Dog Friendly Activities in Wilmington, NC

There are 30 dog friendly activities in Wilmington. 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 Wilmington.

Pet Friendly Riverwalk
Riverwalk Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll along the pet-friendly Riverwalk in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The Riverwalk runs for nearly two miles along the bank of the Cape Fear River, from the foot of Nun Street on the South to the Isabel Holmes Bridge on the North. Paid parking areas are located along the boardwalk. See Details
Pet Friendly Cruise Cape Fear
Cruise Cape Fear Fido is welcome to join you on a dog-friendly tour with Cruise Cape Fear through historic downtown Wilmington, NC. You can travel with up to eight other adults on your exclusive trip. Learn about the area's history while enjoying views only available on the water. Tour lengths are typically 1.5 hours, but extended tours can be arranged by request. Pups can enjoy off-boat excursions that allow for running and swimming leash-free. Four-legged guests are also welcome to participate in proposals, elopements, birthday surprises and more. Celebrate Fido's birthday in a unique way by booking a puppy birthday package. Visit their website for more details. See Details
Flytrap Brewing Flytrap Brewing is a dog-friendly brewery located in the Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington. This neighborhood brewery specializes in American and Belgian style ales and small-batch brews that are guaranteed to be at the peak of freshness. Enjoy a pint in the beer garden and then take some bottles or a crowler to-go. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you outside around the fire pits. See Details
Dog Park at Empie Park Fido will love visiting the dog park at Empie Park in Wilmington, NC. This park features a 2-acre off-leash green space for your pup to play and socialize. It's completely fenced with two play areas - one for large dogs, and another for dogs under 20 pounds. There's also water, pet waste stations, and lots of shade. See Details
Wilmington Brewing Company Fido will love a visit to the dog-friendly Wilmington Brewing Company in Wilmington, NC. You can enjoy a fresh local beer straight from the tank to your glass. This location includes a brewery, tasting room, and a homebrew supply store. See Details
Tour Old Wilmington Tour Old Wilmington invites you and Fido on the dog-friendly History Walking Tour in Wilmington, NC. Discover the hidden history of the Victorian Era, and learn about Wilmington's rich and colorful history during the Civil War, customs and traditions of the day, sea tales, folklore and more. Walking tours start at the foot of Market and Water Streets. See Details
Edward Teach Brewing Edward Teach Brewing is pet-friendly. Since its original use as a fire house, the building has been used as a boxing gym, a police station, and housed a special effects film company hosted by Legion Films.Most recently, the historic building has been renovated and turned into a beautiful, new brewery in the heart of Wilmington. Bring your leashed pooch to this unique brewery to keep you company while you sample an array of flavorful brews. Edward Teach Brewing is open Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 10pm, Friday to Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm. See Details
New Hanover County Arboretum New Hanover County Arboretum is a dog-friendly attraction in Wilmington, NC. The Arboretum features a variety of plants that grow in coastal areas as well as emerging trends in plant material. Leashed pets are welcome to visit the grounds. See Details
Halyburton Park Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC is pet friendly. This expansive park features a 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. See Details
Ruff Draft Ruff Draft is a dog park & bar in the Cargo District of Wilmington, NC. Fido is welcome to enjoy some exercise and fresh air while you enjoy a drink at their full-service bar. This membership-based establishment offers day passes as well as monthly and yearly memberships. A free self-serve dog wash station is available for members. Check out their website for more details and to register your pup online before your visit. See Details
End of Days Distillery End of Days Distillery is a pet-friendly cocktail bar in the Cardo District in Wilmington, NC. Dogs are welcome inside the lounge as well as outside on the partially shaded brick patio. Choose from a range of hand-crafted cocktails, red and white wine, or beer to pair with a delicious charcuterie plate. Visitors can also grab a bite from the food truck container outside on the patio. See Details
Entropy Boat Rentals Entropy Boat Rentals is a pet-friendly boat rental business in Wilmington, NC. Fido will love to swim, dig and play in the sand after the boat ride to a beach! Half and full-day rentals are available. See Details
Hook, Line & Paddle Bring Fido for an outdoor adventure with the dog-friendly Hook, Line & Paddle tour company in Wilmington, NC. Kayaking, fishing equipment and stand-up paddleboards are all available for rental. You can rent equipment for a day and head off on your own or book a guided tour of the Cape Fear area. If you forget to bring Fido's PFD, you can find doggie PFDs for sale in the shop. See Details
The Black Cat Shoppe The Black Cat Shoppe in Wilmington, NC is dog friendly. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners as they explore this unique gift store. Browse the aisles for quirky, cool items like lunch boxes, tarot cards and fridge magnets. See Details
Abbey Nature Trail Bring Fido with you to explore nature at the dog-friendly Abbey Nature Trail in Wilmington, NC. The 67-acre Abbey Nature Preserve has a 2.4-mile nature trail winding through woods and crossing over the mill pond. Once the original site of Poplar Grove's gristmill, the preserve is now part of the Coastal Land Trust and a wonderful escape from the city. Dogs must be on a leash, and please clean up after your pooch. See Details
Dog Park at Ogden Park Fido will love a visit to the dog park inside Ogden Park in Wilmington, NC. This off-leash park is fully fenced giving Fido the chance to run and play freely. See Details
Museum of the Bizarre Museum of the Bizarre is a dog-friendly attraction in Wilmington, NC. Explore the spectacular exhibits including the Crystal Skull of Knowledge, Fort Fisher Mermaid, Alexander Hamilton's hair, Bigfoot's imprint, Houdini's Ouija board and a variety of strange movie props. Leashed dogs are welcome to witness the oddities, if they dare. See Details
Dog Park at Long Leaf Park Fido will love visiting the dog park at Long Leaf Park in Wilmington, NC. This dog park features separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables and shaded areas. See Details
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington Bring Fido along for an adventure with the dog-friendly Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington in Wilmington, NC. The 90-minute walking tour welcomes leashed dogs as long as they're not disruptive to the group, and everyone in the group is comfortable with a pup along. You'll hear eerie tales of ghostly occurrences, including actual encounters during recent tours. See Details
Waterline Brewing Co. Waterline Brewing Co. is pet-friendly. This tap room and beer garden is located just a few blocks from downtown and offers a variety of delicious beverages that range from crisp beer to wine and cider. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at the outdoor tables. Waterline Brewing Co. is open Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 9pm, Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm. See Details