Taking a trip with friends is the best. Taking a trip with man’s best friend? Even better. While traveling with dogs can be challenging in many cities, Washington DC is incredibly dog-friendly; there’s a number of off-leash parks, inclusive beer gardens and waterfront activities to try. So, jump in the car with Fido, and come explore the nation’s capital.
A large park, dozens of balls and all the scraps of popcorn, hot dogs and Cracker Jack – if that doesn’t sound like a dream date for your dog, then we don’t know what will. Pups in the Park brings DC’s doggies into Nationals Park to catch a game (and maybe a pop fly). A pet-friendly section in the outfield clearly becomes the best seats in the house; we have a feeling the felines from Detroit will get barked right out of the park.
At Frolick Dogs, every day is leg day. This innovative daycare center is your doggie destination for obedience training, wellness programs, fitness classes and general exercise. Let go of the leash for a while, and let your pooch spend the day frolicking with other DC-area dogs. Only a 20-minute ride from downtown DC to Alexandria, Frolick Dogs is a safe and secure place to board your dog for the afternoon while you work or sightsee.
Cross over the Virginia state line, and you’ll find a winery rarity: a dog-friendly indoor tasting room at 8 Chains North Winery. Though pooches must remain on-leash when you’re sipping vino, they’ll have ample room to run freely in the large fenced dog park on site. 8 Chains North is owned and operated by the grower and winemaker; trust us, you’ll be able to taste such commitment and quality in every glass.
You certainly have your pick of parks around Washington. S Street Dog Park is a fantastic place to play near Dupont Circle. This popular 7,500sqft (697sqm), off-leash park draws dozens of friendly dogs and their owners throughout the day. It’s in an excellent location if you’re having lunch downtown, especially with Walter Pierce Dog Park only two blocks west. Make a point to top at Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique and Pet Spa to grab your good pup a treat.
The Dairy Godmother is about to make you and your pup’s sweetest dreams come true. Sorbets, exotic marshmallows and a giant scoop of nostalgia are all on the menu. Fido can chow down on a Puppy Pop, made with yogurt and peanut butter, or munch on a baked “Squirrel”, concocted entirely from all-natural ingredients. Be sure to check their Flavor Forecast online to see a calendar view of which special custard will join the daily vanilla and chocolate options.