Dog Friendly Activities in Southport, NC

There are 4 dog friendly activities in Southport, and 23 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Southport.

Pet Friendly Deep Point Marina - Bald Head Island Ferry
Deep Point Marina - Bald Head Island Ferry Head out from Deep Point Marina and travel to Bald Head Island on the pet-friendly Bald Head Island Ferry. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are free with a paying passenger. Dogs are not allowed inside the passenger cabin, but are permitted in the exterior areas of the ferry. For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 7 AM. The winter schedule may be abbreviated, and the summer schedule expanded. See Details
Pet Friendly Priority Sailing
Priority Sailing Priority Sailing offers sailing lessons and cruises around the shoreline of Southport and through the Atlantic to Bald Head Island. Pets are welcome if they feel comfortable, life vests are available in large and medium sizes. See Details
Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room Silver Coast Winery's Southport tasting room is dog friendly! Bring Fido to join you while you sample Silver Coast's wines and craft beer. A water bowl is provided for dogs. See Details
Fort Fisher Ferry Fort Fisher Ferry is pet-friendly. Pets are permitted on the Fort Fisher Ferry, and are free to explore the deck, but must be on a leash if they leave the vehicle. Tickets are just $7 per carload. Ferry rides operate throughout the day. See Details
Freeman Park Freeman Park on Carolina Beach welcomes dogs on a leash from April 1 to September 30. From October 1 to March 31, dogs are allowed off-leash as long as they are under voice command and their owner is near. Owners must carry a minimum of two suitable plastic or paper waste containers until it can be disposed of in an appropriate receptacle. The bags must be produced and shown upon request. See Details
Oak Island Beaches Leashed dogs are welcome year-round at this NC beach. Oak Island is an island off the North Carolina coast about 30 minutes south of Wilmington, NC. It is accessible across a bridge (you do not need to take a ferry to get there). Oak Island beaches (Caswell, Yaupon, & Long Beach) are very family and pet friendly. See Details
Fort Fisher State Park Dogs are allowed on leash year round at the Ft. Fisher State Park. This very wide beach is great for your dog to run and swim with other dogs. Pet waste cleanup laws are strict, and bags are provided for this purpose. Please pick up after your pet so we do not lose dog privileges at this beautiful beach! See Details
Dog Park at Hugh MacRae Park This dog park, located in Hugh MacRae Park, features separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables, and shaded areas. See Details
Wrightsville Beach Leashed pets are welcome during the off-season (October 1 to March 31) at this beautiful, clean beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30. Please note: Leash laws are strictly enforced and fines are $250. See Details
Wilmington Dog Park at Empie Wilmington Dog Park at Empie is the first functional off-leash dog park in Wilmington. The park is incorporated into a 2-acre site of unused land within the confines of Empie Park. The park is completely fenced in with two play areas -- one for large dogs and another dog dogs under 20 pounds. There is also water, pet waste stations, and lots of shade. Located on the corner of Independence and Park Ave, Behind Steinmart. See Details
Caswell Beach Caswell Beach, located on Oak Island, is a dog friendly beach year round. Walking on or over sand dunes or beach vegetation by persons or pets is prohibited - $100 fine per occurrence. Dogs must be on a leash - $25 fine Only summer exception: Dawn - 9:00AM on the beach only while under adult owner’s strict supervision and control. You must carry and use plastic bags to scoop up after your dog - $25 fine See Details
Carolina Beach State Park Pets are welcome to join you on-leash on the beach and campsites of this state park near Wilmington. See Details
Carolina Beach Carolina Beach is dog-friendly! Leashed pets are allowed on the beach before 9am and after 5pm from April 1 through September 30. From October 1 through March 31, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach at all hours. Dogs are not allowed on the wooden boardwalk or boardwalk business district. The fine for breaking these rules is $250. For further information on beach access points and what human visitors can and can not do on Carolina Beach, check out its official website. See Details
River to the Sea Bikeway The River to the Sea Bikeway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Wilmington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the River to the Sea Bikeway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
New Hanover County Arboretum The Arboretum features a variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. The arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary. Leashed pets are welcome to visit the grounds. See Details
Gurney Hood Dog Park at Joe Eakes Park Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park, which includes separate small and large dog areas, doggie drinking fountains, and Frisbees. See Details
Halyburton Park Halyburton Park is pet-friendly. Featuring a dog-friendly 1.3 mile nature trail that is paved and mostly shaded, leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on this trail for an afternoon stroll. The park also includes a doggie water fountain, picnic areas, and a children's playground. Halyburton Park is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Bald Head Island Beaches Bald Head Island is surrounded by 14-miles of pristine beaches. You'll need to take a pet-friendly ferry to get there (from Southport), but once you arrive, you'll find that dogs are allowed off-leash on any of them year-round. The only exception to this is in turtle nesting season, when dogs must be leashed from sunset to sunrise. South Beach features long stretches of sand and calmer waters, while East Beach is better for boogie boarding and surfing. If you don't want to bring beach gear along with you on the ferry, you can rent everything you'll need from Riverside Adventure Company. See Details
Wilmington Home Brew Supply Wilmington Brewing Company is excited to serve you fresh local beer straight from the tank to your glass. Located right in the middle of Wilmington, WBC includes a 3bbl brewery, tasting room, and a Homebrew supply store. We look forward to seeing you soon! See Details
Greenfield Lake Park Located adjacent to Greenfield Lake, Greenfield Lake Park has 250 acres of outdoor space for you to enjoy with your pup. Park features include a 5-mile walking trail, gorgeous gardens, water fountains, ample green space, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, and more. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Kure Beach Kure Beach is dog-friendly! Dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1 through March 31. They must be cleaned up after and on a leash or restraint lead no longer than fifteen feet. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 through September 30. For information on what human visitors can and can not do on a beach outing, visit Kure Beach's official website. See Details
Holden Beach Dog Park A dog park on Holden beach on a nice quiet street with plenty of room for your pup to run See Details
Cary Cart Company Cary Cart Company offers golf cart rentals on car-free Bald Head Island for you to get around with Fido. Rates start at $75 per day for a four passenger cart. Please note that only licensed drivers can rent or operate golf carts. See Details
Middleton Park Middleton Park is pet-friendly. The park includes a playground, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball court, soccer field, a picnic shelter, softball field, restrooms, and beach access across the street. Middleton Park is open every day of the week from 10am to 6pm. See Details