We’re More Than Pet Friendly in COVA

We’re More Than Pet Friendly in COVA
Across Coastal Virginia there are plenty of things for people to do. But did you know there is also great fun to be had by your furry family members. Here are just a few reasons we say pets are welcome in Coastal Virginia.

A Great Place to Walk the Dog in Hampton
To many, taking the family on the road means grabbing a leash and making room for the dog. Many of Hampton’s entertainment options and hotels are accessible to your furry friends. Hampton also offers two bark parks, Ridgway Bark Park and Sandy Bottom Nature Park, as well as scenic walkways suitable for pets (on a leash) including the 1.2 mile paved Fort Monroe Promenade that runs along the Chesapeake Bay, extending from The Chamberlin to the Bay Breeze parking lot.

Toes in the Water, Paws in the Sand in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach adventures for athletic and beach-loving coastal pets may involve a standup pawdleboard lesson (seriously), a winding hike along one of nine trails at First Landing State Park, a stroll along more than 35 miles of beaches or a swim or quick dip in the vast Atlantic Ocean or the calm Chesapeake Bay. When the sun’s out and their tongue’s out, have your furry friend join you for an unforgettable on-the-water experience aboard a kayak (or surfboard), then lounge dockside at one of our many marina restaurants.

Shop for Paws and a Cause in Downtown Smithfield
Downtown Smithfield boasts many beautiful, historic buildings, but “the Bumblebee House,” stands out for its cheerful yellow and black décor. It’s also home to Pet Persona, Inc., an independently-owned pet store. And in the warm weather, should you happen to hear a strange sound as you stroll along Main Street, look up. The shop’s favorite tropical birds hold court from their perch on the second floor, greeting visitors and locals alike. Be sure to head a few blocks down Main Street to visit Gimme Shelter, a thrift shop which donates 100% of their proceeds to benefit the Animals of Isle of Wight County.

The Norfolk Waterfront is a Big Pet Party on May 5th
Norfolk was recently named one of the “Top 100 best places in the country for Dogs” by Men’s Health Magazine. So why not celebrate by joining other pet lovers in the park with your pooch for the second annual “Puppy de Mayo.” It’s a fun night on the town for you and your pup overlooking the Elizabeth River with complimentary snacks and treats for your furry friends. Humans can enjoy beer, wine and Yappy Hour drink specials and live music by Brian Sewell.

The Dogs of DoG Street in Williamsburg
Williamsburg is the place for you and your furry friend to have fun! Jamestown Beach and Yorktown Beach offer fun in the sun and sand for you and your pet! Just last year, Colonial Williamsburg introduced Liberty, George Washington’s K9 companion and their first mascot! Liberty is a sweet Briard and was trained as a therapy dog and walks with Washington through the Historic Area and visits with guests in hotels. Grab your leash and lace up your sneakers and see what fun you and your dog can have in Williamsburg!

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