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A Dog Lover’s Guide to St. Augustine

Are you planning a trip to St. Augustine soon? Maybe wondering if you can bring your fluffy friend along? Well, you’re in luck! There are plenty of fun things to do with Fido in St. Augustine. Here are a few of our favorite dog-friendly hangouts:

Pet-Friendly Places to Stay

St. Augustine Historic Inns is an association of over two dozen historic bed and breakfast inns that offer hundreds of uniquely-decorated and furnished rooms. Several of our inns are pet-friendly, and some are only dog friendly. However, each Bed & Breakfast has a limited number of specific rooms, so it is necessary to call to make sure you receive a pet-friendly room and know the inn’s pet guidelines. You can refer to our Inn Features list for specific properties that are pet-friendly.

Pet-Friendly Places to Eat

There are over 20 dog-friendly restaurants to choose from in this old city. And because this is lovely Florida, many of these restaurants feature outdoor courtyards and patios where your dog is welcome to join you while you dine. Some restaurants, such as Salt Life Food Shack and Cruisers Grill, even have entire sections dedicated to serving dog-lovers and their precious pooches. While these places don’t have specific menu items for dogs, they can provide you with water and bowls for your pup.

Some other great dog-friendly restaurants (outdoor seating) include:

  • Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille – Amazing seafood restaurant serving Creole dishes. You can sit out on the balcony overlooking the bay or in a beautiful courtyard.
  • The Reef Restaurant – Enjoy tasty seafood in an old-fashioned setting with ocean views and waterfront tables.
  • Sunset Grille – Chill restaurant with a beachy vibe where guests can dine on seafood and comfort foods while watching sports or enjoying an ocean view.
  • Kingfish Grill – Enjoy casual seafood meals out on the dockside patio.
  • Casa Maya – Enjoy some Mexican seafood and other Latin dishes out on their cozy patio and terrace.
  • Barley Republic Irish Pub – This Irish Gastro Pub and Cocktail Bar serves traditional burgers, sandwiches, and other Irish favorites in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine.
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings – This tropical-themed chain restaurant offers wings, pub grub, and a full bar.
  • The Raintree Restaurant – Located in a Victorian home, this fancy restaurant specializes in steak and seafood.
  • Pizzalley’s / Chianti Room – This quaint restaurant offers a full bar and veranda seating where you can enjoy Italian classics and brick-oven pizza.
  • Ancient City Brewing – Located in Historic Downtown St. Augustine, enjoy a fun evening in the Taproom or play a round a pool and chat with the brewers.
  • Florida Cracker Cafe – Enjoy some regional seafood dishes on the patio of this little restaurant. They even have live music on the weekends.
  • Old Coast Ales – Enjoy some beer, Aussie pies, and sausage rolls out in the warm, Florida sunshine on one of their two separate patios.
  • Beachcomber Restaurant – Visit this casual cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy your meal at the outdoor picnic tables with your furry friend.

Pet-Friendly Fun

There are several attractions in the area that welcome well-behaved leashed dogs, including:

  • The Spanish Military Hospital – This pet-friendly museum takes you back in time to explore how colonial herbs were used to create medicines. The museum offers daily tours, educational tours, and a gift shop.
  • Fountain of Youth – The Fountain of Youth is a great way to spend the day outdoors with your furry friend! Explore St. Augustine’s history by learning about Juan Ponce de Leon, the Timucua civilization, and Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the settling of St. Augustine. There are many exhibits to explore here, including a Timucuan Village, the Spring House, Navigators Planetarium, Nombre de Dios Mission, cannon firings, excavations, a Spanish lookout, and so much more!
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum – While your pup isn’t allowed to climb their way to the top of their lighthouse, they’re welcome on the grounds of the lighthouse. There are some beautiful gardens and trails to explore here.
  • St. Augustine Eco Tours – If you’d like to explore some of St. Augustine’s local fauna (including dolphins!), take a tour with St. Augustine Eco Tours. Let them know if you plan on bringing your dog when making the reservation.
  • Sans Sebastian Winery – While there is a size restriction, leashed dogs are allowed on the tours and tastings here. Discover the art of winemaking as you go on a guided tour through the 18,000 square foot wine production facility. Children are also welcome to come along; however, wine tasting is only offered to adults 21 years and older with a valid I.D.
  • The Beach – With the exception of Anastasia State Park, dogs are allowed on all beaches in St. Augustine. Dogs are required to remain on a leash, and please don’t forget to pick up after your pet! Many entries to the beach have bags, but you may want to bring your own in case they run out.
  • Bone Appetit! – This tour allows you to bring along your puppy pal as you explore the diverse food offerings of St. Augustine with an expert guide. There are treats and special Pet Stops included. Learn about colonial pets and their origins while receiving generous tastings of the food offered in our city.

Other fantastic ways to spend the day with your pet include the Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine Scenic Cruise, The St. Augustine “Pup” Crawl, A Ghostly Encounter, the Cellar Upstairs, and the lawn outside of Castillo de San Marcos (which is perfect for a picnic with your pup). There are also a handful of dog parks located throughout St. Augustine where your dogs and get off the leash and run around!

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