Even though it is a rapidly growing city, Charlotte still has a plethora of beautiful outdoor areas. Both you and your pet will enjoy the scenic views and Southern energy.
Head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center along the Catawba River for its many hiking trails, open grounds, and outdoor restaurants. If you have any adventurous pet, you can even go kayaking. McDowell Nature Preserve also has a number of trails as does Charlotte Trolley Trail, a former railroad. Hike towards the Robinson Rockhouse Ruin, which was built around 1790. It is located in the pretty Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve. If you have dogs, check out Frazier Park, Davie Dog Park at William R. Davie District Park, Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park, and Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Community Park, Shuffletown Park.
Carolina History & Haunts is more than happy to show you and your pet around Charlotte at night. You might even find a ghost! If you are worried about being spooked, you can still learn about Charlotte’s history at the antebellum Rosedale Plantation. While your pet is not allowed inside, it is allowed around the gardens.
While most restaurants are pet friendly, here are a few that stand out. NoDa Brewery Company has great local beers and often hosts various food trucks. You can also catch a gorgeous view of the skyline. If you love breakfast, head over to Zada Jane’s Corner Café, which serves it all day and mainly uses local farmers. Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen is known for its authentic Cajun cuisine while the Peculiar Rabbit serves traditional English food with a Southern touch. Furthermore, the Dog Bar is a truly unique experience as it is the only off-leash bar in the city. Combine your dinner with a visit to concert venue and home to the NBA's bobcats Spectrum Center.