Four-Legged Friends Welcome
With five state parks, dozens of natural areas and county parks, and water access at every turn, Door County is a paradise for those traveling with pets.
Bringing pets may require some extra planning, but it’s worth it for the family memories of a road trip with Fido you’ll cherish. Use our guide to pet-friendly lodging in Door County and pet-friendly dining to get started, and check out the tips from our Weekend with Your Dog itinerary or Pet-friendly Insider blog for more great ideas and experiences for you and your pup!
What to know about bringing your dog to Door County
For your best dog-friendly vacation in Door County, take the time to plan ahead. You’ll find resources for everything from dog-friendly restaurants to tips for the best hikes to bring your dog to. Use the resources here to keep you and your dog happy.
- Dogs are welcome in Door County, but don’t expect to be able to take them everywhere. Dogs are not allowed at many beaches due to safety and health concerns. However, your pup can take a dip at many other specific dog-friendly beaches, boat launches, and marinas. Check the status of beaches before you go.
- Keep her leashed. On the trails at state parks, sidewalks, and almost anywhere in the county, dogs are welcome, but keep them on a leash.
- When a restaurant won’t let your dog inside, they’re not being unfriendly. By state law, dogs are not allowing in dining establishments in Door County. However, they are allowed in outdoor dining areas at restaurants with an approved variance.
- Be safe. When you’re walking your dog on the county’s rural roads, be aware that speed limits are often 45 or 55 mph. Wear bright clothing, walk or run against traffic, and step off the road when cars approach on narrow roads. Get more safety tips here>>
- Many towns and villages have their own dog parks. Take your family pet to the one nearest you to meet other pups and get unfettered exercise.
4 Things to do With Your Dog in Door County
- Hit the trail. Door County’s five state parks include dozens of miles of beautiful hiking trails for people and dogs of all fitness levels. Check out this guide to get your start.
- Dive in. Yes, some beaches are off limits for dogs, but there are plenty of spots for Fido to cool off in Lake Michigan, Green Bay, or an inland lake.
- Sail away! Or kayak, paddleboard, or pontoon. If your dog is a mariner, there are dozens of great boat and watercraft rental specialists to make your pet part of your on the water experience.
- Unleash. Take your dog to one of the many new dog parks that dot Door County to let her run free and meet other dogs.