Four-Legged Friends Welcome
Plan Your Dog-Friendly Wisconsin Vacation
With five state parks, dozens of natural areas and greenspaces, water access at every turn, and plenty of dog-friendly accommodations, Door County is a paradise for visitors traveling with pets. Bringing pets may require some extra planning, but it’s worth it for the memories of a road trip spent with your favorite animal friend.
5 Things to Know About Bringing Your Dog to Door County
For your best dog-friendly vacation in Door County, take the time to plan ahead and learn about the best ways for bonding with your pet. Here are five guidelines for bringing your pup to the peninsula or Washington Island.
- 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, but your pup can take a dip at many other specific dog-friendly beaches, boat launches, and marinas. Do your research to find out how dog-friendly your preferred beach is before heading out.
- Keep pets on leashes. On the trails at state parks, sidewalks, and almost anywhere in the county, dogs are welcome, but keep them on a leash. It’s common courtesy to your fellow humans, but it’s also a good rule to follow to keep your dog safe and sound.
- When a restaurant won’t let your dog inside, they’re not being unfriendly. According to state law, dogs are not allowed in dining establishments in Door County. However, with the proper variance from the state, they are allowed on many restaurant patios. Find dog-friendly restaurant patios here.
- Exercise caution during walks. When walking your dog on the county’s rural roads, be aware that speed limits are often 45–55mph. Wear bright clothing, walk or run against traffic, and step off the road when cars approach on narrow roads. Get more dog-walking safety tips here.
- Many towns and villages have their own dog parks. Take your family pet to the dog park nearest you to let loose, meet other pups, run laps, and chase endless tennis balls.
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.
Safe & Secure Dogsitters
Many recreational spaces are off-limits for dogs, but there are options to keep your pets safe while you continue exploring the county's beaches or other dog-free spaces. Don't forget to research local petsitters that are able to take in cats and other small pets as well.
…or kayak, paddleboard, or pontoon away! 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. Call ahead to make sure your charter, tour, or boat rental is safe for dogs.