A Few Pawsitively Great Ways to Make the Most out of a Visit to the Outer Banks with your Four-Legged Friend

In honor of National Pet Day on April 11th, (let's be honest-if you have a pet, you probably consider every day National Pet Day!) we've come up with a few pawsitively great ways to make the most out of a visit to the OBX with your furry friend!

Let’s Go for a W-A-L-K

Dowdy Park in Nags Head offers paved walkways and grassy areas for year-round strolls. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Bring them along for the weekly Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market, held Thursdays from May 27 to September 9, 2021.
Get your forest fix with your fur-ever buddy in Nags Head Woods. The ADA, Roanoke, Discovery, Town, and YMCA trails at this wildlife preserve allow leashed pets. Got the zoomies? Check out one of the many dog parks in the area, including those in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and on Roanoke Island. If you’re looking for photo-worthy sunsets, head to the Duck Town Boardwalk, where leashed pets are invited to take in the soundside vistas.

Grab a Doggie Bag

Many local restaurants offer outdoor, pet-friendly seating options. Check out Waveriders in Nags Head or John’s Drive-In in Kitty Hawk, where they’ll greet your dog with a “pup cup” treat (soft serve vanilla ice cream). Enjoy a water view from the patio at Avenue Grille in Manteo or Watermen’s Bar & Grill in Waves with your fur baby. Chow down on a colossal sandwich from Country Deli on their pet-approved patio!

Learn to BARK

The three national parks of the Outer Banks - Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial, are all pet-friendly. Make sure your pup or adventure kitty is being a good BARK Ranger by simply abiding by the following rules:
B -Bag your pet’s waste
A -Always leash your pet
R -Respect wildlife
K -Know where you can go

Some Helpful Tips

Leash laws vary from town to town, so it’s always a good idea to check with the municipality where you are vacationing for the most current leash requirements.

Sand and sidewalks can reach temperatures well over 100 degrees in the summer sun. If it’s too hot for you to walk on without shoes, it’s also too hot for your four-legged friend.

Pet cleanup is required when adventuring with your pet on the Outer Banks. Always be sure to dispose of their waste in an appropriate garbage receptacle.

With over 350 pet-friendly vacation rentals, Sun Realty is sure to have a purr-fect spot fur your family vacation. 


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Photo credit: Candace Lundin


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