Dog Park at Freedom Park is an admittance-free dog park that has three separated areas – one for small dogs, one all dogs, and a dog run. Tunnels, ramps, and other agility equipment are provided for your dog’s enjoyment and training needs. A cleaning station and water fountains for both animals and humans are located within the park. Dog Park at Freedom Park is open at sunrise and closes at 11 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park is a great place to take your dogs for a walk on marked trails, swim, canoe, fish, camp in an RV, and biking. Boating/tubing isn’t recommended as the lake is small and shallow. Dogs should be on their leashes (hopefully a leash that isn't longer than 3-6 feet) at all times and cleaned up after. A few alligators and turtles are common sights around the lake, so be sure to keep your eyes open when you, your family, or your pup is swimming. Visitors are advised to bring plenty of bug spray because the peaceful scenery comes with the unwanted visitors known as gnats.
Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at Steel Magnolias. Often noted as “Southern hospitality at its finest,” Steel Magnolias serves salads, sandwiches, shrimp and grits, fried oysters, scallops, fried chicken breasts, and more. Fido can join you for dinner as long as you sit at the sidewalk dining. The waiters are very accommodating to their canine guests and offer them a bowl of water without it being requested, and in-house made dog biscuits are available for purchase.
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure for your pooch make sure you visit central Valdosta. The Dog Park at Freedom Park is so large and grassy, your pooch may not even realize it is fenced in! If you’re concerned about your pooch’s size, don’t worry -- this park offers three separate sections. One section is for the larger dogs, one is for the small pups, and the third is a dog run. Some other great features of this park include water fountains designed for both pups and humans, a cleanup station with waste bags provided, and several trees for shade. Your pooch will love the climbing on the ramps and jumping the smaller fences. No leash required -- just fun and freedom!
If you are looking to bond with your canine over a delicious meal, 306 North is the place to be in north Valdosta. This restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere and is dog-friendly as long as your pooch is on their leash. They have an outdoor patio section where your pup can lounge while you eat. Another great feature of this restaurant is that the patio is covered, shielding you from the hot Georgia sun. The fur-iendly staff will even bring your pup a water bowl! Look no farther than 306 North for a dining experience that you and your pooch can enjoy together.
If you and your pooch are looking for an accommodating hotel, check out Courtyard by Marriott Valdosta. This dog-friendly hotel is located on Baytree Road. They welcome two pets of any size for an additional $50 per stay. All of the rooms are pet-friendly, and this is a clean hotel with a very friendly staff. Another perk is that they even have a beautiful shaded dog run with plush grass for your pooch to enjoy during their stay! If you’re looking for a Fido-friendly hotel that won’t break the bank, make sure to check out the Courtyard by Marriott Valdosta.
On warm days -- which are quite common in Georgia -- eating an ice cream treat with your pet can help you both to cool off. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on North Patterson Street in Valdosta is a great place to check out. Grab your leash and your pup and head out for a cool treat. This ice cream establishment is very dog-friendly and welcomes your pup to feast on a sweet treat as long as they are on a leash. They will even make a free sundae for your pooch with dog bones crumbled on top of it! Now that’s pretty doggone fancy! Fido will surely bark his praises after he finishes his treat!
Grab your pup -- and their leash -- and head down to The Salty Snapper located on Gronto Road in Valdosta. This restaurant offers a menu of seafood, as well as live music to jazz up your dinner experience. Your pooch is welcome to join you as long as they are on their leash and weigh less than 50 pounds. There are over 12 dog-friendly tables, so you won’t have to rush to call ahead and reserve one. (Although calling ahead is usually a good idea at Fido-friendly restaurants.) There’s also a covered patio where you and your pooch can dine together and enjoy some live music. Fido is sure to beg for a bite of your meal, and we’re pawsitive that you won’t be able to resist his puppy dog eyes!