Dog-Friendly Atlanta: My City From the Eyes of my Dogs

My dogs are adventurous little travelers. Our dogs have lived in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia but they have also visited West Virginia a couple of times (during the summer and the winter). They have traveled in cars and trucks. They’ve been out on pontoon boats and paddle boats. They’ve run amok through the mountains, walked through state parks, and strolled through downtown cities.

There isn’t much that really surprises them anymore (although Wilkins the chiweenie is still scared of light posts…go figure.).

Since today is National Love Your Pet Day (but really…every day should be love your pet day) I’ve teamed up with to share some of my favorite pet-friendly places in Atlanta. I’ve been poking around their site a lot lately looking for a dog sitter or boarder in Atlanta. We have a couple of trips coming up and, as much as my dogs love to travel with us, it’s not always in their best interest to go. Fortunately, provides reviews of pet sitters so we can feel comfortable making a decision (although it’s still hard to leave our furbabies behind).

If you’re looking for a pet sitter or boarding in Atlanta you can review their services here. If you’re looking for pet-friendly places in the area, keep reading below.

Ashley and Wilkins in Midtown Atlanta

One of my favorite things about living in Atlanta is how dog-friendly the city is overall. The town we lived in when we lived in Florida wasn’t as accommodating to our little 4-legged furry friends. They couldn’t go out to eat with us, they weren’t welcome at a lot of coffee shops, there wasn’t a lot of walkable shopping malls, and the town itself wasn’t pedestrian-friendly. Other than the dog beach (which was really just a small patch of beach) they couldn’t go a lot of places. I felt bad for the poor little guys. 

Atlanta really embraces our furbabies! A few of our favorite dog-friendly Atlanta locations are:

  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Piedmont Park
  • Midtown Atlanta
    • Henry’s Tavern
    • Fresh 2 Order
    • Hudson’s Grille
    • Joe’s on Juniper

Stone Mountain Park

When we first moved here one of the first places we took our dogs was to Stone Mountain Park. It’s a huge park and I knew our dogs would love it. There are areas of the park that are not pet-friendly but there are a lot of great walking trails for them. We went there in July and my poor little babies couldn’t handle the heat for long but we had a good time. They loved the trails there and they have pet clean-up stations around the park which I really appreciated. You can’t take them to the field area where the stone mountain carving is actually at but here’s a picture of our adventure out there anyway.

Stone Mountain carving

Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is a great place to take the dogs because not only do they have enormous dog parks (one for small dogs and one for big dogs) but they also have a picnic area, a pond, and a lot of walking trails. You must (absolutely must) make sure you bring lots of water for the dogs because they will definitely be worn out while spending time there. 

The pond even has geese and other birds which is great because Wilkins (our chiweenie) loves to chase birds! He just goes absolutely insane chasing them around and showing off his bird-chasing skills. It’s too cute.

Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia

Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia

Midtown Atlanta

Midtown Atlanta is one of the most dog-friendly parts of Atlanta which is great when you want to spend a day out with the pups. Henry’s Tavern, Fresh 2 Order, Hudson’s Grille, and Joe’s on Juniper are four of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants down in that part of the city. Some places down there have bowls of water outside for dogs to drink from when they are in the city but Henry’s will bring out dog bowls of water while you’re eating. If you take a picture of your dog on their patio they will even put it up on their dog wall of fame. 

Fresh 2 Order on Peachtree St is one of our favorite places because they have an incredible black bean burger (which my husband loves) and the best mini cupcakes! Their patio is right out on the main street so it’s great for people-watching and the dogs can relax.

Do you ever take your dogs out in your city? What other kind of dog-friendly places do you enjoy?


Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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