Dog Friendly Activities in Virginia Beach, VA

There are 17 dog friendly activities in Virginia Beach. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Virginia Beach.

Pet Friendly First Landing State Park Beach
First Landing State Park Beach Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets at designated swim areas and require pets to be confined or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.) While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect. This massive historical park includes an authentic Indian village, 20 miles of walking trails, and a beach that's dog-friendly year round. The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Now, as Virginia's most-visited state park, it's a natural oasis in Virginia Beach's urban oceanfront area. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Offering many recreational and educational activities, it's a great place to explore unusual habitats featuring bald cypress trees, lagoons, rare plants and wildlife, and maritime forest ecology. Cabins, water and electric hook-up campsites, picnic areas, boat ramps and a camp store with bicycle rentals are also available. See Details
Pet Friendly Virginia Beach Public Beaches
Virginia Beach Public Beaches Your pet is welcome to join you at the beach on-leash anytime before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day. During the summer season, your pup can still enjoy beach time before 10:00 am or after 6:00 pm at the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street or at the south end in the Sandbridge area. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times and clean up after your pet. See Details
Woodstock Community Dog Park Locals love this off-leash dog park, which is surrounded with a tall, secure fence and includes a lovely water fountain. Annual fee, license, and vaccination required. See Details
City View Park Bring your leashed pet with you to play at this 43-acre Virginia Beach public park. See Details
Red Wing Metro Dog Park Bring your pet to enjoy the fun off-leash at this fenced, one-acre dog park. Annual fee, license, and vaccination required. See Details
Bayville Farms Park Bayville Farms Park has a fenced, off-leash dog park with three separate areas--one for large dogs, one for small dogs, and one in which turf is being repaired; they rotate. Water is provided via large Gatorade containers and refreshed daily. This is an excellent park with plenty of shade and well behaved dogs. See Details
False Cape State Park Dogs are allowed to enter the park, but they must do so via boat or North Carolina entrance, not the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. See Details
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Mount Trashmore Park Known for its 60-foot tall and 800-foot wide mountain, made of compacted layers of solid waste and clean soil, Mount Trashmore Park is dog-friendly! The Park encompasses 165 acres and features two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, picnic areas, a skate park and vert ramp, outdoor fitness stations, and multi-use paths. Leashed dogs are allowed to explore the park as long as their owner cleans up after them. There are plenty of dog waste stations scattered throughout Mount Trashmore. Visitors can stop by the park office to check out corn hole boards and bags, footballs, Frisbees, horseshoes and more. Mount Trashmore's hours vary seasonally, so dog owners should check its website or call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
Stumpy Lake Natural Area Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the Stumpy Lake Natural Area. The Natural Area features a 278-acre lake, a canoe and kayak launch, and 1.65 miles of soft shared-use trails. The soft surface trails are surrounded by 970+ acres of dense forest, so Fido should be on a leash at all times. Park hours are listed on its website and vary by date. See Details
Tervis Store in Virginia Beach Tervis Store in Virginia Beach is dog-friendly. This popular store offers plastic drinkware, tumblers, mugs and water bottles, in a variety of designs. There's water for dogs on hot days and they host events for dogs and their owners in the summer, too. Tervis Store is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. See Details
Kitty Hawk Kites Kitty Hawk Kites is a dog-friendly outdoor activity store located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. These dog lovers welcome kite lovers to come and peruse the aisles of their eclectic store full of all things to get you high, in the sky that is. In addition to all the great outdoor goods, they also stock dog treats to keep Fido happy while you're inside. Kitty Hawk Kites is open every day of the week from 9:30am to 9:30pm. See Details
Virginia Beach Boardwalk Virginia Beach Boardwalk is pet-friendly. Bring Fido and enjoy a stroll on the beach. Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend, dogs' access to the boardwalk is limited. During this time, dogs are allowed on the boardwalk from 6am to 10am. During spring, fall and winter, dogs are welcome on the boardwalk at any time. Dogs can even enjoy the beaches off-leash during the off-season. See Details
Anderson's Virginia Beach Anderson’s is pet-friendly. This is a great place to walk around and socialize your dog to a store environment. The employees are friendly and are always happy to see the pup. Grab yourself premium plants and more at this Virginia Beach staple. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. See Details
Pleasure House Brewing Pleasure House Brewing is a dog friendly brewery in Virginia Beach, VA, brewing excellent, flavorful beers in small batches so there's always something new on tap. They aim to please local beer enthusiasts and serve the community. They also serve local coffee and sometimes have a food truck onsite. Pleasure House Brewing is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm. See Details
Dog Park at Marshview Park Marshview Park is home to 100 acres of wooded property on Lake Rudee in the oceanfront area. The park features a dog park with 4 separate fenced areas that include trees for shade. See Details
Ocean View Beach Pets are seasonally welcome to join you on-leash on the white sands of this popular beach. No dogs or domestic animals are allowed on beaches from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. seasonally, beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. See Details
NEON District Art Tour-Norfolk 'NEON District Art Tour-Norfolk' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. You and Fido will take a 2-mile guided walking tour in Norfolk exploring different street art. Your host will provide brief narratives on the art and its creators. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 13 and up. Be able to walk two miles in 90 minutes. Rates start at $30 per person. See Details
Bea Arthur Dog Park This 1-acre dog park features a large expanse of lawn, double-gated entrance, a water station, a toy bin, a shaded picnic area, and an easy-access ramp for dog-paddling in the Elizabeth River. In a beautiful picturesque location by the water, it is conveniently close to downtown Norfolk, and right near the Cruise lines port. It is open 24/7 and free of charge! See Details
Grandview Nature Preserve Bring your dog with you as you walk this 2.5 mile trail to a beautiful sandy beach. Dogs permitted on-leash during the off-season. Dogs are not permitted from May 15 to September 15. See Details
Norfolk Chronicles Walking Tour 'Norfolk Chronicles Walking Tour' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. You and your pooch will be taken on a guided tour of Norfolk to learn more about the city's history, culture and vision for the future. You will see historic sites such as the Norfolk Mace, visionary Peter Wright's home, Commercial Place Fountain, and more as well as hear about the history of each site and Norfolk's colonial past. Please contact host prior to booking as the tour stops at a museum for a brief visit; the host can forego this part of the tour or someone can wait outside with your dog. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 8 and up. Rates start at $21 per person. See Details
Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur) The Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Norfolk! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Ridgeway Dog Bark Park Pets love the chance to make friends and play off-leash at this fenced dog park. License and tags required. See Details