Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city and you will have a sense of its history as soon as you arrive. You will see all the antebellum architecture that surrounds you. In fact, the city’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States! Stay at one of the pet-friendly Choice Hotels in Savannah, Georgia and enjoy the city’s many dog-friendly attractions, which include:
Start your visit at Fido’s favorite spot, the dog park. There are three sections to the Savannah Dog Park including an area for large dogs, one for small dogs and a separate dog run. There are picnic tables, trees for shade and lots of room for running and playing.
If you and your small dog would like to tour the city together, then head for the Old Savannah Tours trolley. There are an impressive number of sightseeing tours from which to choose. Start with the historic overview if you are short on time, or the historic on/off tour (that enables you to get off and walk about before getting back on another trolley). The Savannah Experience tour adds “forgotten” neighborhoods on to the regular historic tour, and the Paula Deen tour focuses on the southern cooking entrepreneur and “her” Savannah. Savannah is supposedly America’s most haunted city, and you can judge for yourself on the Trolley Tales of Historic Haunts tour. Finally, the Land-and-Sea tour combines the trolley ride with a river cruise. As long as your canine companion can fit on your lap and stay there, you can do it all together.
After all those historic sights, you may be yearning to get out and about in nature, and that is exactly what awaits you at the Skidaway Island State Park, located on the intra-coastal waterway called the Skidaway Narrows. You and your canine companion can take off on trails through maritime forests and salt marshes; you may catch sight of deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon and egrets. Climb the observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of the area, or take time out for a picnic in a space surrounded by Spanish moss-draped live oaks. Over at the interpretive center, you can see the replica of a giant ground sloth, a birding station, a reptile room and natural and cultural exhibits.
Now that you have exhausted yourselves with running and hiking, it is time for a more leisurely stroll through Savannah’s historic riverfront area, popular with both locals and visitors for shopping, dining, nightlife and the best laid-back promenades along the river. Here you will find more than 75 art galleries and studios as well as trendy boutiques and restaurants, all housed in restored cotton warehouses. And you will immediately see that it is a favorite doggy hangout as well, as you note the number of locals strolling with their dogs along the riverfront. There are festivals of one sort or another on the first Saturday of every month; be sure to take one in if that is when you happen to be in town. Your Choice Hotel can give you more information about what is happening while you are in Savannah.
Another way to check out any new place is via pedicab, and your well-behaved dog is welcome to accompany you on Savannah Pedicabs. Anything from a half-hour to all-day rates are available, and your driver can watch your pet if you decide to stop and run into a shop or restaurant that does not allow dogs inside. Or you can just use the pedicab as a refreshing and different taxi service. Either way, your dog is sure to enjoy the ride!
Savannah Movie Tours & More makes a point of being extremely pet-friendly, so bring your dog along on history tours, the civil war tour, ghost tours and the famous movie tour. The history and ghost tours offer the choice of either walking or riding in a luxury, climate-controlled minibus, and your canine companion is welcome to do either. Some of the tours even include a water break and a gourmet doggie treat. Tour starting-points depend on the specific route chosen, so ask about it at your hotel’s front desk.
Stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in Savannah listed below and see how southern hospitality extends to your dog as well. Whether you are running on a trail, strolling on the riverway or taking a ride in a pedicab, you will quickly see how welcomed you and your canine companion will be.
Savannah, GA, US, 31401
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