Savannah, Georgia, is a traveler’s dream, between the history, the food, and the friendly locals. But even your four-legged pals will enjoy the oak-lined streets, pet-friendly cafes, and day trips. So pack up your leash, snacks, and other essentials and hit the road with these ideas for things to do in Savannah and beyond.
The closest beach to Savannah, Tybee Island is an easy day trip to where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic Ocean. While dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches themselves, you can bring your furry friend to the Fort Street Dog Park to play. There are two sections for larger and smaller dogs. The nature trails on nearby Little Tybee Island, only accessible by boat, are another spot to roam with your pet. You can also grab a bite at one of the pet-friendly patio spaces, including Tybee Island Social Club, Sugar Shack, and Bubba Gumbo’s.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Built in 1847, Fort Pulaski is an important historic landmark for visitors to Savannah. The fortifications were built to protect the harbor of Savannah against intruders, but during the Civil War, the Confederate base fell to Union troops. It deteriorated after the war but was restored by the National Parks Service. Today, it’s a great place to learn more about the war and explore Cockspur Island. Pets are allowed within the fort and the park on a leash, but not inside the Visitor’s Center.
St. Simon’s Island
Known as the Golden Isles, this area is located less than two hours from downtown Savannah and is where the nation’s rich and famous vacationed during the Gilded Age. Built to defend the fledgling Georgia colony, Fort Frederica also allows furry friends for exploration. Dogs are permitted on East Beach all year, except for Memorial Day to Labor Day when crowds fill the beach. Frederica Park acts as the island’s dog park. The patios at Iguanas Seafood, Sandcastle Cafe, and Southern Soul Cafe are also pet-friendly.
Another island nearby is Jekyll Island, which is a nature lover’s paradise. Wander the many miles of trails with your pet in tow or hang on the beach, where dogs are allowed as long as they’re on a leash. Driftwood Beach is the island’s most iconic, where washed up branches litter the sand. Bring your pet with you to enjoy fresh, local seafood on the water at Tortuga Jack’s.
Located an hour north into South Carolina, Beaufort is a sweet little town between Hilton Head Island and Charleston. Hunting Island Beach is just one place you can play around with your pet. Beaufort also has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants. Panini’s on the Waterfront has a “doggie menu,” while Southern Sweets makes a yummy doggie sundae.
No matter where you choose, you can’t go wrong with any of these day trips and things to do in Savannah.