Dog Friendly Activities in Wilmington, DE

There are 14 dog friendly activities in Wilmington. 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 Wilmington.

Pet Friendly Bellevue State Park
Bellevue State Park Dogs are welcome at Bellevue State Park, an area steeped in rich history that overlooks the Delaware River. Although Fido won't be able to enter the historic buildings located in the park, you can enjoy the fitness track that circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish. Alternatively, you can hike around one of the trails and check out the blossoming gardens. Bellevue State Park is open 8am until 4pm every day of the week from April through October and Monday through Friday from December through February. See Details
Pet Friendly Wilmington Brew Works
Wilmington Brew Works Wilmington Brew Works is a dog-friendly brewery housed in a former laboratory in Wilmington, DE. Fido is welcome to join you under the large pergola of the front patio, or a second patio replete with native plants. There is something for everyone, including beer, cider, and slushies. Snack on cheese spreads, hummus, crackers, popcorn, kettle chips, or pretzels. See Details
Carousel Bark Park Carousel Bark Park is located within Carousel Park & Equestrian Center in Wilmington, DE. Dogs can romp in a large open field and cool off in the pond. Dogs must be leashed until they reach the entrance and need to respond well to voice commands since the park is not fenced. See Details
Rockford Park Rockford Park is a popular pet-friendly place to bring Fido in Wilmington. The main attraction at this park is Rockford Tower, a 100-year-old water tower. The tower is set among rolling hills, wooded areas, and vistas that are ideal for wandering with your pooch. The best part for dog owners about Rockford Park is that there's an off-leash dog area as well. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Bellefonte Brewing Co Brandywine Bellefonte Brewing Co Brandywine is pet-friendly. This nano brewery and tap room offers sixteen regular production beers on tap. Come and hang out with your leashed pooch inside and enjoy one of the trademark beverages. Bellefonte Brewing Co Brandywine is open Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 11pm, Friday from 3pm to 12am, Saturday from 12pm to 12am, and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. See Details
River Road Dog Park River Road Dog Park in Wilmington, DE, is a fully fenced park with separate areas for large and small dogs. The park features benches, as well as a variety of canine-centric play equipment. Additionally, the park’s play surface consists of a 12” layer of shredded hardwood mulch with an extensive underdrain system. See Details
Brandywine Park Brandywine Park is dog-friendly. Home to the Brandywine Zoo and Baynard Stadium, this historic park has recently been restored and is a beautiful place to hang out with your pooch in the center of Wilmington. Described by locals as their very own Central Park, Fido can join you on the pathways and grassy areas adjacent to the Brandywine River. You can wander around 178 acres of land, including wooded trails, formal gardens, and sculptures. Brandywine Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Rockwood Park Although your pup isn't allowed inside the museum or mansion, leashed dogs are welcome to explore the historic gardens and grounds with you. Walk along the more than 2 miles of paved and lighted trails that wind their way throughout the 72-acre property. Just make sure Fido is leashed and that you clean up after him. See Details
Brandywine Creek State Park Brandywine Creek State Park is a dog-friendly recreation area divided by local stone that dates all the way back to the 1800s. The park is home to three nature preserves, including Tulip Tree Woods, a 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh, the first nature preserve in Delaware. Brandywine Creek State Park is open March through November from 8am to 4pm every day of the week and December through February from 8am to 4pm only on weekdays. See Details
Alapocas Run Dogs are welcome to join you at Alapocas Run State Park. Donated to the city of Wilmington in the early 1900s by local industrialist William Bancroft, this popular park also includes the Blue Ball Barn, a LEED-certified building that is famed for having a cutting edge environmental design. Popular activities at this park that you can enjoy with your pooch include biking, hiking, and picnicking. There are a number of other activities that Fido may not be able to join in with as well, like rock climbing and wedding receptions. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until 4pm. See Details
Liquid Alchemy Beverages Liquid Alchemy Beverages is a craft meadery in Wilmington, DE. Fido is welcome to join you at a table on the outdoor patio. A variety of meads and ciders made predominantly with locally-sourced ingredients are available. Check social media for the food truck schedule. See Details
Talley Day Park Talley Day Park is a dog-friendly park in Wilmington, DE, that features a well-maintained, off-leash bark park. The dog park area is fully fenced with separate sections for small and large dogs. There are also wooded trails, a pond, and pathways for Fido to explore on leash throughout the rest of the park. See Details
Fox Point State Park You can bring Fido to Fox Point State Park in Delaware. This popular pet-friendly park is located on the bank of the Delaware River and provides a great vantage point to the vast shipping channel beyond. The park is home to paved pathways, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, and restrooms. There is a fee for entering the park between March 1 and November 30 of $4 for in-state users and $8 for out-of-state. Fox Point welcomes visitors every day of the week between 8am and sunset. See Details
Banning Park Dog Park Off-leash area inside Banning Park with sections for small and large dogs, water fountains, shade trees, and trails nearby. See Details
Lums Pond Dog Park The off-leash area of this popular park features tall grasses, woods, and even access to the pond for doggie swimming. See Details
White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek State Park is a dog-friendly destination in Newark, DE. There are over 37 miles of trails in this park that you and Fido can explore, including some interesting pathways around Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, which is a building that dates all the way back to 1790. Within the park, many visitors and their dogs take to Chestnut Hill Trail, a moderately challenging mutli-use trail which leads hikers through heavily forested areas with trickling creeks, and across open meadows. See Details
Lums Pond State Park Lums Pond State Park is dog-friendly. The Swamp Forest Trail is located within the park and is a hidden gem that should prove Delaware’s worth to avid hikers. This popular trail runs through wetland forests on the edge of Lums Pond, providing a shaded stomp that leads to bridges and boardwalk sections. Although the trail runs adjacent to the water, it’s mostly a walk through the woods, a tranquil escape from hectic day to day life. See Details
Natural Lands Stroud Preserve Natural Lands Stroud Preserve is a dog-friendly area in West Chester, PA, that consists of 571 acres of culturally and ecologically important land in Chester County. This rolling mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands now serves as wildlife habitat and a unique site for research by the Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research labs in North America. The Stroud Preserve boasts more than nine miles of hiking trails. Dogs are welcome but must be on-leash at all times and owners must pick up after them. Open from dawn until dusk. See Details
West Mill Creek Park West Mill Creek Park in Narbeth, PA, is a beautiful. small and shady park that welcomes dogs off leash. There is a creek running along one side where dogs and people swim and play. Please note that it is not securely fenced off from the road. See Details
Struble Trail The Struble Trail 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 Downingtown! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Struble 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
Newlin Grist Mill Dogs are welcome on-leash in this historic park, which includes a 1704 water-powered mill, lovely wooded trails, and other historic sights. See Details
Ridley Creek State Park Pennsylvania State Parks welcome pets in designated areas. Pets are permitted in day-use areas, on designated sites in campgrounds, in designated cabins, camping cottages, and yurts, and all areas not otherwise closed to pets. Pets are prohibited in swimming areas, inside buildings, in non-pet overnight areas, or in any area designated as an area closed to pets. Because uncontrolled pets may chase wildlife or frighten visitors, pets must be physically controlled and attended at all times and on a leash, caged, or crated. See Details
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Pets are welcome at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. John Heinz is America's first urban refuge and was established to preserve the Tinicum Marsh and to promote environmental education. The Refuge features more than ten miles of trails. Dogs must be cleaned up after and leashed at all times during their visit. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round from sunrise to sunset, free of charge. See Details
Natural Lands ChesLen Preserve Natural Lands ChesLen Preserve is Coatesville, PA, is a dog-friendly, 1,263-acre private nature preserves featuring sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens. There are many points on the property from which visitors can gaze for miles in any direction and see virtually no signs of modern development. In 2010, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) designated portions of ChesLen Preserve—specifically the Unionville Barrens—as a “Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary.” The program encourages the conservation of natural areas and native plants, and recognizes private landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources. Dogs are welcome provided they are on-leash at all times and owners clean up after them. See Details