Pet Friendly Hilton Head Activites

Beach Laws At A Glance:

Dogs are not permitted - Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day

Must be on a leash:

- Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day
- Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30
Must be on leash or under positive voice control at all other times
Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement

Beach Laws At A Glance:

Sec. 17-1-114. Running at large prohibited; leash required; animals on streets and public places.
  • (a) It shall be unlawful for any person owning any dog or any other animal or having the control of any dog or any other animal to permit such animal to be on the street or any other public place in the town, except beaches, when such animal is not at all times on a leash.
  • (b) From Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend of each year, dogs or any other animal shall not be allowed on the beach between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. nor in any designated swimming area at any hour.
  • (c) Dog owners or handlers may allow their dogs to be without a leash within the fenced areas of a designated public dog park; provided, however, that:
    • (1) Dogs must remain leashed when entering or leaving the park area and when within the fenced lobby area. The lobby entrance gate and inner gate to the dog park must be closed immediately after entering the lobby or dog park area;
    • (2) No dog owner or handler shall allow any dog that is not under positive voice control or supervision to be unleashed within the fenced area of any public dog park;
    • (3) No dog owner or handler shall permit his dog, whether leashed or unleashed, to attack, bite, molest, leap or jump upon or otherwise harass, harm or annoy any other person or dog within the fenced area of any public dog park. Any dog exhibiting any such behavior shall be immediately removed from the dog park by its owner or handler;
    • (4) No dog owner or handler shall bring any dog that is known to such person to have previously attacked, bitten, molested or harmed any other person or animal into any public dog park;
    • (5) No dog owner or handler shall bring any dog younger than four months into any dog park;
    • (6) No dog owner or handler shall bring any female dogs "in heat" into any dog park;
    • (7) No dog owner or handler shall bring any dog that is not legally licensed, and which has not had all required vaccinations into any dog park;
    • (8) No dog owners or handlers shall permit their dog to dig within any dog park. Dog owners and handlers shall fill any holes dug by their dog;
    • (9) No dog owner or handler shall leave an unattended dog within any dog park. Unattended dogs shall be considered abandoned;
    • (10) No more than two dogs per dog owner or handler are permitted in any dog park at any one time;
    • (11) Dog owners and handlers shall clean up and remove any droppings left by their dog within any dog park and elsewhere;
    • (12) Children under the age of twelve are not permitted in any dog park, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian;
    • (13) Professional dog trainers shall not utilize any dog park for the conduct of their business; and
    • (14) No person shall allow any other animal except a dog to be within the fenced area of a designated public dog park.
  • (d) No person shall permit any excrement from any animal under that person's control to remain on the beach, the street, dog park, any other public place or the private property of another, but shall dispose of same in a sanitary manner
  • (e) Any violation of these provisions shall result in the owner of the animal being charged with a misdemeanor and may result in the animal being seized by the appropriate animal control officer or law enforcement officer.
  • (Ord. No. 85-10, § 1, 5-20-85; Ord. No. 88-17, § 1, 8-15-88; Ord. No. 02-32, § 1, 9-17-02) Cross references: Animals on beaches, § 8-1-211. Sec. 17-1-115. Barking dogs.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any dog or cat to bark or meow to such an extent as to interfere materially with or affect the health, comfort, peace, or quiet of any other person.
    • (Ord. No. 85-10, § 1, 5-20-85)

    Pet Friendly Restaurants

    Beach Market

     2 North Forest Beach Drive, off Coligny Circle     843-785-3474

    Anglers Grills fresh seafood is prepared broiled, blackened, fried or seared. Lands End Tavern enthusiasts, of whom there are many, will be happy to learn that the Beaudrys chef from Lands End Tavern is orchestrating matters in the kitchen at their new restaurant. So, both old customers and new may be assured of the same excellent, consistent seafood and other fare as in the past.

    Bistro 17

     17D Harbourside Lane     843-785-551

    Locals are flocking to the tiny waterfront cafe to enjoy a fresh new spin on island dining. With both indoor and outdoor seating, patrons are finding a unique blend of casual elegance, reminiscent of a Paris bistro. "There's not another restaurant like it on the island," said Jim, touting the combination of distinctive cuisine and magnificent setting. Bistro 17 serves breakfast from 8:30 - 11, Lunch from 11 - 5 and Dinner from 5 - 10.

    Black Marlin Bayside Grill

     86 Helmsman Way     843-785-495

    Partly because of its location beside a marshy inland channel, a few steps from the most battered-looking boatyard and marina on Hilton Head Island, this is the most raffish of the "grand cuisine" restaurants of Hilton Head. Fun, with lots of salty cosmopolitan charm, and an insouciance that might remind you of Key West, it seems a world removed from the manicured, upscale conservatism of the island's secluded residential zones.

    Bomboras Grille

     101 Pope Avenue     843-689-2662

    A unique restaurant and bar that is located right near the beach. Offering fresh and local lowcounty ingredients paired with craft beers and wines. Founded 2011: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, a chill indoor/outdoor social dinning experience!

    Bruster's Real Ice Cream

     304 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC     (843) 982-6277

    Bruster's was founded in 1989 by a man whose passion for extraordinary ice cream and stellar customer service runs deep. Born into the restaurant business, Bruce Reed opened his first Bruster's in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, after perfecting his recipe for rich, creamy homemade ice cream.

    Captain Woody's

    6 Target Road     843-785-2400

    Captain Woody's is Hilton Head Island's neighborhood bar and grill and has recently moved to Target Road, near the Sea Pines Circle. It is the ideal place to come after a day of fishing, sailing or lounging on the beach. Here you'll find nothing but the basic staples of island life: oysters, shrimp, cold beer, beautiful sunsets and good conversation. At the end of the day, you don't need anything else. Walking into Captain Woody's is like walking into your favorite pub back home. The atmosphere is relaxed, informal.

    Coligny Plaza

     Coligny Plaza     843-341-8316

    For many years, locals have made Coligny Plaza their go-to place for finding whatever ?IT? is. Millions of visitors make Coligny part of their family traditions of enjoying all the Island has to offer. With over 60 shops & restaurants, there is truly something for everyone! Shop specialty stores; enjoy entertainment by local talents, then have a bite to eat at one of our tempting restaurants!

    Flatbread Grill

     2 North Forest Beach Drive     843-341-2225

    Flatbread Grill, opened April 2011, offers an upscale casual dining experience for family and friends in a friendly, energetic atmosphere.

    Frosty Frog Cafe

     1 North Forest Beach Drive #18     843-686-3764

    Besides making great daiquiris, Frosty also knows a thing or two about making webbed foot-licking... or rather...fingerlicking good food.

    Main Street Cafe & Pub

    1411 Main Street     843-689-3999

    When your appetite calls for real food, creatively prepared and fairly priced in an unpretentious atmosphere, make a beeline to Main Street Cafe & Pub and prepare to be Delighted! Come in and let our family treat your Family to an unforgettable evening.

    Old Fort Pub

     65 Skull Creek Dr     843-681-2386

    Perched high above the banks of the scenic intracoastal waterway, Old Fort Pub offers unrivaled sunsets framed by moss-draped live oaks and a rich history. Renowned for Chef Keith Josefiak's culinary excellence, enjoy friendly service and Contemporary American Cuisine with a Southern twist while dining surrounded by windows and the spectacular view of Skull Creek and Pinckney Island.

    Old Oyster Factory

    101 Marshland Road     843-681-6040

    Situated on Broad Creek, the Old Oyster Factory is a delight for family and children of all ages. Enjoy superb, innovative seafood and steaks while taking in one of the Lowland's best panoramic views of the marshland landscape.

    Shelter Cove

     1 Shelter Cove Lane

    A waterfront Hilton Head Island, SC walking village with 290,000 sqf of retail, restaurant, service, public park & waterfront apartments.

    Skillets Grill & Cafe

     1 North Forest Beach Drive J1     843-785-3131

    Skillets Cafe & Grill prepares delicious and affordable home-style meals from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Since opening in 1993 as a small breakfast bistro, Skillets has expanded its casual family restaurant inside and out. Not just for breakfast anymore, Skillets serves lunch and dinner, and features fresh seafood, a bottomless salad bar, and an early dining and kids menu. There's a full bar with TVs, a dog-friendly patio and a doggy menu. Due to popular acclaim, Skillets serves its signature breakfasts in porcelain skillets from 8am-4:30pm. Catering and private dining available.

    Skull Creek Boathouse

    397 Squire Pope Road     843-681-366

    Hilton Head Island's newest landmark, waterfront dining destination is Skull Creek Boathouse. Located on the waterfront of Skull Creek, you'll enjoy beautiful views whether you choose to dine indoors on fresh seafood and American favorites with a twist, at the Dive Bar - a raw bar featuring fresh sushi, oysters and more - or dine outdoors on the terrace. The open-air Buoy Bar serves up colorful sunset views daily and the freshest original drinks.

    Dog Parks

    Chaplin Dog Park Open from dawn to dusk Mid Island

     William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island, SC

    This dog park has a separate small dog area, benches, trees, mulch ground cover, and drinking water.

    Dog Friendly Beaches

    Alder Lane Beach Access

     Located off of South Forest Beach Drive

    Amenities: 1) Beach Access 2) Beach Matting 3) Meter Parking 4) Outdoor Showers 5) Restrooms 6) Seasonal Life Guards

    Burkes Beach

    Located off of William Hilton Parkway at the end of Burkes Beach Road

    Amenities: 1) Beach Access 2) Meter Parking 3) Outdoor Showers

    Dog Friendly Hiking Trails

    Audubon Newhall Preserve

    88 Palmetto Bay Rd     843-842-9246

    Featuring a wide variety of fauna and flora, this scenic nature reserve also serves as home to many species of birds.

    Sea Pines Forest Preserve

    Southwest tip of island, accessible via U.S. 278, South End     843-363-1872

    Walk through marshy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.

    Dog Friendly Tours

    Calibogue Cruises

    18 Simmons Road     843-342-8687

    Welcome to Calibogue Cruises (pronounced Cali-bo-gee)! Your first stop on Daufuskie Island is Freeport Marina. Once off the boat you will notice beautifully landscaped grounds. A crushed oyster shell lane leads you past an outside sitting and dining area and The Old Daufuskie Crab Company Restaurant.

    Captain Mark's Dolphin Cruises

    Business Hwy 278, Dock C, Shelter Cove Harbour    843-785-4558

    Welcome to, the official website of Captain Marks Dolphin Cruises, Hilton Head Island's premier cruise company. We've been family owned and operated for 30 years and are looking forward to having you join us. Please feel free to take your time browsing our site and give us a call if you have any further questions as you plan your vacation to Hilton Head Island. We can't wait to see you!

    Runaway Charters

    2 Hudson Road     843-384-6511

    The Runaway is one of the premier Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters. You can book a trip for Off Shore Deep Sea Fishing or Fish Inshore or Near Shore. Your captain and his mate are here to serve you and plan the trip with you. Or just leave it up to the captain - no matter, he will put you on the fish.

    Vagabond Cruise

    149 Lighthouse Road     843-363-9026

    Vagabond Cruise is Hilton Head Island's original sightseeing and excursion cruise operator, located under the world famous Lighthouse in Harbour Town Yacht Basin since 1968. Vagabond Cruise is a true pioneer in the eco-tourism world and has always had the focus on sharing the beauty of Hilton Head Island and its amazing agriculture and wildlife with others.

Pet Boarding

Evergreen Pet Lodge

105 Dillon Rd,     843-681-8354

We at Evergreen Pet Lodge invite you and your pets to discover our animal facility – The ultimate in pet boarding. Let your loved one(s) enjoy the pleasures of a carefree vacation at the year round lodge, where red carpet treatment and comfortable surroundings await them.