Traveling with a Pet On Amtrak

May 6th, 2017

amtrakpetDogs and cats up to 20 pounds are now allowed to travel with you on certain United States Amtrak routes. There are certain restrictions, however. Only certain train routes allow pets. Pets travel is restricted to routes under 7 hours long. There is a maximum of five pets per train and it is first come first serve with regard to buying pet tickets. So you should make your reservation as soon as possible. A passenger may only take one pet. There is a $25 pet fee for each travel segment. In the event of a service disruption, Amtrak will try to make accommodations at a pet-friendly hotel but will not guarantee that they can. The dog must remain in a pet carrier at all times on the train. The pet carrier counts as one of your pieces of baggage allowed.

At check-in at the station you must arrive 30 minutes before departure to allow the staff to verify eligibility of your pet. They will verify the size and weight, see that the pet is not distruptive such as non-stop barking or growling and have you sign a pet document. The pet must be at least 8 weeks old. You will need to certify that your pet is up to date on vaccinations.

Pets may not be shipped on Amtrak or checked as baggage. They must travel with a person.

Here are the routes that pets are allowed on at this time. You should check at for updates as your trip approaches.

Northeast Routes:
Acela Express (Weekends and Holidays Only), Adirondack (excluding Canada), Downeaster, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf (excluding Canada), Northeast Regional, Vermonter

Eastern Routes:
Capitol Limited, Carolinian, Cardinal, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Piedmont, Palmetto, Silver Star, Silver Meteor

Midwest Routes:
California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Hossier State, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Lake Shore Limited, Missouri River Runner, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle

Western Routes:
Amrtak Cascades (excluding Canada), California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle

To make reservations call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station. At this time, you cannot make your pet reservations online. Service animals are allowed on all trains and routes for no fee.

Front Porch Cinema, a Free Outdoor Movie Experience on the Santa Monica Pier, Returns October 9

October 2nd, 2015

Front Porch Cinema, a Free Outdoor Movie Experience on the Santa Monica Pier, Returns Every Friday From Oct. 9 – 30, 2015

Movie-Goers and their dogs Can Relax on the Front Porch of the Pacific with Classic Outdoor Films, Food, Drinks and Ocean Breezes This October
Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night in October starting Oct. 9. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food and drinks with a variety of films for all ages.

Guests can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, EatISeeIHear.

“We love to follow up the Twilight Concert Series with the Pier’s free outdoor movie series, Front Porch Cinema,” said Santa Monica Pier Administrator, Jay Farrand. “It’s the best place to bring your friends and watch both new and classic films under the stars.”

Front Porch Cinema is co-produced by award-winning producers, Eat|See|Hear, and sponsored by Fandango. The series will kick off with the family-friendly hit movie, “Big Hero 6″ on Oct. 9, followed by “The Imitation Game” on Oct. 16, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Oct. 23 and closing with “Ghostbusters” just in time for Halloween on Oct. 30.

“We love movies here at Fandango and we wanted to spread that passion with the local community by supporting Front Porch Cinema,” said Fandango’s Adam Rockmore SVP, Head of Marketing and Communications. “Fandango is a Silicon Beach company – so what better place to celebrate the movies than in our own backyard and at a classic filming location like Santa Monica?”

There will also be a bonus screening on Thurs. Oct. 15: Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This celebration of women in film will feature 90 minutes of six short films and include food, drinks and entertainment prior to screening and raise funds for local non-profits. For more information visit

“LUNA has always been a catalyst for bringing women together. For 15 years, our traveling film festival, LUNAFEST, has taken a stand to raise awareness about the gender disparity in filmmaking and support female filmmakers. LUNAFEST is a prime example of the incredible impact women can make on each other and their communities when they come together,” said Suzy Starke German, LUNAFEST Program Manager.

Viewers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as only a limited number will be available for rent. Front Porch Cinema also offers the Cinema Lounge for guests to enjoy before and during the film, with movie-themed cocktails from Green Bar Distillery, Brews from Boulevard Brewing Co and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Attendees must be 21 and over to enter.


Front Porch Cinema Fall Schedule:

Cinema Lounge opens at 6 p.m.
Movie begins at 7:30 p.m.

October 9 – “Big Hero 6″ (PG)
October 16 – “The Imitation Game” (PG-13)
October 23 – “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13)
October 30 – “Ghostbusters” (PG)

*Bonus Screening Oct. 15: Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a celebration of women in film with six short films. More information at

This year’s Front Porch Cinema sponsors include Fandango, Boulevard Brewing Co., Luna & Cliff Bar, Verizon Wireless, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Green Bar Distillery, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, 98.7 – I Heart Media and Santa Monica Daily Press.

Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, and FREE bike valet will be provided.

For more information, please visit

How do Puppies beat the heat?

September 22nd, 2015

How do puppies beat the heat?