Summer is officially here and there’s no better time to get outside and explore. We live in an area bursting with things to do and places to see that are dog friendly. Here are just a few ideas. I hope to run into you and your pups!
Beaches are fun for dogs. Some like to run into the waves and swim, others like to run up to the water and have the waves chase them. But not all beaches are pet friendly. Here are three that will welcome your pup.
- Downs Park in Anne Arundel County, is along the Chesapeake and has 236 acres to explore of beaches, trails, outdoor pavilions and camp grounds. Two dogs are permitted per visitor and they have a strict non-aggressive dog rule. Dogs must have up to date vaccinations and owners must have a leash in hand and within viewing distance of their dogs.
- Virginia Beach. Dogs are welcome between 42nd Street or at the south end of Sandbridge before 10 am or after 6 pm. Dogs are allowed on the boardwalk for early morning walks between 6 and 10 am.
- Delaware Beaches. Bethany, Lewes, Fenwick Island State Park and Delaware Seashore State park allow dogs on unguarded beaches in the evening hours once sunbathers leave.
Who doesn’t love having a playdate with their pup? The list of dog parks in NoVa, Maryland and D.C. is long, but this one is a must see: the Shirlington Dog Park at 2710 Oakland St. in Arlington. Voted the best dog park in 2017 by Northern Virginia Magazine, this 2.4 acre park is adjacent to a creek, so your pup can cool off after playing with his or her pals.
Virginia has many wineries and many of them are dog friendly. Barrel Oak Winery, also known as BOW WOW, is one of the most popular amongst canines and their wine-loving owners. While most wineries allow pets on the premises, not all allow them indoors.
When visiting the Nation’s Capital, why not bring Fido? The National Mall, The National Arboretum, the Key Bridge Boathouse, the Smithsonian Gardens and the Lincoln Memorial are a few that come to mind.
- The W&OD Trail is a 45-mile trail runs from Purcellville, VA to Shirlington. With many stops along the way, hop on and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells. Be careful to watch for bikers, as it’s a popular bike trail.
- Rock Creek Trail. This 14-mile trail along Rock Creek in Silver Spring, MD is heavily wooded and traffic free. Some parts can be narrow and windy, so check a map online to plan out your visit.
- Mount Vernon Trail. This 18-mile trail will take you from Mount Vernon, in Alexandria, to US 29 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Parts are paved and parts are boardwalk, but there is no better place to get views of the Potomac with many shaded areas from old beautiful trees.
- Great Falls Billy Goat Trail. In Potomac, MD, this trail includes waterfalls and beautiful rapids and dogs are allowed on leash to accompany you.
Manassas National Battlefield Park. Located in Manassas, VA, there are miles of trails to explore while experiencing history.
I hope you enjoy getting out this summer. Some important reminders when the weather is warm, always bring water and make sure you pick up after your dog.