Other Dog Activities in North Carolina

Tired of watching Fido run laps in the dog park? We've got the scoop on lots of other dog friendly attractions in North Carolina too. You’ll find information on all of the dog friendly wineries, boat rentals, botanical gardens, drive-ins, and other offbeat animal attractions in North Carolina here.

Pet Friendly Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate The Biltmore Estate is pet friendly! Dogs are allowed to explore the extensive grounds and roam through the more than 250 acres of landscaped gardens. Fido is also welcome to join the humans at several restaurants with outdoor seating in Antler Hill Village. Open daily throughout the year. Hours vary by season and rates vary by month; visit website or call for specific information. See Details
Pet Friendly U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), a non-profit outdoor center situated on 400 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River, is dedicated to promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater kayaking, high rope courses, and a canopy tour, the facility's most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. Dogs are allowed on the grounds, outdoor restaurant, hiking trails (on-leash), kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, but cannot join you on the zip line, ropes course, or whitewater rafts. Dogs are also welcome at special events like the Thursday River Jam with live music, Olympic trials, and family camping weekends. See Details
Entropy Boat Rentals Entropy Boat Rentals is a pet-friendly boat rental business that allows you to take your pet to a pet-friendly beach. Your pet will love to swim, dig, and play at this little-known dog friendly beach. See Details
Lucky Dog Bark and Brew - Cornelius The area's only indoor/outdoor dog park with a sports bar, where both you and your dog can play. At Lucky Dog, dogs can run off leash safely while owners socialize in a sports bar-like atmosphere. We also offer other amenities, such as a sports themed boutique, dog grooming salon, and doggie day care and boarding. Even if you don't have a dog, stop on by. Loving dogs is the only requirement. Park opens at 6am during the week and 7am on weekends. See Details
McDowell Nature Preserve McDowell Nature Preserve is a great location to bring your leashed dog! There are several trails to explore. The park is never too busy and you can stay and BBQ if you'd like as well on one of their many patios. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times and are not permitted to swim. See Details
Burntshirt Vineyards Take a short drive to Hendersonville from Asheville with your pup in tow for a wine tasting at Burntshirt Vineyards. All of Burntshirt’s wine is made from local, Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountain fruit and the high elevation produces grapes perfect for varietals not typically grown in the United States, like Gruner Veltliner. Your dog is welcome to join you in the tasting room while you taste Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, a red wine blend called Altitude 3400, and two Chardonnays. After discovering a new favorite, order a glass to enjoy on their verandah overlooking the vineyards. Note that dogs are welcome on Burntshirt’s walking trails, gardens, and in the tasting room but not on tours or in the vineyard. The tasting room is open daily and the fee of $7 - $10 includes a sampling of several wines and a souvenir glass. See Details
SkyTop Orchard Perched in the mountains of Western North Carolina, SkyTop Orchard is a "pick-your-own" orchard offering a wide variety of apples, grapes, pears, and pumpkins. SkyTop also offers bags of pre-picked fruit as well as apple treats, cider, honeys, jams, gift boxes, and more. SkyTop's famous apple and pumpkin donuts are made while you watch and served hot. Picnic shelters and an expansive play area make Skytop the perfect place for parties and group get-togethers. Visitors to Skytop are welcome to explore the grounds which include ponds, a bamboo forest, and plenty of barnyard animals. Leashed pets are welcome to join in on the fun! See Details
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
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
The Dog Bar The Dog Bar is Charlotte's one and only dog-friendly, off-leash bar, located in the historical North Davidson Street neighborhood, known as The Arts District or NODA. This unique concept was created and opened in 2005 by owner and operator, J.P. Brewer. Brewer also owns Club K-9 of Charlotte and Club K-9 of Pineville and is heavily involved with dog rescue and fundraising. See Details
Streetside Classics Cars Streetside Classics is a car sales business but they welcome well-behaved leashed dogs to walk around their showroom. Please call ahead to check whether you can bring your dog when visiting the showroom. See Details
Museum of the Bizarre See spectacular exhibits such as the Crystal Skull of Knowledge, Fort Fisher Mermaid, Alexander Hamilton's hair, Goat brothers heads, Bigfoot's imprint, Joe Baldwin's signal lantern (Maco lights), a possessed clown, Houdini's ouija board, ghost deer, chupacabra hand, unicorn horn, and a variety of strange movie props. Leashed dogs are welcome to witness the oddities, if they dare. See Details
Montford Historic District With its architectural beauty and significance, the Montford Historic District is a perfect place to stroll with your furry best friend as you enjoy the beauty of this neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this community has more than 600 buildings, most of which were built between 1890 and 1920. As you wander, you will see a variety of architectural styles and influences including Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival. Keep Fido on a leash while you walk and make sure to clean up after him. All homes are private residences and not open to the public. See Details
Asheville Drum Circle Bring your pup to this quintessential Asheville event and enjoy the camaraderie that abounds in Pritchard Park on Friday nights in the warm-weather months. Whether you want to watch, dance, or drum, you will find yourself in good company, surrounded by people of all ages, locals and visitors. The drummers usually begin showing up between 5:00 and 6:00 pm and the crowd continues to build until the drum circle draws to a close at 10:00 pm. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times and make sure he is comfortable in crowds and around drum noises. See Details
Morris Broadband Dog Park Opened in 2013 within the Bill Moore Community Park, the Morris Broadband Dog Park has two fenced in areas for large dogs and small dogs. Call ahead to find out about any temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. See Details
Montford Park Players Enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the company of your furry best friend at the Hazel Robinson Ampitheatre. The Montford Park Players is North Carolina's longest-running Shakespeare Festival, free for the public to enjoy. Throughout the summer, dogs are welcome to join humans for the performances. In the winter, performances are held at the Asheville Masonic Temple where dogs are not permitted. See Details
Lake Lure Adventure Company Whether you're a water sports expert or novice, non-stop action is waiting for you at Lake Lure Adventure Company. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on the pontoon boats, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards.Strap your four-legged sidekick into a doggie life vest and enjoy the views from the lake with Fido. Each of the certified instructors will be more than happy to show you the ropes to ensure your lake experience is a safe one. Dogs are allowed to play in the water as long as they are closely monitored. Rates (gas included) start as low as $85 per hour for pontoons and $20 per hour for kayak and paddle boards. If Fido isn't afraid of getting wet, Lake Lure Adventure Company is not to be missed. See Details
Ariel Gallery Head to downtown Asheville with your furry best friend and visit Ariel Gallery--an artist-owned and operated fine craft gallery. At the gallery you will find ceramics, fiber and glass crafts, jewelry, metal art, and wood crafts. Since the gallery is run by artists, you and Fido will have a chance to meet at least one of the gallery's artists when you visit. See Details
Turbo Paws Flyball Club Turbo Paws was founded in 2013 by people that are crazy about their canines and their love for the flyball sport. Our club is located in Charlotte, NC and we are always welcoming new dogs and their humans to join our team. We are a competitive team but our primary goal is to have fun with our dogs and enjoy being together. We often offer classes. Check out website for the latest schedule. See Details
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine Pets are family too :) We are a local family operated tourist location in Blowing Rock and even the four- legged family members are welcome. We are very pet friendly and love to see people out with their dogs. We have a gift shop and a large outside area for our guest. Just down the parking lot is a paved walking trail by the stream so if Fido gets a little bored there is a nice area to walk. See Details
Historic Rosedale Plantation Tour the 13-room federal house. Discover plantation and village life by examining the lives of the Frew, Caldwell and Davidson families who occupied this antebellum plantation. The garden at this plantation depicts the type of garden popular before it became fashionable for gardens to bloom all year. The main walks are bordered by boxwood. While pets cannot go into the house itself, they are welcome to explore the gardens. See Details
Woofinwaggle Bring Fido to Woofinwaggle, a fitness center and dog spa in North Raleigh. Squat, lunge, and lift weights while your dog works out on agility equipment, balance balls, and has fun maneuvering the obstacle course. At the end of the 60-minute class, cool down by stretching and giving your dog a massage. There are several classes offered including Fitness With Your Furbaby, 6-Legged Bootcamp, and Young Pups in addition to dog spa treatments like "pawdicures" and an excellent dog wash facility. Call or visit the website for times and pricing information. See Details
Old Winston Social Club Old Winston Social Club is a family and pet-friendly bar in the West End neighborhood of Winston-Salem. The bar does not serve any food because it allows dogs, but it does allow you to bring in any food. Burke Street Pizza is located right across the street, and will happily deliver to OWSC. Old Winston offers a variety of bar activities, including darts, shufffleboard, bar skittles, plinko, and more. Old Winston is also happy to host private events - just email them at bookings@oldwinstonsocialclub.com. See Details
Grandfather Vineyard Winery Leashed dogs are welcome inside the tasting room at Grandfather Vineyard Winery, located in Banner Elk, NC. The winery produces several different white and red varietals and sweet wine. Tastings range from $6 for 4 half-ounce pours up to $10 for 8 half-ounce pours of dry wines. Grandfather Vineyard Winery is Monday - Saturday noon - 6pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm. See Details