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Where to go when Vacationing in Raleigh North Carolina with Your Dog

Updated on March 29, 2015

Dog Friendly Activities

North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art is located outside. The museum is in fact a walking trail that will lead you and your dog through a path covered with statues and sculptures, some of them are over 50 feet tall. The unpaved trails through the outdoor museum do not allow dogs, but there are still plenty or areas where you and your dog can view the art.

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

City Market

The City Market has free live music concerts the first Friday of every moth that are dog friendly. The live music begins at 7PM and ends around 9PM. There are numerous art galleries for people to enjoy, but only if you have someone to leave your dog with they are strictly people only. These galleries offer complimentary glasses of wine and snacks. On First Fridays of every month all of the downtown galleries offer free beverages and treats to all visitors.

220 Wolfe Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Weaver Street Market

Weaver Street Market is a mom and pop version of Whole Foods. The market offers breakfast, lunch and dinner food bar made with locally-sourced produce and meats. There are plenty of spots to sit and eat by the fountain with you dog. During the summer on some evening there are outdoor movies available for you and your dog to enjoy.

101 East Weaver Street
Raleigh, NC 27510

Notable Dog Friendly Dining

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331 Blake Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
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Vic's is located just south of Moore Square in the quaint pocket of City Market. The serving sizes here are reminiscent of an authentic Italian family

601 West Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510, USA
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Beat the summer heat by sitting in our lovely shaded garden while enjoying our Italian sodas, old fashioned chocolate malt milkshakes, our Date milksh

14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
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Waiters and waitresses will often bring out water bowls for your pup without being asked.

137 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
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A bit unassuming, the Diner has cafe-style seating streetside, and a back patio with additional dining space and heaters great for a cool evening.

105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605, USA
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The Players Retreat is the oldest continuously operating tavern between Atlanta and Washington, DC. It opened in 1951. The owners are dog lovers.

Cameron Village Shopping Center, 2016 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605, USA
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The Flying Biscuit Cafe will have your mouth watering with satisfying comfort food and a nice outdoor patio for you and your pup to share.

Food Network

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A markerCoquette -
4351 The Circle At North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609, USA
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Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell :French Connection. Vegetarian options only available for brunch.

B markerPopalop's Candy Shop -
4325 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612, USA
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Kid in a Candy Store: Tricked Out Treats Road Tasted with the Neelys: Tasty Research in Raleigh

C markerRaleigh Times Bar -
14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
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Featured in the Food Network Magazine Quesadillas available

D markerSugarland -
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 140 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA
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Kid in a Candy Store: Brain Freeze Offers cupcakes, pastries, gelato, and numerous alcohol beverages

Horseback riding

Happy Trails Farm
Trail Rides: $45. per hour per horse
704 Dogwood Hill Lane Wake Forest, NC 27587
Painted Sunset Farm
Trail Rides are $40/per person per hour. A minimum of 2 riders is required.
7900 Buffaloe Rd. Raleigh, NC 27616
Dead Broke Farm
Trail Rides: $60. per hour per horse
6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613

Dog Parks

Millbrook Exchange Dog Park

Millbrook Dog Park is located within Millbrook Exchange Park. It has three fenced areas for dogs. The park includes a fenced picnic shelter area where dogs are allowed off leash while their people enjoy their picnics. This park has lighting for nighttime play time. Entrance to this park is free it is open from sunrise to 10 pm.

Carolina Pines Community Dog Park

Carolina Pines Community Dog Park offers two separate fenced play area for off leash play for dogs of all sizes. This park has nice shaded areas and fresh drinking water is provided for pets. Entrance to this park is free it is open from sunrise to sunset.

Oakwood Dog Park

Oakwood Dog Park is open daily from sunrise until sunset. Admission is free. This is a neighborhood based off-leash dog park and it is a great place for a dog to enjoy some off leash time. This park offers fresh water buckets, toys, and friendly owners and dogs aplenty. There are two separate fenced areas for dogs to play in.

Hawthorne Bark Park

Hawthorne Bark Park is a small dog off leash dog park next to an apartment complex. The whole off leash area is about the size of a large swimming pool. This park is open any time and admission is free. The park has some minor agility equipment for small dogs.

Dog Walking Trails

Inspiration Trail

Inspiration Trail is a dog friendly walking trail that is an easy 0.6 mile hike. The trail is located inside of William B Umstead State Park. This is a great hike for smaller dogs as well as dogs who are not great with longer hikes. The trail is limited to foot traffic only so there is no worry about bikes or horses. All dogs must be on a leash that is no longer than six feet.

Sal's Branch Trail

Sal's Branch Trail is also a part of William B Umstead State Park. The trail is about 2.5 miles long. This trail does allow bikes, but the trail is wider so you will not have to worry about a lack of room on the trail for you and your dog.

Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is about two hours west of the Triangle area. This park is a pure paradise for dogs. When you go you will want to park at the fare end of the parking lot by the visitor center so that you can take the .4 mile trail to Hidden Falls, a small natural waterfall. However if you keep going another .1 of a mile further you will reach Window Falls. Window Falls is a larger waterfall with a wide pool below. You are allowed to splash around in the natural pools and to walk under the waterfalls. There are also big rock formations that can be used as a nature made picnic area.

Dog Parks/Trails

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A markerMillbrook Exchange Dog Park -
1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, USA
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B markerCarolina Pines Community Dog Park -
2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA
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C markerOakwood Dog Park -
910 Brookside Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604, USA
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D markerHawthorne Bark Park -
Amber Lantern Street, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA
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E markerInspiration Trail -
8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA
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F markerSal's Branch Trail -
8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA
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G markerHanging Rock Park Rd -
Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC, USA
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Water Parks

One to three hour outside of Raleigh North Carolina there are three water parks.

  • Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe
  • Carowinds
  • Great Wolf Lodge Concord-Charlotte

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A markerWet'n Wild Emerald Pointe -
3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27406, USA
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B markerCarowinds -
14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273, USA
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C markerGreat Wolf Lodge Concord-Charlotte -
10175 Weddington Road Northwest, Concord, NC 28027, USA
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