With an abundance of outdoor adventures, Virginia Beach is a playground for pets and pet parents alike. Your four-legged family members are always welcomed in Virginia Beach and we want them to enjoy a perfect vacation with you! From the ocean to the bay, and all the dog parks and hiking trails in between, whether swimming, hiking, fetching or joining you for a stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding lesson, we love seeing coastal pets make the most of their visit. There are also many pet-friendly hotels available, like the Sheraton Oceanfront which allows dogs without a fee. Here are some of our favorite things to do with our pets in Virginia Beach.
Go For a Walk on The Beach or Boardwalk
From Labor Day to Memorial Day, dogs are welcomed for a walk at any time on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk or encouraged to get a little sandy off-leash on any of our beaches. During the summer months, pooches are still welcomed to frolic along the beaches of the Oceanfront North End, Sandbridge, and the Chesapeake Bay beach before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. And remember to be polite and always clean up after them.
Explore Town Center
Photo Credit: Town Center of Virginia Beach | Location: Tupelo Honey
From a day at the doggie spa at Dogtopia, to a menu catering to our four-legged friends at Tupelo Honey, and even one our favorite local parks tucked away in the heart of the district, there are over 20 pet-friendly businesses to explore at Town Center.
Spend a Day at the Park
From state parks to dog parks, there are plenty of spots to let Fido run off some of that puppy energy! The dog park at Red Wing Metro Park is a great spot to let your dog run off-leash and maybe make a few new canine friends while he’s at it. For you, avid walkers and runners, the Spanish moss-adorned First Landing State Park provides scenic trails to explore side by side with your faithful companion. They’ll especially love the mix of trails, sandy spots and abundance of open water, making for a fun and unexpected hike.
Fetch A Bite to Eat
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, in the Oceanfront District, offers “Dinner with Your Dog,” every Monday night, from 5 to 9 pm on their patio. A dog-friendly menu is available, and “Yappy” Hour cocktails like Bark and Stormy, Salty Dog, and Maltese Mojito will be available from 5 to 7 pm.
You can also grab a bite at the pet-friendly patios at Abbey Road Pub and Froggies Cantina by the Bay, and on Simple Eats’ “Doggie Deck”. Afterward, cure your sweet tooth by digging into a dessert at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream or the Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt, both of which offer a doggie dessert that your furry friend will surely devour.
Whether on vacation or just living the life year-round with us, everything's better with man’s best friend by your side. From our beaches to our parks, our furry friends have plenty to wag their tails about in Virginia Beach, both on National Puppy Day and beyond!
Cover Photo: Town Center of Virginia Beach | Location: Dogtopia