The town of Thunderbolt, Georgia is located about five miles southeast of Savannah. Although Thunderbolt is small, it has a mighty reputation amongst seafood fans; the town is known for having plenty of mouthwatering seafood restaurants. While there’s plenty to do in Thunderbolt, a lot of the local recreation is based by the Wilmington River. Residents love spending a lazy Saturday out on the dock, waiting to feel that familiar tug on their fishing rods.
Fido might get a bit bored waiting for the fish to bite, but that’s no problem! Thunderbolt is home to two dog-friendly eateries, Tortuga’s Island Grill and Tubby’s Tank House. Your dog is welcome to dine outside with you. Although the town doesn’t have a dog park, with Savannah just up the road, fun with Fido is just a short drive away from Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, the town doesn’t have a veterinarian clinic, so if you need care for a sick or injured pet, you’ll want to take him to Savannah or the nearby town of Talahi Island.
Thunderbolt is a beautiful town with some gorgeous views of the Wilmington River, and if you don’t mind making a quick trip up the road, the town is also perfect for your four-legged family members.
Savannah’s Parkside neighborhood is just two-and-a-half miles from Thunderbolt, and here, you and Fido can have a ball playing at Herty Pines Dog Park. This pupular bark park has everything you could want for your pooch. There are two completely fenced-in sections, with one being for small dogs and the other being for large dogs. Waste disposal stations are located in the park, meaning you don’t have to lug along supplies from home. There are even water fountains for your playful pup, allowing him to have fun without getting too hot. As a bonus, parking is free and plentiful.
Does your dog like to take it easy? Does he enjoy stopping to smell the roses? If so, bring him along with you to Savannah Botanical Gardens! You’ll both get to see plenty of beautiful flowers, and once you’re done, you and your best furry friend can go for a hike on the on-site nature trail. There’s also a historic house and an archeological exhibit on the premises, so the two of you can make a day of it. Savannah Botanical Gardens welcomes all leashed dogs, and all they ask in return is that you clean up any messes your pooch makes.
Although the Beach Institute neighborhood doesn’t actually have a beach, it does have a dog park, and we bet your dog thinks that’s even better! Mother Matilda Beasley Dog Park is housed on the northern end of a public park. The fenced-in bark park allows your dog to have some off-leash fun while he plays with his pawesome new friends. Water is provided to keep your dog from getting too hot while having fun. It’s your responsibility to clean up after your pup, and you’ll want to bring some waste disposal bags from home; none are provided.
Looking to grab a bite to eat with your furry friend? Check out Savannah’s Victorian District West. This neighborhood is about ten minutes from Thunderbolt. Six Pence is an authentic English pub that serves up plenty of beer and delicious grub, including bangers and mash and pot roast. Fido can join you at one of the patio tables. If you’re in a hurry and want to quickly grab food, visit Sentient Bean. This café serves up speedy sandwiches alongside hot, fresh coffee. Dog-friendly patio seating is plentiful. Both establishments require your dog to be on a leash.
What would a visit to Savannah be if you didn’t take a ghost tour? Historic District North has plenty of options, including Blue Orb Ghost Tours and Savannah Terrors. If you’re not into ghost stories, consider taking a tour with Architectural Tours of Savannah to admire and learn more about the city’s beautiful buildings. Each of these tours is a walking tour, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Fido can join you as long as he stays on his leash. You’ll also want to be sure to bring along waste disposal bags for easy clean-up.