Including your pet when you travel to new places makes the trip more fun. But to really experience some destinations, you need to get out on the water. From whale watching to island hopping to sunset cruises, some trips wouldn’t be complete without setting sail. To make sure you can bring Fido and not miss a thing, we’ve gathered information on pet friendly boat tours across the country!
Tips for Taking Your Pets on Boats
While many ferries, charter cruises, and boat tours are pet friendly, some are not. And businesses change their policies without notice — so always verify the pet policy when making your reservation.
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Pets should wear a life jacket when riding sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. When on larger vessels, like ferries, you might not feel it’s necessary for your pet to wear his life jacket, but at least have one with you in case of emergency.
On most pet friendly boat tours, four-legged passengers need to be on the outside decks, and that’s where you’ll want to be, too! Before booking your trip, check the weather to be sure you’ll be comfortable. If the forecast calls for sun, remember that metal decking can get hot. Pack your pup’s protective boots so he doesn’t burn his paws.
Of course, you’ll always want to bring plenty of drinking water and a bowl for your pet. Being on the water is thirsty business!
Pet Friendly Boat Tours in the United States
From Alaska to Florida and Maine to California, pet friendly boat tours are popular across the United States. We hope this list makes it easy for you and your pet to share this experience.
24231 Gulf Bay Road, Orange Beach, AL
Book a private charter for 6 or fewer with this experienced captain. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you on charters only.
4350 Homer Spit Road, Homer, AK
This company offers water taxi services from Homer to trail heads and cabins in Kachemak Bay State Park on the south side of the bay. They do not have set schedules or specific routes; they will take you where you want to go. Well-behaved, leashed pets are allowed on the water taxi, but not on the tours offered by this company.
4350 Homer Spit Road, Homer, AK
This water taxi and touring company welcomes well-behaved, leashed pets aboard their boats. They have several boat tours to choose from, in addition, they provide kayak tours and rentals.
1820 Beach Drive, Seward, AK
Email: [email protected]
This water taxi and touring company welcomes well-behaved, leashed pets aboard their heated boats. They have several boat tours to choose from, in addition, they provide kayak tours and rentals.
1300 4th Avenue, Seward, AK
Email: [email protected]
This tour and water taxi company offers trips aboard their heated boat to locations throughout Resurrection Bay, Day Harbor and the magnificent Bear Glacier. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard. The price for their spot is according to size.
5200 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
Take a narrated cruise on Lake Hamilton aboard this 250-passenger riverboat. Well-behaved, leashed pets are allowed on the outside deck only.
600 Edgewater Place, Balboa, CA
Take the Newport Harbor, Sea Lion, Celebrity Homes or a whale watching tour. The narrated tours depart on the hour from the cruise docks. Polite dogs are welcome on board as long as they don’t bother other customers.
3310 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA
Email: [email protected]
San Francisco bay boat charters welcome well-behaved dogs. For safety and sanity purposes, the limit is two dogs. We strongly recommend that you bring life vests for your dogs. Sorry, no other animals are allowed without prior agreement. If you plan to bring your dogs, please let us know when making your reservation.
32260 N Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA
Well-behaved, leashed dogs under 50 pounds are allowed on boat charter trips if trip is not too crowded. Call for more information.
78 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA
Monterey Bay Sailing offers bareboat rentals, sailing lessons, and cruises. Exploring the Monterey Bay via watercraft is hands down the best way to experience the incredible bio diversity of the region. Spot grey, blue, and humpback whales, sea otters, dolphins, sea lions and more as you sail the day away with you pooch. Dogs are welcome at no additional charge on private charters only.
84 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA
Book a whale-watching cruise year-round! Reservations are required and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you.
302 Dock Street, Cedar Key, FL
Polite pets are welcome to join their people on the Princess Anne.
65 NW 1st Ave #2, Crystal River, FL
Polite pets are allowed on tours.
Fernandina Harbor Marina, 1 N Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL
Take a tour of the beautiful Amelia River and Cumberland Sound. You’ll see salt marshes, wilderness beaches, wildlife and the wild horses on Cumberland Island. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard.
Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Offering private tours for up to six people. Dogs are welcome on board with permission of the captain.
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77522 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
Pets are welcome on board. They must be leashed at the marina but are free to be loose on the boat with their owner’s supervision.
2072 Harbor Lane, Naples, FL
Custom-tailored excursions for up to 6 people. Polite pets are welcome to join you.
11 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL
Enjoy a narrated, one hour and fifteen minute cruise of the St. Augustine area. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you.
801 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL
From their website: “Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour sunset cruise sightseeing through residential waterways and the pristine barrier islands south of Pass-A-Grille with your canine companion. Call for dates, reservations required – Dog treats included *All dogs must be vaccinated for rabies, bordatella, distemper/parvo. Dogs Ride FREE (1 per Adult)* $25.00 for well-behaved, leashed Adults $12.50 for muzzled Children 12 and under (plus sales tax)”
6000 Peninsular Avenue, Stock Island, FL
Dogs are welcome on 3 and 4 hour private tours. They will provide water, treats, and a life jacket for your pup. Pets are not permitted on public tours.
115 S Second Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Pets must be leashed or in a carrier and must meet the Captain prior to embarking to ensure they’re friendly. Pets must stay in the outside areas (upper deck, or covered lower deck) and are only allowed on the daily tours, not brunch and dinner cruises.
Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Enjoy a canine river and lakefront cruise featuring dog parks, fire hydrants and dog-friendly establishments. Dogs must be leashed. A newspaper-lined restroom and water bowls will be provided. Canine cruises are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
Take a narrated architectural cruise on the lake and river, viewing and getting descriptions of Chicago’s best known buildings. The tour is 75 minutes long and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome aboard as long as the tour is not full.
600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
The water taxis runs approximately every 20 minutes and connects Navy Pier, Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum), Union Station/Sears Tower and Michigan Avenue. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard water taxis and sightseeing tours.
2 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL
Located at Pottawatomie Park, enjoy a cruise of the scenic Fox River. Afternoon trips are four miles long and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
64 Front Street, Bangor, ME
From their website: “Pets are welcome on our Windjammer and Ferry cruises providing they are on a leash.
For the Chrissy, it is a the captain’s decision based on size of the dog and how many passengers are booked on your trip. This is due to the smaller size of the vessel.
We don’t recommend dogs on our fishing trips because of the longer duration of the trip and for their safety. It would be terrible if they caught a hook! We ask that you consider these things before bringing your dog along.”
119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME
From their website: “Two hour sightseeing / nature cruise aboard the Acadian. See summer mansions, Egg Rock Lighthouse, seals, harbor porpoise, eagles, osprey, other wildlife plus lots of Acadia National Park! Trips leave up to 4 times daily, depending on the season. The Acadian is Pet Friendly to Friendly Pets! Reservations recommended.”
62 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME
This charter company offers a variety of boating options including a nature cruise to the Puffin Colony on Eastern Egg Rock, whale and seal watching trips, a trip to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, a cruise up the Kennebec River, and a cruise to Damariscove Harbor on the Outer Islands, among others. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard and pay a reduced adult fare.
Bay View Landing Wharf, Camden, ME
Go lobster fishing or take an ecotour to view the spectacular wildlife, including seals, osprey, bald eagles, and dolphins. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard.
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132 State Road 32, New Harbor, ME
Take a day trip to Monhegan Island, or enjoy a Puffin tour, a seal watching tour, a lighthouse cruise or a fall coastal cruise to enjoy the beautiful foliage. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard. Reservations are suggested.
From their website: “Yes, for a $5 fee, you may bring your dog on the boat, but please have them leashed or kenneled. Dogs are allowed on the island, however, island residents would prefer you leave your pet at home. You must pick up after your dog.”
Harbor Drive, Northeast Harbor, ME
This passenger ferry service operates between Northeast Harbor and Great Cranberry Island, Little Cranberry Island, and Sutton Island (upon request). Boats are also available for off-shore excursions, picnics, wildlife viewing and other private charters. Well-behaved pets are welcome aboard.
70 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, ME
In operation from May 1st through mid-October, Finestkinds Scenic Cruises welcomes well-behaved pets on the breakfast cruise, Nubble lighthouse cruise, lobstering trips, and cocktail cruises. If someone is allergic or afraid of pets you may be denied passage so please call ahead!
Town Marina, Southwest Harbor, ME
Explore the incredible scenery of Acadia National Park, Somes Sounds, Bear Island Lighthouse, and Little Cranberry Island on a morning, afternoon, or sunset cruise with Sea Princess Nature Cruises. Take advantage of the unique perspective that water travel offers for wildlife viewing.
From the website: “Small friendly lap dogs are allowed if they remain leashed.”
Dock Street, Annapolis, MD
This tour company offers narrated walking and boating tours of the Annapolis area. They operate the local water taxi service as well. Boats are also available for charter. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome on the tours.
555 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
From their website: “Cruises are pet-friendly as long as Fido is friendly and on leash.”
1001 W Main Street, Crisfield, MD
Cruise to Tangier Island, VA aboard the 90-foot Steven Thomas where you can browse the quaint, narrow streets designed for walking or cycling, mingle with the natives, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this one by three mile island. This company also offers private charters. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to accompany you.
213 N Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD
“We welcome well-behaved dogs on most cruises but will limit the number of dogs per cruise. Please call the office or stop by the ticket booth to purchase your tickets for a cruise that has availability for man’s best friend.”
Chicken Point Road, Tilghman, MD
From their website: Your well-behaved, leashed pet is welcome to accompany you on a private charter. This company offers crabbing charters, sunset cruises, ecotours, a dinner on the water cruise, or will design a cruise specifically for you.
200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Travel by ferry between Boston and Provincetown in just 90 minutes. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard.
1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA
Enjoy the 90-minute ferry ride from Boston to Provincetown in just 90 minutes. The on-board concierge will be able to assist you with information on area restaurants, points of interest and hotel accommodations. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard. NOTE: Pets are not allowed on sightseeing tours offered by this company.
415 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Enjoy a spectacular whale watching cruise! Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard when the tours are not full.
Harwich Port Terminal, Harwich Port, MA
From their website: “Pets are allowed on board, but not in the main salon. There is no fee, however, they must be properly leashed.”
220 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA
Take the one-hour ferry ride between Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard, but must be kept off the furniture.
1 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA
Take the one-hour ferry ride between Nantucket and Hyannis. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome aboard, but must be kept off the furniture.
1 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA
Take the one-hour ferry ride between Martha’s Vineyard and Hyannis. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome aboard, but must be kept off the furniture.
184 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA
Take a two or three-hour, narrated sightseeing cruise through Cape Cod Canal. Your well-behaved, leashed pet is welcome to enjoy the trip with you.
77 Water Street, Plymouth, MA
Pet-friendly ferry service between Plymouth and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Dogs must remain on leash.
Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Travel by ferry between Boston and Provincetown in just 90 minutes. Dogs must be leashed.
309 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Enjoy the 90-minute ferry ride from Provincetown to Boston in just 90 minutes. The on-board concierge will be able to assist you with information on area restaurants, points of interest and hotel accommodations. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard. NOTE: Pets are not allowed on the sightseeing tours offered by this company.
MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA
Pet-friendly ferry service between Plymouth and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Pets ride free.
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, MA
This dog friendly sailing charter offers half-day, full-day and sunrise or sunset excursions.
8234 Reindeer Run, Munising, MI
Private pontoon boat tours to the Pictured Rocks and Grand Island. Dogs are welcome on board.
311 S Nicolet Street, Mackinaw City, MI
Offering dog friendly ferry service to Mackinac Island.
587 N State Street, St. Ignace, MI
Offering dog friendly ferry service to Mackinac Island.
115 Marina Road, Knife River, MN
Pets are permitted on personal charters.
693 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS
Experience an actual shrimping expedition. This 70-minute adventure is navigated in the calm, protected waters between the shoreline and Deer Island. You’ll hear how the nets work, and see all the marine wildlife that is brought up. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome on the tour when they are not busy. Call ahead to determine the best time to take your pooch aboard.
Public tours are “First Come, First Served” CASH ONLY accepted upon boarding vessel.
50 S Leonor K Sullivan Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Leashed pets allowed aboard One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on outside riverboat decks only.
452 Grand Drive, Bigfork, MT
Take a boat tour of Flathead Lake and see Wild Horse Island. This tour operator provides private cruises to the primitive state park that is home to bighorn sheep, full curl rams, trophy mule deer, eagles, osprey and a few wild horses. Picnics, hikes, wildlife viewing, twilight and moonlight cruises are available. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join their family on the tour.
Harbor Road, Rye, NH
Enjoy a narrated whale watching trip lasting 4 – 5 hours, depending on where the whales are located. Well-behaved, leashed pets that have experience on the water are welcome to join the cruise.
1286 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ
This company specializes in whale and dolphin watching tours, and also offers sunset and lighthouse cruises. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard.
2 Kurosaka Lane, Lake George, NY
Polite dogs on leash are allowed to join you on tours of beautiful Lake George. Pets are not allowed on dinner cruises.
232 W Beaufort Road, Beaufort, NC
Take a one-hour tour of the Beaufort harbor. Polite pets are welcome.
600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
Take an excursion tour. Visit Shackleford Island to view wild horses. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
610 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
Your polite dog may join you on a tour.
5174 E. Water Street, Port Clinton, OH
Take this passenger and vehicle ferry to Middle Bass Island or to Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. If you choose not to take your car to the island, you can rent a golf cart, take a taxi or take the public bus to get around South Bass Island. Middle Bass is only 1.5 miles long, and bike or golf carts are the preferred modes of transportation. Well-behaved, leashed pets are allowed on the ferry. Note: There are restrictions on taking cars round-trip to the island on Sundays. Check the website for further details.
2 Bowen’s Landing, Newport, RI
Book a sunrise, midday, or sunset cruise of Newport Harbor on the 50 foot passenger boat, which has been completely rebuilt for comfort and scenic touring. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed on the main deck and will be provided a blanket where they can take in the views beside your seat. Please notify the crew when purchasing tickets or making reservations that your buddy will be coming with you.
10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC
Travel between four Charleston sites. $12 all-day pass – kids 3 and under and pets ride free! Great views and likely to see dolphins.
701 Front Street, Georgetown, SC
Polite dogs are allowed on leash.
2100 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX
45 minute dolphin tours every hour on the hour. Pets ride free!
410 N Sandpiper, Ingleside, TX
This is the only place in Texas where you can meet dolphins in their natural habitat. Tours are limited to six passengers and run only at peak viewing times. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome on the tours, as long as no other passenger objects.
Cameron Street and Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Enjoy the charm and colonial ambiance of Alexandria with a 40-minute Seaport Cruise. Dogs ride free and are required to have a 6 foot flat leash.
1418 W Wooden Avenue, Chelan, WA
Experience the Headwaters of Lake Chelan with Lady of the Lake. Taxi and charter services are available. Dogs are welcome to ride the “Express” during winter months and the “Lady 2” in the summer. Dogs must be crated and on the outside area of the boat. There is a $7.50 fee each way if the owner provides the pet’s carrier. The company will provide a crate for a fee of $12.50 each way.
A great way to get around northwestern Washington is on the ferry. Schedules and ports vary depending on the season, and current sailing times are available on the website. Pets in carriers are allowed in interior passenger areas on vessels, and leashed pets are welcome in exterior passenger areas, including shelter decks, promenade decks and/or sun decks.
100 Rittenhouse Avenue, Bayfield, WI
Dogs are welcome on board if you charter the boat as a family. Recommended that someone in family be capable of lifting dog overhead in case the pup falls overboard and needs to be lifted back on board.
9448 Spruce Street, Fish Creek, WI
90 minute boat tours – pet friendly.
505 N River Walk Way, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Boat Line offers public cruises and private charters. Explore the charm of Milwaukee with your pooch. Dogs are welcome on board. Restrictions may apply for food and special event cruises. Dogs must be well-behaved, leashed, and under their owner’s control at all times.
10733 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI
Dogs sail for free!
10707 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI
From their website: “Come cruise aboard our 149 passenger, double decker tour boat docked in downtown Sister Bay. We offer daily narrated tours to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Death’s Door and the many islands, bluffs and beaches surrounding Door County. Enjoy the sun on our upper level sun deck or find shade and refreshment on our lower bar deck.” Vessel is wheel chair accessible. Polite pets are welcome aboard.
Upper Dock – 105 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Historic Dells Boat Tours invites you to join them on an adventure to see the incredible beauty of the Wisconsin River. Gaze at towering sandstone cliffs as you hear tall tales of characters who traveled the river. The lower dock tour is one hour long with no stops. The upper dock tour is a 2 hour tour with 2 stops. Leashed, well-behaved, friendly dogs are welcome.
We hope you get to experience one of these pet friendly boat tours with your travel buddy! If you know of another, be sure to let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list.
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