Calling all ATL pups: When your family gets some time away from the hustle of human life, take them out for a special day trip. You may be on the leash, but by bringing the people in your life to these pet-friendly places, you’ll be leading the way.
Taj Ma-Hound is a bakery in Oakhurst Village designed just for pups. Not only does Taj Ma-Hound serve unique, customizable treats made in-house for your dog, but you can pick up a new leash or collar to really treat your pup like royalty. Keep your eye out for specials such as free ice cream. Bonus points for bowls of water available to pups walking the village.
Fetch Park and Ice House
Fetch is the epitome of fun with your best friend and one of the latest innovations in beating the dog days of summer. Sign up for a membership to the outdoor bar and dog park so you can meet plenty of furry friends while sipping beer, wine or a cocktail with fellow dog lovers. Make sure to bring your pet paperwork to prove your pup is safe to play on the first visit, and feel comfortable with new doggos knowing that Bark Rangers are on-duty, protecting you, your family and your fun.
Freedom Barkway is a dog park connected to both Atlanta’s BeltLine and Freedom Parkway trail, giving you plenty of places to roam after your time at the park. Feel totally at ease as you play, knowing the park is safely sealed off from traffic, and there are separate play stations for big and little dogs. Top it all off with outdoor seating for your family and plenty of beautiful trees for a perfect Atlantan outing.
Want to take your family and friends out to celebrate? Grab a Puppuccino (and a few drinks for the humans, of course) from any Starbucks near you. The free, espresso-shotsized cup of whipped cream is on the secret menu, so you’ll impress your peer pups with your insider trade secrets.
ParkGrounds Coffee House
If you’re looking for a more hefty snack or coffee experience unique to Atlanta, head to ParkGrounds Coffee House. Located on Flat Shoals Avenue, the coffee shop features housemade coffee and food, a new, vibrant mural, and a dog park. While your people wait for their food, they can hang out on the patio, all the while watching you show off in the park and maximizine their puppy time.
Splish Splash Doggie Bash
The Splish Splash Doggie Bash at the Piedmont Park pool is the ultimate event for Atlanta dogs. Just before the pool closes for the winter, pups are invited for a pool party to jump in the pool, treat their humans to a snack or a drink, and dance their hearts out to the DJ’s beats. All this excitement financially supports the park and dogs, with revenue from the concessions put towards the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Win-win!
Barking Hound Village
On the rare occasions where the humans and pups can’t travel together, it might take a village – Barking Hound Village. Offering boarding, daycare and grooming, The Village offers lodging that caters to the pup that needs space as well as the social canine. Swimming pools, tented play areas and even playgrounds are on tap for the guests. And humans can interact by chatting with their pet from anywhere.
Atlanta BeltLine Trails
The paved footpaths connecting all the hippest part of Atlanta, make Atlanta BeltLine trails a choice spot for walks. Even better, the BeltLine has something for everyone. Scattered along the path are skate parks for skater pups, locally-sourced art (including murals, pianos and sculptures) for artistic animals, and plenty of room to run for the most athletic pairs. Because it’s such a prime spot for a day out, you’ll meet dozens of other local pups on your trip. Pup parents can opt to stop by Ponce City Market for a bite to eat without an extra trip home – Barking Hound Village has a dog valet. Your fuzzy friend will be munching on treats in a luxury dog suite before heading back out.
Atlanta Dog Spa
The height of puppy luxury, Atlanta Dog Spa in West Midtown is ready to spoil your furry friend for a special occasion or just a day of relaxation. Celebrating more than dog years, the spa offers birthday parties for up to ten of your closest pup friends (and their humans). Enjoy a healthy, dog-friendly cake in a private yard, be surrounded by thoughtful decorations, and check out photos from your personal photographer. No matter what doggie-care you need, Atlanta Dog Spa has your back.
Staycation at Artmore Hotel
Take a staycation at the Artmore Hotel, where dogs are family too. While humans get to enjoy the luxuries and quirkiness of the Artmore Hotel, the Barkmore Package gifts the furry friend a dog bowl, pillow, treats and a toy.
Morningside Nature Preserve
Known among locals as “Dog Beach,” Morningside Nature Preserve is full of luscious forest, foot trails and 30 acres of outdoor exploration. A day of hiking, jogging or swimming in the sun can be found in this urban secret garden. Not enough adventure to satisfy you? Try going across the rope bridge. All in all, Morningside promises a thrilling day of outdoor excitement.