For most dog owners, their canine friends aren’t just pets, they’re keys to a fun and furry, dog-friendly lifestyle. But with work and family and all the responsibilities on your plate, it can be tough to find new adventures and relaxing places to kick back, too.
If a dog (or two or five) has won your heart and taken over your home, we’ve got some ideas for you—including options for those of you looking to join in the fun, or eager to give your pal a mini-vacation while you juggle chores.
Indoor dog park PLUS bar? This is the place where dogs and their owners can enjoy an adventure together. During the day it’s a mild-mannered destination for doggie daycare—so no more guilt about leaving your pooch pal home alone when it’s time to go out to work. Then, from about 6:30pm (and on weekends), it turns into an off-leash indoor dog park and bar for members. Day passes are $8; Monthly memberships are just $28/mo. Boarding available too. 400 W. North St, Raleigh (entrance on West St).
Ready to get out and enjoy our state’s capital — with your best four-legged pal by your side? Dogs are welcome on this history-art-and-culture adventure of discovery. Register for an Anytime Scavenger Hunt, and be guided by clues available on the organization’s app. The walking distance is just 2.25 miles, and you can take it at your own pace (with plenty of time outs for snacks and beverages if you choose). The average time is 1-1/2 to 2 hours. $15/player with individualized roles and challenges for everyone. Starts at 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh
You may have toured around inside, but year-round adventures are also available outdoors for art lovers who want their dogs to tag along. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany you as you explore over 2 miles of trails and greenways, dotted liberally with outdoor art sculptures. They also have a scavenger hunt; just download the PDF from the Park Scavenger Hunt sub-tab (look under “Park Info” about midway down on the page linked above). Naturally there are outdoor concessions near the museum entrance (for people); but there are several dog watering stations too, proving this really is a place for all. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
It’s pretty easy to find breweries in the Triangle that are dog-friendly… but what about for people who prefer stemmed glasses to steins? The 19-year old Chatham Hill Winery is an inviting alternative! Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm you can enjoy a perfectly crafted and chilled glass of your favorite dry white or red; or a unique fruit-infused blend; or their own North Carolina creation; plus others. And its convenient location right off Chapel Hill Road in Cary makes it an easy drive. 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary
Most of our adventures require you to be at the other end of your dog’s leash… but Dog Day Adventures offers another option. Imagine having your canine companion picked up at your door and escorted to an outdoor destination full of fun and exploration with other pack members (after careful introduction, of course)? They might be on- or off-leash for their excursion — options for 2-6 hour events are available — and then get dropped back off at your door. Exercise, stimulation and socialization all with quality supervision. If only they could tell you the tails (um… tales). Join their online community to get notified of weekend activities you can do together like dock diving, flying disc nights and socials. Serving Western Wake County.
This webpage from the Economic Development Partnership of NC offers some fun resources for dog families too — those living here in the Triangle as well as those just visiting. Plus, knowing that those of us who live in a place often are the last to get out and enjoy our home region as if it were a vacation spot, this site offers a nice launching pad for uncovering other activities that you and your family may have missed out on.
If you’re deciding where to live in the Triangle NC area and dogs are among your family members, rest assured that this is just a small sampling of the many ways you can enjoy a dog-friendly lifestyle in Raleigh and its surrounds. We’ve got woods and fields, parks and lakes, and a mix of urban, suburban and country that’s hard to beat. And as huge dog fans ourselves, we’ll be happy to help match you with the ideal spot to call home. Just give us a call!