If you’re from Durham, you’re probably well aware of the city’s drool-worthy barbeque and sniff-worthy foliage; but nothing has prepared you for a day of dog-friendly activities in Durham quite like this.
From restaurants and bars to parks and trails, you and your pooch will be brimming with choices next time you hit the Bull City scene.
Dinner, Drinks, and a Bowl of Water
Looking to grab some grub? The Federal in Durham’s historic Brightleaf District is the perfect dog-friendly restaurant for dinner, a couple of drinks, and a treat (if you’re good).
The outdoor patio is big enough for dogs of any size with an incredibly accommodating staff that has been known to dole out water and belly rubs to well-behaved furry patrons.
No-frills pub lovers will not be disappointed by the bar’s extensive beer list, crowd-favorite Fed-Burger, and vegetarian selections for the herbivores in your life.
Take a Walk on the American Tobacco Trail
We know your may prefer to sit on a patio with a cold brew, but your four-legged friends have a different idea of fun—mainly walking, sniffing, and marking their territory with doggie lemonade (you’re welcome to follow suit, but we wouldn’t advise it).
If you’d like your dog to keep that lemonade off your new rug, we’d recommend you take his fun seeking to the American Tobacco Trail that runs through Durham County. Part of the Rails to Trails network, this is perfect for a long walk along 20 miles of dog-friendly trails that have been converted from an old railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company. Verdant and full of snout-gripping scents, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog and you’ve got 20 miles of trail to achieve ultimate canine bliss.
Dog Agility Classes
It’s not all about the walk and sniff for some dogs. For those who require a bit more stimulation than a tennis ball and a willing human arm, dog agility classes with Dog Fun Forever may be your ticket.
There’s no better way to redirect that energy Fido has been using to herd the cats (and children) around the house. Classes are offered to all levels of ability and require few prerequisites.
Durham’s Dog Parks
If you’ve got a social dog that just NEEDS to chase and play with other mutts, Durham dog parks are a local haven where your dog can run and dig to his heart’s content.
Start with Pineywood Park, which has more than three acres of land to tire the most energetic puppies and provide solace to the mellowest senior dogs. If you’re looking for separate space for big hounds and little guys, look no further than Northgate Park, which features two enclosed spaces for large and small dogs.
Brunch on Bones
If you prefer your brunch bone-in, look no further than Tyler’s Taproom in the American Tobacco historic district. Featuring a seasonal menu, a fantastic beer list, and dog-friendly seating, this is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon before hitting the nearby trails.
Whether you accompany your four-legged pal on his Durham adventures or need to sit one out, check out Rover’s list of loving dog sitters in Durham N.C. and know your dog will always be well cared for. From puddle jumping around old tobacco trails to slurping up barbeque sauce in downtown’s NoCO District, we’re always happy to escort your pooch wherever the adventure takes us.