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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is a pet-friendly attraction in Williamsburg, VA. Your leashed pup is welcome to join you in exploring the grounds of the nation's largest living history museum. You'll meet dozens of costumed interpreters in period dress and see original buildings from the 18th century. Please note that dogs aren't allowed inside the historic buildings. Visit Website

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Colonial Williamsburg has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 10 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 12,538 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Lynell
    Oct 23, 2023
    Good for walking

    Very serious about no dogs on the historical properties- even the outside portions, which was frustrating because they have wonderful actor portrayals that I couldn’t get close enough to hear. Only service dogs allowed on the shuttle bus, and the walking path was closed and there really no other way to safely walk from the Visitors Center to the historic area.

  • Roe
    Aug 27, 2023
    Nice grounds

    Pet welcomed on carriage ride and on shuttle.

  • Michelle
    Aug 26, 2023
    Great day

    Plenty of places to walk around and explore! Dogs aren't allowed inside the historic buildings but we still found plenty to do. Every couple blocks down the main street (duke of gloucester) they had a water bowl by one of the front doors. Dogs are allowed in the visitor's center and on the shuttle buses.

  • Courtney
    Aug 4, 2023

    We didn’t go into the visitors center but we walked down the historical trail into colonial Williamsburg many houses to see. We also saw sheep and horses. Then after walking thru it lead to downtown. We didn’t get a whole ton of info but we also walked around for free. But there are signs outside some buildings.

  • Amber
    Mar 17, 2023
    Historic Puppy Friendly

    The Historic area is very dog friendly. No dogs are allowed in the historic buildings, but everyone of the actors loved the dogs. Some even had treats in their aprons. They asked before giving to our puppy. Beautiful area! Our puppy saw a horse for the first time!

  • Deborah
    Oct 17, 2022
    Dog friendly

    Pets aren’t allowed in the buildings but Murphy was welcomed on the streets and lawns. We watched the outdoor events and ate at the Merchant Square. The Saturday morning farmer’s market was full
    of 4-legged babies. He seemed to love all the people and scenery.

  • Elle
    Jul 31, 2022
    It was a PAWty!

    fantastic location to walk around with your pups! we enjoyed walking around and there is plenty to see and enjoy outside of the buildings. the shuttle is dog friendly from the visitors center, or you can walk on a nice shaded trail! plenty of trash cans for poops and lots of friendly faces!

  • Stephanie
    Mar 16, 2022
    Puppy's Favorite Vacation

    We picked Williamsburg based on what I had read about dog friendly places. All true. Nash loved walking the historic streets of town and greeting all the friendly folks. Dogs can ride the shuttle from the visitor's center and around town. Patio dining was just barely getting going again after covid but we found a shady spot with some dog water. Sticks - there were so many good sticks to fetch.

  • Maggie
    May 1, 2019
    They Will Sleep!

    Lots of walking but lots of shady paths and grassy areas. They can’t go into the buildings or history recreation areas but they can walk the main thoroughfares. Just remember to bring lots of water and check their little pads. Those bricks can get hot!

  • Victoria
    More than a year ago
    It is a great place to bring your little one!! 🐶

    I stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge and it was pet-friendly for a $50 a night fee (which was cheaper than a pet hotel) and the streets of Colonial Williamsburg are free for your pet and so is the shuttle. The only things that are not pet-friendly are the buildings (because they are historic). All in all this is a great place for you, your family and you pet!

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