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Dog Friendly Activities in District of Columbia

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in District of Columbia, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Nonpartisan Pedicab
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, they 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
Pet Friendly Wheel The People Pedicab Tours
Wheel The People Pedicab Tours Wheel the People Pedicab Tours can help make you and your dog's visit to Washington DC a memorable one. These dog-friendly pedicab sightseeing tours focus on the memorials on the National Mall, landmarks on Capitol Hill, and showing you and your pup around downtown DC. Tour fees range from $80-$100 per pedicab, per hour depending upon the number of people and pets; the minimum time is 1.5 hours. Tours are offered daily. See Details
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
Discover DC Pedicab Tours Save your shoes from miles of wear and tear and climb aboard a dog-friendly 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 in Washington DC. Leashed pets are welcome to join their humans on nearly every tour. See Details
DC By Foot See Washington DC with your pup on a private DC By Foot walking tour! Dog-friendly 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
FDR Memorial FDR Memorial is pet-friendly. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington D.C., dedicated to the 32nd President of the United States. The memorial is the second of two that have been constructed in Washington to commemorate FDR and offers leashed dogs the chance to join their owners on the pathways that weave through the area. The popular place also pays homage to Fala, FDR's Scottish Terrier. One of the most famous presidential pets, Fala was often by the president's side and is commemorated by a statue at the memorial. You can enhance your visit with an audio tour or just enjoy a self-guided tour together. The memorial is open all day, every day of the week. See Details
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Thomas Jefferson Memorial is pet-friendly. This spectacular memorial is a columned rotunda in the style of Rome's Pantheon. Pets are allowed around the Tidal Basin and on the grounds of the memorials, but not inside the memorials themselves. Just make sure that Fido’s leash is 6 feet long or shorter. See Details
Adventure DC Tricycle Tours Dogs are welcome to join their owners on tours offered by Adventure DC Tricycle Tours. This pet-friendly tour company offers tours of historic DC via tricycle, also known as a bicycle taxi, pedicab or rickshaw. Stops include all monuments, memorials and museums, including the White House, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, John Paul Jones, the National Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tour guides are also happy to stay with your pooch or take them for a walk while you go inside and look around the museums where animals aren't permitted inside. Contact them directly to find out where they are stationed and to set up your very own pet-friendly tour. 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
DC Pedicab DC Pedicab is the original pedal-powered purveyor of pedicab sightseeing tours and rides in Washington, DC. Pets are welcomed on all pedicab tours. Rates start at $84 per pedicab, per hour. See Details
DC Ghosts DC Ghosts in Washington, DC is dog-friendly! A member of Colonial Ghosts LLC, leashed dogs are welcome to join their human companions on this historic ghost walk, which details the real history behind the hauntings of the United States' capital city. The after-dark tours tell of assassination, suicide, woe and despair. Dog owners should keep an eye out for the spirits of presidents, first ladies, slaves and military personnel. DC Ghosts welcomes leashed, friendly, quiet, and well-behaved pets for free. Advance reservation via DC Ghosts' website or by phone is required for humans. Price and time vary by tour. See Details
Walter C Pierce Community Park Small--but always busy--dog park between Woodley Park and Adams Morgan. Easy to access off of Calvert Street just east of the Duke Ellington bridge. 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
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
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
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
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
Kingman and Heritage Island Kingman Island is a park located in the District off of Benning Road, next to RFK Stadium. The island boasts hiking, fishing, and over a mile of trails.

Things To Do

Biking: Biking is permitted on the main trail on Kingman Island and on the boardwalk trail.

Birding: There are 100 species of resident and migratory birds that can be seen at the park.

Boating: Kingman Island can be explored by boat. Visitors can explore the park’s shore to the east on the Anacostia River and to the west on Kingman Lake. Dock access to the island is provided on the boardwalk connecting Kingman and Heritage Islands.* *Note: The waterways surrounding the islands are tidal; please check Current Tide Data before planning your trip.

Clean Ups and Service Projects: Organized monthly clean ups are offered, with exception to November, every last Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 12 pm. In November, the clean up will be offered on November 21st. Groups and individuals are also welcome to schedule their own project on the islands. Please note, Service Projects will not be offered during the winter season. For more information, or if you would like to schedule a service day for your group or company please contact kingmandisland@livingclassroomsdc.org

Dog Walking: Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they remain on a leash. Please pick up and properly dispose of their waste.

Educational Programs: Educational Programs such as Forest Ecology, Wacky Watersheds, Orienteering, or Teambuilding are available at our Kingman Island location. Kingman Island is also available for Park Outreach Programming, To arrange for an educational program for your organization or school group please contact schoolprograms@livingclassroomsdc.org or 202-488-0627 x 242

Environmental Center: The environmental center is still in the planning and construction stage. Please visit the Living Classrooms website to find out more information on the Environmental Center.

Fishing: Fishing is allowed in all areas of the park in accordance with DC Laws.

Hiking: There is over a mile and a half of trails on the islands to hike and explore.

Picnicking: Picnicking is allowed in the park. Please remember to properly dispose of trash and recycling.

Photography: Kingman Island and Heritage Islands are beautiful parklands that offer any photographer a wealth of opportunities for great photos. If you have any photos that you would share with the community, or are interested in seeing more photos, please visit our Flickr group called “Kingman Island” to see more.

Wildlife Viewing: There is abundant wildlife to see in the park. Visit our Wildlife and Plants page to see what kinds of wildlife have been observed on Kingman and Heritage Islands.
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I-Spy: Legends, & Rock Hunt 'I-Spy: Legends, & Rock Hunt' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by H, Ted & Z. You and your friendly pooch will get to roam through a 100-room mansion to find unique artifacts through secret doors. This experience allows you to follow the footsteps of presidents, historians, writers, musicians and more! The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 6 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Bring your imagination and be prepared to look beyond and really see what is all around you. You never know what you will find! Rates start at $35 per person. 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
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC is dog-friendly. Leashed dogs can accompany you to enjoy this tranquil preserve with short trails including a boardwalk through a pond & marsh, plus picnic spots. Visitors can also access River Trailhead and take their four-legged friend on a longer scenic route beside the Anacostia River. See Details
Tidal Basin Loop Trail Fido can join you as you wander along the two-mile Tidal Basin Loop Trail and take in views of the water, cherry blossom trees, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Pets are allowed around the Tidal Basin and on the grounds of the memorials, but not inside the memorials themselves. Dog owners should keep their dogs on leashes no longer than 6 feet. There is no fee to walk the Trail, and it is open year-round from dawn to dusk. See Details
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is pet-friendly. Located in West Potomac Park, this four acre memorial includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of Martin Luther King carved by sculptor Lei Yixin. Pets are allowed around the Tidal Basin and on the grounds of the memorials, but not inside the memorials themselves. Just make sure that Fido’s leash is 6 feet long or shorter. See Details