Best Places to Take Your Dog On The Outer Banks


The Outer Banks region of North Carolina is one of the best places to check out the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of the USA.  It is a very vacation-oriented place, where people go to surf, fish, tan, swim and camp. Dogs are allowed on several of the beautiful beaches in this area, as well as in some of the parks and other attractions. Make sure to bring a lot of bug spray to this area, due to the abundance of mosquitoes and horse flies.

Best Pet Friendly Activities on the Outer Banks



Corolla Wild Horses

Located in Corolla, this area hosts 12,000 acres dedicated to the wild horses who have survived rugged nature and hurricanes throughout the years. It was started in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens who sought to make more people aware of the collective horse presence and significance of the area.

In additional to the horse roaming area, there is an educational museum and store. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday, from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Leashed dogs can walk around and go in the museum, so well as they are well behaved and react well to horses.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

This is a touring company based in Corolla that lets visitors rent jeeps and drive them around the beautiful beaches to a guided tour. You will be able to see wild mustang ponies, and possibly some dolphins, wild pigs, fox and deer. Dogs can go on the tours so long as they are leashed, well behaved and cleaned up after.



Corolla Beaches

Leashed dogs can roam around the beaches in Corolla, so long as they are behaved and cleaned up after. The water is warm and clear, and there are many beautiful sand dunes, and dolphins jumping off in the distance.

Duck Beach

Dogs are allowed in Duck Beach, in Duck, North Carolina, so long as they are vaccinated, licensed and under control. You are allowed to let your dog run off-leash if it is under voice control.

Nags Head Beaches

Dogs are allowed in the beaches in Nags Head, North Carolina. They are required to be on a leash shorter than 10 feet, licensed, vaccinated and cleaned up after.


The Duck Trail

Located in Duck, this is a fun, scenic nature trail that humans and dogs can enjoy. Dogs are required to be on leash, as well as licensed, displaying current vaccination tags, and cleaned up after.


Tanger Outlet

Located in Nags Head, this is an outdoor outlet shopping mall. Dogs are allowed on leash throughout the common areas, but you must ask the individual shop employees if they are allowed in the stores.

Outdoor Restaurants

Bacchus Wine and Cheese

This place is located in Corolla, and has a huge selection of international and domestic wine and cheeses. Of course there is also substantial dining, such as famous sandwiches, salads and desserts. Leashed dogs can eat with you at outer tables.

Duck’s Cottage Coffee and Books

This cafe is in Duck, and has an assortment of coffees, pastries, gifts and books. Dogs can accompany you on the porch and picnic tables, if you want to sit around and read.

Aqua S Restaurant

This fine restaurant is located in Duck, and most of its gourmet food comes from the local area. It is on the waterfront, and serves lunch and dinner. There is also an array of wines to choose from to compliment your meal. Leashed, well behaved dogs can sit with you at the outer tables.

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  1. Hi, thinking about our annual vacation (usually the last week in August) and we are looking at the outer banks…we would like to bring our dog along and would like any ocean front condo listings – can you help with that?

    Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving