“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” -W.R. Purche


Dog people are a breed of their own. Pet owners consider their furry companions family – and a huge part of our lives. It’s only natural that you want to spend some free time with your four-legged friends doing fun and adventurous things with your entire crew. Most dogs (and their people) love getting out on the water, enjoying fresh breezes and the feel of the warm sunshine. Dogs by nature, are fresh-air creatures and love to go romping around in different places; especially with their best friend beside them. Enjoying a day on the water with your pooch can add so much fun to any boating trip. As pack animals, dogs love to do what the pack is doing. So, if you’re looking for pet-friendly cruises with your pooch, look no further than City Cruises to have an amazing time that everyone will enjoy. Taking your dog out on a boat can add even more fun to an already enjoyable experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! We’ve sniffed out some of the best ways to spend some time on the water with your fur-ever friend. 

“Seas” the Day in San Diego with Your Best Buddy  

dogs sitting on a chairFetch your family and get ready for an amazing adventure that is also a good cause with San Diego Pet Day on the Bay. Orphaned dogs, cats, pups, and kittens at the San Diego Humane Society need your help! Bring a donation of gently used towels or blankets for these homeless animals, and City Cruises will donate the items plus a portion of the ticket sales to the San Diego Humane Society. Have a great time while helping an animal in need and get out on the San Diego Bay with your pup to create unforgettable memories with City Cruises. Have the time of your life with your best buddy and the beauty of San Diego’s iconic landmarks. Enjoy a 90-minute narrated cruise with unparalleled photo and video opportunities. Catch close-up views of military ships and the San Diego skyline, and you may just get a chance to see marine animals and seabirds. And don’t forget to get your paws on some tasty snacks and drinks while onboard.  

It’s no secret that San Diego is very dog-centric so it shouldn’t be a surprise that City Cruises offers a Bow Wow Brunch Cruise in support of the San Diego Humane Society. Get your best furry friend (and your people ones too!) and hop aboard a Brunch Cruise like no other. Enjoy a delicious and bountiful buffet brunch for humans, unlimited champagne, and desserts while taking in the gorgeous scenery along the San Diego Bay. Feel the fresh breezes and get a wet nose and a happy tail as you sail on the bay creating a pleasurable sensory overload with your crew. (Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog relief area set up on the yacht’s sun deck), doggie food “to go”, and refreshing cold water bowls will be served. It will be “ruff” trying to top this outing. 

Dog Hair, Don’t Care with City Cruises: Chicago Style 

The people of Chicago certainly love their pets and they are welcome in many restaurants, cafes, and shops. You can even bring them on a City Cruisesdog on seadog cruise Chicago Boat (and they’re free)! Buckle up for Lake Michigan’s most iconic thrill ride with a Seadog Lakefront Speedboat Tour with your whole crew (even the dog) as you race across the shoreline. Stunning panoramic views of Chicago enjoyed at top speeds await you while you are entertained with informative narration filled with fun facts about the history of the city skyline. Departing from Navy Pier, this exciting experience combining sightseeing with an exhilarating speedboat ride is perfect for the whole family. Your pooch will beg for more! This 30-minute cruise is BYOB – bring your own (bowl) drinks to enjoy (no glass containers please). 

Another dog-friendly experience is City Cruises’ Chicago Seadog River & Lake Architectural Tour with an exciting ride to soak in unobstructed views of Chicago’s world-famous architecture from the water. Start the tour at Navy Pier and sail through the Chicago Harbor Locks to the River’s iconic skyscrapers. Enjoy amusing and informative narration for a fascinating tour through the city’s architectural history as you pass the Civic Opera House, the Merchandise Mart, and the Willis Tower. Sit, relax, and stay for a great time! 

Paw-sitive Vibes Only with Pet-friendly Cruises and Ferries in the Boston Area 

dogs on a boatWith pet-friendly hotels, parks, and restaurants, it’s clear that Boston is a city that loves its pets. If you’re considering getting out on the water with your canine companion, then look no further than City Cruises Boston for some great options.  

Boston’s Provincetown/Cape Cod Fast Ferry and Boston’s Salem Ferry are two great options that have pets on them all the time. Passengers heading to their destination for a day trip or a stay can bring their dogs with them onboard for the trip. Cape Cod Ferry is 90 minutes, and the Salem Ferry is about 40 minutes – so the trip isn’t too long for the pets, and the full-service concierge on board is a nice perk too! 

Our Historic Boston Harbor Cruise and new Lighthouses and Tales of Boston Harbor Cruise also welcome leashed dogs onboard – these cruises are 1 and 2 hours respectively so they aren’t too long for them. Scenic harbor and lighthouse views are a great opportunity for photos and selfies, and light snacks and a full bar are available too. Live narration provides you with history and entertainment for the trip as well. 

Our New England Aquarium and Whale Watch Cruise is “dog friendly” but the trips are around 4 hours long. We want everyone to enjoy themselves onboard, so please make the best decision for your family as this trip may be too long for some pups. We offer outdoor viewing decks as well as interior spaces with large windows for the best views. Cocktails are available on board from our full bar and light snacks are available for purchase. New England Aquarium naturalists will share knowledge, answer your questions, and explain the fascinating behaviors of these truly magnificent mammals, and the scenic views are unbeatable. 

Lastly, we offer commuter boats throughout the city and dogs are allowed to come onboard with their commuting owners.   

Unleash Your Fun Side with a Pet-friendly Cruise with City Cruises 

dog looking at water from boatDogs and their people love spending time together with their pack. There’s nothing like an adventurous and fun-filled day with your favorite crew on the water. It’s “impawsible” not to have fun with your faithful companion by your side and the feel of the fresh breezes along the way. Dogs show unconditional love, playfulness, and undeniable cuteness, so it’s no wonder they are man’s best friends, and spending quality time together makes everyone happy. Raise your paw if you’re up for an adventure! Just add water (and a bowl and leash too!) City Cruises welcomes you and your pooch aboard!