The Heart of Dixie is home to a number of waterfronts that permit pets to romp around on the sand and in the surf. While it may not be obvious when pets crave a vacation, they may nonetheless enjoy fresh, exciting surroundings and a temporary new place to play. Plan the perfect beach getaway for your loved ones and furry friend in the beloved Southern state. Without further ado, here are a few fun places in Alabama to take pets.
1. Dauphin Island Beach
On a namesake barrier island in Mobile County is the town of Dauphin Island, which is known for its abundance of bird sanctuaries and prime fishing spots. The Gulf of Mexico lies on the island’s south side. Dogs can visit the main public beach as long as they are on a leash. Accordingly, adjacent to the Red School House and the fishing pier is a beach spanning a couple of miles long designated for dogs to roam on the sand and in the water. Pets are not allowed on the furthermost western part of the island at the West End Beach since it houses significant birds’ nests and habitats.
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2. Orange Beach Waterfront Park
The small, coastal city of Orange Beach in Baldwin County is situated on the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. The city’s family-friendly park offers paved walking areas and a fishing pier. Leashed pets are welcome. Nearby the Waterfront Park is the Orange Beach Dog Park, which features almost an acre of shaded area for canines to run and play. The dog park also has water and benches for pets’ rest breaks, as well as a fence to keep small dogs separated from larger ones, so owners can have peace of mind about pets getting along.
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3. Graham Creek Nature Preserve
Graham Creek Nature Preserve is nestled in the city of Foley in Baldwin County. Featuring hundreds of acres of wetlands, tidal marshes, hiking and biking trails, and a canoe and kayak launch that leads to Wolf Bay at about one mile out, the Preserve offers plenty of outdoor activities for both owners and pets. Dogs are permitted on Graham Creek Nature Preserve as long as they are on a leash. With a vast variety of wildlife and fauna to admire, the area proves to be an interesting destination for curious pets who enjoy both the water and long walks.
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4. Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan is situated at Mobile Bay, which is an inlet at the Gulf of Mexico. The fort is listed as a National Historic Landmark as it played a prominent role during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. Fort Morgan’s beach area between the Engineer’s Wharf and fishing pier allow dogs if they are leashed. The pet-friendly beach starts after the fate and runs parallel to the main road. Be cautious of the permitted areas since the city will instate a fine for four-legged friends who wander off the authorized pet zones.