs hang out while you enjoy a robust cup of Joe from their quaint shop, and Odom Springs Vineyards has treats for fluffy companions. Many establishments in Blairsville welcomes four-legged friends.