Dog Days of Summer Staycation

Staycation Challenge Guidelines

There is so much to do in Decatur and Morgan County with your best furiend! Each season, we will be offering themed Staycations for locals and visitors (and their pups) to get away and forget about the daily grind for a little while! Want to know how to join the fun? It’s easy! Simply, drop by the Visitor Center after your stay and provide proof of your stay for a FREE gift! Yep, it’s that simple.

What to DO

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in North Alabama, Decatur and Morgan County is a growing area that has a lot to offer, especially in the summer. Whether you love leisurely strolls, splashin’ around near Wheeler Lake, checking out the local dog park, or spending time in the great outdoors there is something for everyone (and their pup)! Decatur-Morgan County is located in Northern Alabama, approximately twenty minutes from Huntsville and a little over an hour from Birmingham and Nashville.

The county is within a day’s drive from nearly 50% of the nation’s population, including cities such as Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis and New Orleans.

Nobody tells our story quite like our visitors and residents! Check out their favorite activities with their pups in Decatur and Morgan County below!

Featured Attractions

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 35,000-acres of naturally preserved woodlands offering a unique opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural habitat. Established in 1938 as an experimental home for waterfowl, the Givens Wildlife Interpretive Center serves as the welcome center for the refuge.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect summer destination! The refuge is also free to the public.

Wilson Morgan Dog Park

The Wilson Morgan Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk for the enjoyment of furiendly dogs and pet parents.  It’s a beautiful area, with welcoming amenities for you and your pet’s enjoyment. Thanks for the recomendation, @theo_thegoldendog!

Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Co. 

Check out Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Co. for yappy hour! They have the perfect patio space to relax and enjoy their craft beer or soda with your best pal! Great shot, @grubsandgrooves!

Downtown Hartselle

Did you know that many of the shops in downtown Hartselle are dog friendly? Look for the pet-friendly sticker in the window and dog bowls made by our friends at @keramosceramics for a treat all summer long!

Point Mallard Park! Pooch Party!

The Pooch Party info we spoke about earlier is listed below. Please add this information to the Dog Days Summer Staycation information.

Tickets for this Event will go on SALE September 3, 2021 @ 8AM. Purchase Tickets @

WOOF WOOF! We’re having a Pooch Party! This is a DOG ONLY swimming event! EACH POOCH must have a ticket for entry to the event. Each ticket is good for ONE (1) Pooch and TWO (2) Persons. Pooch Party tickets are on sale NOW! (Online only- limited quantity available. Convenience fees apply.) Get your tickets at

Details: Pooch Party- Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: SMALL DOGS (under 25lbs) 11AM- 1PM
LARGE DOGS (25lbs or larger) 2PM- 4PM

* Wave Pool and Kiddie Area will be open for dog swimming. Waves will not be running.
* Before your pooch can enter the water park 1). A waiver must be read and signed and 2). must have a valid rabies tag attached to the dog’s collar.
* Please see our website for full details.
*Tickets are $15 PER POOCH.
*Children ages 4 and under are free and must be accompanied by a ticket holder.
*Season Passes do not allow entry into this special event. You must have a POOCH PARTY ticket to enter.
Please call (256)341-4902 for questions.

***In partnership with Decatur Animal Services, please bring a bag of puppy food, cat litter or cleaning supplies to donate.

What to EAT

The South has always been known for its down-home cooking, but here, we’re known for some of the best. Some of the world’s best. Whether it’s Big Bob Gibson’s smoked barbecue with white sauce or Simp McGhee’s cajun creations — you better bring your appetite! Check out some of our visiting and resident pup’s favorite places to eat with patios or picnic locations below!

Where to STAY

We have four fabulous hotels participating in our Staycation!  For more specific information about each package, give us a call! You are also welcome to call the hotel directly and mention the Dog Days of Summer Staycation Package!

We can’t wait to see you and your pup in Decatur, Alabama this summer!

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