Monday, March 7, 2022

Pet-Friendly Dowdy Park - OBX Memories Old & New!


Located in Nags Head, NC, a five-acre piece of land holds many memories.

The Dowdy Park you see today at 3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC, is owned by The Town of Nags Head. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the current Dowdy Park happened on May 13, 2017. This Park is a recreational area for all ages.

In addition to the Playground, Basketball court, fixed Tables, Chairs, Benches, BBQ Grills, and Restrooms, Dowdy Park boasts an Amphitheater & much more. 

Before the Town of Nags Head purchased this five-acre lot, the property was home to Dowdy's Amusement Park 1963 - 2005.

Dowdy's Amusement Park wasn't only a landmark but an annual favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. 

Dowdy's Amusement Park's Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and assorted rides are memorialized not only in photographs but the hearts and minds of so many people. The Season was here when Dowdy's Amusement Park opened each year & the lines for cotton candy were almost as long as the lines for the ticket booth.

Many years back, when there was a draw-bridge between Nags Head and Roanoke Island, many of the Dowdy's Amusement Park rides would cross the bridge each year to be set up on the Manteo waterfront for the local annual celebration of Dare Days. 

Dowdy's Amusement Park rides emerged where the Tranquil House Inn is today. At that time, it was just a large dirt parking lot on the Manteo waterfront. When you road on the Ferris wheel on the Manteo waterfront, you could see well past Ice Plant Island, the current day Festival Park.

It was a sad day in 2005 for many when the news was that Dowdy's Amusement Park was not to open its gates again.

Since the Town of Nags Head has opened Dowdy Park, it has been a tremendous success. It is in constant use, not only by the public but organizations, Seasonal Farmer's Markets, the annual Artrageous Festival, and many more.

On October 30, 2021, from 9 am-Noon, The Outer Banks Hospital hosted a fundraiser called "Walk and Wag - A Get Pinked! And More Cancer Initiative" that took place at Dowdy Park 5003 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC.

Most recently, Outer Banks SPCA has announced on The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce "Event Calendar" :

"Bark in the Park" is scheduled to take place at Dowdy Park on April 24, 2022. For more information, please see Outer Banks Pet Events 2022.


Thursdays, from 9 am - 1 pm
June 16th, 2022 until August 18th, 2020

Town of Nags Head

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Visit OBX Pet-Friendly Colington Island!


"Sound View" Colington Island, NC 
Colington Island is an area in Dare County and is  west of The Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC. Two small bridges on Colington Road access Colington Island. The Village of Colington Island is very close to area attractions; please see Outer Banks Pet-Friendly Places .

Being connected to the west of the Outer Banks barrier islands, Colington Island is surrounded by brackish sound waters. Due to the islands' location, there are converging areas of the Albemarle Sound, Croatan Sound, Currituck Sound, and Roanoke Island Sound.

The Village of Colington Island has a mix of year-round, second homes and vacation rental homes. In addition, multiple neighborhoods, including a gated community, provide numerous Pet-Friendly Vacation rental options.

There are several Restaurants, a Pizzeria, a Seafood Market & shopping through the Village. In addition, there is a gas station, Churches and things you would expect to find in a small Village, except a Post Office. Since there is no Post Office, all addresses will reflect a Kill Devil Hills, NC address.

Renowned Award-Winning Filmmaker Tyler Nilson grew up on Colington Island.  "The Peanut Butter Falcon" release date: March 9th, 2019. Written & Directed by Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz.

Please see the Pampered Pets Guide, Outer Banks Map - Islands, Towns & Villages.

Starting at the Virginia state line: North to South

Colington Island, NC OBX Pet-Friendly Campgrounds & RV Resorts

Joe & Kay's Campground
1193 Colington Rd
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948..........................................252-441-5468

OBX Campground
126 Marshy Ridge Rd
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.........................................252-564-4741

Colington Island, NC Pet Sitters & Pet Boarding

Ocean Sands K9 Resort
208 Williams Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948......................................252-441-6501

Pet-Friendly Beach Home Vacation Rentals 

First Flight Rentals 
102 W Airstrip Rd
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948......................................252-489-4747

Sun Realty
1500 S Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.....................................252-441-7033

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