Dogs on Tour in Charleston

One of the top questions Free Tours By Foot Charleston receives is, “Can we bring our dog on tour?” Charleston is a super friendly dog town and Free Tours By Foot Charleston is a Dog Friendly tour company. So the answer is YES!  You can bring your dog(s). Also, you might be coming to Charleston for the Annual Charleston Dog Show, why not go for a walk with Fido and do one of our walking tours at the same time. It’s good be mindful of the following:

  • Charleston couple with dogFriendly dogs ONLY are allowed on tour
  • Be respectful – Fellow tour-goers may be fearful of dogs or have severe allergies. If this is the case, stay toward the back of the group.
  • If your dog is a talker and prone to bark, please leave him/her at daycare or in the hotel.
  • We have horses and mules. If your dog has never seen a large animal and may become anxious and noisy and/or aggressive please DO NOT bring the dog on tour. Several people could be injured if animals pulling carriages get spooked.
  • All dogs should be vaccinated, have tags, and MUST be leashed.
  • Some tours may go inside buildings and dogs are not allowed in – either take turns taking a look inside or tie your dog up outside, chances are you’ll find someone petting your dog and watching over him/her until you come back.

As you walk around Charleston with your pup you will not be able to believe how many dog-lovers are in the city. You will find water bowls and treat bins outside everything from clothing boutiques like Calypso St. Barth and Affordables to restaurants such as Brown Dog Deli and galleries like Dog & Horse Fine Art. You can even find bowls inside stores and galleries if you look! Play some “I spy with my little eye” games for dog-loving businesses in the city.

Charleston dog friendly storesIf you’re wondering about dog friendly hotels downtown, here are a few found on

  • Charleston Place Hotel
  • King’s Courtyard Inn
  • Day’s Inn Historic Charleston
  • Wentworth Mansion
  • John Rutledge House Inn 


Charleston Dog on tourThere are two places to let Fido run around and have some fun off-leash downtown near the tour area:

  • S. Adger’s Wharf (yes, that’s a road) near where East Bay Street becomes East Battery has a small, fenced in dog park. Occasionally, people have their dogs run in the adjacent field but technically that is not allowed and you may get in trouble.
  • White Points Park at the foot of the battery is a wide open, off-leash area. People, dogs, and squirrels like running around the park. There are no fences and the road circles the park, so be mindful.

Our tours go out rain or shine. Take a look at the calendar here.