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Top 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Alabama: Off & On-Leash Places (2024 Guide)

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on April 11, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Top 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Alabama: Off & On-Leash Places (2024 Guide)

Taking your dog on vacation with you is preferable to leaving them behind at a kennel or with a sitter, but not every vacation location is dog-friendly. If you’re in Alabama, though, and you’re planning a trip to the Gulf Coast or surrounding areas, then you’re in luck! Alabama has several dog-friendly beaches you and your favorite furry pal can visit.

Take a look below at the top seven dog-friendly beaches in Alabama, and see where your next vacation will take you!

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The 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Alabama

1. Dauphin Island Public Beach

️ Address: 1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Open Times: Year-round
Cost: $10 parking fee
Off-Leash: No

  • Less crowded than other Alabama beaches
  • Can be accessed by road (2-hour drive from the mainland) or ferry (leashed, well-behaved dogs allowed)
  • Dogs are not allowed on the West End
  • Dogs are not allowed off-leash due to island-wide leash law
  • Walk is long from the parking lot to the beach

2. Graham Creek Nature Preserve

️ Address: 23030 Wolf Bay Dr, Foley, AL 36535
Open Times: Preserve open 7 days a week from dusk till dawn; nature center open 10 AM–4 PM M–F, 10 AM–2 PM Saturday, closed Sunday
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: No

  • Hiking trails will take you to a dog-friendly beach
  • Also, a creek for you and your pups to enjoy
  • Can also spend time on the boardwalks, at disc golf, and at a kayak launch
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times

3. Mayday Park

️ Address: 100 College Avenue, Daphne, AL
Open Times: Open dawn till dusk
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: No

  • Offers bayfront and beach access
  • Has a boardwalk/pier
  • Can boat with your dog in kayaks or canoes
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Keep an eye out for snakes and alligators

4. Orange Beach Waterfront Park

️ Address: 26425 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Open Times: 8 AM–6 PM Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: No

  • Beach on Wolf Bay, not Gulf
  • Has a pier (though currently closed for hurricane damage)
  • Enjoy picnicking and kids’ park
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • More dogs around after sunset hours, so you may want to go early in the day

5. Pirate’s Cove Marina

️ Address: 6664 Co Rd 95, Elberta, AL 36530
Open Times: 8 AM–9 PM Monday–Thursday, 8 AM–10 PM Friday and Sunday, 8 AM–11 PM Saturday
Cost: Varies, depending on the food you get
Off-Leash: No

  • On the north shore of Arnica Bay
  • Public boat launch for boating with your pup
  • A restaurant is one of the main features of Pirate’s Cove
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Extremely dog-friendly area

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Dog-Friendly Beaches in Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores is one of the best places to hit the beach in Alabama. Unfortunately, though, they only have a couple of dog-friendly beach areas you can visit.

6. The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby (Gulf State Park)

️ Address: 20115 State Park Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Open Times: 8 AM to sunset
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: Only on beach

  • Inside Gulf State Park, so you can also go hiking
  • Dogs must be leashed in park but can be off-leash on beach
  • Dog food isn’t allowed, but treats are
  • Agility course area
  • Picnic area for the humans

7. Fort Morgan Historic Site Bayside Beach

️ Address: 51 AL- 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Open Times: Fort is 8 AM–4:30 PM; beach is always open
Cost: Fort is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6–12 and seniors, children under 6 free; beach is free
Off-Leash: No

  • Public beach, plus historical fort located 22 miles outside Gulf Shores
  • Dogs can visit the beach and the fort (but not the museum)
  • Dogs must stay between Fisherman’s Wharf and the old Fort Morgan Pier while on the beach due to a nearby Federal Wildlife area
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times

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As you can see, Alabama is home to quite a few dog-friendly beaches (or beach-adjacent areas)! Whether you want to spend a day or two on the sandy shores of Dauphin Island or vary between nature trails and swimming in the water, you can find a bit of everything. So, next time you’re planning to take a beach vacation, look at Gulf Shores and the surrounding areas to find a dog-friendly location that will allow you to bring your furry friend along.

Featured Image Credit: LyAn Voyages, Unsplash

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