No one knows better than those who live in pet-friendly apartments in Charlotte that this city is known for being an especially dog-friendly place. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find yourself winding through the crowd in a brewery, clutching a beer and staring at the floor to make sure you’re not about to trip over someone’s beloved four-legged friend, or to peruse the racks at Neiman Marcus alongside a cultured pup. If you’re looking to get out and about with your dog, here’s where to go.
However you prefer to spend your weekends, Charlotte features plenty of options for you and a furry friend. Seeking thrills at the U.S. National Whitewater Center? Take your leashed dog with you to one of the many scenic trails. Never knew you could bring a dog to a gallery? Twenty-Two, the funky gallery nestled beneath Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood, welcomes pets and their artistic owners. When it’s caffeine you crave, bring your pup along for a pit stop at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in NoDa. And when the two of you need to get some exercise, spend a day at one of the city’s many parks or Crowders Mountain State Park. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve features nine trails for you to enjoy.
Take advantage of a photo op on top of Crowders Mountain.
If sitting outside on a patio enjoying your favorite local cold one is your thing, you’re in luck. Many of the area’s breweries and bars are known for welcoming dogs in their outdoor spaces. Among the list of watering holes where you can bring your dog are Sycamore Brewing, Triple C Brewing Co., Angry Ale’s, NoDa Brewing Company, Brazwell’s Premium Pub, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Birdsong Brewing Co., among others. The Dog Bar in NoDa and Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, with locations in Cornelius and Charlotte, are popular spots specifically designed for craft brew lovers to sip and socialize with dogs in tow. Down the street from Lucky Dog’s Charlotte location, the two of you can enjoy a bone and a bite at Pinky’s Westside Grill. If you enjoy serenading your best friend, head to the ultra pup-friendly Hattie’s Tap & Tavern for Thursday night karaoke.
The Dog Bar
Even our sports franchises are dog-friendly, as the Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte Knights both feature at least one game per season where pups are welcome to tag along as you root for the home teams.
Meetups, facilitated locally through meetup.com, are a great way to build friendships with fellow dog-minded residents. Check out groups like the Dogs and Drinks meetup.
After a day of activities, your dog deserves a trip to Canine Café. The store features an on-site, dog-friendly bakery as well as all-natural dog food and pet supplies. When your pup’s special day rolls around, Canine Café will customize a cake, right down to a fire hydrant design, just for the occasion.
When work or vacations call you away, you want to make sure your dog is well cared for. Thanks to Charlotte’s luxe lodging options, like Pet Paradise, he or she will probably consider it a spa vacation. Live webcams even make it possible for protective owners to check in on their beloved pups at any time, guaranteeing peace of mind. For overnight stays or simply a little extra exercise while you’re away during the day, drop your dog off at Club Fetch in South End. Play areas are selected based on your pooch’s energy level and personality, so he or she will always feel right at home.
Play a game of fetch at local area parks.
If you’re tagging along on your pup’s playdates but want to give him or her room to run, a trip to Davie Dog Park at William R. Davie District Park will do the trick. It’s home to a 5-acre, fenced-in area where dogs can run and play off leash. Separate areas for both large and small dogs means everyone can safely enjoy the experience. Another popular spot for dogs of all sizes is Frazier Park, a 12-acre urban park located in Third Ward. Charlotte is also home to more than two dozen disc golf courses, each filled with plenty of trails for your best bud to explore.