When you have a four-legged companion during your stay, you'll want to make sure he has enough exercise. Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is the perfect place to let your dog stretch his legs. Hike through four miles of trails or enjoy the quiet gardens, woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Look for native and hybrid plants, flowers and trees during your visit and view Taltree's variety of formal gardens.

Does your pooch like to run and swim? If you answered yes, a stop at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a must! The cool waters of Lake Michigan offer the best "doggy pool" around. Hiking through the Dunes and even camping with your pet can be a fun experience. Just don't forget to keep your pet leashed and clean up any waste left behind. There are some restrictions for pets at the National Lakeshore. Details can be found here.

Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake County Park is a leash-free dog area, perfect for active dogs who like to run. For those that like to take it slow, there are paved and primitive trails, playgrounds and picnicking areas. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset year-round.

Sleeping under the stars with Fido. Caboose Lake Campground in Remington is a pet friendly campground for RV travelers. Summer is bustling with special activities and the 20-acre lake is stocked with fish and a beach for swimming. Bring your pup along for a fun family experience. No pets in the cabin or caboose rental. Make your reservation today.

Spend some quiet time with Fido exploring the natural wonders of the Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands. Leashed pets are welcome to walk the trails and explore the landscapes filled with wildflowers and plants. There are more than 7,000 acres to enjoy, so finding a quiet spot to yourself is easy.

Need a bite to eat? Stop at DOC's Smokehouse and Craft Bar for mouthwatering BBQ or a game of "bags" on the patio. The Farmhouse at Fair Oaks offers a farm to table experience and both restaurants allow pets on their outdoor patios.

We also have a number of pet-friendly hotels in the South Shore. Find the list here.

Please remember to keep your pet on a leash when taking him to any of the attractions in the South Shore. Call ahead for additional information and restrictions.