If you’re searching for a place to visit this fall and winter but don’t want to leave Fido at home, then Carolina Beach has you covered. From playing on the sand to hiking at Carolina Beach State Park or even dining at pet-friendly restaurants, there are plenty of ways to keep your four-legged friend involved.  

Voted as one of the “top three best North Carolina beach destinations” in WRAL Out & About Voters' Choice Awards, Carolina Beach is the perfect destination for an escape this season. Take advantage of less crowds, sunshine and special rates this season.

Dogs Allowed
From now until March 31, leashed dogs are allowed on Carolina Beach. For those visiting during the summer months, dogs are always allowed at Freeman Park Recreation Area. This unspoiled section of beach at the northern end of Carolina Beach is where four-legged friends can run off-leash from October 1 through March 31 and on-leash year-round. Keep your pup hydrated by taking advantage of one of the several animal-friendly water fountains located around Carolina Beach.

Four-Legged Adventures
Dogs on the beachExplore Carolina Beach State Park, a 761-acre dog-friendly park surrounded by trails and views of the water. Weave through the park’s seven miles of hiking trails for an afternoon adventure with your pup. Then head over to Mike Chappell Park's fenced-in, off-leash dog park for the perfect playground for a puppy playdate. After an active day, hit up Four Dogs Pet Salon and Treatery to spruce up your pup or let him or her indulge in savory, homemade treats.

Furry Friends and Slumber 
Relax comfortably at one of Carolina Beach’s pet-friendly lodging options – perfect for dogs, and cats too! The Carolina Beach Inn offers pet-friendly perks including onsite pet walking and pet sitting services. For more spacious and private accommodations, the Beacon House Bed & Breakfast – a renovated 1950s board house turned B&B – offers two-bedroom vacation cottages that can accommodate up to two pets and four people. The Drifter’s Reef Hotel provides its doggie guests with access to a private pet park located at the back of the property.  

More than Just Treats
Dogs playingPlenty of Carolina Beach restaurants allow pets so you don’t have to leave Fido to fend for himself or herself when you dine out. The Lazy Pirate provides an outdoor, pet-friendly dining area so your dog can relax comfortably on the back patio while you test your skills at cornhole or on the restaurant’s sand volleyball courts. Grab a drink with man’s best friend at Good Hops Brewing's Taproom and Beer Garden. Delicious beer and dog treats guarantee a great time for both owner and pup.