All paws aboard! Canine cruises to bark about

All Paws Aboard! Canine Cruises To Bark About

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Make plans to emBARK on a canine cruise with your pooch!  You’ll find that many cruise tours and ferry boat rides across the U.S. happily welcome your furkid.  What could be more fun than a day spent on the high seas with your furry sidekick along for the “sail”?  And, to make it easy, we’ve uncovered some of the best pet-friendly options.  Ships ahoy!

1. St. Augustine Scenic Cruise in St. Augustine, FL

If you live in the beautifully historic city of St. Augustine, or you’re taking a trip to this charming coastal spot, you’ll want to explore all that it has to offer by land – and by sea!  Take a little extra time (only 1 hour and 15 minutes) to treat yourself and your pup to a St. Augustine Scenic Cruise.  This genuinely authentic boat tour offers a chance to get up close and personal to St. Augustine’s rich history and charm.  Best of all, your pooch will be cruising along right beside you!

2. Casco Bay Lines in Portland, ME

Casco Bay Lines offers you and your pup an easy, safe, and exciting opportunity to visit the enchanting islands off of southern Maine’s coast.  So, whether you’re visiting for a day, a week, or even longer, you’ll want to be sure to fit in one of Portland’s scenic or music cruises during your trip.  Also, while Casco Bay Lines cruises you and your pup around the area, you’re welcome to take an island excursion and check out one of their dog-friendly beaches or al fresco cafes.

3. Dells Boat Tours in Wisconsin Dells, WI

The majestic beauty and mystery surrounding Wisconsin Dells often leave visitors with a sense of wonder and admiration.  Now, just imagine cruising by boat to explore all of the area’s natural sights, like the soaring cliffs and awesome rock sculptures.  Beyond these seaside wonders, Dells Boat Tours also offers two land stops.  These give you and your furkid the chance to explore secret passageways and behold well-known landmarks like Stand Rock, which is home to the world’s famous dog leap!

4. Vagabond Cruise in Hilton Head Island, SC

The main goal of Hilton Head Island’s Vagabond Cruise is to share the beauty of the island while offering memories that will last a lifetime.  With its convenient and scenic location, docked near the famous Lighthouse in Harbour Town Yacht Basin, people and pooches can explore Hilton Head Island while taking in all the sights, sounds, and of course sniffs, of the area’s waters.  

Whether you’re emBARKing on one of the Vagabond Cruise sunset sails, dinner cruises, or shrimp trawls, you and your pup will be delighted to experience all of the island’s iconic beauty.  And, it’s best to be sure your pup is safely secured, as jumping wild dolphins and swooping osprey are common occurrences during your trip! 

5. Mercury Canine Cruises in Chicago, IL

It’s likely that if Chicago is one of your favorite places, it’s going to be one of your pooch’s favorites, too.  There are so many great dog-friendly things to do here, especially the Chicago River cruise offered by Mercury Canine Cruises.  This 90-minute tour meanders through the downtown waterway of the windy city, and lets you take a peek at the top historical landmarks on the river – notably the House of Blues and the Riverwalk.  Your pup will enjoy the views as he watches from his own seat, or lays out in the sun on the ship’s deck.

6. Bavarian Belle Riverboat in Frankenmuth, MI

The history and scenic beauty surrounding Frankenmuth make it a fascinating place to visit, especially by boat.  Located near Saginaw, you’ll experience Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” on a one-hour tour around this remarkably German-influenced town, complete with all of its noteworthy landmarks.

The Bavarian Belle Riverboat tour is truly a treat for people and their pups!  It takes you on an exciting excursion down the Cass River, all in an authentic Stern Driven Paddlewheel.  For added comfort and enjoyment, the boat provides a canopy covering the upper deck along with a fully-enclosed lower deck.

7. Seattle Water Tours in Seattle, WA

At the top of the hour, every hour, there’s a 45-minute cruise around the Seattle area’s Lake Union, and it’s such a (sweet) treat!  The Seattle Water Tours Ice Cream Cruise lets you and your furry sidekick take in all the views while learning about this Seattle waterway’s interesting historical facts.  The uniquely narrated tour focuses on the area’s century-old working shipyard, the busiest drawbridge in the world, Boeing’s birthplace – and the list goes on.  It’s a fun, casual, and of course dog-friendly cruise where the ice cream is optional, but definitely an added bonus!

8. Potomac Riverboat Company Canine Cruises in Alexandria, VA

This 45-minute dog-friendly cruise around Alexandria’s splendid seaport is a favorite among the locals, and visitors alike!  People and their pooches can explore the exciting history found in Alexandria, while cruising around the beautifully charming waterways.  Potomac Riverboat Company Canine Cruises has a crew that loves to meet and greet out-of-town pups, and not only do they welcome their four-legged passengers, they let them ride for free!

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