Golden Isles Pet Friendly Beaches & Activities

Regardless of the season, it’s always the dog days of summer in the Golden Isles! When planning a trip to the Golden Isles, there is no reason why four-legged friends have to stay behind. With a variety of pet friendly accommodations  available and an array of activities and attractions for pet owners and their pets to enjoy, the Golden Isles is an ideal destination spot for pet lovers and their pets. These pet friendly activities are just a sample of what you can do here in a day with your pet.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

East Beach and Massengale Park, Driftwood Beach, Great Dunes Park, Jekyll Island Beach

Depending on the location, many of the beaches in the Golden Isles are pet friendly. St. Simons Island’s East Beach and Massengale Park  are great spots for dogs to enjoy the sandy shores and play in the salty ocean waters. The rules regarding dogs on these beaches state, "Animals are prohibited on this beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day between 9:00am and 6:00pm. From 6:00pm to 9:00am, dogs are allowed on the beach and do not need to be leashed, but must be in the owner's immediate control. These regulations apply to all pets including horses. Please clean up after your pets.”

Jekyll Island also allows dogs on several of the beach locations (Driftwood BeachGreat Dunes Park, and Jekyll Island Beach). Dogs must be leashed at all times while on any Jekyll Island beach. 

Dog Parks 

Frederica Park, Gascoigne Bluff

Located at the north end of St. Simons Island, off of Lawrence Road, Frederica Park’s dog park is the perfect place to spend countless hours frolicking, playing Frisbee, or just relaxing with a favorite furry friend. In addition to the dog park, Frederica Park also features a children’s playground, a hard surface jogging trail, as well as picnic shelters and public restrooms. 

Other great dog-friendly parks include Gascoigne Bluff, which provides ample room to run and explore. While there, search for the St. Simons Island Tree Spirit hidden in the bark of an oak tree at Gascoigne Bluff. 

Hiking and Walking

Alice Richards Botanical Trail, Fort Frederica National Monument

Hiking and walking are great exercise for both pets and their owners and with an abundance of trails in the Golden Isles to choose, everybody will be able to stay in shape during their trip to the Golden Isles. Area nature trails are also a great way to experience the local wildlife and learn about the area’s beautiful environment first hand.

Try the Alice Richards Botanical Trail, located within Frederica Park. With a gazebo, children’s area, and a labyrinth in the woods, this tranquil getaway can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Or spend time with your pooch walking through and exploring Fort Frederica National Monument. There are great photo spots, and best of all, admission is free!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

After hours of fun with a four legged friend, having a bite to eat at one of the area’s delicious restaurants makes for a great ending to the day. Here in the Golden Isles, it’s not hard to find a restaurant that features an al fresco dining option, where you can dine outside with your four legged friend. For more options, consult our full list of dog-friendly restaurants in the Golden Isles.