So, it stands to reason family pets and family vacations go hand-in-hand. Thanks to the rules and regulations of the City of Virginia Beach, these four-legged friends can enjoy all the area has to offer in its parks, trails, shopping, and dining options that will accommodate a canine companion.
1. Let’s start with the best part: Beaches!
No matter the time of year, a trip to Virginia Beach just isn’t complete without an actual trip to the sandy beach. Dogs are welcome on most public beaches, but some caveats do apply. From Labor Day to Memorial Day dogs are allowed on all public beaches, including the boardwalk, at any time. However, during the peak summer months, pets are restricted from the boardwalk and the beaches below 42nd street. They are allowed on all other public beaches, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Sandbridge is another great option, located south of the boardwalk area. Keep in mind leash laws do apply and you will need a bag for anything Fido leaves behind.
Virginia Beach has some spectacular parks, and of course dogs are welcome. In particular both Red Wing Park and Woodstock Park feature off leash dog parks, where you can let your puppy run to his or her heart’s delight. There are also walking trails you can traverse with your dog, just be sure to keep them on their lead.
3. Town Center Shopping
If you’re looking for something a little more indoorsy to do with your pooch, Town Center has a number of stores that allow friendly dogs and their human companions to browse. Some stores even have resident dogs of their own. A complete list can be found on the Town Center Website, but includes stores such as: Anthropologie, Bevello, Free People, Jones Art Gallery, Mrs. Bones Bowtique, and more. You can enjoy quality shopping and quality time with your puppy.
4. Dog-Friendly Dining
When you and your dog get peckish, choose Virginia Beach restaurants with dog friendly seating options. You can chow down seated on outdoor patios and enjoy the beautiful weather at the same time. Both the Town Center Website and BringFido.com have published great lists of dog accommodating dining options in the city. Casual and higher-brow restaurants alike allow dogs on their patios including: The Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant, Froggies Cantina By The Bay, The Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, and so many more.
Warm summer nights, cold brews, and best canine friends just seem to go together. Virginia Beach has a booming brewery scene and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! The Back Bay Brewing Co., Wasserhund Brewing Co., and Commonwealth Brewing Co. are just a few of the great options that will let you enjoy great atmosphere and great beers with your best buddy.
On your next day trip to Virginia Beach, bring Fido and enjoy our beautiful City!