Cadence posing in front of the Washington Monument, Washington D.C
Mika, Luna and Ryker, three American Pit Bull Terriers, who visited the National Mall in July 2012.
Cowboy explores Washington, DC with his family. All while being an exemplary pit bull breed ambassador.
Charlie in front of the Capitol
Oz aka Salty FDR
FDR Memorial.
National Mall
Cadence posing in front of the Washington Monument, Washington D.C


Bordered by the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Memorial, and the Capitol Building, the National Mall is great for running, walking, picnics, and playing a game of frisbee with Fido. However, dogs must be leashed, so make it a long one.


BringFido Guest Rating

National Mall has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido.

  • More than a year ago
    The Pups Adventure in History

    I have been to DC more than a dozen times but this was our first time bringing the dogs. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating to them. We were able to bring our dogs up to the Lincoln Memorial, we just had to hold them. And even though there are multiple signs saying you can't go into the water at the WWII Memorial, the park ranger let my dogs splash in the water as long as they remained on their leash and stayed next to the stairs due to the high heat. There are also many shady areas perfect for breaks. We then headed to the FDR Memorial for the ultimate photo spot in front of FDR's dog Fala. Unfortunately my dogs were terrified of the giant dog statue but I was able to keep them distracted long enough to snap a picture. As it was a 96 degree day with high humidity, the people at the FDR Memorial gift shop let us carry in our dogs to cool down in the AC as we looked for a souvenir to commemorate their first vacation.

  • More than a year ago
    Very Small Dog Friendly

    I was surprised by how dog friendly everyone was! We went in mid-April 2015. I was allowed to take my dog up to all the outdoor monuments, as long as I carried her. We went to the Lincoln Memorial, FDR's Memorial, MLK's Memorial, and more. I was just waiting for an officer to tell me I can't bring my dog somewhere, but no one stopped me. And when I asked, they just told me to carry her. We had a blast. It is very crowded and people will want to pet your dog, so you must have a friendly dog who is not timid around crowds and noise.

  • More than a year ago
    Fun in the sun

    It is a great place to go with your pooch but only if you have already seen the monuments, as the previous review says you realy cant go up to the momuments with youw dog. So if its your first time you will either have to alternate with someone to get up close while the other stays with the dog or you wont be able to see most of them up close. However its lots of fun and our dog enjoyed it as did we.

  • More than a year ago
    Wonderful time!

    Everyone was incredibly welcoming of our dogs and there was plenty of shade to take a break in - even in the blistering temperatures we had to deal with. There are only a few sites not open to the dogs but they had fun anyway and so did we. Can't wait to come back next time we visit.

  • More than a year ago
    Great time

    On a recent road trip, we decided to spend a day in DC with our dog. The National Mall is a wonderful place to picnic and take in the sites. However, our four-legged pals are not allowed near most of the monuments so you won't get the full experience. The only monument we were allowed to take our dog to was the FDR memorial, a president who was a true dog lover. Our pal took a particular interest in FDRs statue with his Scottie, Fala. Be prepared during the summer months because DC can get very hot. Water for sale by vendors is expensive, so be prepared for that as well.

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 15 pictures of dogs at National Mall for you below. Enjoy!

Washington DC
Fun to hang out
So much fun!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Washington Monument
Ace Poses with the Washington Monument
World War II Memorial
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at the National Mall
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
Max At The Lincoln Memorial
Word War II Memorial
Memorial Day Weekend
Bennie At The National Mall
Alma On The Mall
Piper In DC

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