Spring is in the air and it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor activities Raleigh has to offer. Raleigh Pawz knows how important your dog is to you, and that an outing just isn’t as much fun without Fido along.

Fortunately, Raleigh happens to be one of the most pet-friendly cities around—a mecca of restaurants, bars, and parks for you and your furry friend to enjoy together. And you won’t likely find yourself and your companion stuffed in a corner, away from the action—many facilities in Raleigh will welcome your pet with open arms, even providing a fresh bowl of water and free treats!

Here are our top-five picks for you and your little muffin:

1. Flying Biscuit Cafè
2016 Clark Avenue

Enjoy a breakfast, brunch, or lunch al fresco on the large and pleasant covered patio, where dogs are always welcome—even offered a bowl of ice water and a dog treat! And you’ll have the treat of deciding between the sumptuous items on the menu, such as Award-Winning Shrimp and Grits, Oven Fried Green Tomato BLT, or Crab Cake Benedict. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu as well.

2. North Carolina Museum of Art’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park
2110 Blue Ridge Road

Get your culture on while taking in the park’s 164 pastoral acres, complete with 139 works of art by Sayre, Moe, and other artists. You and Fido will get some serious exercise and maybe discover a surprise or two, like the Cloud Chamber in the woods!

3. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
328 W. Morgan Street

Should you choose Wells Banana Bread or Sweetwater Peach, Love, & Happiness? Mother Earth Strawberry Berlinerweisse or Trophy Slim with the Tilted Brim? While you are trying to decide between the dozens of brews and ciders Flying Saucer offers, Fido will be content with his bowl of ice water, thank you. The heated patio allows you and your friend to be comfy year round!

4. Boylan Bridge Brewpub
201 South Boylan Avenue

If you want to lounge a while and enjoy unbeatable views of the Raleigh skyline, this is your best bet. Boylan Bridge Brewpub boasts an award-winning patio as well as hearty American fare. Water bowls for your pet are provided—and Fido will likely spend plenty of time enjoying this rare bird’s-eye view!

5. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
10450 Durant Road, Suite 100

There’s nothing like eating ice cream outside on a warm day—especially when it’s free! Fido gets to enjoy a complimentary doggie sundae with your ice cream purchase. You’ll have a choice of unique flavors like Southern Banana Pudding, Lemon Crème, French Toast, or Cinnamon Bun, along with a host of traditional flavors. A variety of Italian ice, frozen yogurt, sherbets, and sorbets are also available.

Explore and enjoy!

There you have it. We hope you enjoy your outdoor excursion in Raleigh—there’s a world of wonder for you and your best friend to explore!