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Southport, North Carolina is a city that has been around since the 1500s. It originated as a fortification, established to protect its citizens during King George's War. Because it sits right at the mouth of the river and the Atlantic Sea, it was a great spot for trade as the city grew. Modern-day Southport has been featured in many films because of its natural beauty.
While you are visiting, you have three different touring options. You can book with a tour guide and walk the city to learn its history. Most guides will let well-behaved dogs join the tour as long as they are on their leash. This pet-friendly city is full of outdoor activities that your pet will enjoy. A quick call to any of the three vets in the city will let you know what seasonal events will allow your pet to join in the fun.
You could head over the Bald Head Island and walk the grounds of Baldy Lighthouse. This is a six-mile island that showcases its history through informational plaques. You and your pup can take a self-guided tour of the island or, if you choose, just walk the perimeter taking in the view of the city in the distance. The lighthouse is open to visitors, but only the two-legged kind, unfortunately.</p>
Oliver's on Cape Fear allows you to bring your dog and enjoy some of the best seafood in the area. Choose from calamari, steak, or any of your other favorites. Order an umbrella drink and sit on the patio for a relaxing view of the city. It is a great way to get to know the area because everyone is so friendly. The outdoor tables are not only where the locals say you should eat, but is also where the puppies are allowed. The mouthwatering smells will draw you in as soon as you get out of the car.
Bald Head Island Ferry is a great way to travel with your fur baby over to Bald Head Island. They will love walking around the deck and taking in all the great sea air while you take in the views of the coast. While he isn't allowed in the passenger area, neither one of you will mind the quiet serenity of the water. Ferry schedules change with the season, but you should expect to leave from Deep Point Marina every half an hour to every hour. The ferry does not run in bad weather, so keep that in mind when planning your visit.
If your dog is comfortable on the water, then you can take him for a water tour of the area. Priority Sailing allows your pet to explore the coast with you, as long as he will wear a life vest, which they do have available. The instructors will teach you how to sail along the coast and to Bald Head Island. You will get an unique view of the island as you fill your sails. This is a wonderful way to check off one of your bucket list items while spending some quality time with your pup.
The Pepperoni Grill is the place to get pizza while you are visiting Southport. They have a mouthwatering assortment of toppings that will leave you full and happy. You can even bring your pup to help you to devour all the cheesy goodness. It doesn't matter whether you want deep dish, thin crust, or even an authentic veggie, you will find it here! Grab a patio table, because pizza tastes so much better when you can smell the salty sea air while you fill your belly. The outdoor tables are all pet-friendly.
Looking for something a little different to do? Catch the open mic night at Silver Coast Winery. If you would like, you could join in a wine tasting. They also have many craft beers, many of which are fragrant, local concoctions which you're sure to enjoy. The best part is that the wine tasting room is pet-friendly! You could bring your pet for a stroll downtown and then stop in for a drink or two. There are so many delicious options here that you will be counting down the days until the next wine tasting opportunity!
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