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Plan a pet-friendly vacation in Valdosta


Friday, February 05, 2021


For many, pets are part of the family so it only makes sense to bring them along on your family vacation. When mapping out a fun-filled vacation for the family, don't let worries about your pet add unnecessary stress to your trip. From pet-friendly hotels to bark parks to Fido-friendly eateries, Valdosta has everything you need for a memorable and relaxing getaway.

Stay — pet-friendly accommodations

The first item to check off the vacation planning list is finding a place to stay where your four-legged family member(s) can come, too. With nearly 20 pet-friendly hotels and motels in Valdosta, there are plenty of options! The hardest part will be deciding which one to choose.

If luxurious amenities are what you’re looking for, top name-brand hotels you know and trust await. For budget-savvy travelers searching for the best value, Valdosta offers an array of great motel options.

If, however, you’ve got your heart set on a more rustic retreat with the family, explore Valdosta and Lowndes County’s campsites and RV parks.

Want some alone time with your sweetheart? Drop Fido off at LuLu’s Dog Boarding. LuLu’s offers daily and overnight boarding, three indoor, temperature-controlled boarding rooms and two private suites, security cameras and outdoor time 4-6 times a day in one of three fenced play areas.

River Park RV Park & Campground on St. Augustine Rd. is only 6 minutes from downtown Valdosta so you’re not far from the city’s top attractions and eateries. Choose from 55 paved pull-through sites with full electric, water and sewer hook-ups. When your furry family member needs to let loose, take a stroll over to the fenced-in Pooch Park.

Another primetime camping location is Valdosta Oaks RV Park. It’s fewer than 15 minutes from downtown, offering close convenience to your favorite #VeryValdosta hotspots. The pet-friendly park features 100 level pull-through sites, complete with electric, water and sewage hook-ups.

Just outside Valdosta in Hahira, a memorable getaway awaits at Cain’s Creekside RV Park. The pet-friendly RV resort is family-owned and operated and its remote location offers a quiet place for relaxing and making lifelong memories. While couples and groups enjoy extended stays at Cain’s, the park reserves 12 pull-through sites for visitors wanting a shorter stay.

In the beautiful, quaint town of Lake Park just minutes from Valdosta, families have their choice of two premier campgrounds - Lake Park and Eagle Roost.

Like the name suggests, Lake Park Campground features waterside campsites along the park’s catch-and-release lake. Bring the RV or pack a tent for a #SouthGeorgia camping experience at the park’s 140 paved sites. For water-filled fun, rent a paddleboat and enjoy time out on the water exploring the park’s lake. When Fido needs to stretch his legs, a spacious on-site dog park waits just for him or her.

Eagle Roost Resort features a number of large, paved pull-through sites with hook-ups. What sets this RV park apart, though, is its unique array of activities and amenities, including shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, a climate-controlled bathhouse and a playground. While there are no specific pet-designated areas, the park is pet-friendly and offers plenty of space for walking and spending time with your four-legged friend.

Play — pet-friendly attractions

Now that you’ve found a cozy place to rest your head, it’s time to discover Valdosta’s pet-friendly adventures.

Freedom Park is favored by locals and visitors for its range of activities and amenities, from well-maintained baseball/softball and soccer fields and a covered playground to a paved walking track and an 18-hole disc golf course. The 250-acre space has something for everyone, including Fido! One of the park’s newest and most popular features is the dog park, specially designed with separate sections for large and small breeds, as well as a large fenced-in run area in the back.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll with your furry buddy on the Azalea City Trail. The paved, urban trail runs more than 2.5 miles from the Vallotton Youth Complex to the Craig Center on West Gordon Street, taking visitors across tranquil streams and through serene woodlands. The trailhead is well-marked by signs and a detailed map of the route.

For a more rigorous adventure in a more remote location, head to Grassy Pond Recreation Area and take on the 2.6-mile, out-and-back Nature Trail. Along the way, stop to take in the scenic views of the beautiful lake on the property.

Take Fido for a refreshing swim as you cast a line in one of the ponds found at Chitty Park, Payton Park and Oris Blackburn Memorial Park, each known for great fishing and lush acres primed for recreation.

Eat — pet-friendly restaurants

When your crew wears out from all the #VeryValdosta fun, refuel with some of the best cuisine the area has to offer at one of a dozen pet-friendly eateries in Valdosta.

If seafood is what you’re craving, The Salty Snapper has 12 dog-friendly tables for families with dogs under 50 pounds and Bubba Jax Crab Shack features more than a half dozen outdoor tables where your furry friend can join in the fun, too.

Valdosta’s charming downtown features a few pet-friendly restaurants that are known for creatively delicious cuisine and fun atmospheres. Steel Magnolias, a local hotspot specializing in urban Southern dishes, offers sidewalk dining for families and their pets. They even bake and sell their own dog biscuits! Another fantastic downtown dining spot where you can bring Fido is 306 North, a quaint eatery serving up fresh Southern dishes with a twist.

If it’s lip-smacking BBQ you’re after, there’s no shortage of saucy BBQ joints in Valdosta. Two in particular, though - Woodstack BBQ Tavern and Smok’n Pig BBQ - have outdoor seating so your four-legged friend won’t be left out.

Of course, there are faster options, too! Some of the fast-food brands you know and love are right here in Valdosta and offer pet-friendly dining accommodations, including Jersey Mike’s Subs and Mellow Mushroom.

 

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