Dog Friendly Activities in Washington, DC

There are 56 dog friendly activities in Washington. 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 Washington.

Pet Friendly National Mall
National Mall 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Monumental History Hike (Day/Night)
Monumental History Hike (Day/Night) 'Monumental History Hike (Day/Night)' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Rob. Bring Fido along on this small group tour of the famous monuments along the National Mall and Tidal Basin. Hear about the history of the sites and the city. Please note that dogs are not allowed inside the monuments, so be prepared to have to wait a few minutes outside. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 12 guests ages 10 and up. Rates start at $30 per person. See Details
US National Arboretum Leashed pets are welcome to join you as you explore the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Enjoy the 446 acres of gardens with your canine companion. Dogs are not allowed on tram tours of the arboretum but you can drive through the grounds or walk with your pet. See Details
Rock Creek Park 1,754 acres that lie north of the National Zoo. Has hiking and horseback riding trails, Peirce Mill, The Old Stone House, and a tennis arena. Lots of green space in the bustle of the city. Leashed dogs are allowed. See Details
Lincoln Memorial On a tour of historical Washington, D.C. sites, make a stop at the Lincoln Memorial. Only small dogs that can be carried are welcome on the steps of the Memorial. However, they are not permitted inside the Memorial. See Details
LUSH Handmade Cosmetics LUSH is a company that produces handmade, fresh bath and beauty products. Dogs are welcome to join their owners while they shop. See Details
Rock Creek Park Trails The Rock Creek Park Trails is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Washington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Rock Creek Park Trails. 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
Shaw Dog Park This 15,000 sf dog park on 11th Street NW between Q and R streets is fully fenced and has separate areas large and small dogs. See Details
Montrose Park Bring your leashed pup to the super dog-friendly Montrose Park, considered one of Washington's best-kept dog-loving secrets. See Details
Discover DC Pedicab Tours Save your shoes from miles of wear and tear and climb aboard a Discover DC Pedicab for an unforgettable tour of the nation's capital. A variety of tour options await you and your pup, including a Tidal Basin tour, Moonlight Monument tour, Lincoln Assassination tour, and many more. Leashed pets are welcome to join their humans on nearly every tour. See Details
S Street Dog Park Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park, located on S Street. See Details
DC By Foot See DC with your pup on a private DC By Foot walking tour! Tour options include the National Mall, Tidal Basin, Historic Georgetown, Capitol Hill, and many more. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on private walking tours only. Public tours are not dog-friendly. Tour departure locations vary based on chosen tour, and reservations are required. See Details
Walk Rescue Dogs on the National Mall 'Walk Rescue Dogs on the National Mall' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Russell, Julia, Colleen, & Samantha. Guided by a Washingtonian and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue volunteer, guests will have a chance to visit Washington's iconic locations while giving rescue dogs a much-needed break from boarding facilities. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 6 guests of all ages. Guest must be able to comfortably walk approximately 3 miles along the National Mall. Rates start at $35/person. See Details
Mount Vernon Trail The Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Washington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mount Vernon Trail. 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
Running Tour of the Monuments 'Running Tour of the Monuments' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Beth. Run around the monuments and stop to take pictures in front of the cherry blossoms if they are in bloom. Dogs are very welcome to take part if they can keep up. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 6 guests ages 12 and up. Don't worry about running pace or ability. Your host will adjust her pace for you. Rates start at $30 per person. See Details
Key Bridge Boathouse Bring your pup along for a day on the water with a pet-friendly canoe or kayak rental from Key Bridge Boathouse. They even have doggie life jackets available for your furry friend. Hours vary by season. Tours start at $65 a person. Single kayak rentals are $20 for an hour, $30 for a half day and $50 for a full day. Double kayak and canoe rentals are $25 for an hour, $35 for a half day and $50 for a full day. See Details
Home Rule Great modern and unique home/kitchen goods. This was one of the first businesses to be set up in this now-trendy neighborhood. It has stuck around by providing good value and fun designs and service. See Details
Explore the Street Art of DC / Noma 'Explore the Street Art of DC / Noma' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Jason. You and your pooch will take a guided walking tour of the NoMa neighborhood and see over 30 murals. The tour will end at Union Market and although dogs are not allowed inside, it does have outdoor seating. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 10 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $35 per person. See Details
East City Bookshop An independent, community-focused bookstore for children and adults. Dogs of all kind are welcome and the staff is always prepared to give out special treats for your furry friend. See Details
The Yards Park Come experience DC's new waterfront destination and centerpiece of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood! Located just south of Capitol Hill and to the east of Nationals Ballpark, this thoughtfully designed park is a place to be active or relax and enjoy the outdoors. At the Yards Park you?ll find open grassy areas and well-landscaped outdoor rooms, a waterfall and canal-like water feature, an elevated overlook, an iconic bridge and light sculpture, terraced performance venue, and a riverfront boardwalk. Dogs are welcome off-leash in the designated dog run, but must be leashed in the rest of the park. See Details
Nonpartisan Pedicab Nonpartisan Pedicab offers private, pet-friendly tours of Washington, DC in the back of a pedicab. You and your pooch can see the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, the US Capitol, and so much more. They stop at each monument and memorial to let you walk around and take pictures. The tours are always at your own pace and your own schedule. Dogs are always welcome on the tour at no extra cost. Furthermore, if you wish to go into any monument, we will be happy to take care of your dog while you walk around. This company was previously voted in the top 10 dog friendly tours in the US in a USAToday contest. See Details
Fort Dupont Park (National Capital Parks - East) Trail The Fort Dupont Park (National Capital Parks - East) Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Washington! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Fort Dupont Park (National Capital Parks - East) Trail. 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
Congressional Cemetery Dogwalkers The K9 Corps at Historic Congressional Cemetery is a private dogwalking program, bringing life, community, and volunteerism to this extraordinary burial ground. Dogwalking at the cemetery is permitted by membership only. Membership is annual and runs from March 1st through the last day of February the following year. Prospective members may sign up by clicking on the Waitlist tab on the Cemetery Dogs website. The K9 Corps membership dues provide for maintenance of the grounds and assists with administrative costs. It is organized for the continued support of the ongoing work at Historic Congressional Cemetery through funds raised from donations and each member's ongoing volunteer work. Day passes can be obtained at the front gate for $10 per dog. See Details