Traveling can be difficult when you have a four-legged companion. Luckily, Athens makes it easy to bring your dog along! With pet friendly attractions, hotels, and restaurants, you won't have to compromise on the quality of your experience when you bring your dog to Athens, GA. 

Here are four reasons you won't want to leave your dog at home:


Tons of Pet-Friendly Hotels


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Athens has tons of hotels where you and your dog can have a relaxing and comfortable stay. Graduate Athens, Hotel Indigo, The Holiday Inn Express, and Best Western are just a few hotels where dogs are allowed for a small fee. These hotels also put you in close walking distance to downtown Athens, where you can enjoy the convenient dining and shopping options listed below with your furry friend! Check out our page here for more hotels to bring your pet



Great places for exploring


Pup foley stadium

Athens offers so many different areas for you and your animals to explore both on and off the leash. From dog parks to hiking trails, the options are endless! Let your dog run around in the dog parks at Memorial Park, Sandy Creek Park, and Southeast Clarke Park or wander the trails of Ben Burton Park, North Oconee Greenway, and Dudley Park. Play fetch on North Campus or visit UGA's Oconee Forest Park. So get outside, enjoy the warm spring weather, and appreciate the many trails, fields, and lakes that Athens has to offer! 


Patios for pups


Munson at Cali n' Titos - 2016

Whether you want to spend the afternoon at brunch, sit down for a nice dinner, or grab a beer, Athens has so many restaurants that will allow you to bring your pup along! Head down to Heirloom Cafe, The Grit, Big City Bread, or Mama's Boy for a laid-back brunch, or BYOB to Pulaski Heights BBQ or Cali N Tito's to dine like a local. Enjoy outdoor seating and craft beer with your dog alongside at Normal Bar, Walker's Coffee and Pub, or Hendershot's.


Pet-Friendly shopping


Munson Shopping

More and more shops around Athens are allowing you to bring your pup along, so you and your dog can shop until you drop! Begin your shopping excursion at Frontier for "Gifts for the Soul and Shelter", stop by Native American Gallery for a variety of hand-crafted jewelry, and don't forget to check out Indie South for the best handmade goods from around the southeast. 


Bonus: Drink with your dog


Terrapin Brewery Tours

Pets are welcome at many of Athens' local breweries! Check out Creature Comfort's convenient downtown location, or let your pup run around at Terrapin Beer Co. or Southern Brewing while enjoying deliciously crafted brews. Relax with friends, sip on a freshly brewed beer, and let your pet make some new friends at a one Athens' local breweries! 


Want even more ideas? Check out our Pet-Friendly Athens page!


This blog was updated on 02/12/2018 by Kacie Fogg.