Chalmette is a community of about 20,000 in St. Bernard Parish that is booming with life and pooch-friendly places (including over a dozen vet clinics). Just ten miles east of New Orleans, Chalmette has all the perks of living in the big city but without all the Mardis Gras crowds.
Drive just six miles west of Chalmette toward New Orleans and you’ll wind up at Markey Park. This cute little park is a dog-friendly kids playground complete with a grassy area for walking and playing and lots of benches when you need a quick rest. Dogs must be leashed at this particular park, but use of the park is free--this means you can spend more on a famous, New Orleans-style lunch after your day together! Beignets, anyone?
If you’re in the mood for a walk down Bourbon Street, drive just twenty minutes west from Chalmette to take a stroll in the French Quarter. With countless pooch-friendly shops, restaurants, and live music to enjoy, the Crescent City’s oldest neighborhood has so much to offer pooches and pooch parents!
Surrounded by lakes and the countless activities available in The Big Easy, it’s im-paws-ible to be bored in Chalmette!
Waveland is a barkvelous place to bring your Fido for on-leash walks along miles and miles of dog-friendly beaches. The city is located about an hour from Chalmette, but the drive is well worth it. Hancock County Beaches are set right in between of Garfield Ladner Pier on the west side and the Catholic Church on the east side. Your pup will love splashing in shallow water, digging holes and finding treasures in the white sand. Locals say that there are not so many people between January and February, so if you don’t want to battle for a better spot on the beach, grab a leash and pack your Frisbee. There’s also a pet-friendly eatery right across the street called Dunk’s Southern Style Buffet & Catering. You should definitely come by and share some local cuisine with your pup after a long day of playing in the sand!
Bay Saint Louis is another city in Mississippi, located on the west side of the Bay of Saint Louis, with several amenities for your pooch to have fun and spend some quality time with his owner. The climate in the area is well-known for hot summers, so on a sunny day, your pup will love a visit to Larroux Park. The park will not impress you with its size, but it is fully fenced and secure for your fur-iend to run off-leash, exercise and play with his toys. There are a few pet-friendly cafés in the area that will be happy to welcome you and your canine friend. Whether you want some fresh coffee or tea in the shaded outdoor area in Mockingbird Café, or a seafood platter with a view from the outdoor seating areas in The Bling Tiger Bar, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
If you live in Chalmette, then the Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans can become one of your favorite places to visit with your pup. This area also includes a part of Bywater Historic District. Your Fido is welcome to explore the 20-acre Crescent Park, which provides visitors with a spacious picnic area, recreation space and a fenced dog run down the river. Apart from the park, the area is full of dog-friendly eateries spread all over the neighborhood. There is cozy and charming garden patio seating area at Satsuma Café, which serves delicious breakfasts and lunches. Or you can enjoy a slice of pizza pie and a little people-watching with your pup at one of six dog-friendly tables at Pizza Delicious.
New Orleans has many neighborhoods to visit with your pup, but the Algiers Point on the right bank of the Mississippi River is an adventurous side of the city with numerous local businesses around. Algiers Ferry offers a short ferry ride for the most courageous pooches and their owners to enjoy the spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the city skyline from the foot of Canal Street. Tail-waggers and their owners are welcome to ride at no extra charge! And if you and your pup aren’t fond of the ferry experience, do try visiting The Crown and Anchor, a traditional English pub located across the river. You can share a meal and a pint together at one of the four Fido-friendly patio tables outside.
Care for a long trip and a memorable weekend? Then the South Baton Rouge neighborhood is happy to welcome you and your pup! It’s approximately 90 miles from Chalmette via I-10 East, which is about an hour and a half. Prepare for a long ride, and make sure your pup is fully prepared, too. Once you arrive, he sure would love to visit Burbank Dog Park. This park is fully fenced and is a terrific place to play off-leash, sniff and run around. Did you forget to to bring treats for Fido? No worries! Neighborhood Pet Market has got you covered. The place has a wide range of holistic and natural food for your pup to choose from, and maybe a nice little toy to keep him occupied on the ride home.