Virginia Beach isn’t just the perfect year-round vacation destination for humans—the sun and fun are available for your four-legged best friend as well. So when you and Fido need a quick escape from normal life, jump in the car and head to beautiful Virginia Beach!
Where to Play
From the beach to dog parks, here are a few places you and your furry friend can run and play at.
Public Beaches and Boardwalk Areas
Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend, your K-9 companion is allowed to be on any public beach and boardwalk anytime. But, starting the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, your dog is only allowed on the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street and on the south end (Sandribdge area) before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. During the summer season, dogs can only be on the boardwalk between 6 and 10 a.m.
Your dog needs to be on a leash when strolling the boardwalk, but he’s free to frolic in the sand, so long as he answers to voice commands.
First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park is your go-to if you want a year-round, dog-friendly beach. You and your furry friend can each take a refreshing dip in the water. But if you’re not up for swimming, there are nine walking and hiking trails jointly covering more than 19 miles. With varying lengths and great scenery, the two of you can have a great day exploring nature.
Virginia Beach has two city-owned dog parks: Woodstock Community Dog Park and Red Wing Metro Dog Park.
Both parks are one acre, have a water fountain and a fence so your dog can roam free and make new friends. They each also require an annual fee, city dog license and proof of vaccinations.
Another dog park that locals love is Bayville Farms Park. Water is provided, there’s plenty of shade for you and your pooch to stay cool and the park is divided into separate areas so large dogs can play together and small dogs can play with dogs their own size.
Where to Eat
Don’t leave your pup in the hotel when you go out to eat; bring her with you! Virginia Beach has more than 50 restaurants that allow doggy diners at their outdoor tables.
Froggie’s Cantina by the Bay
Froggie’s Cantina by the Bay is a locally owned spot that’s loved by dogs, beer drinkers and sports fanatics. Pair one of their 22 brews on tap with a mouthwatering Cali Club or Baby Back Ribs as you and Fido sit on the outdoor patio with the breeze from the Chesapeake Bay keeping you nice and cool.
Froggie’s waiters have even been known to give dogs a bone and watch them while their human owners run inside for the buffet or to use the restroom.
Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant
The staff at Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant is great with dogs. Many dog owners who’ve gone there have said their waiter brought their dog a bowl of water before they even had to ask.
Sit on the sidewalk patio sipping on a world-craft beer and enjoying the ocean views with your fresh seafood and prime rib, while your dog sips on water and eats your tasty table scraps.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
After a full day of running and playing in the sun, you and your dog deserve a treat, and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is where to go. Get yourself a chocolate milkshake or two scoops of Red Velvet Cake Batter in a waffle cone.
And the best part? You don’t have to share with your pup. Bruster’s offers free doggie sundaes complete with crushed dog bones on top. Yum!
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Virginia Beach, look no further than Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach,Norfolk. Not only does this hotel welcome pets, it’s within walking distance to shops and restaurants and is only a 10-minute drive to the beach.
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