Taking your dog on vacation with you is preferable to leaving them behind at a kennel or with a sitter, but not every vacation location is dog-friendly. If you’re in Alabama, though, and you’re planning a trip to the Gulf Coast or surrounding areas, then you’re in luck! Alabama has several dog-friendly beaches you and your favorite furry pal can visit.
Take a look below at the top seven dog-friendly beaches in Alabama, and see where your next vacation will take you!
The 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Alabama
1. Dauphin Island Public Beach
|🗺️ Address:||1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528|
|🕐 Open Times:||Year-round|
|💲 Cost:||$10 parking fee|
2. Graham Creek Nature Preserve
|🗺️ Address:||23030 Wolf Bay Dr, Foley, AL 36535|
|🕐 Open Times:||Preserve open 7 days a week from dusk till dawn; nature center open 10 AM–4 PM M–F, 10 AM–2 PM Saturday, closed Sunday|
3. Mayday Park
|🗺️ Address:||100 College Avenue, Daphne, AL|
|🕐 Open Times:||Open dawn till dusk|
4. Orange Beach Waterfront Park
|🗺️ Address:||26425 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561|
|🕐 Open Times:||8 AM–6 PM Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday|
5. Pirate’s Cove Marina
|🗺️ Address:||6664 Co Rd 95, Elberta, AL 36530|
|🕐 Open Times:||8 AM–9 PM Monday–Thursday, 8 AM–10 PM Friday and Sunday, 8 AM–11 PM Saturday|
|💲 Cost:||Varies, depending on the food you get|
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Gulf Shores, AL
Gulf Shores is one of the best places to hit the beach in Alabama. Unfortunately, though, they only have a couple of dog-friendly beach areas you can visit.
6. The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby (Gulf State Park)
|🗺️ Address:||20115 State Park Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542|
|🕐 Open Times:||8 AM to sunset|
|🐕 Off-Leash:||Only on beach|
7. Fort Morgan Historic Site Bayside Beach
|🗺️ Address:||51 AL- 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542|
|🕐 Open Times:||Fort is 8 AM–4:30 PM; beach is always open|
|💲 Cost:||Fort is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6–12 and seniors, children under 6 free; beach is free|
As you can see, Alabama is home to quite a few dog-friendly beaches (or beach-adjacent areas)! Whether you want to spend a day or two on the sandy shores of Dauphin Island or vary between nature trails and swimming in the water, you can find a bit of everything. So, next time you’re planning to take a beach vacation, look at Gulf Shores and the surrounding areas to find a dog-friendly location that will allow you to bring your furry friend along.
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