Durham is a city full of colorful and vibrant culture that hosts a variety of seasonal events celebrating the arts. If you arrive in town at the right time of year, you might be lucky enough to catch one of the many art festivals frequently held in the region. Durham is also home to a highly active, diverse, and unique music scene that will be sure to get your hips swaying, head-bobbing, and your dog's tail wagging. Turn on the radio and tune in with your pup to Duke University's WXDU radio station for information about local happenings, news, sports, and music. If visual forms of art are more your thing, be sure to check out the Nasher Museum of Art.
In addition to being big into the arts, Durham was recently ranked number seventeen on a list of the top one hundred pet-friendly cities in the United States. It's no wonder why; there's a wide variety of fun and exciting activities for you and your pet to enjoy together.
Looking for a hotel that won't mind some shedding? La Quinta Inn will allow up to two pets of any size (within reason) at no additional cost. After unpacking and settling down in your hotel room, be sure to visit pet-friendly restaurant Parker and Otis for a delicious, freshly prepared meal made with local ingredients. When it comes time for a walk, venture no further than Northgate Dog Park. This celebrated fenced, off-leash dog park includes a separate small dog area, benches, and water spigots for your furry friend. Whatever it is that brings you to Durham, you'll be sure to have a great time with your favorite companion.
Piney Wood Park is located in this Durham neighborhood, and offers sports fields, restrooms, and picnic areas complete with grills. More important for your pup though is the onsite dog park! The Piney Wood Dog Park features three different fenced in areas; there’s one for smaller breeds, another for larger breeds, and an open space for fetch, Frisbee throwing, and romping. Outside the fenced areas, there are water fountains for you and your pup. Per the park’s rules, be sure to have your dog on a leash while enjoying the areas of the park outside of the dog park.
The American Tobacco Trail is a railroad that has been turned into an extensive trail through the Rails to Trails Project. You can start the trail in the American Tobacco neighborhood at the terminus station on Jackie Robinson Drive near Blackwell Street, and take for it up to eleven miles throughout the city of Durham, where it is also referred to as part of the East Coast Greenway. The trail continues for over ten miles outside of Durham, where it travels through Wake and Chatham counties. Different parts of the trail feature varieties of surfaces, from paved areas to gravel. There are many neighborhoods the trail passes through, so look at a map to see the most convenient location to begin an adventure with your pup! If you want to catch a bite before you head out, try one of these dog friendly restaurants: Only Burger, Tyler’s Taproom, or Tobacco Road Sports Café.
If you are looking for a pawtastic trail experience, then try the Buckquarter Creek Trail, which runs through the Eno River State Park. The Buckquarter Creek Trail is only one hour in length and is 1.5 miles in total distance, and can begin or end at the trailhead just north of the park. The park itself offers camping areas, over 30 miles of trails near rivers, through hardwood forests, or up Cox Mountain, and a historic mill, as well as several picnic areas and ground spots to choose from for an afternoon treat. When taking your dog to the Buckquarter Creek Trail or the state park, make sure that you follow the park’s regulations and have a leash that is no longer than 6 feet.
The Downtown Durham Dog Park in this neighborhood is near the downtown area of Durham, and offers a pawsome space for your pup to romp and socialize. Small dogs that are under 30 pounds have their own fenced in area to play safely in, while the larger pups can play unhindered in a separate fenced in area. Owners can take advantage of the waste stations here, and benches provide a place to comfortably watch your dog have a snifftastic good time! Fees and registration are required to gain entry to the park, so be prepared before you head out.
This Durham neighborhood contains one of the best dog parks in the city. Northgate Dog Park is well equipped for all sized dogs, offering two enclosed areas, one for dogs up to 15 inches tall, and the other for bigger dogs. In addition, the park has water fountains, waste bag dispensers, and benches scattered around the park for your convenience. North of the dog park is the Rock Quarry Park that has 46 acres of lovely green space. Here you will find access to greenways and trails, a playground, a sprayground, restrooms and water fountains. This park is pawfect for the dog who wants more ground to sniff.