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The Coast’s top dog-friendly destinations

Heading out for some fun? Your best friend can come, too.

All dog people know the struggle: You want to enjoy a day out, but you hate to leave your furry friend behind. Fortunately, the Mississippi Gulf Coast boasts plenty of eateries and activities that both you and your pet can enjoy. Here are some of the favorites, as listed on bringfido.com and elsewhere:

RESTAURANTS  

The Blind Tiger — If you’re in the mood for a memorable meal with a tropical vacation vibe, head to the Blind Tiger on Biloxi Beach — and bring your best furry friend. The restaurant specializes in fresh, never frozen, food, including burgers, tacos and shrimp. Watch the sun set over the Mississippi Sound from a pet-friendly patio table.

265 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi

The Shed — Reviewers love the fun, laidback atmosphere of the Shed — and being able to share it with their four-legged family members. The barbecue and blues destination in Ocean Springs has lots of outdoor space to explore with your canine companions, not to mention a menu of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more that has visitors making repeat visits.

7501 Highway 57, Ocean Springs

The Dock Bar and Grill — Diners report on Bringfido.com that attentive staff at The Dock, located in Gulfport, brought their pups water and treats. Dog-friendly outdoor seating offers beautiful views of Gulfport Lake, which diners can soak in while savoring fresh seafood, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, po’boys and more. 

13247 Seaway Road, Gulfport

Jacked Up Coffee Bar — Dogs are welcome guests at this Biloxi coffeehouse, where they and their companions can indulge in some tasty treats. For the humans, there’s a full menu of specialty coffee options, which can be paired with monkey bread, muffins or other fare. For the furry patrons, puppuccinos made with whipped cream and dog treats are always popular.

999 Howard Ave., Suite #2, Biloxi

Mockingbird Café — A shaded outdoor dining area keeps guests and their pooches comfortable at the Mockingbird Café, a cozy Bay St. Louis eatery. Fans have called the charming hangout “The Living Room of the Bay,” with coffee, tea, and espresso served all day and menus that feature burgers, waffles, omelets and BLTs. 

110 S. 2nd St., Bay Saint Louis

ACTIVITIES

Beaches — If your pup likes to swim or feel the sand in his paws, take note that several beaches on the Coast allow dogs. They are permitted guests on East and Front beaches in Ocean Springs, Hancock County beaches, Pascagoula Beach Park and River Park, Bay St. Louis Beach and Buccaneer State Park.   

Biloxi Shrimping Trip — Ever wondered how shrimp get from the sea to the supermarket? Satisfy your curiosity on this one-of-a-kind cruise, a Coast attraction since 1954. Guests will experience a real shrimping excursion, learning all there is to know about how this delicacy comes to their plate. The 70-minute trip takes place in the calm waters between Deer Island and the Biloxi shoreline, and leashed, well-behaved dogs are invited along for the ride.

http://www.biloxishrimpingtrip.com, (228) 392-8645

Wolf River Canoe and Kayak — Whether you want a fun, short float or an overnight camping trip, this outdoor activity company can accommodate you — and your canine companion. Canoe day trips of up to 10.6 miles are available, and guests also can choose from a range of kayak options.        

http://wolfrivercanoes.com, (228) 452-7666

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