Don't leave Fido at home! When you're in Durham, man's best friend can come with you! There are dozens of dog-friendly shops, bars, restaurants, and attractions to treat your four-legged friend to a day on the town.
Here's your guide to exploring Durham with a canine in tow.
• Drink at Fullsteam, a brewery and tavern that welcomes canines both indoors and on the patio. Fullsteam's beers are made with locally farmed goods and heirloom botanicals. Grab a snack from one of the food trucks parked out front, and enjoy a pilsner with your pup at your side (Rover can have water).
• Stop by Locopops for frosty treats in flavors both humans and dogs can enjoy. Gourmet frozen popsicles for humans come in flavors like mango chili, sea salt caramel, and Mexican chocolate. Pup pops come in chicken or beef broth flavors accompanied by a rawhide stick.
• Walk your dog right up to the bar at The Pinhook, a Downtown Durham bar and music venue with a patio out back. For the sake of your dog's sensitive ears, you may want to leave her at home on nights bands are performing. Unless your dog has noise-cancelling headphones.
• After a romp in Central Park, visit Beer Durham, a dog-friendly bottle shop. With 20 brews on tap, plus an extensive can and bottle selection, you can enjoy a beverage while shopping with Fido. Dogs are welcome indoors and on the patio. Beer Durham also hosts a monthly Dog Days party in support of the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
• For a food tour with canines, check out Dog Friendly Durham, an organization that hosts three-hour walking food tours of Downtown Durham. Participants will be paired with a rescue dog, then visit dog-friendly restaurants and bars, all while learning about Durham history and foo
d culture. You can bring your own dog on the tour, though participants are encouraged to pair up with a pup in need.
Many Durham restaurants with outdoor patios allow well-behaved dogs, but call ahead of your visit to check each establishment's policies, which are subject to change. For a complete list of pooch-friendly restaurants, search our restaurant listings using the dog-friendly filter under amenities.
• Treat your furry friend to a new, American-made toy or treat at Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery in Downtown Durham. Friendly staff also provide wellness and nutrition information.
• Visit Oliver's Collar for dog treats baked on-site and other doggy accessories, including leashes and beds. If your dog's birthday is coming up, special order a cake for her puppy party!
• Take a walk on the wild side at Eno River State Park, a 4,200-acre state park minutes from the heart of Durham. Humans and their companions can explore the many wooded trails and swimming holes.
• Known as the crown jewel of Duke University, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens is comprised of 55 acres of specialized gardens, ponds, and paths. You and your leashed canine friend can wander the manicured paths, take a nap under the trees, or watch the ducks paddle by. Check the gardens etiquette before you go - some areas are restricted to humans.
• Duke's East Campus is the perfect spot for runners and walkers, plus their canine companions. A 1.7-mile gravel trail loops around the campus, with gentle slopes and shaded stretches. If you need a break, there are open, grassy areas that are ideal for a game of fetch.
• What could be better than going out to the ball game with your best bud? Each season, there are several opportunities to take your dog to a Durham Bulls game during Bark in the Park events. Visit the Bulls' website for upcoming dates and more information.
• Visit Lap it Up, which describes itself as a YMCA for dogs. The canine activity center offers training and agility classes, organized games, and a doggy swimming pool. Visit Lap it Up's website for registration information. Keep in mind that you'll need to have vaccination receipts on hand in order to register.
Things to know: Beginning September 14, 2016, both resident and visiting dog owners will be required to pick up and properly dispose of their dog's waste. Allowing a dog to roam at large in Durham County is illegal.
Durham County is also home to several dog parks, which dogs must be registered for in order to use.
Stay the night with Fido! Durham has plenty of pet-friendly lodging properties that will welcome your pooch. read more