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Outer Banks Pet-Friendly

Complete Guide: Pet-Friendly Things to do in Outer Banks

Are you looking for a pet-friendly things to do in Outer Banks? This stunning coastal region offers plenty of activities and attractions that will make your four-legged friends just as happy as you are. From beaches where your pup can run, to local attractions with special amenities for dogs, there’s no reason to leave the family’s best friend at home. So pack up the car and head to Outer Banks – it’s time to plan an adventure that includes Fido too!

List of Pet-Friendly Beaches in Outer Banks

outer banks pet friendly beaches

Before proceeding to the beach, just know it’s typically required for your dog to be on a leash. This keeps everyone safe while still having fun with your fuzzy friend. Now, without further ado, below is the list of pet-friendly beaches in Outer Banks:

Southern Shores:

If you’re a fan of pet-friendly beaches, then Southern Shores is the place to be! From May 15th to September 15th, dogs are allowed before 9am and after 6pm – perfect for an early morning or evening stroll along the beach with your four-legged friend. For those who prefer to take a dip with their pooch, remember that leashes not exceeding 10ft are required in order to access the shoreline. Whether a pup parent or simply a beachgoer looking for some peace and quiet, make sure to check out the Southern Shores beaches.

Kitty Hawk:

Kitty Hawk beaches seem to be more relaxed than others in Outer Banks. Outside of the Friday before Memorial Day to after Labor Day (peak season) dogs may allowed to be off-leash and within 30 feet of their owners. We highly recommend always checking the town’s laws for updated and read posted signs around the perimeter of the beach. Overall, Kitty Hawk is one of the more pet-friendly beach towns in OBX.

Nags Head:

Nags Head beaches are awesome to bring dogs and have a ton of local restaurants that cater to pup-parents. The only stipulation at these beaches are to ensure your leash does not exceed 10ft.

Kill Devil Hills:

Because these the beaches of Kill Devil Hills get so packed during peak season in OBX, dogs are not allowed within the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Outside of these dates dogs are allowed with a leash visibly controlled by owner.


The beaches of Manteo are welcoming to dogs, but are a bit more restrictive when it comes to leashes. You must have your dog on a 6ft or less leash and clearly be able to handle the animal.

Cape Hatteras:

Just like Manteo, Cape Hatteras is inviting to dogs, but does require a 6ft or less leash to control. Cape Hatteras is one very awesome place to bring your dog, up and down the beaches are pet-friendly restaurants and plenty of new smells for your furry friend to enjoy.

Pet-Friendly Parks and Natural Reserves

Jockey’s Ridge:

jockeys ridge state park dogs

Taking your dog to Jockey’s Ridge State Park is like a dream come true for you and your pup! Jockey’s Ridge is the largest natural dune system in the Eastern US, so there’s plenty of space to run around, dig and explore together. Your pet will get a great work-out as they traverse up and down the sand hills, while you may even find yourself breaking a sweat while chasing after them. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Roanoke Sound or take in a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the dunes with your pup at your side.

Address: 300 W Carolista Dr, Nags Head, NC 27959

Wright Brothers National Memorial:

wright brothers pet friendly

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a great place to visit if you’re exploring the Outer Banks and appreciate history. Not only did this spot mark the initial launch of the world’s first successful airplane flight, but it also serves as an outdoor attraction, making it a paw-fect option for dog owners looking to get outdoors.

Address: 1000 N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Kitty Hawk Dog Park:

kitty hawk dog park in outer banks

Kitty Hawk Dog Park is a wonderful place for your furry friend to make friends and get their daily-dose of new smells. This place will allow your dog to run and play to get all the energy out. The only thing to be aware of is you must register and present an up-to-date vaccination card upon entry.

Address: 900 W Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Popular Pet-Friendly Restaurants

Tortugas’ Lie:

tortugas lie pet friendly restaurant outer banks

Are you looking for a unique, delicious dining experience that will make your taste buds sing? Look no further than Tortugas Lie in Nags Head; they have been serving up authentic Caribbean food since 1989. Feast on some incredible appetizers before getting into the main courses, then choose from a selection of delectable desserts to finish off your meal the right way. The outdoor area is perfect for those who want something alfresco; bring your pooch along and enjoy the sand volleyball courts too!

3016 S Virginia Dare Trail Nags Head, NC

(252) 441-7299

Sweet T’s (Coffee – Beer – Wine):

sweet ts pet friendly restaurant outer banks

Sweet T’s is the perfect spot for pet lovers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. Get in early to enjoy some delicious coffee and watch the morning come alive. Or, if that’s not your thing, come mid-day onward and take advantage of the massive selection of beers and wines available – there are over 200 options, so you’ll definitely find something you like. Sweet T’s outdoor setting is awesome too – spend quality time with your furry best friend (or just enjoy the peace and calm) in a comfy environment surrounded by beautiful nature.

1211 Duck Road Duck, NC 27949‎

(252) 480-2326


shipwrecks pet friendly restaurant outer banks

Shipwrecks Taphouse and Grill in Kitty Hawk is the place to go for delicious seafood dishes and local craft beer. With more than 22 beers on tap, you can always try something new. The pet-friendly atmosphere makes it a great spot to bring your furry friend along for dinner and get the warm, cozy feeling that comes with a low-key night out. Whether you’re looking for an intimate meal or drinks with family after exploring OBX, Shipwrecks Taphouse and Grill has something to enjoy.

4020 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk NC 27949 ‎

(252) 261-7800

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack:

sooneys pet friendly restaurant outer banks

Craving some delicious BBQ? Look no further than Sooey’s BBQ in Corolla and Nags Head! Award-winning ribs, pulled pork, and other mouthwatering options will surely have you coming back for seconds. If you’re feeling like a night out with your pup, grab a seat at the outdoor seating area – furry friends are always welcome at Sooey’s! There’s no better way to get your fix of sweet and savory goodness than sitting down at one of their tables.

Monteray Plaza 807 #105 Ocean Trail Corolla, NC

(252) 453-4423

3919 S Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC

(252) 449-6465

American Pie:

american pie pet friendly restaurant outer banks

American Pie is the perfect place for a casual pizza dinner with family, friends, or even your dog (thanks to their outdoor seating)! Enjoy the delicious New York-style pizza that is hot out of the oven. The atmosphere at American Pie is calm and inviting, thanks to the family-operated staff that are always ready to cater to your needs.

1600 S. Virginia Dare Trail Kill Devil Hills, NC ‎

(252) 441-3332

Freshfit Cafe:

freshfit cafe pet friendly restaurant outer banks

Freshfit Cafe is the go-to destination for all your health-conscious food needs. Serving breakfast and lunch, the cafe offers organic, fresh meals and juices for those looking to reach their fitness goals without compromising on taste. The atmosphere is welcoming with friendly staff, waterfront outdoor seating and even a four-legged friend area! So if you’re in the neighborhood seeking a meal that nourishes both body and need to bring your pup, Freshfit Cafe has got you covered.

7531 S Virginia Dare Trail Nags Head, NC

(252) 715-6444

Snowbird Ice Cream:

Snowbird offers delicious burgers, shakes, and ice cream cones – along with a refreshingly cold vanilla pup cup – that will delight pup’s tongue! Stop in today and enjoy the company of your canine companion while you sample one (or two) of Snowbird Ice Cream’s delectable treats.

3532 S Virginia Dare Trail Nags Head NC27959

(252) 480-6632

Outer Banks Pet Store

Island Pet Gallery:

island pet gallery outer banks pet store

The Pet Gallery has been serving OBX for 20+ years and is mostly known for their elaborate fish tanks, but has literally everything you could ever need for your furry-friend. If you need any supplied for your dog while on vacation, stop by the Island Pet Galley, they should have what you need.

1210 S. Croatan Highway Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

(252) 480-1799

Quick Tips: How to Prepare for a Vacation with Your Pet

Pack the Necessities:

If you are taking your pet with you to Outer Banks, make sure to bring things they will need. Bring food and water bowls, toys, treats, and anything else that will make them feel comfortable. For safety bring 6ft and 10ft leashes incase you visit a beach with such restriction (like the ones mentioned above). We also recommend you bring a vaccination card with you and please make sure your dog has a collar – it happens to often where people lose their furry friend while on vacation, only never to be seen again (just reality, so please collar-up).

Make a List:

We recommend making a list (like everything mentioned above in this article) of things to do. Having a gameplan like this will make your vacation easier, more predictable, and manageable with your furry friend.

Looking for Pet Friendly-Vacation Rentals in Outer Banks?

Last but not least, if you’re reading this article and just starting to plan your vacation – check out our pet friendly vacation rentals in Outer Banks. We have an outstanding section of accommodations packed with stunning amenities, beach views, and in proximity to pet-friendly activities.

See You and Your Pet in Outer Banks!

With these tips, you and your furry friend will have an amazing trip to Outer Banks! So pack up the car and head out – it’s time for some adventure with Fido!


Little Pet Disclaimer: Remember that all beaches, parks, and other attractions are subject to their respective rules and regulations. Please consult with the local Outer Banks town authorities before planning your pet-friendly vacation. Have a safe and fun trip!

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