Activities For Dogs In Louisiana On Cold Days

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Introduction

The temperate climate found in Louisiana makes it an ideal state to vacation in during the winter months. In fact, most people flock to the state during the autumn, winter, and fall months when the weather starts turning colder because the oppressive heat and humidity of the summer has dissipated. Local dog owners are also more active during the colder days because it's a great time to take Fido outdoors to enjoy an adventure without having to worry about the dog overheating. Undoubtedly, dog owners love undertaking fun activities with their furry buddies on cold days in Louisiana.

French Quarter Exploration

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Cold Day
Cheap
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4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
dog treats
water bowl
water
Activity description
The French Quarter, known as the Vieux Carre, is the historic district of New Orleans. The lovely neighborhood sits alongside the Mississippi River. You can stroll the cobblestone streets with your beloved dog while you enjoy the period architecture. Along the way, you will probably encounter a wide assortment of street musicians Some shops and restaurants allow well-behaved dogs but always inquire about this ahead of time. If you own a small dog, you might want to consider pushing the pooch in a pet stroller to traverse the busy streets.  Bourbon Street is very crowded and many people may not see a small dog walking beside their owner; a stroller makes things easier and a less stressful for little canines.
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Arriving at the French Quarter
There are numerous parking lots and garages around the French Quarter where you can park to start your adventure with your dog. The parking areas are all pay-per-hour or day. Taxi cabs are a common way to get around but only some taxi cabs will allow you to ride with your dog in tow.
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Take a carriage rides
Many of the horse-drawn carriage rides at Jackson Square welcome dogs. Always ask the driver ahead of time if you can ride with your pooch. While riding, make sure your dog sits quietly beside you and does not bark at the horse or pedestrians. If your pup cannot settle down, pay the fare and move along to the next activity.
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Stop at Cafe du Monde
You can stop with your pooch at historic Cafe du Monde for a few sugary beignets and a cup of Big Easy style coffee. There is a large outdoor patio area where you can sit with your dog while you enjoy a snack. Just make sure your pooch sits quietly beside your seat and does not bark at other guests. Offer them a refreshment and be aware of their actions; if they seem restless, it is time to leave.
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Ghost Tour Fun

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Cold Day
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Water bowl
Bottled water
Activity description

New Orleans is a historic city that is rumored to be haunted. Many people claim to have encountered ghosts and experienced paranormal activity. It is also home to numerous voodoo legends. If you want to explore the scary side of the Crescent City's past then why not book a New Orleans Ghost Tour? Your pet is welcome to accompany you if they are brave enough to face the unknown. The Ghost City Tours located on Magazine Street in New Orleans welcome dogs on all their tours. The excursion will be a fun way for you and your dog to experience the scary side of the city. Your dog will probably provide you with comfort as your curious group hunts for authentic ghosts. 

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Pick a tour
There are several tours to choose from when booking a night of spook hunting. You can choose the Ghosts of New Orleans Tour, the Killers and Thrillers Tour, Dead of Night Ghost Hunting Trip, New Orleans Cemetery Tour, or the Haunted Pub Crawl. Pets are allowed on all of the tours but they are not allowed in the pubs on the Haunted Pub Crawl. Also, the Haunted Pub Crawl is only for individuals over 21.
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Leash up
During the entire tour, your dog will need to be on a leash. Keep your pooch close by your side and offer reassurance if your dog should start to growl or bark. Always be respectful of the other tour guests who do not have a dog along for the tour. Keep to yourself and if barking is an issue, you will have to try again another time.
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Offer water
Even if it is cold in New Orleans, you and your dog are going to be doing extensive walking on the Ghost Tours so you will want to stop and offer your canine companion a small bowl of water before continuing on the tour. The refreshing drink will invigorate your best four-legged buddy so you can continue the adventure.
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Picnic at Rosedown

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Cold Day
Cheap
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
snacks and Dog Treats
Activity description
Rosedown Plantation sits on 374 acres of well-maintained and manicured grounds in St. Francisville. The park is lovely year round. The plantation is the classic Southern plantation that most people envision when they think about the Old South. The antebellum site is one of the few remaining authentic properties in the South. Rosedown was built during the 1830s by Daniel and Martha Turnbull. The lovely residence remained in the family until the 1950s. The plantation and grounds are opened every day from 9 are 4 pm. The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Guided tours of the main house are offered from 10 am to 4 pm, but dogs are not allowed into the house. There is a fee to explore the gardens.
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Leash your dog
When you first arrive at the property you will be required to leash your dog. Canines are permitted throughout the acreage but you cannot bring your dog into the house. During your entire visit, always make sure that your dog remains leashed and by your side.
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Picnic together
Even a cold day in Louisiana is a lovely day. Sure, you might have to wear a jacket but the air is always crisp and lovely. Around the grounds of the Rosedown Plantation are numerous picnic sites. Choose a table and bench to enjoy a rest with your dog. Be certain to take a few moments to appreciate the scenery around you.
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Pick up and stay on the pathways
While visiting the plantation, you will need to pick up after your pet. Never leave a mess from your picnic meal or any other pet related waste on the grounds. Always pick up after your pooch and yourself to maintain the lovely, manicured grounds. Also, stay on the pathways in the gardens and do not venture into the flower beds as you explore the lovely surroundings.
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Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve

The Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve is an ideal place to explore with your companion on a cold day. Dogs are allowed throughout the grounds. You can also explore the Chalmette Battlefield and the visitor center deck at Barataria Preserve. The only areas where dogs are not permitted are the Chalmette National Cemetery or on the trails of Barataria Preserve. Be sure to don a jacket if it's a cold day. If your pooch is small, they can also ride in a pet stroller. Pets visiting the historic park must be leashed at all times.

A Jazz Lovers Dream

Many consider Louisiana to be the birthplace of jazz music. If you are a jazz fan, you will definitely want to explore the Jazz Walk of Fame. On the Jazz Walk of Fame Tour, you will have the chance to learn everything about the region's famous jazz musicians and how they changed the music world. The best part about the Jazz Walk of Fame Tour is that your dog is welcome to enjoy the tour with you. The tour lasts for one hour. Your dog is required to be kept on a leash and act well-behaved for the entire experience.

Conclusion

Louisiana is a state that is rich in history and outdoor activities. You can ride ferries with your pooch, explore swampland, visit historic sites, camp, stroll through New Orlean's Garden District, and even let your dog stretch their legs at one of the many dog parks. No matter what time of year, you and your dog will be able to find a fun activity to share together. Many people come to the state to vacation with their pooches because it has the reputation for being very dog-friendly.  Located deep in the South, the state is lovely year round, even on a cold day.