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Top 10 Pet-Friendly Places to Explore with Your Dog in Carolina Beach, NC!

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Stay in the know: Top 10 Pet-Friendly Places to Explore with Your Dog in Carolina Beach, NC!

Carolina Beach, North Carolina, is a slice of coastal paradise that welcomes not just beachgoers and sunseekers but also four-legged friends. With its sandy shores, dog-friendly parks, and a warm community spirit, Carolina Beach offers countless opportunities for you and your furry companion to enjoy the coastal experience together. In this guide, we’ll explore the top 10 dog-friendly places in Carolina Beach to ensure you and your dog have a paws-itively fantastic time.

First things first! Your dog(s) will love their stay at The Sunrise Shack!

1. Carolina Beach State Park:

Start your adventure at the Carolina Beach State Park full of naturally pristine trails and hikes along beaches, marshes and forest. Your pet will enjoy all the sounds, smells, as well as the vibrant landscape experience throughout your exploration.

Welcome to the Carolina Beach State Park only a few minutes from The Sunrise Shack

2. Mike Chappell Dog Park:

Socialize at the Carolina Beach Dog Park, located at 501 Dow Road S. This off-leash park is divided into separate areas for large and small dogs, and it features a double-gated entry system for safety. Here, your pup can socialize, run, and play to their heart’s content.

3. Freeman Park:

Carolina Beach’s beloved Freeman Park is a year-round dog-friendly beach. Leash up your pup and take a scenic walk along the shore while the waves lull you both into tranquility. It’s the perfect place for a bonding beach day with your furry friend.

Please note: Freeman Park costs $ if you decide to drive your 4X4 vehicle on the beach

4. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area:

This beautiful park, located at 1000 Loggerhead Road, is a haven for dogs. While dogs must be on a leash, you’ll have access to miles of pristine beachfront where your pup can frolic in the sand and surf to their heart’s content.

Dog-friendly year round!

Hike the beach and trails with your pup in Fort Fisher North Carolina

5. Carolina Beach Lake (Loop Trail):

Stroll through Carolina Beach Lake Park, located at Atlanta Ave and S Lake Park Blvd, where leashed dogs are welcome. The park features a scenic lake surrounded by walking paths, making it a relaxing spot for a leisurely walk with your canine companion.

Just a short 1-2 minute walk from The Sunrise Shack!

6. The Veggie Wagon:

Located at 608 S Lake Park Blvd, The Veggie Wagon offers a pet-friendly patio where you can savor locally grown and made snacks with your dog by your side. They even provide water bowls to keep your furry friend hydrated.

7. Fat Pelican:

This dive bar at 8 Carolina Beach Ave S is known for its casual atmosphere and dog-friendly outdoor seating. Grab a cold drink, listen to live music, and let your dog soak in the friendly vibes of this iconic spot.

8. Good Hops Brewing:

As mentioned in previous guides, Good Hops Brewing at 811 Harper Ave welcomes dogs on their spacious outdoor patio. Relax with some craft beer while your canine companion enjoys the company and fresh air.

9. SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar:

This local favorite at 227 Carolina Beach Ave S offers a dog-friendly patio overlooking the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy seafood dishes and tropical drinks while your dog enjoys the beachy ambience.

10. The Spot on Lake Park:

Situated at 201 N Lake Park Blvd, The Spot offers a pet-friendly patio where you can savor gourmet hot dogs, burgers, and more. Your dog will appreciate the outdoor dining experience.


Tips for a Dog-Friendly Visit:

To ensure a delightful and safe experience when exploring these dog-friendly places in Carolina Beach, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep your dog on a leash where required.
  • Bring waste bags and clean up after your dog promptly.
  • Ensure your dog is well-behaved and socialized when interacting with other dogs and people.
  • Respect the rules and regulations of each establishment or park you visit.
  • Provide plenty of water for your dog, especially during hot weather.

Carolina Beach, NC, is a welcoming destination for both two-legged and four-legged visitors. Whether you’re strolling along the beach, dining at pet-friendly restaurants, or enjoying outdoor adventures, you’ll find countless opportunities to create lasting memories with your furry friend. So pack your bags, leash up your pup, and get ready for a dog-friendly adventure in this coastal paradise.

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