As the temperatures begin to rise into the beautiful Carolina weather we all love, it is time to be out and about even more with your dog! Enjoying life with your dog is what KeenDog is all about, so let us share with you some of our favorite spots in the Queen City. Here is our list of 10 places to visit with your dog in Charlotte.
1. U.S National Whitewater Center: With the nice weather approaching, enjoy the fresh air and hiking trails with your pup by your side. Although your dog must be leashed, the possibilities are endless at USNWC with multiple hiking trails, food, drinks and activities. What else is super cool? You can go paddle boarding there with your dog! A great way to utilize your KeenDog placework training. During the Summer months you can throw back a cold one and enjoy a band with your dog at their Riverjam concert series as well.
2. Crowders Mountain : Want to get away for the day? Take a day trip to Crowders Mountain for a hike with your dog. Crowders has multiple trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty and distance. Did I mention the view at the top is breathtaking? A little tip from us – it gets pretty crowded on the weekends so try to head during a week day or early morning on the weekends to avoid crowds. The summit is much more enjoyable when there are less people.
3. Blue Blaze Brewery : This low-key brewery is not only dog friendly, but has some of the best brews in Charlotte. It’s a hidden gem making it perfect for a relaxing afternoon with your dog by your side and a beer in your hand.
4. Charlotte Knights – Bark in the Ballpark: Root, Root, Root for the Home Team. You and your dog can cheer on the Charlotte Knights side by side on June 26th and August 28th at Bark in the Ballpark. A fun and entertaining night for you both.
5. Paper Skyscraper : There’s always something new and creative to check out in this store. Selling everything from books to art to gifts to games. You can find something for everyone here, even your dog. Located in Southend, Paper Skyscraper is a thriving independent store Charlotteans can’t get enough of. Plus they have a pretty cool ‘doodle that is the store dog and a perfect way to be welcomed into their store.
6. Wooden Robot Brewery: Your dog is welcomed both inside and on the outside patio at Wooden Robot. Definitely a fan favorite for breweries in Charlotte. Grabbing drinks with your friends can now include your dog. Not to mention, they have an amazing food service from Twisted Eats that you can order right inside the brewery! Their menu is quite unique, and has something for everyone (even a tofu steak for Katrina and the rest of the vegan Charlotte population). You may also see Cassie there on a regular basis, she is owned by Wooden Robot Brewery owner/brewer/mastermind Dan Wade and Lauren Goode. A little tip – if you have an anxious pup this brewery can certainly get busy during weekends so you may want to stick to weekdays as to not overwhelm your pup.
7. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall : Don’t get lost in the 55,000 square feet of uniques antiques. You and your dog can scrounge around for hours at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. With two locations, one in Charlotte and one in Gastonia, you and your dog will have plenty of time together.
8. Gallery Twenty-Two : Your dog can appreciate the finer things in life too. At Twenty-Two, grab a glass of wine and explore the latest art exhibits with your dog. Located in Plaza-Midwood, Twenty-Two makes for a trendy night out.
9. McDowell Nature Preserve:
If you and your pup are the outdoorsy type, McDowell Nature Preserve is right up your alley.
Enjoy the scenery of Lake Wylie, forests, streams and piedmont prairie restoration. McDowell has over 7 miles of trails to choose from. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, spend the night at one of their 56 campsites. Don’t forget the water bowls on this trip.
10. Daveste Vineyard: Not only does Daveste Vineyard have an amazing selection of wines, they also have craft beer on tap. The best part of all, your dog can accompany you on your tasting and tour. This daytime getaway is just a short drive up 77 off exit 42.
Is there a certain spot that didn’t make our list you would like to share, we would love to hear it! Comment below your favorite places to visit with your dog in Charlotte.
– Brittany Turner, KeenDog Assistant Trainer