If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that I am a proud rescue dog mama. Winston has always liked to go out and about, but in recent years, Gizmo has followed his big brother’s lead and enjoys being able to explore new places. Here are our top 10 dog-friendly places in the Triangle.
Bombshell Brewery, Holly Springs
Being local suburbanites, Bombshell is a great place to meet our friends and get our pups out of the house. Bombshell has six IPAs on tap right now, and food trucks are on-site from Thursday–Saturday. There are picnic tables outside and a playground for your kiddos. Dogs are allowed inside the taproom, which is perfect for rainy days.
The Raleigh Times, Raleigh
There is nothing better than people-watching outside The Raleigh Times with your dogs. This is a great lunch or dinner spot in the summer, and after an afternoon of playing at the dog park, it feels amazing to relax in the shade.
Eno River State Park, Durham
One of our rescues is just a gigantic furball. He loves hiking at the Eno because it is shaded, and he can jump in the river to cool off. I would venture to say that this is his favorite spot for us to take him walking! The trails are easy to hike and make for a great afternoon adventure.
I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Ponysaurus when it hasn’t been packed with dogs and their owners. This is another great spot for food trucks and delicious beer! It’s a nice stop before heading to Bark in the Park at DBAP. The outdoor space is welcoming and open, and there is a ton of seating for you and your favorite four-legged friends.
Lake Johnson, Raleigh
Lake Johnson has a great walking trail for dogs and a nice views where you can stop and relax. Gizmo is definitely a runner while Winston likes to stroll, and Lake Johnson allows both of them to get their favorite type of exercise.
Coker Arboretum, Chapel Hill
Coker Arboretum offers nice trails and shade for hot days. The arboretum winds through UNC’s campus and makes for a lazy afternoon of strolling and relaxing on the lawn or on the benches throughout. Don’t forget to bring water for your pets!
Umstead State Park, Raleigh
There is nothing better than a good day of hiking at Umstead Park. We love to come here for a hike in the morning, and then head over to Gizmo Brewery for refreshments and snacks if there is a food truck. Umstead offers a variety of trails and we can switch up depending on how much time we have or how exhausted we want our boys to be.
Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh
I would be hard pressed to not mention Gizmo Brew Works, since one of our little guys is named after it! His foster family changed his name to Gizmo in part due to his crazy ears, but mostly because of their favorite brewery. This watering hole is a fantastic place to bring the dogs—they’re allowed inside the taproom and out on the patio, plus there’s plenty of space around the industrial park to take them strolling when they get restless. I suggest subscribing to Gizmo Brew Works’ email listserv for events and food truck updates!
Oakwood Dog Park, Raleigh
It’s no secret that I love Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood, so its dog park is one of my favorites. This is a weekend treat for us to check out and always makes for a fun time. The dog park is very well maintained and busy, and it’s always nice to take a walk through Oakwood to cool the boys off after their play date.
Bark in the Park, Durham
This may be my favorite event of the summer! We always treat the guys to one Bark in the Park so they can socialize with new buddies and catch some baseball. Gizmo usually relaxes under the seats, while Winston is the welcoming committee for new doggie friends that enter the section.
Local folks, do you have any recommendations on places to take the boys?
What is your favorite summer activity with your dog?
This article originally appeared on Offline Media here.