Places to Bring your Pup in COVA

No one likes to leave their best friend at home – especially when it’s your pup! Check out these fun activities to do with your dog in Coastal Virginia.

Here are 5 pet-friendly attractions in COVA:


To many, taking the family on the road means grabbing a leash and making room for the dog! While in Hampton, don’t forget to pamper your pooch at one of our two bark parks! Sandy Bottom Nature Park and Ridgway Bark Park are the perfect places to get some outdoor recreation time in with your canine. The 1.2 mile paved Fort Monroe Seawall that runs along the Chesapeake Bay, extending from the Chamberlin to Paradise Ocean Club, is a great location for a leisurely, and scenic, stroll with your pup. LEARN MORE

Puppy day


Williamsburg is known for being a very pet-friendly town! National Puppy Day is March 23rd, so take your dog out and let them explore Colonial Williamsburg with you! (Dogs are even permitted on the shuttle from the Visitor Center)!  Let your pet make friends at the Waller Mill Dog Park, or bring your furry friend with you to lunch at the tables outside Aroma’s World Coffeehouse and Bakery on a sunny day! LEARN MORE

Coastal Pets

Virginia Beach

Pet-friendly adventures abound in Virginia Beach and may involve a standup paw-dleboard 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, you can even lounge dockside with your pet at one of our many marina restaurants. Even our local craft breweries have a hoppin’ sweet spot for doggies, where they’re always welcomed. Cheers to that! LEARN MORE

Puppy Day image Windsor Castle Park Dog Park


Bring your puppy to the park! There’s nothing a puppy likes more than a rough and tumble with their other four-legged friends. And the dog park at Windsor Castle Park offers just the spot for them to enjoy National Puppy Day. Located in the heart of downtown Smithfield, this 208 acre park offers lots for puppy parents to do too; a kayak/canoe launch, 4+ miles of walking trails, a picnic area, fishing pier, scenic overlook,s and a brand new natural playscape area for children. And when you’re ready for a break charming downtown Smithfield is just a short walk from the park. Visit Smithfield’s Pet-Friendly webpage to find out where you and your pup can end the day with a great meal and a leisurely stroll among Main Street’s shops and attractions. Registration is required (for a small fee) to use the dog park. Call (757) 365-4200. LEARN MORE

Pet Friendly Places in Newport News

Newport News

In Newport News, pet lovers have dozens of beautiful trails and parks to enjoy. Fido Field, a local favorite, was the first dog park established in our City and it continues to be a safe and well-maintained spot where pups can play freely together. At the Mariner’s Museum and Park, pet lovers can take their furry friends for an invigorating walk along the 5.5 mile trail that runs behind the museum and ends on a rewarding, scenic view of the James River at the Lions Bridge. Here, you and Fido can end your day with a vibrant sunset over the water. If you’re looking for a spot where you and Fido can explore multiple trails, you will love Newport News Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks (7,500+ acres) east of the Mississippi. This park provides a true get away for you and your pup to enjoy a full day in the great outdoors. LEARN MORE

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