Looking to explore Wake Forest or North Raleigh with your beloved pet? Whether you’re a local or new to this area, you’ll want to check these pet-friendly places and attractions out. Discover where you and your four-legged friend can play, dine and live together below.
Local Dog Parks
Flaherty Dog Park
As Wake Forest’s first dog park, Flaherty Dog Park welcomes all dogs—big or small to run free. Enclosed by a five-foot-high chain-link fence, this three-acre park provides a safe environment for your energetic pup to socialize and exercise off-leash. A paved entrance and a double-gated entry allow for easy and secure access to two exercise areas (one for small dogs and one for larger dogs). Each fenced area features grass cover, picnic tables, water stations, pet cleanup stations, and tree shade so you can make a whole day at the park.
Millbrook Exchange Dog Park
Millbrook Dog Park is Raleigh’s first off-leash dog park. Recently renovated, this wood chip covered park is a perfect place to let your dog roam free. Featuring both large and small fenced areas, it provides a clean and safe space for your pup to play and socialize. This park includes a picnic shelter area, drinking stations, shaded areas, and a double-entry gate system. Some of the latest upgrades include a new dig pit, agility equipment, and dog-themed play items so your pup can have a blast.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Wake Forest
Main Street Grille
With an outdoor seating area, Main Street Grille welcomes well-behaved pets to dine with you and relax in the homey atmosphere. This pet-friendly cafe and bakery offer simple, old fashioned home cooking and a variety of freshly baked goods daily. Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, and salads, as well as specialty doughnuts, cakes, and cupcakes.
Treat yourself (and your pup) to a refreshing snow cone at Pelican’s Snoballs near downtown Wake Forest. With over 100 shaved ice flavors to try, you and your dog will become repeat customers, especially when your pooch shoots you puppy eyes while begging for a special $1 doggy Snow Cup.
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
For a fun night out, bring your pet along to North Carolina’s award-winning Gonza Tacos Y Tequila joint and dine on the outdoor patio. Serving authentic Colombian-Mexican cuisine, this pet-friendly restaurant offers a fun and playful atmosphere to hang out with human and furry friends alike. If you’re feeling adventurous, sample Gonza’s extensive selection of tequilas regional spirits, and Latin wines and beers.
E. Caroll Joyner Park
With three miles of paved walking trails, E. Caroll Joyner Park is a fun spot to walk or run with your dog. It’s the largest park in Wake Forest, offering scenic routes and sights to explore, including restored farm buildings, an outdoor amphitheater, a pecan grove, and gardens. Take your next on-leash adventure with your four-legged companion through this sprawling park.
North Carolina Museum of Art
Giant art installations scattered along miles of paved and wooded trails make visiting the NCMA Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park worth the long drive. You and your pet can bond as you jog along the Capital Area Greenway, relax on the Eclipse lawn, or view the impressive trio of Gyre rings. The museum also hosts pet-friendly concerts and movies at its amphitheater so keep checking the calendar for upcoming events.
Pet-Friendly Apartments in Wake Forest
Legacy Wake Forest Apartments
Ideally located near fine dining, shopping, and entertainment, Legacy Wake Forest Apartments is a pet-friendly community that offers impressive one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Your dog or cat will feel at home with amenities such as a gated bark park, a jogging path, and a paw spa. Additional facilities include an indoor basketball court, clubhouse, and recreation center, swimming pool and fitness studio. Could this be your new home?
Caveness Farms Apartments
Cats and dogs are welcome in the pet-friendly community of Caveness Farms Apartments. Your pet will love exercising in the fenced dog park or along the nature trail, as well as sniffing around the four-acre lake, fishing pier, and picnic areas. Other amazing amenities include a basketball court, fitness center, and poolside grilling area. If you’re new to Wake Forest, this location is ideal because it’s so close to a variety of shopping and dining venues.
Got Any Favorite Spots?
Keep the bond between you and your furry companion strong by creating fun and exciting memories together at these local pet-friendly places. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorite places to add to our list!