Dog Friendly Activities in Virginia

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Virginia, 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 Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg Explore the nation's largest living history museum with your leashed pup! Dogs are permitted throughout pet-friendly Colonial Williamsburg, with the exception of the buildings. Fido can even ride on the shuttle from the Visitor Center. You'll meet dozens of costumed interpreters in period dress and get to see original buildings from the 18th century. See Details
Pet Friendly Three Fox Vineyards
Three Fox Vineyards Three Fox Vineyards is a dog-friendly winery in Delaplane, VA. Fido is welcome to their tasting room and vineyard, and will even be offered water and treats. Here you will find fantastic and affordable tours, tastings, and pairings. Their four season deck provides the north and west views of the property overlooking Crooked Run Creek and the rolling hills. See Details
Colonial Ghosts Take a spooky stroll through Colonial Williamsburg on a genuine ghost tour alongside your paranormal-loving pooch. Colonial Ghosts boasts that real hauntings are commonly experienced and that its stories are based on research and eyewitness haunting interviews. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in the United States, Colonial Ghosts welcomes leashed, friendly, quiet, and well-behaved pets for free. Advance reservation via Colonial Ghosts' website or by phone is required for humans. Price and time vary by tour. See Details
Williamsburg Charter Sails Williamsburg Charter Sails is dog-friendly. They offer six different types of cruise and welcome Fido to join you on board for no extra fee. Their most popular sailboat charter lets you relax as you feel the wind in your hair or become a member of the crew. While on the water, you can navigate the York River and take in 200 years of history that links Yorktown with Williamsburg and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. Captain Bill, the owner, keeps his family rate at $250 for up to six people to encourage everybody to get their sea legs and turn Fido into a sea dog. See Details
Barrel Oak Winery & Farm Taphouse Barrel Oak Winery & Farm Taphouse is a beautiful family-owned winery in Delaplane, VA, that welcomes dogs with open arms. They say that Barrel Oaks Winery stands for "BOW" (as in bow wow!), and they even have wines named after their dogs! It is a great place to tour the countryside with your dog, or sit on their pet-friendly patio and enjoy wines and cheeses while making new friends. See Details
Historic Jamestown Leashed dogs are welcome at the Historic Site and Island Loop Drive but not allowed in the Visitor Center or museums at Historic Jamestown in Virginia. Bring Fido to join you as you walk in the footsteps of Pocahontas and John Smith at the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. Witness the moment of discovery with Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists as they excavate James Fort. Take a walking tour with a park ranger, archaeologist or costumed living history character. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Admission required. For more information on tours and prices, please visit their website. See Details
George Washington's Mount Vernon Tour the grounds of George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, with your leashed pets in Alexandria, VA. Pets are welcome during daytime visitation hours. Your canine companion can accompany you as you visit George Washington's tomb, the stables, the gardens, and dozens of other outdoor places. Enjoy the view of the Potomac River from the dog-friendly piazza. Pets are not allowed in the historic buildings, the museum, or the Education Center exhibition galleries. See Details
Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive Bring Fido on this dog-friendly, scenic byway that stretches 105 miles from its northern entrance at Front Royal to its southern entrance near Waynesboro. Skyline Drive is the scenic roadway that takes you through the park. There are four entrances into Shenandoah National Park and numerous gateway communities that offer services, including dining and lodging. The legendary Shenandoah Valley lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Allegheny Mountains to the west, the Potomac River to the north, and the Roanoke Valley to the south. It encompasses vibrant small cities, rural hamlets, mountains, rivers, national forests and state parks as well as the national park. See Details
Big Lick Brewing Company Big Lick Brewing Company is a pet-friendly brewery in downtown Roanoke, VA. They offer a great selection of craft beer, all brewed on the premises. You can also enjoy an abundant choice of food, from neighboring restaurants Beamer's 25 and Tuco's Taqueria delivered to you in the taproom. Dogs are welcome both inside and outside, year round. See Details
Blue Bee Cider Blue Bee Cider Co in Richmond, VA, welcomes friendly, leashed dogs on their pet-friendly patio. Stop in and order a pint or try a flight with Fido by your side. Blue Bee is also home to Truckle Cheesemongers brick and mortar location. Come grab some delicious grilled cheeses or a cheese board to pair with your cider. Outside food is permitted Monday-Thursday. See Details
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
Dog Park Large fenced in area very well maintained Large and small dog section See Details
Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park in Luray, VA offers 500 miles of trails, all but 20 of which are dog friendly. Travel along the Skyline Drive National Scenic Byway from Front Royal to Waynesboro, stop at one of the 75 scenic overlooks, and enjoy the abundance of nature at this paradise in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on Hawksbill Loop, a circuit hike to Shenandoah’s highest peak. The viewing platform on top of Hawksbill offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Virginia Piedmont. See Details
Jones Point Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Jones Point Park! Located on the Potomac River, the Park is a critical piece of Alexandria's history, and it features the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia. Pets must be cleaned up after and on a leash no longer than six feet during their visit. Restrooms, water fountains, and a dog drinking bowl can be found underneath the Park's bridge, and trash bins are scattered throughout the park. Jones Point Park is open year-round from 6am to 10pm. See Details
Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins in Barboursville, VA, is pet-friendly. They welcome dogs to join their owners on the trails around the ruins. The 18th Century estate is a breathtaking climax to a beautiful and historic country drive. The winery's Tuscan Tasting Room, their hospitality center, is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. See Details
Maggie Malick Wine Caves Maggie Malick Wine Caves is a dog-friendly winery in Purcellville, VA. This female-owned, boutique winery in Northern Virginia is award-winning. They produce lovely wines on 215 rolling acres in the shadow of Short Hill Mountain in the Between the Hills Valley, near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. They produce an amazing 15 different varieties of wine and Sangria. Two dogs, Moxie and Jet, live on the farm throughout the year and help host a number of canine events too, including Dock Dogs and LabFest. Don't forget a dog towel for those pups who love to swim - there are three off-leash areas with ponds. See Details
Petersburg National Battlefield Soak up the history with your pet at this national battlefield, where they're welcome to join you on-leash. See Details
Sly Clyde Ciderworks Dogs are welcome at Sly Clyde Ciderworks, where they make a variety of different hard cider from apples picked in West Virginia. The cider varies from classic flavors to blackberry mint, gin-infused, Colonial style, and even habanero rosemary. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to sit inside or out as no food is prepared on the premises. If you do get hungry, Sly Clyde Ciderworks have partnered up with a number of food trucks from the area to feed their hungry guests while they enjoy their beverages. The dog lovers at Sly Clyde Ciderworks also host a number of events to encourage people to adopt dogs throughout the year. Check out their website or Facebook for more information about these. Sly Clyde Ciderworks is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3pm to 9pm, Friday from 12pm to 11pm, Saturday from 11pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. See Details
Torpedo Factory Art Center Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, is a dog-friendly art studio that is known for having the largest amount of working artists in one place. There's all sorts of art for you and Fido to view inside, including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture. See Details
Glass House Winery Glass House Winery is a boutique, dog-friendly winery in Free Union, VA. Founded in 2006, the vineyard features carefully grown and cultivated grapes that produce a range of artisan wines. They also make their own handcrafted chocolates. Visitors are welcome to bring outside food or a picnic to enjoy. A variety of cheeses, meats, crackers, tapenades, etc. are also for sale in the tasting room. See Details
Barren Ridge Vineyards Serving award-winning, handcrafted wine in the Shenandoah Valley, Barren Ridge Vineyards is dog-friendly. Once an apple packing barn, its tasting room is now a rustic and cozy space, offering a rotating wine list with a diverse selection of whites and reds, both dry and sweet. Leashed dogs are allowed to join their owners at Barren Ridge; however, owners should ensure there are no ticketed events being held on the day of their visit, as dogs are now allowed during that time. Tasting hours are Sunday from 1pm to 6pm, Monday through Wednesday from 11am to 6pm, and Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm. See Details
Breaks Interstate Park Located across the border of Virginia and Kentucky, Breaks Interstate Park is dog-friendly. Over millions of years, the stunning gorges and views that we now see were carved into the rock by Russell Fork. The waterways are surrounded by stunning forests of fern and a variety of other trees that give the area an array of colors during fall. Fido is welcome to join you on a leash under six feet in length on the many trails around the park, including the Laurel Branch Trail that weaves through hardwood forests from Laurel Lake to Grassy Creek; and Prospector's Trail that will take you around the cliffs of the area. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pets make during their visit. Breaks Interstate Park is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. See Details
DuCard Vineyards DuCard Vineyards is pet-friendly. This vineyard offers great wines and a beautiful pet-friendly patio to enjoy them on. Dogs, kids and people with picnics are all welcome at this vineyard. Tastings vary in price, from $10 tastings at the bar to $22-$24 seating tastings. Hours vary seasonally. See Details
Alewerks Brewing Company Alewerks Brewing Company is pet-friendly. Bring Fido to hang out on the patio and beer garden. Your pooch is invited to keep you company while you sample seasonal brews and Alewerks classics. Water is available on request. They are open Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 9pm and Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. See Details