Dog-Friendly French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans is one of the most scenic and visited cities in the country. Prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 New Orleans had a population of 500,000. Now the Population is about 350,000. New Orleans is located between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. It is near the mouth of the Mississippi River and serves as a Gulf port city. The city's most visited area, the French Quarter was not affected much by the hurricane. Famous Royal and Bourbon Streets are located in the French Quarter and your dog is usually very welcome in this section of town. The waterfront, the Garden District and Downtown are also near the French Quarter and encompass the majority of tourist attractions in the city.
The Loews New Orleans Hotel is probably the most dog-friendly hotel in the City of New Orleans. Located at 300 Poydras Street, three blocks from the French Quarter and across from the Harrah's Casino this dog-friendly hotel offers a VIP Pet Program including room service, dog dishes, beds and treats. They also offer pet-sitting. Also very pet-friendly is the Sheraton New Orleans at 500 Canal Street and next to the French Quarter. The Hotel Monteleone at 214 Royal Street is in the heart of the French Quarter and fits in with the Quarter's architecture. For pet-friendly B&Bs try the Creole Gardens Guesthouse at 1415 Prytania Street and the Elysian Fields Inn at 930 Elysian Fields. If you are looking for an extended stay hotel for a long stay in a larger suite in New Orleans with your dog try the Residence Inn at 345 St. Joseph at the Convention Center. There are also a number of dog-friendly vacation home rentals in New Orleans.
There are a number of dog-friendly attractions in New Orleans. For a view of the city from the river take the Algiers Ferry which has been operating since the early 1800s. Leashed dogs can stay on the deck with you or in your vehicle. Once at Algiers Point you can walk the famous Jazz Walk of Fame. In the famed French Quarter you and your dog can take the mule and horse buggy rides that start at Jackson Square. You will receive a tour explaining key sites and historic information. Or take the Haunted History Tours or the Historic New Orleans Walking Tours. Most visitors will want to spend some time just walking the French Quarter and look for shops and cafes. People traveling with dogs are no exception. You may also want to walk the Garden District which offers large southern homes with trees and gardens throughout.
There are many dog-friendly restaurants in New Orleans. In the French Quarter the Cafe Amelie offers fabulous courtyard dining at 912 Royal Street. The patio at the Bulldog Pub at 3236 Magazine Street offers beer on tap and sidewalk and courtyard seating. There are also other dog-friendly Bulldog Pubs in the city. For a dog-friendly bar where dogs are allowed inside as well as at the outdoor seats there is Claire's Pour House at 233 Decatur Street. For seafood try Poppy's Crazy Lobster at the port. For other choices see DogFriendly.com's restaurant guide.
There are many places to walk your dog in New Orleans. In the French Quarter you can walk your leashed dog at Jackson Square. The waterfront has miles of sidewalks along the Mississippi that you can walk and enjoy scenic views of the city and river. For more hiking a bit out of town as well as dog-friendly camping try the St. Bernard State Park. Just downriver from New Orleans, the park of wetlands and woodlands has trails and several man made lagoons.
Near New Orleans you can also visit nearby Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State Capital.