What’s better than some fun in the sun with your beloved dog this summer? Not much! Down below we’ve listed some awesome things to do with your dog this summer in coastal Virginia!
Cape Charles Beach, Cape Charles
From April 1 through the first Monday of September dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
Savage Neck Dunes Area Natural Preserve, Eastville
You can hike three marked trails with your dog and then climb over sand dunes for a run on the beach or a dip in the Chesapeake Bay. This 298-acre preserve protects some delicate habitat and rare species so make sure you remain on the marked trails.
Tangier Island, Tangier
Tangier sits in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay so before you hit the beach you’ll catch the ferry from Onancock to the island. It runs daily from May to October. You’ll get a chance to see the sights and your dog will get a little exercise as you make the one-mile walk from the marina to the beach. If walking is not your style, then you can always rent a golf cart.
Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles
A special pet-friendly beach at Kiptopeke State Park is open for leashed dogs, and the camping area, lodges and cabins allow dogs. The park also has a network of trails which are dog-friendly. Your pup must be on a leash no longer than six feet.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Fido Field Dog Park
Located in Newport News, this one-acre dog park is fenced in so your dog can roam and play freely! The large, grassy park is stocked up on doggy bags to make cleanup easy for owners and there’s never a shortage of other dogs to play with!
Bea Arthur Dog Park
Bea Arthur Dog Park in Norfolk, VA is a must-do for dog owners who love bringing their dogs outdoors! This park is situated right on the waterfront so your pup can splash, swim and play on a warm summer day. 1-acre in size, the park also features a double gated entrance, shaded picnic area, toy bin, and an easy access ramp into and out of the water so your dog can enjoy swimming at their leisure. Best of all, the park is open 24/7 and can be used free of charge!
History buffs will love taking a trip to Colonial Williamsburg! The colony was established in 1606 and was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Colonial Williamsburg is a living museum that offers visitors the unique experience of life in the 18th century. While your there, you may even run into their doggy mascot, Liberty! Pets of all kinds, including dogs, are welcome in all outdoor areas but not allowed in buildings, gardens or on carriage rides. Just be sure to keep your pooch on-leash and pick up any waste.
Restaurants, Cafes and More
Sly Clyde Ciderworks
Sly Clyde Ciderworks in East Hampton, VA is a destination that offers a variety of hard ciders made on premises from apples picked in West Virginia. While there is no food made on premises, Sly Clyde’s has partnered with several local food trucks who are located on-site to fill up hungry bellies. The best part about Sly Clyde Ciderworks? They allow you to bring your pup both inside and outside, so you’re not restricted to sitting on the patio if that’s not your thing!
Leaping Lizard Café
This cute café located in Virginia Beach allows dogs on their outside patio! The café offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, wraps, and salads on their lunch menu. They also have rotating daily specials that can include delights such as fresh Mahi tacos, crap quiche, and fried green tomatoes. For dinner the offer things like scallops, crab cakes, duck, and lamb. They café also offers a variety of baked goods if you’ve got a sweet tooth!
Located two blocks from Chesapeake Bay, this local breakfast and lunch café is sure to delight humans and dogs alike! Offering outdoor seating for pet owners and their pooches, the café also provides a water bowl for your pup, free dog treats, and a doggy menu that includes a free frisbee with the purchase of a doggy meal!
Wasserhund Brewing Company
The Wasserhund Brewing Company is a great destination for dog lovers and their pups, where you and your dog can sit outside on the patio. They’ve got a variety of beers to try, including some named after dogs, like the Orange Chocolate Lab Gose and the Purebred Pilsner. They also offer food in the form of specialty pizzas, fun appetizers, salads, and desserts. They even have homemade dog biscuits for your pup to enjoy!
If you decide to take advantage of the summer holiday weekends and take a vacation, Lucky Dog VA is here to take care of your pets while you are gone. Be sure to contact us as soon as your plans are finalized because we fill up fast in the summer.