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9 Feb

Things to Do in South Walton with Dogs

Traveling with your pooch was never more fun!

Vacations aren’t just for the two-legged kind anymore. In fact, over 50% of travelers bring their dogs along for the ride. Let’s be honest – how could anyone resist those puppy dog eyes as you head out the door? Furthermore, with more pet-friendly hotels on the rise, such as the Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, there’s no reason to resist. South Walton is one of the – if not the best – places to vacation with man’s best friend.

Take a stroll along 30A and through the many quaint, seaside towns, and you’ll find that a number of the restaurants and shops are becoming more pet-friendly as dogs and their owners sip, shop, and dine together. Even Grayton Beach’s unofficial slogan reflects this atmosphere – “Nice Dogs, Strange People.” In fact, it can be seen in the mural “The New Dogs of Grayton” located at The Shops of Grayton.

Don’t leave your pooch behind on your next vacation! Check out some of our favorite things to do with dogs in South Walton!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Leave the kibble at home and take your dog out to dinner at one of these many popular dog-friendly restaurants in South Walton.

Pet Friendly Local Companies and Non-Profits

Bow Wow Meow Pet Company

Bow Wow Meow Pet Company is a holistic, eco-friendly, and unique pet store that caters to all dog and cat lovers alike. Bow Wow Meow provides a variety of healthy and organic food and pet gear. They also have two private self-washing rooms and a Dog Bakery. Moreover, they were voted Best Pet Care Shop for Best of the Emerald Coast!

What’s Up Dog Training, Boarding, & Supplies

Voted Best in Destin for 2018, What’s Up Dog is located in Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. They cater to the total dog with training, boarding, and supplies. In particular, What’s Up Dog is home to the area’s largest doggie daycare with indoor and outdoor play areas and the area’s largest training facility.

Furry Fanatics 

Furry Fanatics is located in Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Furry Fanatics is an affordable pet supply company offering a complete and unique selection of all natural pet foods and treats, plus a wide range of supplies and novelties. They are passionate about providing all-natural dog and cat food, treats, supplies, and pet services including a cage-free grooming experience.


Dog-Harmony is a local, non-profit organization. Their mission is to create lifelong adoptions by providing personalized and ongoing education, training, and support for people and dogs. Ultimately, they work to train not only the dogs but the public and pet parents, too. They give individualized attention before, during, and after the adoption to make sure the new dog owners have all the right tools to build a life together. Dog-Harmony also offers low-cost or free programs including humane education, microchipping, spay/neutering, adoption, and prong collar alternatives.

Excitingly, Dog-Harmony has partnered with Grand Boulevard for a number of events for you and your four-legged friend throughout the year. Check out their upcoming events and add it to your things to do with your pooch in South Walton!

Dog HarmonyCorks for Canines at Cantina Laredo
March 1, 2018 – 5pm to 7pm
Join Dog-Harmony for a cork pull and silent auction where you will go home with a bottle of wine valued between $25 and $300.

Eggstravaganza at Grand Boulevard
March 29, 2018 – 5pm to 7pm
Join Dog-Harmony at Grand Boulevard’s Grand Park for a dog social and egg hunt. The dog social is free. For just $10, you and your furry friend will receive your own basket and be able to participate in the egg hunt.

For more information about Dog-Harmony events coming to Grand Boulevard, visit their website.

Pet-Friendly Outdoor Venues

Village of Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, located in Sandestin, is a pet-friendly venue that offers numerous pet-oriented activities and events throughout the year. Actually, one of their most popular is the upcoming Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade. The Village of Baytowne Wharf also offers many shops, restaurants, and activities for the entire family – including your four-legged friend.

Coastal Dune Lakes

Walton County is home to 15 named coastal dune lakes along the Gulf of Mexico. These lakes are the perfect venue to take your furry friend paddle boarding or canoeing. Our favorites are Western, Eastern, Deer, Camp Creek, and Powell.

Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park

South Walton Dog Parks

Walton County’s largest secured, off-leash dog park featuring separate areas for large and small dogs. Alaqua Unleashed was opened in 2011 by Alaqua Animal Refuge. Their hope is to provide a safe place for dogs in our community to run, play, and get the exercise they need. For more information about Alaqua Unleashed and their future plans, visit their website.

Howard Hospitality is a proud supporter of Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Pet-Friendly State Forests and Parks
Point Washington State Forest
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Grayton Beach State Park


Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Now that you have your itinerary made for you and your pup, it’s time to make your reservations at the top-ranked pet-friendly hotel in our area – Residence by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Whether you’re in the South Walton area for a night, a week, or an extended stay, Residence Inn will make you feel at home, with exceptional, personalized service and thoughtful amenities. Relax in our spacious suites, which offer fully-equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Stay connected here in South Walton with free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest on your pillowtop mattress.

Additional perks for your extended stay include a sports court, a reading library, an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a barbecue and picnic area. Start your day with a free breakfast before getting to work or exploring the sandy beaches, walking trails, state parks and championship golf courses and tennis courts that surround the hotel. It’s all waiting for you and your furry friend – who may even win our Pet of the Month Contest – at the Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard