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Pet-friendly Elizabeth City Area Outings

Posted on 09/18/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City

Man’s best friends are celebrated here in the “Harbor of Hospitality®.” There’s plenty to explore together so no matter how you and your pup like to enjoy your vacation, keep reading for a few suggestions on how your pack can have a doggone good time in Elizabeth City.

woman walking white poodle on downtown street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

people drinking coffee and a dogs at downtown coffee shop in Elizabeth City, North CarolinaStart your day at locally-owned Muddy Waters Coffeehouse for coffee where the baristas have treats on hand for you and your four-legged friend. You’ll enjoy the fresh, house-roasted coffee beans and your dog can have their very own pup-cup to savor.

While you're there, don't forget to snag a pic in front of the new mural hand-painted by local artist, Holly Cole Luke.

Next up, Page after Page, a dog-friendly literary haven, which often has a doggy water bowl next to its entrance for your pup to cool down on warmer days after exploring downtown. Check out the regional book selection and learn more about the history of the region while you cool your paws at this waterfront bookstore. 

brindle cane corso sitting on the waterfront boardwalk next to harbor of hospitality statue in Elizabeth City, North CarolinaIf you're just looking to take the scenic route you can stroll through 4 parks in one shot and get your daily walk in. Start at Mariners' Wharf, walk on the brick pathway on the waterfront and over to Waterfront Park to take in the riverfront sights and sounds. Once you get to the boat ramp, you'll walk over the small bridge to the new Coast Guard Park where there are picnic tables and benches on the dock to take a break and enjoy the view. Right across the street is Charles Creek Park where you can walk the boardwalk loop to check out some local flora and fauna and then kick up your feet (or paws) and just enjoy the beauty of nature before you head downtown.

Our Cane Corso friend, @ladieslove.saint on Instagram, sure looks like he enjoyed his walk! Make sure you tag us with #VisitECity during your visit so we can share the puppy love.

While you trek through our nearby downtown district, you can make a pitstop at dog-friendly Big Boss Burritos for tasty churros and a burrito while your dog enjoys a nice drink from the water bowl provided by the entrance.  Right next door is bakery and coffeeshop, The SweetEasy with unique coffee and espresso recipes, half-pound cookies, and cake jars. Dogs are welcome to hang out inside the bakery to and they even offer doggie desserts your pup will love. This bakery receives two paws up!

Feeling more in tune with nature? Head over to the Dismal Swamp State Parks trail to stretch your legs and run off some pent-up energy. The trail weaves among the trees, providing a great place for sniffing and bird watching with benches for rest breaks along the way.

girl walking her golden doodle in front of Pailin's Alley muralDuring warmer months, locally-owned Nu-Quality Ice Cream has decadent sundaes and candy-infused cold treats for you and a cup of vanilla ice cream with a tasty treat on top for your fur baby. You can both take a seat at their outdoor tables to enjoy your dessert and relax in the sunshine.

After a day of fun, enjoy a night out with your pup and dinner in beautiful, historic Pailin’s Alley. Grab dinner to-go from a variety of downtown dining options including Hoppin’ Johnz and The Mills, and have your meal at one of the outdoor tables. While you're in the alley, stop in and grab a nice cold brew from Ghost Harbor Brewing Company. They even sell locally-made dog treats so you can reward your pup for being awesome while they relax with you inside.

In the mood for a peaceful, Italian dinner with a waterview? Waterfront Paradiso Roma Ristorante has a spacious pet-friendly deck so you and your pup can relax outdoors while you dine with a scenic backdrop of the Pasquotank River.

When the day is done, rest your paws at one of Elizabeth City’s many hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts or AirBnbs, with several pet-friendly options to choose from. Check out our Insider’s Guide blog and events calendar for more information on what’s happening in EC and things to do during your stay.

Be sure to document your trip to Elizabeth City by posting pictures with #VisitECity. Happy travels….woof, woof!


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