Having Fun with Your Dog in Myrtle Beach

By Ryan • June 25, 2014

Myrtle Beach isn't just fun in the sun for two-legged vacationers. Four-legged, furry friends can have a blast at the beach too, if you know where to take them.

The beach, of course is the best place for man's best friend to play but, unfortunately for Fido, the summer months feature laws that limit dogs' access to the beach. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., dogs are not permitted on the beach in the Myrtle Beach city limits.

Surrounding jurisdictions have similar dates and time restrictions, and dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. That makes it kind of hard to play fetch with a Frisbee, but most lifeguards and beach patrol officers will turn a blind eye if your dog is well-behaved and not disturbing others. Of course, cleaning up after Rover is law all over.

So where are you and your pooch to go if he can't chase tennis balls on the beach? There are several dog parks located along the Grand Strand where dogs can run free without a leash. "Barc Parks" at Market Common and the Grand Strand YMCA in Myrtle Beach and the new North Myrtle Beach Rec Center are great gathering spots for dogs and their owners.

If you and your dog need a little time apart, there are several full-service kennels where you can board your dog for a few days. Some are even like getting your dog its own hotel room, such as the K9 Cabana, Sit & Stay Awhile, and All Tails Wag in Myrtle Beach. Annie's Grooming Tails in Surfside Beach is just one of many groomers where you can pamper the pooch.

There are a few local attractions that are pet-friendly, including the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in the downtown district and Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Leashed dogs are allowed to stroll along the boardwalk on both properties but not in the adjoining businesses or attractions, such as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and (yikes!) Alligator Adventure.

Keep an eye out for some fun, pet-friendly events that are held throughout the year on the Grand Strand, such as the Paws for a Cause Parade in Market Common and Bark at the Park Night at Pelicans Ballpark, where you can take your pup out to the ol’ ballgame to shag some foul balls and feast on hot dogs.

(posted 6/25/14)