Explore Dog-mopolitan Raleigh

A Canine-friendly City

Cute dog lying on the welcome mat

Americans, in general, love our dogs.

It’s true! Over 78 million furry friends reside in US households and over 44% of all households in the US have at least one pooch. Folks in Raleigh are no exception when it comes to pawsitively loving their dogs. One great thing about Raleigh, and really the whole Triangle area, is that except for the immediate downtown areas, it’s not as urban as many large cities which means Fido will probably have a backyard, even if it is small. In the more urban areas, there are numerous city parks, dog parks, and many, many restaurants, trails, outdoor activities, and events, that make it pawsible for dogs to join in life’s special moments.


Looking for a Canine Concierge?

Woman and Dog at Hotel

Are you looking to relocate to the Triangle area?

Raleigh alone has over 40 hotels that are pet-friendly. So if you are looking to relocate to the area, you will have no problem bringing your dog with you when you come to visit. BringFido.com is a great source for finding a hotel to stay in where your pup will be welcome! So is HotelGuide.com.


Bone A-pet-treat!
Women with dogs sitting in street cafe

With our temperate climate in the Triangle, most restaurants have some sort of outdoor seating and will welcome your well-behaved. furry friend to join you alfresco! So don’t furget your furry companion. Take them along with you! Here are a few favorites:


North Hills RaleighCameron VillageNorth Raleigh
Plates Neighborhood KitchenChuy’sBenelux CoffeeRestaurants in Lafayette Village
Raleigh Brewing CompanyKing’sTazza KitchenSaints & Scholars Irish Pub
The StationMuraThe Flying BiscuitSola Coffee Cafe
Bad Daddy’s Burger BarAnother Broken Egg CafeThe Players RetreatGonza Taco Y Tequilla

There are hundreds of dog-friendly restaurants in Raleigh alone.

Need help deciding where to go? Yelp.com can help. Type “dog-friendly restaurants” in the search and select the city you want. You will see pictures and reviews of restaurants all over the Triangle written by dog owners who have enjoyed dining with their dogs. Also, check out these apps to keep up with what’s happening in the Triangle area:

  • Downtown Raleigh
  • Offline
  • WRAL Out & About
  • Go Eats
  • KoMoot
  • Indy Go


Tails on the Trails

Woman walking with dog on a trail

The Triangle area is ideal for active lifestyles with your dog.

Want to spend a fun day out and about with your pup? There are numerous trails and dog parks to explore. NC Museum of Art Trails, Umstead Park, Eno River Park, Tobacco Trail, and more all offering excellent hiking trails and most are close to dining areas as well. Here are some websites you can explore to find a trail that’s looks interesting to you.


Capital Area Greenway Systemwww.RaleighNC.gov
NC Museum of Art Trailswww.NCArtMuseum.org
Umstead Parkwww.NCParks.gov
Eno River Parkwww.NCParks.gov
American Tobacco Trailwww.WakeGov.com

If you want a special treat or if the weather is not ideal for outdoors activities, Woofinwaggle, a fitness center and dog spa in North Raleigh, has daily classes you can take to work out with your dog. Amazing, right?

If you are relocating to the Raleigh or just moving within the Triangle area, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS can help you find the right neighborhood for your dog-friendly lifestyle.  Contact us today to let us know what your goals are and how we can best help you meet them.


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