Pet-Friendly Atlanta: Exploring the City with Your Four-Legged Best Friend

Since time immemorial, humans and animals have always had a relationship. How else did the old saying that “dog is a man’s best friend” come to be? Throughout history, legendary stories narrate the growing relationships between humans and their four-legged friends.

It’s no surprise that many of us feel as though our pets are part of the family. For a lot of us, taking a family vacation isn’t nearly as much fun as it could be if we couldn’t share it with our favorite furry friends. While camping and outdoor adventures have long been the common vacation options when traveling with a pet, pet-friendly hotels in Atlanta are making it easier than ever to bring your favorite four-legged friend along for the ride. With no lack of pet-friendly attractions and eateries, it’s no wonder more and more people are bringing their pets along on their Atlanta vacation. Here are just some of our favorite pet-friendly places throughout the city.

Piedmont Dog Park

Located along the Park Drive Bridge, the Piedmont Dog Park is probably the most pet-friendly park for your dog. Featuring three full acres for your dog to run around and explore, the Piedmont Dog Park is every dog’s sanctuary. Unlike other pet-friendly parks in the area that require leashes, your dog is free to roam where they please through trails, tunnels and beautiful landscaping. The park has two separate areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. If you visit during the first weekend of October, your pup may even be able to take a dip in the Piedmont Park pool as a part of Splish Splash Doggie Bash.

Centennial Olympic Park

Featuring over 21 acres to roam, Centennial Olympic Park is one of the best places to bring your pet while staying at a hotel in downtown Atlanta. Being so close to all downtown hotels, your pet will love cooling off in the computer-controlled fountain of rings, the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park.


At ParkGrounds, the staff often has to stop and ask itself who was man’s best friend first – dogs or coffee? That’s because this Atlanta staple is part coffee shop and part dog park. With plenty of room for your dog to run around, you may want to order a second pour of coffee to extend your stay.

Kennesaw Mountain Park

If you love nature walks, then the Kennesaw Mountain Park is the ideal place for you and your pet. The park has a lot to offer, covering over 2,900 acres consisting of numerous nature trails and memorial monuments. The Kennesaw Mountain Park was one of the 1864 Civil War battlefields. It consists of several memorial attractions for you and your dog to explore. When it comes to cleanliness of the park, the park provides “Mutt Mits” to help you clean up after your dog.

Bark in the Park

What better way to spend time with your dog than taking in America’s favorite past time and watching the Atlanta Braves in action during their annual ‘Bark in the Park’ days. On select home games throughout the season, the Braves open up their ballpark to pups big and small.

Catch the Pet Parade at Brookhaven Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Take part in an Atlanta area tradition and dress your pet in its finest costume for your chance at a variety of prizes during this year’s Pet Costume Parade at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. All weekend long demonstrations, animal education and pet themed talent shows permeate throughout the park. Pets and their owners can parade for free during the festival’s last day, dressing up for their chance at exciting prizes.


Take part in a pet party unlike any other with free admission to WoofStock. Open to pets of all shapes, sizes and species, WoofStock features live music, animal demonstrations, inflatables, food, beer and hours of fun for the entire family.

In between all the inner city exploring you and your pet will pursue, you’ll need a place to relax and unwind. Stay at a hotel where pets are pampered just as much as their owners by booking accommodations at one of the most pet-friendly hotels in downtown Atlanta, the Ellis Hotel. Our boutique, pet-friendly accommodations provide your pet with the VIP (very important pet) treatment from the moment they set paw in our lobby. We’ll provide you and your pup with everything you need on arrival. If you forgot your food or water bowl, no problem! Just ask one of our staff members and we will happily provide one for you. Plus, our friendly staff can help point you in the direction of some of the city’s most pet-friendly attractions, activities and events to check out during your stay. Don’t leave one of the most important members of your family behind on your next vacation. Book your stay at the finest pet-friendly hotel in Atlanta by choosing the Ellis Hotel.

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